Easy Prey
Only three students had access to a teacher’s racy photos before they went viral. There’s Mouse, a brainy overachiever so desperate to escape his father and go to MIT that he would do almost anything, legal or not. Then there’s Drew, the star athlete who can get any girl’s number—and private photos—with his charm but has a history of passing those photos around. And finally there’s Jenna, a good girl turned rebel after her own shocking photos made the rounds at school last year, who is still waiting for justice. All three deny leaking the photos, but someone has to take the fall. This edgy whodunit tackles hot-button issues of sexting and gossip and will have readers tearing through the pages to reach the final reveal.

Easy Prey Details

TitleEasy Prey
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseOct 16th, 2018
PublisherAmulet Books
ISBN-139781419731907
Rating
GenreMystery, Young Adult, Fiction, Contemporary

Easy Prey Review

  • Chandra Claypool (wherethereadergrows)
    January 1, 1970
    We all remember high school. Everyone is put into some kind of category. In this novel, we have the jock, the nerd and the wholesome girl gone goth. Each of them have their own issues and when put together on a school project, they start learning there's more to each of them than meets the eye.Here's what I love about a smartly done YA novel. Lo takes hot button topics such as sexting, privacy, the blame game and even parental liability into a high school scene where teenagers think there's noth We all remember high school. Everyone is put into some kind of category. In this novel, we have the jock, the nerd and the wholesome girl gone goth. Each of them have their own issues and when put together on a school project, they start learning there's more to each of them than meets the eye.Here's what I love about a smartly done YA novel. Lo takes hot button topics such as sexting, privacy, the blame game and even parental liability into a high school scene where teenagers think there's nothing else in the world but the one that they live in. If I had known that high school really wouldn't have made a difference in my world afterwards, I may have looked at it differently. But hey, it's all part of our learning process, right? The author smartly brings these topics into play and grasps the fine line in how differently gender roles and expectations fall into the blaming process. I was intrigued from the beginning of the book straight until the end. I wasn't quite expecting that ending, which was a surprise that brought a large smile to my face! We all have our secrets... and secrets have a tendency to come out, whether you like it or not. Be careful what you do and who you do it to and for goodness sakes, LEARN FROM YOUR MISTAKES.I do think there may be some controversy about the ending as I even questioned certain parts of WHY IF THIS OR THAT? However, rather than reading way too much into it, I'm just going to revel in the ingenious of it all. Well done Lo, well done!
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  • Laurie Flynn
    January 1, 1970
    I am a person who reads a lot of psychological thrillers. I love nothing more than a book that messes with my head. But since I read so widely, I can often see the twists and turns coming. Well, not in EASY PREY. I don't know how to review this book because I don't want to give away any of its surprises. What I can say is that Catherine Lo is masterful at writing the moral gray area and creating multifaceted characters you can love and hate in the same chapter. This book is smart, sharp, and leg I am a person who reads a lot of psychological thrillers. I love nothing more than a book that messes with my head. But since I read so widely, I can often see the twists and turns coming. Well, not in EASY PREY. I don't know how to review this book because I don't want to give away any of its surprises. What I can say is that Catherine Lo is masterful at writing the moral gray area and creating multifaceted characters you can love and hate in the same chapter. This book is smart, sharp, and legitimately shocking. I was kept guessing until the very end, and immediately wanted to read it again with knowledge of its secrets.Speaking of secrets... I'm not giving any away! You'll habe to read the book to find out more!
