The Outliers

Finished The Outliers by Kimberly McCreight. I received a copy from the publisher for review.

Summary (from Goodreads):

It all starts with a text: Please, Wylie, I need your help. Wylie hasn’t heard from Cassie in over a week, not since their last fight. But that doesn’t matter. Cassie’s in trouble, so Wylie decides to do what she has done so many times before: save her best friend from herself.

This time it’s different though. Instead of telling Wylie where she is, Cassie sends cryptic clues. And instead of having Wylie come by herself, Jasper shows up saying Cassie sent him to help. Trusting the guy who sent Cassie off the rails doesn’t feel right, but Wylie has no choice but to ignore her gut instinct and go with him.

But figuring out where Cassie is goes from difficult to dangerous, fast. As Wylie and Jasper head further and further north into the dense woods of Maine, Wylie struggles to control her growing sense that something is really wrong. What isn’t Cassie telling them? And could finding her be only the beginning?

In this breakneck tale of intrigue, betrayal, and deeply buried secrets, New York Times bestselling author Kimberly McCreight brilliantly chronicles a fateful journey that begins with a single decision—and ends up changing everything.”

I am a huge, huge fan of Kimberly McCreight’s and have been since I read Reconstructing Amelia.  So when I found out that she was writing a YA novel, I was beyond excited.  (There are actually no words for how excited I was; it’d basically be a line of bolded, italicized, underlined exclamation points in probably size 100 font.)

And when I got the chance to read it, it was everything I wanted.  It’s really fast-paced but there’s also a lot of depth there. It’s a grieving book, at its core, as Wylie is missing the loss of both her mom and her best friend.

And once she goes on the run to try and find/save Cassie, things get even crazier.  Threre’s so much going on and no one seems particularly trustworthy.

The only downside to this book is that it’s the first book in a series and you will want the next installment immediately.  I hope it’s out soon.

Highly recommended.

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