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Review: What Happened to Cass McBride? by Gail Giles

in a sentence: cass is buried alive by the brother of the boy who killed himself after she turned him down for a date. yes, really.

cass is a high school girl who really has it together. smart, gorgeous, clever, funny, and of course, manipulative. when she turns down david kirby (mega-nerd) for a date, the next day she finds out he killed himself and can't help but feel kinda guilty about it. but that guilt materializes as she fights for her life - in more ways than one. the struggles she faces are internal and external, just as they are for kyle kirby - her kidnapper and torturer.

obviously this is a grim story. it's super heavy, but well worth the read. there's some swearing action here and there, but nothing too shocking considering the characters are 17 and older. also, the family dynamics of this story are so interesting. and when i say interesting, i mean depressingly, heartbreakingly, and fascinatingly interesting. it hurts my heart to even imagine that there are family dynamics like the ones in this book, but the reality is that there are too many families like the ones Giles explores.

i loved the multiple storytellers, and the multiple fonts to help the reader keep things straight. i liked the jumping back and forth in time in a way that made sense and built up the tension in the mystery. but most of all i like the coming of age element that is present and makes the read worthwhile. the different characters come to independent realizations about themselves through this nail-biter of a book and are truly changed.

i appreciated the emphasis that Giles puts on the power of words, and in such an authentic way. she makes it so clear the hurt that people can inflict with their verbal actions that it honestly makes you think about the way you talk to people, treat people, or even look at people differently. i should also note that i powered through this book in a matter of hours. that is unheard of for me! it is indeed a quick read, but the tight suspense pushed me so hard that i couldn't resist even if i wanted to! plus i loved Shattering Glass, so i had good reason to suspect this one would be quite the treat. Gail Giles, i love you.

fave quotes: "words are teeth. and they eat me alive. feed on my corpse instead" (102)
"a person doesn't really live through something like that. a new person is born and steps out."(209)

fix er up: the ending is something that i'm having a hard time dealing with. not so much with cass's character, but with the way the families cope with the ending. i'm just not sure i like it, but i'm not sure that i dislike it necessarily either.

title: What Happened to Cass McBride?
author: Gail Giles
genre: Edgy, Mystery, Thriller

Lisa is a gamer, crafter, fangirl, mother, wife and unabashed nerd who is pretty ridiculous and it's best you know that up front. When she's not binge watching Netflix or crafting into the wee hours of the night, you can find her spending a lot of her time on Pinterest and Twitter.

1 comment:

  1. well I read the book for a language arts class and I really found it really cool and I liked how it was one chapter Kyle Ben and then Cass I really would like to read more books if anyone knows some form that author


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