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  • Atlas
    January 1, 1970
    "This time I'm ready. I'm not easy prey anymore"* * *3 / 5Easy Prey reminded me a lot of One of Us is Lying, but around the theme of sexual photos being leaked rather than murder. This was a really compelling book, but it was also quite confusing. The characters are complicated, complex, and also despicable and made my skin crawl at different points. I really wasn't sure what to make of this book.Easy Prey has three main characters:Jenna, an ex-good girl turned goth/rebel after her nudes were le "This time I'm ready. I'm not easy prey anymore"* * *3 / 5Easy Prey reminded me a lot of One of Us is Lying, but around the theme of sexual photos being leaked rather than murder. This was a really compelling book, but it was also quite confusing. The characters are complicated, complex, and also despicable and made my skin crawl at different points. I really wasn't sure what to make of this book.Easy Prey has three main characters:Jenna, an ex-good girl turned goth/rebel after her nudes were leaked online and she didn't get enough supportMouse, a boy desperate to escape his father with dreams of attending MITDrew, a boy who wants to be seen as more than some dumb jock, a boy with mistakes in his pastThese characters are clearly play-on stereotypes - the goth, the nerd, and the jock - but they each have their own clear points of view and complex problems. There's more to each of them than meets the eye. The three characters are drawn together when they are put in a group for a class; they are given a topic with history for the group: online privacy and sexual photos."I can't even swallow, my throat is so full of all the things I want to say but can't"Suddenly, it's not just a topic of the past when their teacher's nudes are leaked on an online blog. But there's only three people that had access to these photos and they all seem to have motive. The mystery of the book was high compelling, there's all these theories floating around, all this suspense that made me frantically press that forward button on my Kindle. But the narrative was also quite confusing; the text flips between the present and the past, between characters, and there's all these secrets that I struggled to keep straight in my head."I wasn't about to leave my fate in someone else's hands, especially not with dreams as big as mine"Easy Prey is a current book that really tackles some contemporary issues. I thought the ending was easily guessed, but the delivery was fantastic; this book gave me seriously mixed feelings.My thanks to Netgalley for an ARC of this book.Read this review and more on my blog: https://atlasrisingbooks.wordpress.co...
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  • Amber Garabrandt
    January 1, 1970
    Summary: Three students had access to a teacher’s revealing photos before they were posted to the internet. There’s Mouse, the genius level overachiever that will stop at nothing to get into MIT, Jenna, once bubbly and popular now mistrusting miscreant after her own pics found their way onto the internet; and Drew star athlete with more charm than any one boy should have. All three deny posting the pictures, but someone knows what’s going on. This is an interesting who-done-it for the internet-c Summary: Three students had access to a teacher’s revealing photos before they were posted to the internet. There’s Mouse, the genius level overachiever that will stop at nothing to get into MIT, Jenna, once bubbly and popular now mistrusting miscreant after her own pics found their way onto the internet; and Drew star athlete with more charm than any one boy should have. All three deny posting the pictures, but someone knows what’s going on. This is an interesting who-done-it for the internet-crazed times.My thoughts: I liked the premise here, it was definitely interesting as well as the questions raised by it- these days nothing is completely private anymore it seems. Who is to blame when pictures that should never be shared leak out? The girl that sent the pic? The boy that received it? Anyone that saw or re-posted it? Why should all the weight be on the girl? The characters were all interesting, and all had their own issues that made the way they were a little more understandable. I didn’t agree with most of the things that happened in this book, but maybe that’s just me being old. Technically speaking this is a good book; well written with good character development. The chapters jumped a lot from character to character, and going back and forth in timeline but it wasn’t hard to keep track of. Faint praise, I know. I can’t even put my finger on a reason that I didn’t love the book except that I didn’t see enough character growth. For me, there just weren’t any likable characters- no one I could connect with. Maybe this one just wasn’t for me. I will be interested to see what other bloggers and reviewers say. I am going to give this one three stars. On the adult content scale, there was substance abuse, language and shaming/ bullying. It is listed as a YA novel and I see little reason not to give it to a teen 15+. Let’s give it a seven. I was lucky enough to receive an eARC of this book from Netgalley and Amulet Books in exchange for an honest review. My thanks!
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  • S.M. Parker
    January 1, 1970
    Catherine Lo’s brilliant latest novel tackles the timely subject of sexting and its consequences. Lo’s dialogue is so crisp and whip smart that I instantly fell in love with all three characters, each telling the story from their point of voice. A masterful storyteller, Lo crafts a plot that ensnares predator and prey and leaves the reader guessing right up until the end. EASY PREY isn’t one you’ll want to miss.
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  • Sarah Glenn Marsh
    January 1, 1970
    Pure, twisty goodness!!!I loved every page!
