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Ivy, Mateo, and Cal used to be close. Now all they have in common is Carlton High and the beginning of a very bad day. Type A Ivy lost a student council election to the class clown, and now she has to face the school, humiliated. Heartthrob Mateo is burned out--he's been working two jobs since his family's business failed. And outsider Cal just got stood up.... again. So whe Ivy, Mateo, and Cal used to be close. Now all they have in common is Carlton High and the beginning of a very bad day. Type A Ivy lost a student council election to the class clown, and now she has to face the school, humiliated. Heartthrob Mateo is burned out--he's been working two jobs since his family's business failed. And outsider Cal just got stood up.... again. So when Cal pulls into campus late for class and runs into Ivy and Mateo, it seems like the perfect opportunity to turn a bad day around. They'll ditch and go into the city. Just the three of them, like old times. Except they've barely left the parking lot before they run out of things to say... Until they spot another Carlton High student skipping school--and follow him to the scene of his own murder. In one chance move, their day turns from dull to deadly. And it's about to get worse. It turns out Ivy, Mateo, and Cal still have some things in common. They all have a connection to the dead kid. And they're all hiding something. Now they're all wondering--could it be that their chance reconnection wasn't by chance after all? From the author of One of Us Is Lying comes a brand-new pulse-pounding thriller. It's Ferris Bueller's Day Off with murder when three old friends relive an epic ditch day, and it goes horribly--and fatally--wrong.


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Ivy, Mateo, and Cal used to be close. Now all they have in common is Carlton High and the beginning of a very bad day. Type A Ivy lost a student council election to the class clown, and now she has to face the school, humiliated. Heartthrob Mateo is burned out--he's been working two jobs since his family's business failed. And outsider Cal just got stood up.... again. So whe Ivy, Mateo, and Cal used to be close. Now all they have in common is Carlton High and the beginning of a very bad day. Type A Ivy lost a student council election to the class clown, and now she has to face the school, humiliated. Heartthrob Mateo is burned out--he's been working two jobs since his family's business failed. And outsider Cal just got stood up.... again. So when Cal pulls into campus late for class and runs into Ivy and Mateo, it seems like the perfect opportunity to turn a bad day around. They'll ditch and go into the city. Just the three of them, like old times. Except they've barely left the parking lot before they run out of things to say... Until they spot another Carlton High student skipping school--and follow him to the scene of his own murder. In one chance move, their day turns from dull to deadly. And it's about to get worse. It turns out Ivy, Mateo, and Cal still have some things in common. They all have a connection to the dead kid. And they're all hiding something. Now they're all wondering--could it be that their chance reconnection wasn't by chance after all? From the author of One of Us Is Lying comes a brand-new pulse-pounding thriller. It's Ferris Bueller's Day Off with murder when three old friends relive an epic ditch day, and it goes horribly--and fatally--wrong.

30 review for You'll Be the Death of Me

  1. 5 out of 5

    liv

    might as well give karen m.mcmanus my card details cause she knows i’m buying every book she publishes

  2. 5 out of 5

    Tucker (TuckerTheReader)

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  3. 4 out of 5

    daph pink ♡

    I believe now is the time for Karen to consider a different plot or type of character, and to abandon the obvious clichés in favour of a more original and engaging plot..

  4. 4 out of 5

    megs_bookrack

    **3.5-stars** After high-strung teenager, Ivy, loses the student council election at Carlton High to the class clown, Boney Mahoney, she's horrified. How could this happen?! The following day, Boney is supposed to be giving a speech addressing the school, thanking them for his victory. Ughhhh, Ivy can't face that. Luckily, that morning she runs into her two estranged best friends, Cal and Mateo, in the parking lot before class and the three decide to skip school together and head into Boston for th **3.5-stars** After high-strung teenager, Ivy, loses the student council election at Carlton High to the class clown, Boney Mahoney, she's horrified. How could this happen?! The following day, Boney is supposed to be giving a speech addressing the school, thanking them for his victory. Ughhhh, Ivy can't face that. Luckily, that morning she runs into her two estranged best friends, Cal and Mateo, in the parking lot before class and the three decide to skip school together and head into Boston for the day. In a way, they are hoping to recreate the 'best day ever', a day they skipped school together and went into the city that happened to coincide with a celebration parade after the Red Sox had won the World Series. But in truth, they're all just hoping for an escape. A way to avoid facing all the things that are bringing them down. When they get into the city though, Ivy spies Boney! What is he doing skipping out on his speech? She sees red and decides to follow him, with the hopes of an epic confrontation. However, what she gets instead is the honor of stumbling upon a crime scene with a newly murdered body. From that point forward, their potential best day ever turns into the craziest day ever as the trio attempt to avoid the cops, the media, the killer and suspicion. Oh yeah, they're also hoping to solve the crime. Taking place over the course of a single-day, this is a fun story, but I gotta say, probably my least favorite out of all of McManus' prior works. I can't really put my finger on what it was about this one that didn't vibe with me. Perhaps I just built it up so much in my head, anticipating it for so long, that it was destined to disappoint. If I had to point to any one thing, I think the mystery just wasn't compelling for me. I didn't feel invested in it at all. I did enjoy Ivy, Mateo and Cal; learning about their friendship, what drove them apart and their current woes. I found them to be interesting, just not the crime itself. Regardless, the ending did have McManus' signature final twist, which I always appreciate and because of that, I was leaning toward rounding this up to 4-stars, but have decided that just wasn't enough. With all of this being said, this is still a fun book. I think it will work for a ton of Readers and would be a great introduction to the YA Mystery genre. If you've read all of McManus' other books, however, this one could seem lackluster in comparison. Overall, McManus is an autobuy author for me and I will continue to pick up everything she writes. Even though this isn't my favorite of hers, I will still proudly display it on my shelves!!!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Ayman

