The following is an honest review of They Wish They Were Us by Jessica Goodman and my suggested age rating.
Synopsis of They Wish They Were Us
Jill Newman’s life looks and seems to be perfect from the outside; however, not everything is as it appears. Jill attends Gold Coast Prep, an elite school filled with rich snobs and Players.. literally. The Players is a secret society that is full of games and riddles where you must prove that you should be a Player. It sounds horrible because it is, but if you’re in it means everything.
Sounds like a perfect life, right? It isn’t. Three years ago, Jill’s freshman year, her best friend the, stunning Shaila Arnold was murdered. Shaila’s boyfriend at the time Graham confessed and it was over as soon as it began. Case closed, or so Jill thought. At the start of Senior year she begins receiving texts proclaiming Graham’s innocence. Jill begins to rethink everything she believes and stands for. Could Graham really be innocent? If he is, which one of her friends is actually a murderer?
Review of They Wish They Were Us
I’m always down for a private school mystery, but this one just wasn’t for me. It felt like something that had been done before and wasn’t anything crazy. I loved reading about The Players and their secret society. I feel like if the author would’ve wrote a book focusing on The Players I would’ve loved it. This book was a solid and quick read so if you are looking for some dark academia vibes I suggest reading this (with low expectations). Normally I’m not very good at figuring out mystery novels and I try not to, but this one I guessed at very quickly. It was just lack luster for me.
I rated this 3/5 stars on Goodreads.
Age Rating of They Wish They Were Us
I am giving They Wish They Were Us an age rating of 14 and up. This book contains strong language, violence, and some implied sexual content.
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