Title: Dead Ringer
Author: Jessie Rosen
Publisher: Full Fathom Five
Publish Date: Nov 11,2015
Type: Thriller YA Pages:291 Book Rating: Mild Avid Reader Time: 1.28 hours Rating:
From the moment Laura Rivers steps foot into Englewood High, she notices the stares—and they aren’t the typical once-overs every pretty new girl endures. The students seem confused and…spooked. Whispers echoing through the halls confirm that something is seriously off. “That new girl looks just like her,” they say.
It turns out Laura has a doppelgänger, and it isn’t just anyone—it’s Sarah Castro-Tanner, the girl who killed herself by jumping into the Navasink River one year ago.
Laura is determined not to let the gossip ruin her chances of making a fresh start. Thanks to her charming personality and California tan, she catches the eye of Englewood’s undisputed golden boy, Charlie Sanders, and it’s only a matter of time before they make their relationship official.
But something is making Charlie and his friends paranoid—and Laura soon discovers it has to do with Sarah Castro-Tanner.
What really happened to Sarah? Why is Charlie unraveling? And how does Laura Rivers fit into it all?
After all, she’s the dead ringer for a dead girl.
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This book is definitely a mind trip. You think you know what this book is going to be about, and them the author does some twist throwing you off course. I spent most of the book enticed and on the edge of my seat. On the hand, I loved it and on another I ended up confused and off balance. Which is not necessarily a bad thing. The cover is awesome. It has great fore-shadowing to it. I also received in addition to an arc copy some exclusive content for this book. It will be in a separate post. Check it out!
This book is a tangled knot of point of views. There are three different ones: Charlie, the superstar soccer player with a hidden secret and need to forget Sarah Castro-Tanner; Sasha, genius hacker on a mission to find out the truth of Sarah’s death; and Laura, the new girl that looks uncannily like dead girl Sarah. Dead Ringer is a serious play on the saying, “Things are not what are seen on the surface.” A slow burn novel with a thrilling, tumble down the rabbit hole. I normally don’t like multiple pov novels, but Rosen was able to pull it off brilliantly. I wasn’t lost and was able to keep all characters in their boxes. Dead ringer has good character building.
I spent most of the book liking Laura and thinking that it was just a mystery about a dead girl and her look alike. After reading I feel like I should of known…but was still blindsided by the reveal at the end. The last half of Dead Ringer is a deluge of information and world building. By the time, I found about Laura’s past and how it fit with Sarah’s I was creeped by Laura. I couldn’t justify her actions. Somehow it went from mystery to a twisted revenge story. But it was very unique and twisty. I still have no idea how I feel about this book. I spent hours agonizing on what to say in this review because I was caught up in the storyline. Then it spat me out and the end wondering what happened.
I liked this book. It was interesting trip to crazy-town. It was a refreshing take on a new type of YA. Rosen did a good job on Dead Ringer. I rate 4 out of 5 stars. Only because I am not sure if I loved loved or just enjoyed it…
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