    another karen m. mcmanus book i thoroughly enjoyed. the climax? the suspense? the plot? all well written. fast pace books are something i crave and reading this book gave me just that. the twist and turns; another thing i could not predict. i love the characters and the thrill i got. definitely would recommend for anyone that's looking for that heart thumping experience! another karen m. mcmanus book i thoroughly enjoyed. the climax? the suspense? the plot? all well written. fast pace books are something i crave and reading this book gave me just that. the twist and turns; another thing i could not predict. i love the characters and the thrill i got. definitely would recommend for anyone that's looking for that heart thumping experience!

  6. 5 out of 5

    jessica

    a fast-paced, easy read that answers the question, “what is ferris buellers day off involved a murder?” KMM has already done a ‘breakfast club’ murder mystery, so it was about time she tried another 80s classic. and i think this one works. the dynamic of old friends who lost touch with each other but are now forced to work with each other makes for an interesting read as all of their secrets slowly come to light during an intense day of ditching school. the main thing preventing me from enjoying a fast-paced, easy read that answers the question, “what is ferris buellers day off involved a murder?” KMM has already done a ‘breakfast club’ murder mystery, so it was about time she tried another 80s classic. and i think this one works. the dynamic of old friends who lost touch with each other but are now forced to work with each other makes for an interesting read as all of their secrets slowly come to light during an intense day of ditching school. the main thing preventing me from enjoying this more is the motive/reason behind the murder. its just so… bland. i personally dont enjoy mysteries that revolve around (view spoiler)[drug deals gone wrong/drug rings (hide spoiler)] because i find it too common. it just just doesnt have the wow factor i want when it comes to a murder mystery. but personal preferences aside, i can admit that this is a fun addition to KMMs bibliography. ↠ 3.5 stars

  7. 4 out of 5

    Chelsea Humphrey

    "It takes less than 15 minutes for me to realize this was a huge mistake." My relationship with Karen McManus's books remains intact; I seem to enjoy her series more than her stand alone novels, although I might be getting to the point where I need a little more than the same formula from her from here on out. Don't get me wrong, I love a good YA mystery as much as the next person, but eventually we have to switch up the characters and their actions at exact moments in each book for things to fee "It takes less than 15 minutes for me to realize this was a huge mistake." My relationship with Karen McManus's books remains intact; I seem to enjoy her series more than her stand alone novels, although I might be getting to the point where I need a little more than the same formula from her from here on out. Don't get me wrong, I love a good YA mystery as much as the next person, but eventually we have to switch up the characters and their actions at exact moments in each book for things to feel fresh and new. This particular tale felt divided into two stark parts: the slow moving part one and the twist filled part two. While the ending had a lot going for it, it takes so long to sludge through the random, daily interactions that I feel are supposed to be red herrings, that I *almost* didn't care to finish it by 50% in. That said, I'm glad I pushed through, because part two? Man! Talk about not knowing where it was going. If you're a fan of the author, I definitely think you should give this one a try, and I'm hoping in the future maybe we will see something a little darker and more mature from McManus. *Many thanks to the publisher for providing my review copy.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Elle