  • Claire (bookscoffeeandrepeat)
    January 1, 1970
    This book isn't what I was expecting. Judging by the premise, the reader would expect that the good girl turned rebel (Jenna) is the easy prey (get it?) but there is so much more to this book than what one may expect. While I appreciate the author's cautionary tale of sexting and privacy with the added complication of having personal stuff spread in the internet, I don't think this book is without flaws. For starters, this book can be problematic. The premise, for instance, is about a girl who h This book isn't what I was expecting. Judging by the premise, the reader would expect that the good girl turned rebel (Jenna) is the easy prey (get it?) but there is so much more to this book than what one may expect. While I appreciate the author's cautionary tale of sexting and privacy with the added complication of having personal stuff spread in the internet, I don't think this book is without flaws. For starters, this book can be problematic. The premise, for instance, is about a girl who had revealing pictures of her shared all over twitter. HOWEVER, she eventually stoops to the level of the perpetrators. I can't properly explain because of spoilers. Just know that everybody has a secret and that anyone can be "multifaceted." They say one thing but mean the other, or that some people can readily stab someone behind their back (metaphorically speaking, of course).Even if I wasn't completely engrossed with the author's writing, I liked the author's morally gray characters. Nobody's perfect, just like in real life. Even the prey can have their shining moment of revenge while the corrupt characters think they did nothing wrong. This book had some interesting moments despite the blandness in writing. I especially wasn't a fan of the tropes portrayed throughout the novel. For instance, Mouse was a meek character hence the nickname Mouse stuck. He's smart and unpopular. Everyone calls him Mouse now especially his father. Then Jenna, the popular beautiful girl turned into a rebel, listening to Black Veil Brides and wears all black thinks she's a rebel? This became her persona after everyone saw her inappropriate pictures. Finally, the jock, Drew is a chick-magnet? He thinks that he's really good at flirting and asking girls for racy photos. I just wasn't a fan of these awful tropes. These somewhat reminded me of inaccurate or over the top (too much) teen dramas like Riverdale and/or Degrassi. Ugh. I immediately wanted to put this book down but if it weren't for my curiosity on how this book's going to end, I wouldn't finish reading this book.One positive thing to note, however, is that this book does talk about ethics (and morality) in regards to racy photos being spread in the internet plus its repercussions. I liked how it didn't come off as preachy - "don't do this" sort of thing. Although some parents in this novel were sort of like this and they had been predictable minor characters. Then again, I also didn't think that any questions regarding controversial issues in this book were properly addressed. This book dealt with a pretty complex issue so different responses from different characters were to be expected.This could be a novel I'd recommend to OPEN-MINDED fans of One of Us Is Lying. I actually wasn't sure what to rate this but I did saw the plot twist coming from afar. **Huge thanks to the publisher for approving my request to read this book in exchange for an honest review!
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  • Marci Curtis
    January 1, 1970
    OMG Y'ALL...I can't say a lot here because of spoilers, but HOLY MOTHER OF TWISTY PLOTS. This is an addictive psychologic thriller that keeps you guessing till the very last page. Sharp, unpredictable, and masterfully written, EASY PREY is absolutely brimming with multifaceted, interesting characters that you will love and hate in turns. Perfect for fans of ONE OF US IS LYING. JUST READ IT, ALREADY. YOU CAN THANK ME LATER.
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  • Jolien
    January 1, 1970
    Review on my blog The Fictional ReaderListen, I don’t like writing negative reviews on books that haven’t been released yet/review copies. It always makes me feel guilty. But I just couldn’t not write a review for this book. I don’t give 1 star to books often. In fact, I almost never do it. But this book made me so angry I had to stop reading every 2 to 5 pages. It actually managed to give me heartburn, because the anger was riling up my weak stomach.I want to preface this review by saying I am Review on my blog The Fictional ReaderListen, I don’t like writing negative reviews on books that haven’t been released yet/review copies. It always makes me feel guilty. But I just couldn’t not write a review for this book. I don’t give 1 star to books often. In fact, I almost never do it. But this book made me so angry I had to stop reading every 2 to 5 pages. It actually managed to give me heartburn, because the anger was riling up my weak stomach.I want to preface this review by saying I am clearly an outlier on this book. That’s why I was left wondering whether I had read the same book as everyone else had. The early reviews on this are as following: 37 ratings. 12 of those are 5-star ratings and 16 of them 4-star ratings. Clearly, the majority of early readers really enjoyed this book. I hated it. Let’s talk about my reasons as to why.THE PLOTThis book revolves around three students, one of which leaked nude photos of their law teacher. It’s split up into several parts: the ‘today’ when the photos were leaked on Twitter, and then a few other timelines each spanning a week which all take place before said point (like ‘three weeks before’, ‘two weeks before’, etc.).You’re trying to find out who leaked the photos, as well as how the three students actually got their hands on naked pictures of their teacher. First of all, can I just say EW??I was hoping this was going to be an empowering read on privacy, how women are mistreated and the double standard of nudes. And I can’t lie, there were a lot of parts in this book where the author highlighted how messed up the double standard is, and where the characters really called people out on their bullshit. It was going to be the ONE saving grace of this book. Until the ending came. I won’t spoil it for you, but I will say that the ending completely erased the one positive message this book had -at least, in my opinion.I was so happy to see some things being called out! One of the three students, Jenna, had her own nudes leaked on Twitter as well. This is a conversation she has with the school director (or counselor, I can’t remember):“No. You chose to ignore the evidence because without Troy and his friends, our basketball team would never have made it to championships.”