You're Next
When a girl with a troubled history of finding dead bodies investigates the murder of her ex, she uncovers a plot to put herself---and everyone she loves---on the list of who's next.Flora Calhoun has a reputation for sticking her nose where it doesn't belong. After stumbling upon a classmate's body years ago, the trauma of that discovery and the police's failure to find the killer has haunted her ever since. One night, she gets a midnight text from Ava McQueen, the beautiful girl who had ignited Flora's heart last summer, then never spoke to her again.Just in time to witness Ava's death from a gunshot wound, Flora is set on a path of rage and vengeance for all the dead girls whose killer is never found. Her tunnel-visioned sleuthing leads to valuable clues about a shocking conspiracy involving her school and beyond, but also earns her sinister threats from the murderer. She has a choice---to give up the hunt for answers, or keep digging and risk her loved ones' lives. Either way, Flora will regret the consequences. Who's next on the killer's list?

You're Next Details

TitleYou're Next
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJul 7th, 2020
PublisherJimmy Patterson
ISBN-139780316493772
Rating
GenreMystery, Young Adult, Thriller, Mystery Thriller, LGBT

You're Next Review

  • Chelsea Humphrey
    January 1, 1970
    This is a tough one to review, because on the one hand if was fast paced, held my attention well, and had a diverse cast of characters doing interesting things, yet on the other we are left wondering why this book is 464 pages long, with an extremely unlikable main character, and a final chapter that did nothing but add an unnecessary dramatic flair and confusion. I'm not the target audience, so I think I'll leave it here, but the writing is quality and I would definitely give this author anothe This is a tough one to review, because on the one hand if was fast paced, held my attention well, and had a diverse cast of characters doing interesting things, yet on the other we are left wondering why this book is 464 pages long, with an extremely unlikable main character, and a final chapter that did nothing but add an unnecessary dramatic flair and confusion. I'm not the target audience, so I think I'll leave it here, but the writing is quality and I would definitely give this author another try. *Many thanks to the publisher for providing my review copy.
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  • Carrie
    January 1, 1970
    You’re Next by Kylie Schachte is a young adult mystery/thriller novel. This one is sort of like a modern day Nancy Drew with a teenage protagonist who is determined to find out who murdered her ex-girlfriend.Flora Calhoun is not a stranger to finding dead bodies. A few years before she had stumbled across a murder victim which led to her beginning to investigate crime. This doesn’t make Flora exactly popular among her peers but Flora has her one best friend and that’s all she needs.When Flora’s You’re Next by Kylie Schachte is a young adult mystery/thriller novel. This one is sort of like a modern day Nancy Drew with a teenage protagonist who is determined to find out who murdered her ex-girlfriend.Flora Calhoun is not a stranger to finding dead bodies. A few years before she had stumbled across a murder victim which led to her beginning to investigate crime. This doesn’t make Flora exactly popular among her peers but Flora has her one best friend and that’s all she needs.When Flora’s old girlfriend calls her up and asks to meet she immediately agrees. Unfortunately though as Flora is on her way to the location she hears gunshots and when she arrives her friend is on the ground taking her last breathes. Flora vows to find out what happened as she begins to look into the last words she’ll ever hear her friend speak.You’re Next really started off with a bang heading at a fast pace that kept the pages flying by. The lead is a typical teen that may do some questionable things but that only seemed to reflect her age in a realistic way to me.The problem I found with this one though was the longer it went on it seemed to get a little repetitive to me. After getting going the story felt as if begin to drag and I questioned why it wasn’t a lot shorter as you seem to get pointed the right way fairly early but then stall out. Overall I’d give this one 3 1/2 stars, it would have made more if edited down instead of such a lengthy read.I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.For more reviews please visit https://carriesbookreviews.com/
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  • Erin
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks to NetGalley and Jimmy Patterson Books(an imprint of Little, Brown, and Company) for an egalley in exchange for an honest review. When teenage investigator, Flora Calhoun witnesses the death of her love interest, Ava McQueen she vows that she will find the person responsible. With the help of her best friend, her sister, and her ex-CIA grandfather, Flora gets closer to the mystery but may lose her life in the process. This book read like a sequel in the series with a very elaborate back Thanks to NetGalley and Jimmy Patterson Books(an imprint of Little, Brown, and Company) for an egalley in exchange for an honest review. When teenage investigator, Flora Calhoun witnesses the death of her love interest, Ava McQueen she vows that she will find the person responsible. With the help of her best friend, her sister, and her ex-CIA grandfather, Flora gets closer to the mystery but may lose her life in the process. This book read like a sequel in the series with a very elaborate backstory of the main protagonist who has a history of discovering the bodies of dead classmates and irritates the local police force. I could argue that Flora doesn't talk like any teen I know, but that would be taking away from the eccentric qualities of her character. It was a good read with its different storylines of political corruption and an underground fight club adding to the murder mystery.Goodreads review published 08/06/20Expected publication date 07/07/20