    Hmm I’m not exactly sure what I was expecting, but I was definitely hoping for something a little more….thrilling? I mean, check that synopsis—”Ferris Bueller's Day Off with murder”. How could you *not* get excited with that description? Like all McManus books, there’s a handful walking stereotypes students who end up thrown together in some sort of deadly situation. The hook here is that these three, Ivy, Mateo and Cal, are based off of the characters from the famous 80’s movie. They ditch schoo Hmm I’m not exactly sure what I was expecting, but I was definitely hoping for something a little more….thrilling? I mean, check that synopsis—”Ferris Bueller's Day Off with murder”. How could you *not* get excited with that description? Like all McManus books, there’s a handful walking stereotypes students who end up thrown together in some sort of deadly situation. The hook here is that these three, Ivy, Mateo and Cal, are based off of the characters from the famous 80’s movie. They ditch school one day and through a sequence of terrible events end up in the immediate vicinity of a recently committed murder. And because they are teenagers and thriller protagonists, they do not go to the authorities (or their parents) for help and decide to try and solve it on their own. I would be lying if I said it didn’t take me a while to get into this. The first half of the book was a lot of them just walking around. Getting donuts, sitting in the car, waiting in empty buildings, etc. The pacing picked up for me in the back half, but it still never reached what I think its full potential could have been. This might have something to do with the twists and the way they were revealed. Though some of the information we’re fed in the first part was a surprise, most of it didn’t seem to matter in the grand scheme of things. By comparison the plot twists at the climax of the book were executed so well that they left me reeling. I didn’t see them coming until they were nearly on top of me. But what is a thriller if you’re only thrilled for a fraction of the story? Even after all the big reveals, when the bad guys are unmasked and taken away, it dragged for me. Those after pages, the length of the book after the final climax/resolution, were way too long and explanatory. We don’t need five additional full-length chapters gift wrapping the ending for us. The Cousins seemed to have a similar problem, although the slower pacing of that one made a little more sense with the tone of that book. There just has been very little action in her last two YA thrillers, and the only standalone of hers I really enjoyed was Two Can Keep a Secret. Obviously the author of One of Us Is Lying, a book that’s still on bestseller lists years after publication, is not in danger of ever not making money through writing. But with the announcement that her sixth novel is going to be another sequel to her runaway hit, I’m wondering if she’s doubling back to that familiar ground as a way to try and catch some of the initial energy that her earlier books contained. If McManus is feeling a little uninspired by YA high school dramas, I feel like this would be a good time to pivot into New Adult territory. A lot of what she seems to want to do with her characters falls outside of this format she keeps going back to. Characters in college or their early-mid twenties might end up being a better fit. The way that You’ll Be the Death of Me played out, especially with minors being involved, felt very contrived. We’re beyond suspending disbelief at this point—because just about every major plot detail in this book would not be in the realm of possibility for teenagers. And if I could get into a couple specific things: (view spoiler)[That ‘relationship’ between Cal and his teacher….what even was that??? What was the point? Seems a lot to tease a student/teacher scandal that amounted to nothing. I was actually expecting it to be exposed that Lara had a relationship with Daniel, which would have been more interesting if he was suddenly a player in this ordeal. But the ‘twist’ with Mateo’s father was so unnecessary and dumb. What a lame reveal. (hide spoiler)] And I just realized I’m not going to have anyone to complain I about this with until December.🧍‍♀️ I do want her to keep writing, and I’m going to keep reading what she puts out because even her ‘less good’ material still a slump-buster for me. But there needs to be a shakeup after One of Us Is Back, because this is just not at the level she was a couple of years ago. Either someone on her team needs to keep pushing her in the drafting process or maybe put some more time between each release. I’d rather wait an extra six months for something spectacular from her if that’s what it takes. *Thanks to Delacorte Press, Get Underlined & Netgalley for an advance review copy! **For more book talk & reviews, follow me on Instagram at @elle_mentbooks!