“You’re simplifying what happened. You have to understand that those were very serious allegations that could have ruined a boy’s life and destroyed a very promising career before it even got started.”Jenna really calls him out on his bullshit, and I was so happy to read this. The stereotype of the ‘golden’ and ‘good boy’ makes me sick every single time. That’s how they escape all the consequences, while the victims are the only ones who are left punished.Yet all the positive messages regarding victim blaming, double standards, and more were completely ruined by the ending of this book. It still makes me angry.THE CHARACTERSThis. This is what made me so angry I wanted to gouge my own eyeballs out with a spoon. I hate EVERY SINGLE PERSON in this book, aside from Jenna’s mom and little brother who aren’t even that present. Let’s look at them one by one.MouseMouse, you make me want to punch you in the nuts. Mouse is the ‘nerd’ of the group, the stereotypical smart and unpopular guy. The quiet and shy one with big dreams of going to MIT. He also has feelings for Jenna, who has been his friend for years. And guess what, he is friendzoned. Surprise, surprise.He constantly complains that Jenna doesn’t see him, and that she should be with a nice guy like him instead of the jocks like Troy and Drew. Barf. First of all, just because you are nice to a woman doesn’t mean that she owes you anything at all. It’s called basic human decency. Second of all, you are NOT a nice guy, Mouse. In fact, you are so far removed from nice that you might as well be another shitstain on the floor. Don’t even get me started on the way he kissed her without her consent at a party, after which she pushed him away, and he tried again because if he only tried again she would see that they were perfect for each other. Great, sexual assault. Wonderful.The things he does to Jenna… I can’t even comprehend. And how after all that he still thinks he is a nice guy??? Are you delusional, mate???And once again, I will say that an abusive home does not excuse your horrid behavior. Yes, his situation is horrible. But that doesn’t excuse your actions at all!I can’t talk about him anymore, because I will pop a blood vessel if I keep going.DrewAnother person I want to strangle, for multiple reasons. Another shitstain on the surface of humanity. Let me tell you why.First, he thinks it’s a game to collect as many nudes from girls from his high school as possible. It makes him feel accomplished. So he has nudes of more than 30 girls from his high school (probably underage, even though I think he is underage as well). THAT IS SO DISGUSTING, I CAN’T EVEN DEAL. And he doesn’t even learn anything throughout this book. He’s like, “Oh, it’s awful for Jenna that her nudes got leaked. I’ll delete hers from my phone, but I’ll keep the others’ because I just like to know they’re there.” What the actual flying fuck.Then his little sister talks to him about it. About how other girls have told her that her brother is someone they have to be careful of, that he asks for inappropriate pictures. His little sister asks him about it. Then he says that she should be careful of men because they don’t have good intentions. That men don’t respect girls who send pictures like that. That he never asked for them. Are you fucking serious??? Yes, you did! You manipulated those girls until they sent you a picture, and now you’re blaming them?Drew also plays on the basketball team of the school. At some point, Troy (the captain, I think) doesn’t pass to him but to another guy because Drew had been missing shots the past few weeks. Afterwards in the locker room, he confronts Troy and tells him that he needs Troy to believe in him, and he says the following:“Do you have any idea how hard it is to be the only white guy on the team, constantly battling for respect?”What. The. Fuck.And of course, Drew also comes from a rich family. At some point, he comes to Jenna’s place of work to talk to her. He then says that ‘it must be nice to have a job and all that responsibility’ and that he wishes he could experience it too. Are you shitting me? She doesn’t work there because she loves it. She works there because some people actually need the money!“You’ve never had a job, have you?”He shakes his head, looking sheepish. “Nah. My parents want me to focus on school and sports.”“Must be nice,” I mutter.“Not really,” he says, clueless. “I’d love to have a job like this.”JennaMarginally less of a shitstain than the other two, but still a shitstain. Listen, I liked the way she called people out on their bullshit. The way she didn’t let anyone walk over her, or treat her in this horrible manner because of her leaked photos. But guess what? She is still a bad person! As is pretty much everyone else in this book.I just… I can’t deal anymore.Miss BaileyMiss Bailey is the teacher whose nudes were leaked through Twitter. In general, I just felt bad for her. I also think she’s not a good teacher, and that she treated people terribly. Still, that doesn’t mean she deserves to have something so private put out there.I just can’t deal with this book. I don’t understand how this book’s average rating on Goodreads is so high. Did I read the same book as everyone else did? Anyway, go check out their reviews on Goodreads if you want to see a different perspective on this book! For some fun, read my Goodreads updates while reading. There are far more of them than usual because I just needed to vent while reading.
