Why did you choose this book?
I read the synopsis somewhere and thought it sounded like an intriguing teen mystery.
What’s it about?
June is shocked and horrified to hear that her best friend, Delia, has died (apparently by suicide). At first, she accepts it, but over time she becomes convinced that there’s more to the story. June sets out to investigate.
Review (WARNING CONTAINS SPOILERS)
At first I was intrigued by the premise of this teen book, thinking it would be a mystery about Delia’s death. As it continued on, it became less and less plausible. Apparently, Delia’s stepfather tried to force himself on her, so she decides to run away and fake her own death. She joins up with a group of other kids who have faked their deaths, and eventually June becomes caught up in the group as well. I was still hanging on with the book until the teens band together and kill Delia’s stepfather. Just like in Killing Mr. Griffin (Lois Duncan, 1978), I found this plot device unnecessary and nauseating. It is never clear if the stepfather is actually the villain or if Delia is just an attention-seeking, dramatic brat. Even if he was a villain, there are other ways that the ending could have been written to ensure he received his just desserts. While it’s true that I’m no longer a teen, I read Duncan’s book as a teen and was just as repulsed by this theme then as I am now. I’m not even going to bother suggesting other recommended reads, because I would never recommend this one.
Never Always Sometimes by Adi Alsaid