  9. 5 out of 5

    ☀︎El In Oz☀︎

    3.5/5 This book definitely is Karen M McManus’ worst. It’s not necessarily a bad book, it just lacks the usual suspense, romance, and well developed characters her other books have. And I think it’s pretty obvious why that’s the case. This book takes place over the course of a single day. One. The last chapters take place after of course but most of this book is an hour by hour account of what happens. And at first I thought this would make for a high stake and quickly paced plot, but it was reall 3.5/5 This book definitely is Karen M McManus’ worst. It’s not necessarily a bad book, it just lacks the usual suspense, romance, and well developed characters her other books have. And I think it’s pretty obvious why that’s the case. This book takes place over the course of a single day. One. The last chapters take place after of course but most of this book is an hour by hour account of what happens. And at first I thought this would make for a high stake and quickly paced plot, but it was really really slow. I know Karen can write slow books that still have good plot twists and keep you engaged (The Cousins) so this disappointed me. I think overall the plot was lacking. Spoilers, the main plot of this book follows the death of a student because he deals drugs, and it’s all about who the main drug lord is, who ordered the victim, named Boney, to be killed, and stuff like that. Which wasn’t my jam. I prefer murders for revenge or romance or literally any other reason. I guess another issue is there are so few characters and character development in this book. Of course there are important events in their lives but it’s still one day. It’s not as well done as development over the course of weeks or a month or two. We mostly stay with just the trio for the entire book, plus their families and a few others, so it brings the possible suspects down to a very short list. There were some sub plots, mostly family related drama, that was annoying and only took away from the main plot, which already was struggling to find it’s way through this book. The POV’s weren’t good. They were too similar, all the time I was confused who I was reading from, which is sad because usually Karen’s books have distinctive voices. The romance was awful, again because this takes place over the course of one day, and it just really didn’t have the same dynamics as her other books. Ivy was super annoying. I just couldn’t care for her. She seemed too self centred, did the most infuriating things, and her internal monologue was extremely annoying. Mateo wasn’t much better. He has lots of family based monologue which made his POV’s usually drag on and on. I guess Cal was somewhat bearable but the fact he was in love with his art teacher made his POV overly naïve and such. Obviously it wasn’t his fault (I hate that teacher) but his POV made excuses for her actions far too many times. And I guess my lack of enjoyment came from the fact I just didn’t get sucked into it or feel the stakes. I think when a mystery takes place over weeks, the dread and guilt and takes grow higher as the characters slowly learn more and get threats or whatever it may be. Here it was very linear in what happens which wasn’t all and but bored me. I guess how the mystery was resolved and all was good, I just felt it was very anti climactic. Like I said when you already know the motive and there isn’t any motive twist (or who did it twist, as someone obviously was going something wrong) it isn’t as fun. There wasn’t as much information to go off on to make theories myself. I definitely think her other books excel at giving just enough information over the course of days. Obviously the format of this book doesn’t allow that. Overall this is my least favourite of Karen M McManus’ books yet but I know as this is only one out of 5 published books I disliked, I still have faith in her future mysteries which I will read!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Baba

    Ivy (rich parents, but living in the shadow of all-round genius younger brother), Cal (an outlier with very few friends if any) and Mateo (dark and brooding, but now working three jobs to help support his ill single mother, who recently loss her business) used to be best friends in their very early teens, and recall their highlight, the greatest day ever when they skipped school together. Circumstances pull these three together on a skip school day again, only this day ends in murder, with one o Ivy (rich parents, but living in the shadow of all-round genius younger brother), Cal (an outlier with very few friends if any) and Mateo (dark and brooding, but now working three jobs to help support his ill single mother, who recently loss her business) used to be best friends in their very early teens, and recall their highlight, the greatest day ever when they skipped school together. Circumstances pull these three together on a skip school day again, only this day ends in murder, with one of the as the prime person of interest! ...and yes, there's certainly more to this story, much more. This is yet another top-drawer Young Adult 21st century American mystery + romance thriller by Karen M. McManus who has the ability to take the trivialities of modern (middle to upper class) mostly White suburban senior year in high school life mix it up with crime (usually murder) and a 'will-they won't-they' romance and make it interesting reading, usually with a core mystery that keeps me transfixed all the way through! This is a prime example, and in my opinion one of her best efforts. 8 out of 12. 2022 read

  11. 5 out of 5

    paige

    YOOOO DO I SMELL A SEQUEL???

  12. 5 out of 5

    Blake

    Inject this straight into my eyeballs please

  13. 4 out of 5

    Avani ✨

    Karen M McManus, known for her thrilling murder mystery plots and excellent choice of characters amongst them, You'll Be The Death of Me is another well plotted book by the author. Our three main characters - Ivy, Mateo, Cal find themselves stuck between the murder of a fourth high school student who, they three know at individual level. Although the plot was very well articulated, I felt the characters could have been better. In terms of plot and characters, I would also want the author to experi Karen M McManus, known for her thrilling murder mystery plots and excellent choice of characters amongst them, You'll Be The Death of Me is another well plotted book by the author. Our three main characters - Ivy, Mateo, Cal find themselves stuck between the murder of a fourth high school student who, they three know at individual level. Although the plot was very well articulated, I felt the characters could have been better. In terms of plot and characters, I would also want the author to experiment and bring something new to the table. There was a lot of predictions as well as cliché plot twists in the book. A definite one time catchy read for me, which I will read once and end up forgetting by the end.