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  • Jessica
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks to Amulet Books for the free copy in exchange for my honest review. Leaked photos are a big issue in recent years. People’s personal photos taken and shared with the world which creates big controversies. However, when it takes place in a high school and the owner of the photos is a teacher, that causes alarm. When only three students have access to these photos before they go viral, they have to figure out which one of them did it.We have three very different characters that could be to Thanks to Amulet Books for the free copy in exchange for my honest review. Leaked photos are a big issue in recent years. People’s personal photos taken and shared with the world which creates big controversies. However, when it takes place in a high school and the owner of the photos is a teacher, that causes alarm. When only three students have access to these photos before they go viral, they have to figure out which one of them did it.We have three very different characters that could be to blame. The quiet overachiever, the star athlete, and the rebellious girl. All with their own secrets and potential motives. I think Lo did a fantastic job giving all of these characters their own voice and they were all well-developed. She also sets the scene so well – back in those hallways of high school!The readers get to dive into the topics surrounding privacy and sexting – which are very real hot button issues people are facing today. Invasion of privacy and then culpability are the more controversial parts of the story. I will say that I was not expecting that ending! I really liked the direction that it went.Despite this being a more YA novel, it didn’t read like one to me. There’s enough mystery to it and realism that it doesn’t feel like a YA novel – I feel like the real reason it fits into that genre is because the main characters are high school age. I think Lo approached these topics very well and created an incredibly realistic story for us. I will be keeping my eyes peeled for more from Lo in the future!
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  • Michelle
    January 1, 1970
    My full review can be found on the Epilie Aspie Chick blog! These three start their project and quickly end up playing a game with their teacher Miss Bailey by pretending to be a guy on her dating site. Things escalate (you'll find out when you read!) and suddenly nude pictures of their law teacher end up in their hands. Everyone promises to delete the photos and move on, but when they appear on a blog and the school is notified - who will end up being the one who leaked the photos of Miss Bail My full review can be found on the Epilie Aspie Chick blog! These three start their project and quickly end up playing a game with their teacher Miss Bailey by pretending to be a guy on her dating site. Things escalate (you'll find out when you read!) and suddenly nude pictures of their law teacher end up in their hands. Everyone promises to delete the photos and move on, but when they appear on a blog and the school is notified - who will end up being the one who leaked the photos of Miss Bailey? This is such an amazing story how tge author makes it look like such a simple story and then rips the rug out from under you in those last couple pages. Watching the end play out totally changes your perspective and definitely changed how I looked at these characters. A big moral question asked here is who is responsible when someone's privacy is broken? Why is the blame put on women so often when guys lash out? What's considered crossing the line? I got to end of the line and dropped my jaw in shock, but unsure of some of the answers to these questions. It's a great sign when a book makes you question your perspective and reconsider your outlook.
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  • Catherine Bukowski
    January 1, 1970
    THIS BOOK!!! Following the story of these three teenagers from different time points leading to a huge scandal had me hooked. The ending threw me for a loop and I can honestly say I didn't see it coming. Gotta love a good twist. Overall this was such an entertaining read but also a very stressful one because I almost feel attached to the characters and I found myself worrying for them.
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  • Andrew
    January 1, 1970
    Easy Prey is, in a short sentence, a digital feminist mystery thriller. Narrated by three students back and forth throughout the course of a month, there are compromising pictures of students, a contest between the jocks of who can get the most photos, and a database created for them to store everything on. Easy Prey gradually becomes more intense the further you venture, and ultimate twists that will astound you in the best kind of way. I devoured it, thrilled not just from the story but from t Easy Prey is, in a short sentence, a digital feminist mystery thriller. Narrated by three students back and forth throughout the course of a month, there are compromising pictures of students, a contest between the jocks of who can get the most photos, and a database created for them to store everything on. Easy Prey gradually becomes more intense the further you venture, and ultimate twists that will astound you in the best kind of way. I devoured it, thrilled not just from the story but from the results. Trust me, you don't want to miss this one.
