Cover Love: I'm not sure. I don't hate it, but I don't love it.
I just don't feel it is very eye catching nor does it fit the tone of the book, however, I like it as a cover. I like the font and the huge, accusatory title.
Why I Wanted to Read This: I was in the mood for a suspense book and this one sounded like it fit the bill. Here's the synopsis from GoodReads:
It’s better to know the truth. At least sometimes.Romance?: Not really. There are a lot of romances that happen or were already happening in the book (it's set at a high school), there just isn't any romance for or between our main characters.
Halfway through Friday night’s football game, beautiful cheerleader Brittany Montague—dressed as the giant Winship Wildcat mascot—hurls herself off a bridge into Atlanta’s surging Chattahoochee River.
Just like that, she’s gone.
Eight days later, Benny Flax and Virginia Leeds will be the only ones who know why.
I really liked this book for several reasons. First off, it takes place at a boarding/prep type school. Although there is a dorm, there aren't a lot of "boarders" and they are kind of looked down upon by the local kids who attend the school. I like this reversal for a prep school type setting. Normally, the local kids are the ones looked down upon, rather than the boarders. Because of this setting the population of kids is pretty small, everyone knows everyone and the class lines area kind of blurred. Seniors are friends with lower class men and pretty much everyone knows everyone else!
The author writes from several different points of view during the course of this book, with Benny and Virginia being the main two characters. One thing I loved was how the author wrote about the perceptions each character had of the others. Benny constantly was devaluing Virginia in his head and she was constantly thinking about what a nerd Benny was. Neither of them truly saw what was going on with each other, nor were these perceptions easily changed. It just felt really true to teenagers and high school because sometimes its so hard to change your reputation. People don't want you to change who you are!
The mystery was also really well done, a lot of red herrings. I found the "who done it" to be a little implausible, but overall was keep interested the whole book. I also liked all the little kernels the author threw out there that didn't get answered. This book is titled "Strange Truth #1" so I am looking forward to learning more about Benny and Virginia in upcoming books. There is a mystery involving Virginia that is alluded to several times in the book that I am especially looking forward to learning more about. I really liked Virginia!
Overall, I liked the setting of a small. elite school and the mystery. The smallest thing that kind of bothered me was the ages of Benny and Virginia, they seemed a bit older and more mature than 15.
To Sum Up: Even though Benny and Virginia are 15 year olds, I feel that there were a few things in this book that make it too mature for my library. However, it's a great mystery and a fun read so I will recommend our high school librarians buy it for their collections.
Thanks to Simon & Schuster for the review copy!