  14. 4 out of 5

    C.G. Drews

    I really enjoy a good McManus thriller (my favourites beingTwo Can Keep a Secret and The Cousins. I whipped through this one in a day and definitely enjoyed the chaos element. The three main characters manage to make a huge mess, confess their worse secrets, and stumble into a drug ring ALL because they decided to skip school for one day. Stay in school, kids. But the ending was so easy and the villains super incompetent, so I kind of ended feeling flat. Ivy, Cal and Mateo, who used to be friends I really enjoy a good McManus thriller (my favourites beingTwo Can Keep a Secret and The Cousins. I whipped through this one in a day and definitely enjoyed the chaos element. The three main characters manage to make a huge mess, confess their worse secrets, and stumble into a drug ring ALL because they decided to skip school for one day. Stay in school, kids. But the ending was so easy and the villains super incompetent, so I kind of ended feeling flat. Ivy, Cal and Mateo, who used to be friends but drifted apart as highschool progressed. They decide to replicate this One Great Day where they skipped in 8th grade and never got caught -- and skip again now, as seniors. They stumble upon the murder of one of their classmates and it's a huge case of: here in the wrong place, wrong time. Someone tips the police off that a "blonde woman" was there (Ivy is blonde too) and so she becomes "wanted".  While Cal and Mateo make the dumbass decision to flee the scene crime, etc etc. It just goes so wrong, so fast. They all are TERRIBLE the a life of crime. And as characters? All of them were rather shitty, but it really fit the plot and the way everything tied in together was satisfying. Cal annoyed me the most because he had a great life and yet :') brattish behaviour. Ivy was really vindictive, but driven by anxiety. Mateo was a sweetie, just a dumbass also, which is fine. Appreciate. The mystery element relied on them making a lot of mistakes and they find answers by accident or from sheer blundering into them. There's lots of double-crossing each other and evasion too, so it makes for a page-turner. Not a hardcore or spooky thriller, more like a light mystery with a bit o' murder. And I do love the writing style.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Eva Sharma

    There's a cover and a blurb!! I put this on my TBR before the synopsis was even there because it's McManus. It can't go wrong, none of her books ever do! (I refuse to count The Cousins as one of her books.) The cover is amazing and the title is too, just like all her other books (again, discounting The Cousins). There's a cover and a blurb!! I put this on my TBR before the synopsis was even there because it's McManus. It can't go wrong, none of her books ever do! (I refuse to count The Cousins as one of her books.) The cover is amazing and the title is too, just like all her other books (again, discounting The Cousins).

  16. 5 out of 5

    kimberly ☆

    thank you so much delacorte press for this ARC! 4/5 stars ooop! this was an extremely quick read, and a nice surprise! now i was expecting a lot from miss karen because she wrote one of us is lying, and it was one of my favorite books when it dropped. and i’m just gonna say that she did not disappoint. this book is easy to follow, and the twists and turns it takes are truly captivating. i really loved the climax and how we found out who it was. All the point of use were pretty easy to follow, it w thank you so much delacorte press for this ARC! 4/5 stars ooop! this was an extremely quick read, and a nice surprise! now i was expecting a lot from miss karen because she wrote one of us is lying, and it was one of my favorite books when it dropped. and i’m just gonna say that she did not disappoint. this book is easy to follow, and the twists and turns it takes are truly captivating. i really loved the climax and how we found out who it was. All the point of use were pretty easy to follow, it wasn't and jumpy or skippy. i really liked the cute romance we got it’s adorable, this is one of my favorite genres of books mystery and romance and this book gave what needed to be given, and i’m really really happy i got the chance to read it!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Dannii Elle

    Ivy, Mateo, and Cal used to be best friends but time and age have driven them apart. Their attempts to rekindle what they once had, as they ditch school together, quickly die and awkwardness sets in. When they run into another truant they latch on to him as a way to turn their day around. Discovering a murder together wasn't quite what they had in mind in order to do so, though. I can always rely on McManus to deliver a solid YA thriller. This proved just as fun and furiously fast-paced, as chock Ivy, Mateo, and Cal used to be best friends but time and age have driven them apart. Their attempts to rekindle what they once had, as they ditch school together, quickly die and awkwardness sets in. When they run into another truant they latch on to him as a way to turn their day around. Discovering a murder together wasn't quite what they had in mind in order to do so, though. I can always rely on McManus to deliver a solid YA thriller. This proved just as fun and furiously fast-paced, as chocked full of secrets and of sinister discoveries, as all the titles I have previously read from her. The characters also appeared as initially cliched before becoming unique and nuanced as their true selves became exposed. I had no faults with this story and a blast working through the puzzles it presented. I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to the author, Karen M. McManus, and the publisher, Penguin, for this opportunity.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Chelsea | thrillerbookbabe