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  • Barbara
    January 1, 1970
    Although I saw the ending in this well-plotted YA novel coming, it took me several pages before my suspicions were raised. I loved how the book could have been torn from the pages of current events as it tackles nude photos, sexting, blaming, friendship, family dynamics, and privacy, all issues that are preoccupying many of us. And honestly, I could see just about any of the events described in this book actually happening. Moving back and worth in time, the story revolves around three friends-- Although I saw the ending in this well-plotted YA novel coming, it took me several pages before my suspicions were raised. I loved how the book could have been torn from the pages of current events as it tackles nude photos, sexting, blaming, friendship, family dynamics, and privacy, all issues that are preoccupying many of us. And honestly, I could see just about any of the events described in this book actually happening. Moving back and worth in time, the story revolves around three friends--Matthew (Mouse) Maguire, tech-savvy straight A student who barely rates a glance from his classmates, Drew Wilson, basketball player and best friend of the team star, and Jenna Bradley, whose nude photos posted online drew scorn and ridicule from her classmates and prompted a break-up with her boyfriend, Troy. As the book opens, the three are meeting to discuss how nude photos of their law teacher, Miss Bailey, ended up posted online. Since they are the only ones who had access to those photos, one of them had to be the one to release them. But all three deny having done so. Flash backward to the events that led to this moment, and the author leads readers on a merry chase across the pages and through some of the more unsavory parts of high school life. She is careful to throw a few red herrings in the mix, casting suspicion on everyone even while driving the point relentlessly home that revenge is, indeed, sweet, no matter how long it is in coming. If the poor teacher or anyone else is part of that collateral damage, then too bad. This book will certainly make readers think and definitely convince them to hold onto their own phones and computers, never letting them out of their sight.
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  • Clare Bird
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you netgalley for the free advanced copy in exchange for my honest review! Things I Did Enjoy:Wow. This book sucked me in, probably because I am really into the cyber world and how it's changing our world. I loved the point of views, details, and real world application. It did a pretty good job at keeping me on my toes.The Things I Didn’t Enjoy: There were two things that I disliked about this book. I thought the timeline was kind of jumpy- throwing me back and fourth. Which I am usually o Thank you netgalley for the free advanced copy in exchange for my honest review! Things I Did Enjoy:Wow. This book sucked me in, probably because I am really into the cyber world and how it's changing our world. I loved the point of views, details, and real world application. It did a pretty good job at keeping me on my toes.The Things I Didn’t Enjoy: There were two things that I disliked about this book. I thought the timeline was kind of jumpy- throwing me back and fourth. Which I am usually okay with except when its with multiple characters. The second thing that drove me nuts was the amount of foul language and severity. I know teens use it, but I don't think it should be encouraged.MRS BIRDS WORDS REVIEWCatherine Lo deserves 4 out of 5 feathers for her novel Easy Prey! I enjoyed my Netgalley copy. It sucked me in from the begining and the mystery kept me going until the the last page. I didn't see the ending coming until the last chapter. I felt like it was clever! I love that Easy Prey drives home the point of a victim - not the culprit. I think teens should read books like this to see the reality of what their internet actions can do. Its a crazy world out there and this book tackled one of the newest and toughest topics out there. Definitely worth the read!Parent’s Guide:This book focuses on the passing of nude pictures. So there is talk about nudity, sex, dirty talk, and lots of swearing. While I think this is a good book, I think it is geared to OLDER teens and would be a great co-read with parental figure.
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  • Tina
    January 1, 1970
    Where to start?I had a hard time rating this book because at times it felt like a 4 star and others a 3 star. I decided on 3 stars because this book lacked depth.While there are 3 main characters throughout the book, you don't get a chance to discover who they really are. Considering the topic of the book, I would have loved more backstory on Jenna and while we do get a bit of an idea what Mouse's life is like at home, we don't know who he is. Drew is probably the least fleshed out character, wh Where to start?I had a hard time rating this book because at times it felt like a 4 star and others a 3 star. I decided on 3 stars because this book lacked depth.While there are 3 main characters throughout the book, you don't get a chance to discover who they really are. Considering the topic of the book, I would have loved more backstory on Jenna and while we do get a bit of an idea what Mouse's life is like at home, we don't know who he is. Drew is probably the least fleshed out character, which makes all 3 of these characters kind of formulaic.The writing is good in that it doesn't deviate from where it is going. I like that Lo writes straightforward prose, not too many boring details about things that don't matter.There is a surprise ending to this book, which, to be honest, I figured out about halfway to the end and its kind of clever, if not a tad unrealistic.This is not a bad read, but I have no idea the who, where, why, how of these characters, so it was very difficult for me to like or even be invested in their story.