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  • Tucker (TuckerTheReader)
    January 1, 1970
    Many thanks to Julie at Jimmy Patterson Presents for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review "Flora, I need your help. Come fast." This book was 100 pages too long. So, what's this book about? Flora Calhoun has a reputation for sticking her nose where it doesn't belong. After stumbling upon a classmate's body years ago, the trauma of that discovery and the police's failure to find the killer has haunted her ever since. One night, she gets a midnight text from Ava McQueen, Many thanks to Julie at Jimmy Patterson Presents for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review "Flora, I need your help. Come fast." This book was 100 pages too long. So, what's this book about? Flora Calhoun has a reputation for sticking her nose where it doesn't belong. After stumbling upon a classmate's body years ago, the trauma of that discovery and the police's failure to find the killer has haunted her ever since. One night, she gets a midnight text from Ava McQueen, the beautiful girl who had ignited Flora's heart last summer, then never spoke to her again.Just in time to witness Ava's death from a gunshot wound, Flora is set on a path of rage and vengeance for all the dead girls whose killer is never found. Her tunnel-visioned sleuthing leads to valuable clues about a shocking conspiracy involving her school and beyond, but also earns her sinister threats from the murderer. She has a choice---to give up the hunt for answers, or keep digging and risk her loved ones' lives. Either way, Flora will regret the consequences. Who's next on the killer's list?I didn't not enjoy this book. It had a cold open which I loved and it was fast at first but I felt that it was drawn out for a bit too long. This book would definitely be shortened a little bit. I did enjoy the ending as it was decently fast.Overall, this book was bad and I recommend giving it a chance when it comes out.Happy reading!Side note - These opinions are based on the ARC I read. I don't know how different the finished copy will be but, considering the drastic changes in page numbers and release date, I'm hoping edits were made.------------Review to come ------------Yes! YES! YASSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!| Goodreads | Blog | Pinterest | LinkedIn | YouTube | Instagram
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  • Dennis
    January 1, 1970
    I will not bash this young adult LGBTQ+ story. It did not work out for me because of the length and the secondary plot lines thrown in throughout the narrative. It will definitely be a book that YA fanatics will flock too, but maybe I should stop giving them a try.
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  • m
    January 1, 1970
    the ending... i don't even wanna talk about itp.s this is m/frep: bisexual mctw: sapphic character dies (in the synopsis, not a spoiler), domestic abuse/violence
  • charlotte, (½ of readsrainbow)
    January 1, 1970
    On my blog. Rep: bi mc, Chinese-American side character, Black side charactersCWs: death, violenceGalley provided by publisherYou’re Next reads to me like a posterchild (posterbook?) for why there should be an intermediate age group in publishing between YA and adult. Because it was a good book, yes, but the plot just felt ridiculous when you consider that the main character, and most of the people involved, are just sixteen.I mean, the writing is solid. The mystery is solid. The characters w On my blog. Rep: bi mc, Chinese-American side character, Black side charactersCWs: death, violenceGalley provided by publisherYou’re Next reads to me like a posterchild (posterbook?) for why there should be an intermediate age group in publishing between YA and adult. Because it was a good book, yes, but the plot just felt ridiculous when you consider that the main character, and most of the people involved, are just sixteen.I mean, the writing is solid. The mystery is solid. The characters were great and I loved their relationships and the development.It’s just I couldn’t get past the age thing.I know, I know. Suspend your disbelief, you say. But I could not. I tried, and I failed.But let’s back up a moment and look at what you, the hypothetical reader who is more successful at suspending their disbelief than I, might enjoy about this book.The mystery. It’s a very tense and tightly plotted mystery, for all that there were a number of times I said, incredulously, they’re SIXTEEN. And Kylie Schachte is very good at incrementally increasing the tension until you’re desperately reading to find out if everything’s okay.The characters and relationships. Probably the central relationship in the book is Flora’s family relationship, which is full of angst, even though they all love one another (which, let’s be real, is the best sort of angst). But there’s also a ride-or-die friendship going on. And a very good romantic relationship (though 16/18 was a little ehhhh for me, but the dynamic was great).The writing. I loved the writing, to be honest. Like I said above, Kylie Schachte is excellent at ratcheting up the tension, and I think that’s down to just how good her writing is.But, as I mentioned at the start of this review, all of this was tempered because I couldn’t get past the characters being sixteen. I mean, the plot was more intense and dark than a lot of adult mysteries I’ve read, and I’m supposed to believe it’s all carried out by people who are still 9 years from a fully-developed brain? Okay.So if you think you can suspend your disbelief sufficiently, go ahead, read this book. (I mean, read it even if you think you might not be able to, because you never know. Also it’s a very good book in itself.)One last thing: I want it noted I do not appreciate that ending, thank you.