    Three friends who have grown apart. A chance to reconnect. A ditch day gone horribly wrong. Thank you to Delacorte Press and Karen McManus for my ARC of this book that comes out on November 30, 2021. In Karen McManus’s You’ll Be The Death of Me, three high school seniors reconnect after years of living their own lives. Ivy, the smart and driven runner up for class President feels like she will never be as good as her younger brother. He is smart but a slacker and Ivy feels like she’s always havi Three friends who have grown apart. A chance to reconnect. A ditch day gone horribly wrong. Thank you to Delacorte Press and Karen McManus for my ARC of this book that comes out on November 30, 2021. In Karen McManus’s You’ll Be The Death of Me, three high school seniors reconnect after years of living their own lives. Ivy, the smart and driven runner up for class President feels like she will never be as good as her younger brother. He is smart but a slacker and Ivy feels like she’s always having to prove herself. Mateo is your typical high school heartthrob, with good looks and a charming personality. He is also working two jobs to take care of his sick mom and try to support his family. Then there is Cal, a friendless outsider who wants to go back and relive one of the best days of his life. When he sees his chance, he drives the trio to Boston for a ditch day. But this isn’t just any ditch day, but a day that begins with witnessing a murder. Is it a case of the wrong place at the wrong time, or do these three have something to hide? What follows is a frantic chase to find out what happened in the abandoned warehouse and to find out who is responsible. But everyone has secrets, and sooner or later, those secrets will come out. Thoughts: In a similar format to her other books, You’ll Be The Death of Me switches between three perspectives to tell the story. In her signature fun YA plot style, McManus slowly shares details through each of the three narrators. I enjoyed that she wrote each character in a distinctive way and made them each individually relatable. The reader is never sure who to trust, who has hidden motives, and what is really going on in the bigger picture. With a hint of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, this story is a fun twist on being in the wrong place at the wrong time. It seemed like no one was interested in the murder as much as in drama and teen romance. I found the book to be very slow in the middle and the ending wasn’t necessarily the most enjoyable. I get that McManus was trying to throw in a twist, but it was not satisfying to read. In the end, I thought this was a fun but typical YA book, full of teen drama and an overdone plot. 3.5 stars. First available on mysteryandsuspense.com

  19. 5 out of 5

    Marci

    I enjoyed the Ferris Bueller's Day Off aspect of this and I was mostly invested in the characters and their relationships with each other but the mystery was a bit of a letdown. It got more exciting towards the end of the book and I loved the twisted final few pages but all in all I didn't love this one. It felt a little lackluster. Still entertaining though! I was sooooo excited for this one and went into it with such high expectations which might be why I didn't love this as much as I had hope I enjoyed the Ferris Bueller's Day Off aspect of this and I was mostly invested in the characters and their relationships with each other but the mystery was a bit of a letdown. It got more exciting towards the end of the book and I loved the twisted final few pages but all in all I didn't love this one. It felt a little lackluster. Still entertaining though! I was sooooo excited for this one and went into it with such high expectations which might be why I didn't love this as much as I had hoped to.🤔 I was still shook and surprised with the reveals though...so yay!!! Love that. 😌🤭

  20. 5 out of 5

    Beary Into Books

    Rating 3.5 You’ll Be the Death of Me by Karen M. McManus was an interesting read. The story was told from multiple perspectives which helps the reader stay engaged. I liked getting to know more about the characters separately rather than just focusing on one. This book has a strong plot but I don’t think it was executed well. While the book was interesting I did find myself getting bored at times. There wasn’t enough suspense or thrilling points to keep me fully interested in the outcome. I also Rating 3.5 You’ll Be the Death of Me by Karen M. McManus was an interesting read. The story was told from multiple perspectives which helps the reader stay engaged. I liked getting to know more about the characters separately rather than just focusing on one. This book has a strong plot but I don’t think it was executed well. While the book was interesting I did find myself getting bored at times. There wasn’t enough suspense or thrilling points to keep me fully interested in the outcome. I also wasn’t too surprised with the ‘twist’ ending. I’m not sure if I had too high of expectations but I can see others really enjoying this book. If you haven’t read it, I also recommend “The Cousins” by Karen M. McManus which was a 5 star from me. **Received a copy from #Netgalley in return for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. **

  21. 4 out of 5

    Dash fan

    4☆ A Compelling YA Mystery This is my first book by this Author, I really enjoyed it and I have already purchased the other books. This book is about Three teenagers who decide to skip school, then they become embroiled in a murder scene mystery....I mean talk about wrong place, wrong time! But what is the connection and why? You'll Be the Death of Me is a Web of Deceit, Secrets, Lies, Betrayal, and Truths. The story develops slowly in fact it takes place over one day, but as the twists are uncov 4☆ A Compelling YA Mystery This is my first book by this Author, I really enjoyed it and I have already purchased the other books. This book is about Three teenagers who decide to skip school, then they become embroiled in a murder scene mystery....I mean talk about wrong place, wrong time! But what is the connection and why? You'll Be the Death of Me is a Web of Deceit, Secrets, Lies, Betrayal, and Truths. The story develops slowly in fact it takes place over one day, but as the twists are uncovered the pace became a bit more suspenseful, which I actually liked as it kept me guessing. I love a Mystery that doesn't give you everything all at once as then I feel there's nothing left to solve. I didn't find the characters particularly likeable but given the style of storyline I'm guessing I wasn't meant to. Overall I enjoyed You'll Be the Death of Me, if you like YA Mystery books then I think you will enjoy this one. Thank you to The Write Reads Blog Tours for my copy which I reviewed honestly and voluntarily. You can Find this Review and all my Other Reviews on My Blog :- https://dashfan81.blogspot.com/2021/1...

