Book Reviews, YA book reviews

You’ll be the Death of Me by Karen M. McManus – ARC Review




My Rating ~ Four Stars

4-gold-stars copy

RELEASE DATE:  2 December 2021

Format: Paperback

Pages: 326

Publisher: Penguin Books





Ivy, Mateo, and Cal used to be close. Back in middle school they were best friends. So, when Cal pulls into campus late for class, and runs into Ivy and Mateo, it seems like the perfect opportunity to turn a bad day around. They’ll ditch school and go into the city. Just the three of them, like old times. Why did they stop hanging out, anyway?

As soon as they pull out of the parking lot Cal knows why. Ivy’s already freaking out about missing class, and heartthrob Mateo is asleep in the backseat, too cool to even pretend like he wants to be there. The truth is they have nothing in common anymore.

At least they don’t until they run into the fourth student ditching school that day. Brian “Boney” Mahoney is supposed to be accepting his newly won office of class president. Which is why Ivy follows him into an empty building, only to walk into the middle of a murder scene. Cal, Ivy, and Mateo all know the person lying on the ground of that building, and now they need to come clean. They’re all hiding something. And maybe their chance reconnection wasn’t by chance after all.





Thank you so much to Penguin Books for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!


Ivy, Cal and Mateo used to be best friends, but drifted apart a few years ago. They are all struggling through something – from minor to major life crises – when they meet up by chance and decide to skip school, just like they did once when they were younger. Anticipating a fun filled day avoiding their troubles, they find themselves in far more trouble than before and concern over their parents finding out they skipped school becomes the least of their problems.  They’ve found one of their classmates dead and fled the scene. As the evidence against them as suspects mounts, they find themselves in a race against time to discover the real killer and clear their name – all before Ivy’s parents fly back in from their holiday.

After really enjoying One of us is lying, I think I’ve been hanging out for another McManus book that is just as good, but I’ve found them a little hard to rate.  I like them, but none of them have gripped me to the same level as the first book.  It’s not that I don’t enjoy her books, I think they’ve just become a little predictable and lacking in depth for them to hold any special place in my heart. In saying that, this one was a fun ride, reminiscent of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, with a little less lightheartedness and a murder to solve.  

If you enjoy typical teenage mysteries and enjoy McManus’s writing style, you’ll definitely want to pick this one up.




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