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  • Aty Behsam
    January 1, 1970
    Honestly, if you're fan of thriller mystery, DO NOT MISS THIS! Pre-order now!This is way too good and I could barely put down the book. Flora is relatable and full of flaws. She's real. Literally, I don't wanna spoil anything, but there are surprises that will stick with you for days!Not many books can surprise me like You're Next did.
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  • PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps
    January 1, 1970
    5 SPECTACULAR SHINING STARSFlora keeps finding dead bodies. The modern day Nancy Drew has a talent for investigation and a tenuous relationship with following rules, making her a thorn in the side of the police. Flora’s penchant trouble and screw-you attitude makes her unpopular at school and often puts her at odds with her best friend Cass, little sister Olive and custodial grandfather. When Flora finds her ex-girlfriend bleeding from a gunshot wound, she doesn’t buy the cop’s theory that it wa 5 SPECTACULAR SHINING STARSFlora keeps finding dead bodies. The modern day Nancy Drew has a talent for investigation and a tenuous relationship with following rules, making her a thorn in the side of the police. Flora’s penchant trouble and screw-you attitude makes her unpopular at school and often puts her at odds with her best friend Cass, little sister Olive and custodial grandfather. When Flora finds her ex-girlfriend bleeding from a gunshot wound, she doesn’t buy the cop’s theory that it was a mugging. Soon Flora is deep into the investigation of an underground teen fight club run by a sleazy congressperson. What could possibly go wrong?Debut writer Kylie Schatche gave Flora such a strong, damaged voice, I could hardly believe YOU’RE NEXT was her first book. At times I laughed out loud at Flora’s sarcastic audacity, but mostly I held my breath in anticipation. So often books billed as thrillers are anything but. YOU’RE NEXT is a true thriller filled with twists and turns, heart and soul.Flora defines complexity. She’s one of the few bisexual characters who shows an attraction to both girls and guys. Abandoned by her mother, she and Olive are being raised by the coolest grandfather ever to hit YA lit. Former CIA, he’s got connections and vacillates between helpfulness and trying to rein in Flora. All of the secondary characters has personality and depth. I hope that YOU’RE NEXT is the start of a new series because I can’t get enough of Flora, or Schatche’s writing.
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  • Donna Hines
    January 1, 1970
    Even broken crayons color! But is it worth getting killed for speaking out? What would you do to have a voice so others can be heard from the grave?The fact that Flora appears to be ready for rage after being labeled by her peers as the troublemaker should be a shocker, what should be is the death of a beautiful girl named AVA!The trauma of witnessing her murder has festered within Flora vowing vengeance for all women who lost their voices.It's a dangerous and precarious situation that is hangin Even broken crayons color! But is it worth getting killed for speaking out? What would you do to have a voice so others can be heard from the grave?The fact that Flora appears to be ready for rage after being labeled by her peers as the troublemaker should be a shocker, what should be is the death of a beautiful girl named AVA!The trauma of witnessing her murder has festered within Flora vowing vengeance for all women who lost their voices.It's a dangerous and precarious situation that is hanging on extremes and young individuals memories.This was truly a remarkable play by play situation and was full of twists and turns along the way.A great YA read which was able to maintain my attention and get a 4 star rating.
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  • Kristi Housman Confessions of a YA Reader
    January 1, 1970
    RTCThank you to James Patterson Presents for my review copy.