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  • Read InAGarden
    January 1, 1970
    Jenna hasn't been the same since a racy photo of her was posted online a year prior to the narrative - by her boyfriend no less. Mouse just wants to be seen as someone other than a mouse. He's good at writing code and he's been Jenna's best friend for years. Drew thinks Jenna is hotter now than she was a year ago and he would love for people to see him as more than a dumb jock. Into this mix comes an opportunity comes to debate the case digital privacy and the chance to get back at a much dislik Jenna hasn't been the same since a racy photo of her was posted online a year prior to the narrative - by her boyfriend no less. Mouse just wants to be seen as someone other than a mouse. He's good at writing code and he's been Jenna's best friend for years. Drew thinks Jenna is hotter now than she was a year ago and he would love for people to see him as more than a dumb jock. Into this mix comes an opportunity comes to debate the case digital privacy and the chance to get back at a much disliked teacher. One of these three isn't telling the whole truth and nothing but the truth but which one is it? All have secrets and all are not who they seem to be - that's the moral to Easy Prey. It would be easy to paint this book with a broad brush, but there is so much more to the secrets and lies theme of Easy Prey. It's also a tale about trust and friendship and what happens when those lines blur.
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  • Dee Price
    January 1, 1970
    4.5When nude pictures of Jenna are posted, her school brushes the incident under the rug and her star-athlete ex-boyfriend gets off with a slap on the wrist. A year later, when a similar incident happens to a teacher, the tables are turned and the school wants answers. As the investigation winds down, the three main suspects are Jenna, Mouse - her ex-boyfriend's cousin, and Drew - her ex-boyfriend's best friend, who just happened to be partners in a group project for the teacher's class. Coincid 4.5When nude pictures of Jenna are posted, her school brushes the incident under the rug and her star-athlete ex-boyfriend gets off with a slap on the wrist. A year later, when a similar incident happens to a teacher, the tables are turned and the school wants answers. As the investigation winds down, the three main suspects are Jenna, Mouse - her ex-boyfriend's cousin, and Drew - her ex-boyfriend's best friend, who just happened to be partners in a group project for the teacher's class. Coincidence...or a contrived plan or revenge and deceit from one or more of these students?As this story unfolds, and the layers peel back on these characters you slowly begin to realize that no one is who you think they are. Love them, hate them, or both...the story is a multifaceted thriller that will keep you hooked from the opening pages to an ending that you will never see coming.
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  • Terina Atkins
    January 1, 1970
    Easy Prey by Catherine Lo...Oof! This is one of those YA books that would make an awesome book club book. Class beauty Jenna sends athletic king-of-the-school boyfriend nudes. Those pictures are then plastered all over social media. You'd think the guilty party would be punished, arrested, suspended or something. Nope. Jenna gets all the blame; she should have known better; she's such a tramp; she should be ashamed. And she is...so much so she changes her apperance and is angry with the world. F Easy Prey by Catherine Lo...Oof! This is one of those YA books that would make an awesome book club book. Class beauty Jenna sends athletic king-of-the-school boyfriend nudes. Those pictures are then plastered all over social media. You'd think the guilty party would be punished, arrested, suspended or something. Nope. Jenna gets all the blame; she should have known better; she's such a tramp; she should be ashamed. And she is...so much so she changes her apperance and is angry with the world. Flash forward a year later. She and two other students get ahold of some compromising pictures of one of their teachers. They delete them and swear they won't tell a soul. However, the next day the pictures are posted all over social media. They each swear they didn't do it. But if they didnt, who did?#EasyPreyBook #NetGalley
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  • Kate (Reading Through Infinity)
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 starsEasy Prey is a YA high school mystery about Jenna, Mouse, and Drew, three teens who must work on a law project together. But as they work on their project they begin a dangerous endeavour of catfishing all the while dealing with their own issues; Jenna is trying to find out who leaked nude photos of her the previous year, Mouse is trying to get into MIT, and Drew is trying to get back his basketball skills. I was pleasantly surprised by this book, with it's morally grey main characters 3.5 starsEasy Prey is a YA high school mystery about Jenna, Mouse, and Drew, three teens who must work on a law project together. But as they work on their project they begin a dangerous endeavour of catfishing all the while dealing with their own issues; Jenna is trying to find out who leaked nude photos of her the previous year, Mouse is trying to get into MIT, and Drew is trying to get back his basketball skills. I was pleasantly surprised by this book, with it's morally grey main characters and thickening plot. The pacing is good and the mystery deepens as each new piece of information is revealed. We're never quite meant to fully like Jenna, Mouse, and Drew and their actions serve as a criticism of catfishing and victim-blaming. The twist in the final third of the book took this from a good book to a great one.
