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How We Fall Apart

How We Fall Apart

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Which I feel is a pretty common set up for a modern mystery, so I’d take the comparison with a pinch of salt. In a YA thriller that is Crazy Rich Asians meets One of Us is Lying, students at an elite prep school are forced to confront their secrets when their ex-best friend turns up dead. Zhao’s latest novel will be perfect for those looking for a fast-paced dark academia novel with an Asian American main cast, but wouldn’t mind if there isn’t as much focus on developing the backstory of the characters more than for what’s needed to continue the story. Nancy made sense, plot-wise, to be the main protagonist, but she was the most insufferable in this story. Nancy endures school stress, the impact of social media gossip, low self-confidence, and the high expectations of her parents, who are Chinese immigrants.

While Alexander is another scholarship student whose brother’s expulsion years ago haunts him to this day. I love thrillers but hate the lack of character development, plus it’s a shame that neither the execution nor the ending were successful. Nancy who is a scholarship student at Sinclair Prep is our POV in the book who gives us a view into the world of the privileged and elite at Sinclair Prep. Students at an elite prep school are forced to confront their secrets when their ex-best friend turns up dead.A good mystery will immerse the reader and propel them further, so when the identity is revealed, it should be a shock and make sense to the reader. Throughout the course of the novel, the Proctor exposes each of those secrets one at a time, trying to pin Jamie’s death on one of them, through a series of texts sent to the whole school. Nancy's story alternates between the past and present as she remembers how Jamie belittled her, instilled fear into her, and used her own good deeds to get Nancy to do whatever she wanted. An entertaining start to YA thriller/mystery series showing the darkside of academia life in a prestigious Preparatory School and with characters who have plenty of secrets to hide.

When I slowly began to realise the plot wasn’t working for me, I was somewhat holding onto the characters, hoping they would carry the story on, but it felt like I was reading a story that wasn’t quite complete. Katie Zhao’s YA debut is an edge-of-your-seat drama set in the pressure-cooker world of academics and image at Sinclair Prep, where the past threatens the future these teens have carefully crafted for themselves. In this page-turning debut, Zhao weaves an exhilarating tale that shimmers with adventure, love, and loyalty.How it explains the ways Nancy feels like she must always succeed because it isn't only about her future, but about her past. Akil, Krystal and Alexander were there to round it out but this story is mostly about Jamie and Nancy. Perhaps I might just be biased because I come from a similar background to hers and therefore her experiences resonated deeply at times. A group of kids work together to figure out who is behind the messages before their reputation is ruined.



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