  • Laura (crofteereader)
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 stars.This book took everything that was great about A Good Girl's Guide to Murder (except for the cool formatting) and added more depth. Teenage sleuth? Let's make her darker and harder and sharper - but also give her an actual reason to be sleuthing to the point of obsession and potential personal harm. A town's big mystery? Let's make it a big conspiracy with lots of moving parts and big money changing hands. A budding romance? First, let's make our MC bisexual (!!) and then focus on trus 4.5 stars.This book took everything that was great about A Good Girl's Guide to Murder (except for the cool formatting) and added more depth. Teenage sleuth? Let's make her darker and harder and sharper - but also give her an actual reason to be sleuthing to the point of obsession and potential personal harm. A town's big mystery? Let's make it a big conspiracy with lots of moving parts and big money changing hands. A budding romance? First, let's make our MC bisexual (!!) and then focus on trust and security and equality before moving on to actually dating or not. Threats to her person? Let's make them feel real by getting a real taste of it: surveillance, a fight, a car accident, a fire.Flora breaks down... A lot. She's prickly but also very emotionally vulnerable. She's also more than a little manipulative - even to her friends - but she's aware and tries to fix it (and of course only makes things worse). She's lonely and desperate and screwed up and it made her feel so much more real as the kind of person who would essentially throw her life away in the rash hunt for justice.Valentine and Cass were really great supporting characters. Valentine is like Flora's mirror: a picture of where she could be if she continues on this path and alienates everyone in her life, but also a badass and emotionally supportive, despite having his own trauma to sort through. And Cass is the ultimate best friend: despite being constantly sidelined and needing to drop everything to get Flora out of trouble, she values communication and loyalty and is the perfect foil for Flora.Honestly I was all in up until the last section. The ending kind of leaves us with a lot of stuff unresolved. We get the answer that sparked the plot: who killed Ava McQueen? But there's so much else roiling in the background that there will simply have to be another book to answer. Also the final confrontation with the murderer... was a little too "evil mastermind reveals all their secrets because they believe they've already won" and that's not really my jam.
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  • theresa
    January 1, 1970
    disaster bi teen detective solving her ex's murder!!
  • Amber (The Book Bratz)
    January 1, 1970
    We are covering YOU'RE NEXT on the blog next year and I can't wait!!
  • Alicia
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to JIMMY Patterson publishing for sending me an ARC via netgalley in exchange for an honest review. 4/5 stars. I really enjoyed this book! It had good pacing, a great cast of characters, and an interesting mystery to be solved. Right from the beginning, I really liked the relationship between Flora and her grandpa. Gramps is ex-CIA and he supports Flora in her detective work when her mother doesn’t. Even though they had their issues, their relationship was realistic and they both reach Thank you to JIMMY Patterson publishing for sending me an ARC via netgalley in exchange for an honest review. 4/5 stars. I really enjoyed this book! It had good pacing, a great cast of characters, and an interesting mystery to be solved. Right from the beginning, I really liked the relationship between Flora and her grandpa. Gramps is ex-CIA and he supports Flora in her detective work when her mother doesn’t. Even though they had their issues, their relationship was realistic and they both reached out to fix their problems. Flora felt like a real person because her character was well-written and completely fleshed out. After Ava’s death, she wants to investigate, but her own insecurities about it are making her nervous to try. 2 years ago, Flora admits that she screwed up another murder investigation and made it worse for everyone, and she hesitates to look into Ava’s murder because of it. This insecurity followers her throughout the book, and she receives threats from an anonymous person about looking into Ava’s death, and the various clues that she uncovers. The insecurity also shows up as Flora and Cass’s (her best friend) friendship becomes strained. Flora knew that she had issues, and she tried (somewhat) to work through them, but it was what made her character so real. Flora is human, and she makes mistakes. Flora’s relationship with her sister was an interesting one because they had other tensions weighing on them and Flora was afraid more for her sister than herself. I liked Valentine’s character, and I went back and forth on whether or not I trusted him which was similar to how Flora felt about him. The pacing of the book was really well done. Some parts felt frustratingly slow because they were, but it seemed to be deliberate and it didn’t hurt the story. It only served to further emphasis how Flora was feeling and coping. Other parts built up the intensity, and the tension in the book grew higher and higher. The very ending was so unexpected and I’m desperately hoping there will be a sequel so that I can get answers! The mystery resolution made sense, but I would have liked to see a little bit more about what would have happened after. Overall this was a really good mystery/thriller with a main character who was flawed and interesting.
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  • Isla and Maya
    January 1, 1970
    You’re NextAuthor: Kylie Schachte Genre: YA Mystery/ThrillerRating: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ • ✨/ 5Reviewed: MayaFlora Calhoun, amateur girl detective in her high school, has a reputation for sticking her nose in everybody’s business. When her ex-girlfriend, Ava, is shot and killed, she doesn’t think it’s a mugging gone wrong and begins investigating. I enjoyed this book so much, and although the plot felt somewhat familiar, the characters, world-building, representation and overall writing made up for it. T You’re NextAuthor: Kylie Schachte Genre: YA Mystery/ThrillerRating: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ • ✨/ 5Reviewed: MayaFlora Calhoun, amateur girl detective in her high school, has a reputation for sticking her nose in everybody’s business. When her ex-girlfriend, Ava, is shot and killed, she doesn’t think it’s a mugging gone wrong and begins investigating. I enjoyed this book so much, and although the plot felt somewhat familiar, the characters, world-building, representation and overall writing made up for it. The world building was excellent and the description of the places in the book made it feel all too real. Flora’s character felt so genuine; Schachte showed how fierce and determined she was, and also all the pain and sadness she was suffering inside too. Flora wasn’t depicted as a perfect teenager; she had plenty of flaws, which I think every good character should have. This wasn’t just any thriller, as there were many important, and unfortunately real, issues raised, such as race and the role it can play in the justice system. I found the characters to be all very diverse, and I really loved how Schachte didn’t mention it over and over again to try and make a point. I did kind of guess the ending (mainly because I know my way around YA thrillers), but I still found it to be exciting. My only problem with the book was the way the book ended. It was sort of a cliffhanger, but also not … Personally, I feel that this ended in a way that there would be a sequel, although there is no news of this yet. I think it could work as a standalone, but the ending does feel cut-off if it is. I definitely recommend this book and I can see myself rereading this book in the future.