  22. 5 out of 5

    Henri Purnell

    McManus did it again. I couldn‘t put this one down. Didn‘t see the last pages coming. Overall loved the book so much!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Christina Pilkington

    I'm so disappointed that I didn't like this book more! And it's my first read of 2022 :( This is my third book by the author, and while her books have never been my favorite, I usually have a fun time reading them. But in You'll Be the Death of Me, I had so many issues with the plot and mystery elements of this story that I just couldn't overlook. My main issue is that most of this book reads like a contemporary. McManus is good at crafting teen characters and creating friend groups. All three m I'm so disappointed that I didn't like this book more! And it's my first read of 2022 :( This is my third book by the author, and while her books have never been my favorite, I usually have a fun time reading them. But in You'll Be the Death of Me, I had so many issues with the plot and mystery elements of this story that I just couldn't overlook. My main issue is that most of this book reads like a contemporary. McManus is good at crafting teen characters and creating friend groups. All three main characters have great backstories, are fully fleshed out, and their interactions and dialogue between each other are compelling and interesting. However, most of the plot of this book is focused on things that have taken place in the past that have caused this group of friends to have a falling out. This book is all about realizing their past mistakes and coming back together as friends once again. The mystery element isn't even a major focus of the book until the last five or so chapters. And the ending is absolutely absurd and comes out of left field! It's clearly set up that way to make it possible for a sequel to happen. Also, there is a relationship between an older and younger character that feels so unrealistic. If the mystery was removed from this story and it had focused more on this group of friends and their interpersonal relationships, it would have been a stronger book for me. If you'd like to read a book by this author, I'd recommend The Cousins and pass on this one. Even the One of US is Lying series is better.

  24. 4 out of 5

    JasonA

    If you're a Karen McManus fan, then you're probably going to like this book; I am, and I did. I will say that it's not my favorite book of hers, but I did enjoy it. I can't put my finger on what it is, but it feels like something is missing from this book. That and the open ending were really my only issues with the book. I think I'd have liked to see the group re-establish their friendship for a little longer before the shit hits the fan. Maybe that's what was missing? These were old friends who If you're a Karen McManus fan, then you're probably going to like this book; I am, and I did. I will say that it's not my favorite book of hers, but I did enjoy it. I can't put my finger on what it is, but it feels like something is missing from this book. That and the open ending were really my only issues with the book. I think I'd have liked to see the group re-establish their friendship for a little longer before the shit hits the fan. Maybe that's what was missing? These were old friends who grew apart, but then fell right back into the rhythms of their friendship. I really think it would have helped to see this process drawn out a bit more. As it is now, it's kind of hard to believe that they'd all stop hanging out since their connection seems so strong and they fall back into it so fast. These are more or less nitpicks since they don't have any major effect on the book. I wouldn't recommend this as your first McManus book (read One of Us is Lying, in that case), but still a good read.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Rozanne Visagie (Willow's Corner)

    *Disclaimer: I was kindly gifted a copy of this book by Tandem Collective Global and Penguin Random House SA as part of a global readalong in exchange for an honest review. "Silence falls as we get lost in our own regrets." I read this book as part of a global readalong hosted by Tandem Collective Global and I was ready to get my detective on. The title had my mind running in different directions and I knew that this story would be interesting. Ivy, Mateo and Cal were best friends in middle scho *Disclaimer: I was kindly gifted a copy of this book by Tandem Collective Global and Penguin Random House SA as part of a global readalong in exchange for an honest review. "Silence falls as we get lost in our own regrets." I read this book as part of a global readalong hosted by Tandem Collective Global and I was ready to get my detective on. The title had my mind running in different directions and I knew that this story would be interesting. Ivy, Mateo and Cal were best friends in middle school but have drifted apart. One day they skip school together but their day doesn't go as planned. With the murder of a student reported and the absence of the trio, everyone thinks the same thing after details of the suspect was given. It's a thrilling ride through the pages as the reader discovers the murderer. This is the second book I've read by McManus and though some say that her first books are better, I found YBTDOM well-written. It's a keep you guessing YA Thriller told from three POVs. I had a head full of theories and I was proven wrong every time; for me, this book wasn't predictable in any way. The ending pulled the rug from under my feet and left me with a 'what just happened' feeling.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Laura Peden

