Saturday, March 15

Todd Strasser- Wish You Were Dead (Thrillogy #1)

“If you've never known someone your own age who's died, you can't imagine what it feels like. It's as if you were walking on a glass floor and it suddenly shatters and now you're falling and falling and there's broken glass in the air all around you and no bottom in sight.”

I’ll begin with Lucy. She is definitely first on the list. You can’t believe how it feels to be in the cafeteria and turn around and there she is staring at me like I’m some disgusting bug or vermin. Does she really think I WANT to be this way? I hate you, Lucy. I really hate you. You are my #1 pick. I wish you were dead.

The day after anonymous blogger Str-S-d wishes the popular girl would die, Lucy vanishes. The students of Soundview High are scared and worried. Especially frightened and wracked with guilt is Madison Archer, Lucy’s friend and the last person to see her the night she disappeared.
As days pass with no sign of the missing girl, even the attention of Tyler, an attractive new student, is not enough to distract Madison from her growing sense of foreboding. When two more popular students disappear after their names are mentioned on Str-S-d’s blog, the residents of Soundview panic. 
Meanwhile, Madison receives anonymous notes warning that she could be next. Desperate to solve the mystery before anyone else disappears, Madison turns to Tyler, but can she trust him when it becomes clear that he knows more than he’s sharing?

The clock is ticking. Madison must uncover the truth behind the mysterious disappearances . . . before her name appears in Str-S-d’s blog. 

My Review:

I absolutely loved this book, it was one of the most unique ones I've ever read. It is a mystery thriller, but unlike others this is realistic, these things can happen in real life too, rarely but that doesn't make it less creepy. I gave four stars because these kind of books are the best when you're reading it for the first time, after that I don't think it can be as exciting as it was before.

Madison, the main character, was a little bit boring (she doesn't really have anything special about her... I mean not a hobby or anything) but perfect for the storyline: she was in the popular clique still she wasn't mean or a bully so with other words people liked her. The whole story begins with the blog where a bullied girl writes about how badly people treat her. After, we can read how Lucy (one of the most popular girls) gets kidnapped and then we read about what happened before Lucy got out of Tyler's car and here comes the story from Madison's point of view.

After Lucy, more teens disappear starting with Adam, Lucy's boyfriend. Madison discovers betrayals and cheating and soon discovers what is flawless on the outside isn't always perfect beneath the surface. Soon Courtney, Madison's best friend disappears encouraging her for further investigation, she won't stop until she finds the truth.

First I thought that Tyler is a little bit strange (the rich bitch comment and how he acted all along the car drive) There was a time when I hated him, he left Madison in trouble which was caused by both of them, he acted like it was all Madison's fault. He did other questionable things too, but these became totally understandable after we get to know his story still I never really forgave him for making Madison take the guilt.

After a time it became totally obvious who writes the blog so when it got out it wasn't a big surprise. Why didn't she stopped the blog or at least the wishes, when one girl has already disappeared?
When they went to the house where the kidnapper kept the victims it was clear who will it be.

This story tells us how many bad things can happen on the internet, how cruel and crazy some people are, how from a "little bullying" can come something so bad like you couldn't imagine before, how little things can affect people's life. Everyone should be more careful what things they write on the internet because anyone can read it after they uploaded it.

So all in all it is an amazing book, a quick read and I'm looking forward to read the two other books in this trilogy. Hope I can give five stars to those :). 

Favorite character: Adam, Tyler
Least favorite: -

The story idea: 5/5
The realization of the story: 4/5
The characters: 4/5
The cover: 3/5
All in all: 4/5

I recommend it to those who like mystery thriller and don't shy away from a little craziness. 

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