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  • Susan Gauthier
    January 1, 1970
    The main character was so unlikeable and that end ...what was that? Very disappointed but gave it three stars for the action-packed pages
  • Lizzy
    January 1, 1970
    Veronica Mars meets One of us is lying. Scenarios were a little unbelievable at times (like a CW show where teenagers are all involved with intense v much adult/crime movie). But decent choice for certain readers who are fans of fast paced murder mystery/thriller. That ending tho 😡
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  • Tabatha Shipley
    January 1, 1970
    What I Did Like:-Valentine. He’s a solid character with a backstory that makes sense. He improves Flora by giving her more personality and life every time he’s in a scene with her. -Mystery. There are clues dropped along the way and you can try to piece them together along with Flora, which is always fun. -Pace. For a book that is long (pushing 500 pages) this one moves pretty quickly. The shorter chapters and cliffhangers keep this one moving and keep your interest. The pacing is well done. Who What I Did Like:-Valentine. He’s a solid character with a backstory that makes sense. He improves Flora by giving her more personality and life every time he’s in a scene with her. -Mystery. There are clues dropped along the way and you can try to piece them together along with Flora, which is always fun. -Pace. For a book that is long (pushing 500 pages) this one moves pretty quickly. The shorter chapters and cliffhangers keep this one moving and keep your interest. The pacing is well done. Who Should Read This One:-Readers who like a solid mystery and don’t mind if things aren’t exactly realistic. You can suspend disbelief a little for a scary or thrilling story. My Rating: 3 Stars. This one needed a little tightening, in my opinion, but it is still a decent mystery. For Full Review (including what I didn’t like): https://youtu.be/r2WQ96HtwaI
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  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    Many thanks to EdelweissPlus and the publisher for providing me with a DRC of this title for review. All opinions are my own.I am going to be honest: there were a few times when I was reading this that I could understand some of the lower ratings. My number one complaint: it feels like a series (clearly, I think Schlachte left it open for additional stories to come after this featuring Flora), but beyond that, I looked the title and author up multiple times to figure out if this was actually a s Many thanks to EdelweissPlus and the publisher for providing me with a DRC of this title for review. All opinions are my own.I am going to be honest: there were a few times when I was reading this that I could understand some of the lower ratings. My number one complaint: it feels like a series (clearly, I think Schlachte left it open for additional stories to come after this featuring Flora), but beyond that, I looked the title and author up multiple times to figure out if this was actually a sequel and I had somehow missed that information. There are continuous references throughout the novel to an earlier "case" that Flora worked on and I was SURE that there had to be an entire book dedicated to it. Nope, there is just an insane amount of backstory that is needed for this story to work the way it is written. So. Be prepared for that. Beyond that hiccup, this was actually a pretty solid YA mystery/thriller. There will (inevitably) be readers who manage to figure out the "who-dun-it" before the reveal at the end, but that is OK. Because that happens with all books. This is fast-paced, the protagonist is someone you can relate to and want to scream at, and the storyline is just out there enough to not be cookie-cutter. (I mean, come on, it has a secret fight club for spoiled suburbanite teenagers called The Basement.) There are double crosses, misdirections, lies, betrayals, and hurts throughout. I will readily purchase this and my selling point for readers in my library will be that is a strong read-alike to Barnes' The Naturals series, which, according to my readers, is like the holy grail. They are ALWAYS looking for the next book to read after that series. And this will do just fine.Highly recommend, especially for YA collections where mystery/thriller type books are popular. (that has to be most of them, right?) Recommended for grades 8 and up. There is some slight language (I think maybe less than 10 total expletives in the entire book, and most are in the first chapter, for some weird reason?) and some kissing scenes, but nothing more graphic than that.
