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Published by Harper Collins on May 3, 2016
Genres: Emotions & Feelings, Friendship, Social & Family Issues, Teen, Thriller & Suspense, Young Adult
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It all starts with a text: Please, Wylie, I need your help. Wylie hasn’t heard from Cassie in over a week, not since their last fight. But that doesn’t matter. Cassie’s in trouble, so Wylie decides to do what she has done so many times before: save her best friend from herself.
This time it’s different though. Instead of telling Wylie where she is, Cassie sends cryptic clues. And instead of having Wylie come by herself, Jasper shows up saying Cassie sent him to help. Trusting the guy who sent Cassie off the rails doesn’t feel right, but Wylie has no choice but to ignore her gut instinct and go with him.
But figuring out where Cassie is goes from difficult to dangerous, fast. As Wylie and Jasper head further and further north into the dense woods of Maine, Wylie struggles to control her growing sense that something is really wrong. What isn’t Cassie telling them? And could finding her be only the beginning?
In this breakneck tale of intrigue, betrayal, and deeply buried secrets, New York Times bestselling author Kimberly McCreight brilliantly chronicles a fateful journey that begins with a single decision—and ends up changing everything.
The Outliers by Kimberly McCreight was a mismash. The author has some great writing skills and some not so good story telling skills. A girl who is afraid to leave her house leaves by deep breathing and closing her eyes. A boy she doesn’t trust becomes her ally almost instantly. When shit starts going south they don’t, I don’t know tell an adult or the police that their friend has been kidnapped, they decide to save her themselves. It was kindof a mess.
I am going to start with the best first. The writing of Kimberly McCreight was great. Super detailed and full of some really good descriptions, she wrote some great lines. Unfortunately the plot of The Outliers was ridiculous. Full of unnecessary twists and turns and some just odd decisions it was difficult to make sense of what was happening at times. The pacing had some issues with trying to push a lot of action into a scene so that the time seemed to pass in an odd manner. The world built was shaky. There was very little build up to certain key parts and way too much detail on other items. There was very little balance. The emotions were also all over the map. You were supposed to feel tension and fear for these teens on their mysterious mission but really I just felt confused as to what they were doing. The characters were odd. There are certain things that a normal person would do in a situation, and they strove to do the exact opposite at all times. I know this is fiction, but seriously they should have a bit of common sense.
I understand that The Outliers is fiction and not true to life, but good lord, these kids were just ridiculous. I really did like the way Kimberly McCreight put her sentences together but not the story they were set in. A super shocking plot point was very obvious and I just never truly connected with the characters. Now, I will not seek out the rest in this series as ugh, but I would be open to reading another of her books as long as the plot is vastly different.
Favorite lines – You care too much about all the wrong things. One little whisper in your ear and the words tumble through your head like you’re the one who thought them first. Hear them enough and pretty soon they’re etched on the surface of your heart. But right now, I’ve got to forget all the ways I’ve come to accept that I am broken. As I sit here in this cold, dark room, deep in the pitch-black woods, staring into this lying stranger’s beautiful eyes, I need to think the opposite about myself. I need to believe that I am a person I have never known myself to be. That in my deepest, darkest, most useless corners lies a secret. One that just might end up being the thing that saves me. That saves us.
Biggest cliché – Run!
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Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
- 2016 New Release Challenge
- Mount TBR Reading Challenge
- Netgalley & Edelweiss Reading Challenge
- The Goodreads Challenge