    3.5/5

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jenna | JennaStopReading

    Thank you Delacorte Press for a free ecopy in exchange for a review! Karen McManus is back at it again with a compelling storyline about seemingly unconnected teenagers who are connected in a twist way. Another random murder that teens are caught in the middler of and trying to investigate? I'm here for it. Karen McManus is one of my favorite authors and writes fast paced, page turning thrillers. This one took a little bit to get invested, for sure, and I think the reason for that is that the thre Thank you Delacorte Press for a free ecopy in exchange for a review! Karen McManus is back at it again with a compelling storyline about seemingly unconnected teenagers who are connected in a twist way. Another random murder that teens are caught in the middler of and trying to investigate? I'm here for it. Karen McManus is one of my favorite authors and writes fast paced, page turning thrillers. This one took a little bit to get invested, for sure, and I think the reason for that is that the three main characters all have similar "voices". While the book is written in first person with chapters rotating between each of the MC's voicing, I found myself getting lost mid chapter, trying to figure out who was behind each one (in the beginning particularly). They all "sounded" the same - nobody was particularly interesting or unique, either. Around the halfway point was where it picked up for me, and I read the remainder of the book in 36 hours. Once the ball got rolling, it moved quickly. But at the end of it, I only really liked one character - the rest were just "meh" for me. I have trouble getting invested in a story if I don't feel anything for the main players, and that's exactly what happened here. All in all - the storyline, while slow in the beginning, was a solid 4 stars from me. An intricately woven tangled web, McManus delivered with juicy plot twists driven by untrustworthy characters. The characters, however, get a 3 star "meh" from me, averaging this book out to a 3,5/5 stars. Will I read her next one? 100% I will. this one wasn't a total miss, just took a hot minute to get revved up.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jenn

    3.5 Stars This wasn't my favorite McManus book but it was still a fun ride. Ivy, Mateo, and Cal were the best of friends back in the day. But as many young friendships go, this one didn't survive the growing older phase. When a chance meeting in a parking lot puts them all together, Cal suggests they ditch school like old times. Each one needing an escape, they agree and this begins a chain of events no one saw coming. The three main characters couldn't be more different if they tried. It's easy 3.5 Stars This wasn't my favorite McManus book but it was still a fun ride. Ivy, Mateo, and Cal were the best of friends back in the day. But as many young friendships go, this one didn't survive the growing older phase. When a chance meeting in a parking lot puts them all together, Cal suggests they ditch school like old times. Each one needing an escape, they agree and this begins a chain of events no one saw coming. The three main characters couldn't be more different if they tried. It's easy to see why they grew apart but yet underneath, you can also still feel how much each one needs the other. I did enjoy the little glimpses of that as the story went on. But I think my lack of connection to the characters was because I felt McManus barely scraped the surface of their personalities. This entire book just rested on the murder plot so unfortunately, everything else was just superficial. We weren't given much to grasp onto or root for. The mystery of the story was pretty fun. In true McManus style, I suspected everyone - even the glaringly obvious one (even thought I know, it's never the glaringly obvious one lol). I enjoyed trying to put all of the pieces together. But I do think that this lacked the umph that her previous books had. That being said, I still look forward to all of her releases because it's just so much fun to have teen thrillers out.

  29. 4 out of 5

    aliah ☆

    Ivy, Cal and Mateo were once close friends but have since fallen out of touch. Until one day before school, they run into each other and decide to ditch school and travel into the city. That’s when they spot another classmate, who is also skipping. They follow him… to his own murder site. They all have connections to the murder and something to hide. McManus never fails to write gripping mysteries. My favorite thing about her writing is the complexity of the story. Everything is so tightly woven t Ivy, Cal and Mateo were once close friends but have since fallen out of touch. Until one day before school, they run into each other and decide to ditch school and travel into the city. That’s when they spot another classmate, who is also skipping. They follow him… to his own murder site. They all have connections to the murder and something to hide. McManus never fails to write gripping mysteries. My favorite thing about her writing is the complexity of the story. Everything is so tightly woven together but the solution is still just out of reach until the end. You’ll Be the Death of Me is full of relatable characters. It’s fast paced, exciting and leaves you wanting more. Content warnings: Murder, death, blood, violence, drugs & needles. This book is perfect for fans of A Good Girls Guide to Murder and One of Us is Lying. If you’re a fan of her other books, you’ll love this. 5 stars Thank you NetGalley and Random House for this arc!

  30. 4 out of 5

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    IM IN LOVE WITH THE TITLE OF THIS NOVEL

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