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  • Michelle
    January 1, 1970
    Through the course of reading You’re Next by Kylie Schachte there were many times where I had to stop reading and search online to make sure that I was not reading a sequel. I had to do this often because everything from character introduction to plot development felt like I was missing key pieces typically learned in the first book in a series. Even the story feels like the next chapter in Flora’s life.Flora appears to me like a half-developed character, wherein we were supposed to learn more a Through the course of reading You’re Next by Kylie Schachte there were many times where I had to stop reading and search online to make sure that I was not reading a sequel. I had to do this often because everything from character introduction to plot development felt like I was missing key pieces typically learned in the first book in a series. Even the story feels like the next chapter in Flora’s life.Flora appears to me like a half-developed character, wherein we were supposed to learn more about her during her first foray into playing detective – something to which Ms. Schacter often alludes. All of the characters frequently reference that previous detective work. In addition, Flora constantly worries about this new mystery being her last chance to prove herself. Except, we don’t get any details of that key experience in Flora’s life until more than halfway through this mystery. Hence, you experience the story much as you do reading a sequel without having read the first book; you attempt to derive knowledge of the characters and the event they mention through context clues.The unfinished tone of You’re Next is disconcerting but not the only fault of the novel. Its premise is a bit too far-fetched for comfort. It is most similar to “Veronica Mars” except there is no dad but rather a grandfather with ties to the CIA and uses his connections to provide Flora with evidence to further her investigation. Also, there is no witty banter, and Flora’s list of friends consists of one person. Plus, Flora is barely sixteen in this story and comes with all sorts of mommy issues. Flora does have a little sister who just happens to be a computer whiz who can hack into any secure site she wants.To add to the list of grievances is the plot itself. Teens in a secret club willing to kill others in order to keep their secret sounds good until you understand what type of secret they are keeping. Once you gain the full picture, you start questioning the mental state of the teens involved. I have a teen now; I spent the last eight years observing teens thanks to my older son. The types of behavior and attitudes mentioned throughout the novel are unlike any teen behavior or attitude I’ve met or observed. These teens are not believable characters. They neither sound nor act in an authentic manner.You’re Next disappoints me. I’ve read several other debuts under James Patterson’s YA imprint and expected Ms. Schachte’s debut to be equally impressive. With a premise and characters I didn’t believe and a general overall feeling that I was missing something, it was anything but.
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  • Adorkable Author
    January 1, 1970
    This is my spoiler-free review of You're Next.I first heard about this book on twitter and through my contact with Kylie, I was gifted an ARC. I'm not under any expectation to review it, let alone falsify my review for any reason. I'm a huge Veronica Mars fan. I've written a lot of fanfiction in the few years since I first watched the show. This story is ripe with VM feels. This book was introduced by likening it to VM and all the way through, I felt the connection. It's not stealing anything fr This is my spoiler-free review of You're Next.I first heard about this book on twitter and through my contact with Kylie, I was gifted an ARC. I'm not under any expectation to review it, let alone falsify my review for any reason. I'm a huge Veronica Mars fan. I've written a lot of fanfiction in the few years since I first watched the show. This story is ripe with VM feels. This book was introduced by likening it to VM and all the way through, I felt the connection. It's not stealing anything from it, but there are more than a few similarities. A teenage detective looking for the murderer of her loved one.A mentor with knowledge and connections.A friend who feels used and overlooked.A heroine who often jumps without looking ahead. But, these things don't feel like a carbon copy of Veronica Mars. Kylie makes them her own. And it works well.The mystery really had me guessing all the way through. The reveal was dramatic, self-aware and human. The characters shine. Flora is ripe with teenage angst, most of it understandable. But, she lets her emotions either lead her or block her from moving forward. It's an interesting main character and refreshing to see her that way throughout the book. Cass is her best friend and the norm to Flora's crazy. But, you can tell Flora has rubbed off on her at some point. Gramps is fun, in that he's that tough, hardened by a life of dealing with criminals, but soft with his granddaughters. His relationship with Flora is one of my favorite things. It's complicated, and they both know it.I really liked the other characters too, but I feel listing anymore might result in spoilers. The pacing was fast. There's not a lot of descriptions or setting up for scenes in this book. I'm not sure if that's more YA or Kylie's preference, but it felt really quick. I would have liked a little more, which is honestly why it's 4/5 and not 5. There were a few spots that I would have liked more information, more time to let stuff settle before moving forward. If fast is your thing, this might not be an issue. Overall, I really enjoyed this story. Kylie's writing is simple and doesn't fog up the page with purple prose, which I'm cool with. But, it's talented in that simplicity. I think she has room to grow, too. If you are into mysteries, hot-headed teens and teenagers with black eyes, I recommend this book. I also suggest having tissues handy. I cried a lot while reading it.