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  • Sonya Mukherjee
    January 1, 1970
    There's so much I want to say, and it's so hard to do without spoilers! Easy Prey defied my expectations in wonderful ways, in its plot, its characters, its warnings and its demands. It kept me invested in all of its characters and their stories, even at times when I was simultaneously outraged and horrified. And all of the characters felt utterly real and convincing. This is a timely story, and one that's hard to put down.
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  • Fran Clarke
    January 1, 1970
    This was a great book tackling a difficult topic. I liked all three of the characters and also the way in which they were so complex, with real human faults. It really kept you guessing right until the last page as to what had happened and that kept me really compelled to keep reading. Jenna was my favourite, it takes a lot to dust yourself off and keep going after something big as happened and I feel like her character grew the most as a person
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  • Valeria Cordova
    January 1, 1970
    Did not see the ending coming at all! I had two completely different theories that included the more characters. It was so exciting and I loved the characters reactions to the texts and emails. I finished it so quickly but I’m still processing the whole story. The only thing was the back and forth of the stories through me off, not in the best way.
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  • Sya
    January 1, 1970
    Timeous, tightly plotted and well executed, Easy Prey looks at how the repercussions of one event ripple outwards to cause another. A cautionary tale, it warns us of the danger of blaming victims over perpetrators and girls over boys.
  • Darryn
    January 1, 1970
    I received a digital copy of this book from Netgalley for an honest review.I really enjoyed this atypical take on your typical YA characters. As I was reading, I kept thinking, ...no, it won't go there but it did. It was refreshing but I doubt everyone will like it.
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  • Kirsty
    January 1, 1970
    This sounded rather interesting when I came across it on Netgalley, but the narrative voice completely failed to grab me. I did not connect with it at all, and must admit that I gave up reading after the first chapter.
  • Elizabeth
    January 1, 1970
    Oh this book made me so mad but I loved it. Three alternating viewpoints on the consequences of posting indecent photos of girls on the internet. I was a huge fan of Mouse and despised Jenna since the very beginning. Perfect read!
  • Elizabeth
    January 1, 1970
    I enjoyed this book but I would have liked more of Jenna's POV. This issue of sharing node photos is very timely. How guys see the issue as not harmful. I don't feel bad for the boys at the end. They need to have consequences for their actions.
  • Erica Rist
    January 1, 1970
    A thought provoking read about a 2018 Breakfast Club cast. I loved it and would recommend this to any teenager living in this current climate of technology and sexting.
  • Aryn
    January 1, 1970
    This book made me feel slimy ... The whole premise was about this poor girl who had naked pictures of her leaked online by her boyfriend and this group project that had to be done about privacy and the internet for her law class.First of all the boys she is paired with are gross. There's nothing redeemable about them. Just because you say you're a nice guy and have a bad home life doesn't make you a nice guy when you look at your actions. Comeon. And then. And then. Ugh. I guess I won't spoil it This book made me feel slimy ... The whole premise was about this poor girl who had naked pictures of her leaked online by her boyfriend and this group project that had to be done about privacy and the internet for her law class.First of all the boys she is paired with are gross. There's nothing redeemable about them. Just because you say you're a nice guy and have a bad home life doesn't make you a nice guy when you look at your actions. Comeon. And then. And then. Ugh. I guess I won't spoil it, but Jesus fuck she doesn't stoop to their level, she fucking crawls through the mud under their level.No. Just no. You do not make yourself feel better by being horrible to another woman, even if she were terrible first. No. No no no no.Don't read this book. Don't.
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