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Young Adult Fiction 5670
Social Media Horror
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
0.0
Writing Style 
 
0.0
Str-S-d:
Ill begin with Lucy. She is definitely first on the list. You cant believe how it feels to be in the cafeteria and turn around and there she is staring at me like Im 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, Lucys 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-ds 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 hes sharing?
The clock is ticking. Madison must uncover the truth behind the mysterious disappearances . . . before her name appears in Str-S-ds blog.


Wish You Were Dead by Todd Strasser made me nervous. Thats a compliment. I dont typically do horror, but the premise and the use of social media as a plot device drew me in and I had to give it a go.

While the voice of the main character, Madison, isnt as strong as I typically like in a heroine, the characters as a whole were distinctive. The plot was well thought out, nailed down every thread, and I was anxious at the climax.

One of the stronger points of the book is that it goes deeper than horror. Theres an exploration of the nuances of class and high school hierarchy that lends itself more to a social exploration than a slasher. There is violence, and I would consider reading it carefully if you are sensitive to that type of thing.

Highly Recommended

Four of Five Stars
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