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  • Emily
    January 1, 1970
    Was this a secret sequel or something? Because I definitely feel like I missed a book about Flora's first case. This case was (apparently) foundational for her identity as a detective as well as the explanation for the reason most of her life is the way it is, and it's trickled throughout this book in a way that I found extremely displeasing. Like, the way so many characters react to each other is based on information that you maybe won't have at the time you're reading the interaction, and that Was this a secret sequel or something? Because I definitely feel like I missed a book about Flora's first case. This case was (apparently) foundational for her identity as a detective as well as the explanation for the reason most of her life is the way it is, and it's trickled throughout this book in a way that I found extremely displeasing. Like, the way so many characters react to each other is based on information that you maybe won't have at the time you're reading the interaction, and that really ruined the setup for me.Aside from that, this was a pretty solid mystery. Flora is a pretty unlikable character. She's unlikable in a realistic way, though; I can see how she has no friends but Cass, and her reasoning behind the bad decisions she makes is definitely in line with the way she's characterized. I rarely buy the logic behind a smart character doing something stupid -- usually it seems like an out-of-character plot convenience -- but I bought it for Flora. The premise is not even remotely believable but it is very unique.
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  • Jen
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you NetGalley and JIMMY Patterson Books for this digital ARC! I am so obsessed with this book! You’re Next is an LGBTQ+ young adult thriller that follows Flora, a troubled teenage girl who witnesses the death of her ex and who then decides to investigate and bring the murderer to justice, despite the danger it quickly puts her and her loved ones in.Flora, being a deeply problematic girl with a lot of issues related to her past, is a very compelling character and very easy to feel an attach Thank you NetGalley and JIMMY Patterson Books for this digital ARC! I am so obsessed with this book! You’re Next is an LGBTQ+ young adult thriller that follows Flora, a troubled teenage girl who witnesses the death of her ex and who then decides to investigate and bring the murderer to justice, despite the danger it quickly puts her and her loved ones in.Flora, being a deeply problematic girl with a lot of issues related to her past, is a very compelling character and very easy to feel an attachment to. I also quickly became attached to the rest of the diverse set of characters surrounding Flora. The family dynamic between her sister, her grandfather and herself was so riveting I found myself easily drawn into their lives. I was completely enthralled with this story and was unable to set it down. The writing was beautifully written, fast paced, intense, and heart-wrenching, with a tremendously shocking ending that I never saw coming. I highly recommend this to anyone with a love of Nancy Drew/Sherlock type thrillers. I can’t wait to see what this author comes out with next!
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  • Melissa Anderson
    January 1, 1970
    First, I want to thank Hachette Book Group Canada for this arc in exchange for an honest review. I really did enjoy it. I enjoyed this book so much that it was going to be a four star review, I wasn't expecting to be so engaged, so drawn in. I mean I read this in 24 hours. This was a four star review until that last chapter. What was that?! This book had so much going for it. It was engaging, fast paced, constantly making you question everything. It was great and then that last chapter ruined ev First, I want to thank Hachette Book Group Canada for this arc in exchange for an honest review. I really did enjoy it. I enjoyed this book so much that it was going to be a four star review, I wasn't expecting to be so engaged, so drawn in. I mean I read this in 24 hours. This was a four star review until that last chapter. What was that?! This book had so much going for it. It was engaging, fast paced, constantly making you question everything. It was great and then that last chapter ruined everything. Unless there is a sequel I am aware of? A sequel might make it better, might make me take back my harsh 3☆ because this book deserves more. The story really was fantastic. I know it's described as Riverdale meets Fight Club, but I've never seen Riverdale and it only compares to Fight Club in that it does contain an underground and underage fight club. Think Nancy Drew, but dark. Please let there be a sequel to explain that ending so that I can add a star.
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  • Emily Schubert
    January 1, 1970
    Flora has seen things that no young girl should ever have to witness. But people blame her saying she sticks her nose where it doesn't belong. Flora receives a call from her friend Ava asking her to come pick her up and to be quick. Flora isn't quick enough and when she arrives , she spends Ava's last few moments of life trying to save her while the police arrive. As Ava dies in Flora's arms, she leaves her with two last words; words that Flora insists on investigating even if it might cause her Flora has seen things that no young girl should ever have to witness. But people blame her saying she sticks her nose where it doesn't belong. Flora receives a call from her friend Ava asking her to come pick her up and to be quick. Flora isn't quick enough and when she arrives , she spends Ava's last few moments of life trying to save her while the police arrive. As Ava dies in Flora's arms, she leaves her with two last words; words that Flora insists on investigating even if it might cause her harm.This book starts off a bit slow and it feels like you are playing catch up. I'm not sure if their was a previous book or if this is part of a series, but it alludes back to a previous murder Flora got swept up in and how she became an unofficial private detective at 16 years old. Once Flora begins figuring things out and deciphers the words Ava shared before she died, the book picks up. It is amazing to see the secrets that high schoolers will keep all for a bit of money.
