|All your twisted secrets|
Author: Urban, Diana
What do the queen bee, star athlete, valedictorian, stoner, loner, and music geek all have in common? The invitation to a scholarship dinner was a trap, and now they're locked into a room with a bomb, a syringe filled with poison, and a note saying they have an hour to pick someone to kill ... or everyone dies. No one knows how they're all connected-- or who would want them dead. As the clock ticks down confusion turns into fear, and fear morphs into panic. Who will they choose to die?
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Interest Level: UG
Reading Level: 4.60
Points: 14.0 Quiz: 509936
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School Library Journal - 12/01/2019 Gr 9 Up—Amber, the music prodigy. Sasha, the queen bee. Priya, the loner. Robbie, the baseball jock. Diego, the valedictorian. Scott, the school drug dealer. What do they all have in common? Nothing apparently, but nevertheless, someone has trapped them in the Chesterfield—under the guise of a scholarship dinner—with a syringe full of poison, a bomb, and a note that says they need to pick one of them to die or else they all will. As the bomb counts down, secrets are revealed about each of them and they come to realize that they may be more alike than previously thought. Debut author Urban adds to the growing collection of contemporary teen mysteries with a serviceable, compelling thriller. The narrative is split between the present and the year leading up to the "scholarship dinner." Readers will be captivated as layers of each teen's life are peeled back to complicate the mystery. Amber is an intriguing protagonist; she still struggles with her sister's suicide, while juggling college applications to film score programs, scoring the school play, and her new and overwhelming relationships with Sasha and Robbie, two of the most popular kids in school. VERDICT Fans of Karen M. McManus's One of Us is Lying and Sara Shepard's Pretty Little Liars will want to check this one out.—Tyler Hixson, Brooklyn Public Library - Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.
Booklist - 12/15/2019 Amber (the music genius), Robbie (the jock), Scott (the stoner), Sasha (the popular girl), Priya (the loner), and Diego (the valedictorian) all get an invitation to a dinner with the mayor, celebrating their successful scholarship applications. But they begin to feel somewhat unsettled when the door to their private dining room gets locked from the outside and the thermostat seems to be stuck on high. After deciding the best course of action is to at least eat until someone comes to rescue them, they make a terrible discovery: they have to choose which one of them will die by poisoning, and if they don't choose, a bomb will kill them all. Alternating between their current situation and Amber's recollections of the past, each begins to come up with conspiracies and accusations, pushing all of them to their limits. The Breakfast Club meets Karen M. McManus' One of Us Is Lying (2017) in Urban's adrenaline-fueled thriller, pitting the six teens against one another in a satisfying and delightfully claustrophobic ode to Agatha Christie. - Copyright 2019 Booklist.