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  • Melissa McKinnon
    January 1, 1970
    I rarely write reviews. I give my star rating and move on, but I couldn’t help but notice a lot of, well, complaints in the reviews. I’m not sure if this counts as a spoiler, but the main character is not a Mary Sue. She is the most realistic main character I’ve seen in a YA novel in a very long time. I’ve noticed the same people who complain about unrealistic main characters will say they’re unlikeable when they’re slightly flawed. This main character makes bad decisions and is flawed, but she I rarely write reviews. I give my star rating and move on, but I couldn’t help but notice a lot of, well, complaints in the reviews. I’m not sure if this counts as a spoiler, but the main character is not a Mary Sue. She is the most realistic main character I’ve seen in a YA novel in a very long time. I’ve noticed the same people who complain about unrealistic main characters will say they’re unlikeable when they’re slightly flawed. This main character makes bad decisions and is flawed, but she is a teenager, so I’m not sure what people expected. This book was incredibly refreshing, very well-written, and held my attention the whole time. I didn’t have a problem understanding the ending and it did shock me (which is super rare in YA these days!), so I loved it! Overall, this author has a fan for life! I’ll be reading whatever she writes!
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  • Caitlin
    January 1, 1970
    To start, I normally don't give five stars, but this time I think it does this book justice. This story felt very real in the sense that I was with Flora along the ride of figuring out who did what through the story. I felt what she felt when something went wrong or she found a clue that could crack the case. When a book gives a giant cliffhanger at the end of the book and I'm frustrated beyond belief wondering, "Did the author just do that to me?" Makes me want to read more and more. I fell in To start, I normally don't give five stars, but this time I think it does this book justice. This story felt very real in the sense that I was with Flora along the ride of figuring out who did what through the story. I felt what she felt when something went wrong or she found a clue that could crack the case. When a book gives a giant cliffhanger at the end of the book and I'm frustrated beyond belief wondering, "Did the author just do that to me?" Makes me want to read more and more. I fell in love with Olive and Cass especially with their loyalty and stubbornness to the main character and made their presence known in the book along with Flora the main character. Overall, this book gets me to want to read more mysteries with a main character whose figuring out their feelings, but being strong at the same time. It's a must read!
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  • Dallas
    January 1, 1970
    This book!! I can't stop thinking about it! I don't want to spoil anything, but suffice to say the ending left me totally floored (in the best way possible)... In addition to the intense, twisty-and-turny plot, I absolutely loved the real characters in this book. Flawed, nuanced, relatable -- Flora is one of the most complex, interesting characters I have encountered in a long time. I was also impressed by the depth of supporting characters Cass and Valentine. Everyone felt like real people, whi This book!! I can't stop thinking about it! I don't want to spoil anything, but suffice to say the ending left me totally floored (in the best way possible)... In addition to the intense, twisty-and-turny plot, I absolutely loved the real characters in this book. Flawed, nuanced, relatable -- Flora is one of the most complex, interesting characters I have encountered in a long time. I was also impressed by the depth of supporting characters Cass and Valentine. Everyone felt like real people, which made the stakes higher for this reader because I cared about what happened to them. Kyle Schachte weaves an intricate, masterful plot that will keep you guessing up until the end. YOU'RE NEXT is a dark, deep, edge-of-your-seat thriller that you will not want to put down.
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  • Teresa Lavender
    January 1, 1970
    I won this here on goodreads. I have to admit that the writing is fantastic! It has been such a long time since a novel has grabbed me and kept my attention. The first night I read half of the book. The remainder in two days. The problem with the story is that the main characters are young and not 100% believable. That the grandfather - a former CIA agent would allow a teenager to do the things he allows her to do makes it even more questionable with regards to credibility. The police are a bit I won this here on goodreads. I have to admit that the writing is fantastic! It has been such a long time since a novel has grabbed me and kept my attention. The first night I read half of the book. The remainder in two days. The problem with the story is that the main characters are young and not 100% believable. That the grandfather - a former CIA agent would allow a teenager to do the things he allows her to do makes it even more questionable with regards to credibility. The police are a bit unrealistic in the way they deal with her as well. I am looking forward to reading more by this author as she has the ability to grab your attention. I think there just need to be a few tweaks with regards to characters.
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