Hello, lovely internet people, and welcome to Rhea’s Neon Journal, where today I’m featuring one of the best YA books I read in 2014. Gone Too Far by Natalie D. Richards is everything you didn’t know you needed in a YA thriller. Read my four star review, enter the fabulous giveaway and try not to squeal too much 🙂 Don’t forget to follow the rest of the tour here.
Keeping secrets ruined her life. But the truth might just kill her.
Piper Woods can’t wait for the purgatory of senior year to end. She skirts the fringes of high school like a pro until the morning she finds a notebook with mutilated photographs and a list of student sins. She’s sure the book is too gruesome to be true, until pretty, popular Stella dies after a sex-tape goes viral. Everyone’s sure it’s suicide, but Piper remembers Stella’s name from the book and begins to suspect something much worse.
Drowning in secrets she doesn’t want to keep, Piper’s fears are confirmed when she receives an anonymous text message daring her to make things right. All she needs to do is choose a name, the name of someone who deserves to be punished…
“Malum Non Vide: See No Evil”
This was me while I read Gone Too Far. I finished reading it in one day and it was finally 11:29 pm that I typed up this review. Why? Because it was fresh in my mind, sure.
But also because Gone Too Far is the best mind fuckery of the deepest level and I’d wanted to purge this book from my system before I went to sleep that night.
I think the main reason that Gone Too Far has affected me so much is this: all the events that take place in the book are so realistic, I can almost see them happen. In all its twisted glory, the book weaves and flows through certain aspects of high schools that no one can escape. Bullying, starving, cheating. Hell, even cheating for good.
You’ll see when you read the book.
Piper Woods stands aside and watches as a group of her classmates, Jackson and Tate, bully and tease Stella about a sex tape that’d been leaked. Piper doesn’t—can’t—do anything and stands frozen, as their harsh words seem to gather the whole school’s attention. But when the news of Stella’s “tragic” death reaches Piper, she wonders if it was suicide.
When Piper finds the heinous book that seems to contain the sins of the people in her school, the death of Stella is still fresh in her mind. She feels partly responsible for not standing up to the bullies and decides to do something about them. And then she gets a text message:
Do you blame yourself?
Do you wish you’d done something? What if you still could?
I think Gone Too Far was the perfect example of a book that basically has everything in it… mystery, self-discovery and romance. The main character is clueless about whom the book belongs to and who keeeps texting her, so the reader only knows as much as she does. Which is great, because the mystery in Gone Too Far begins from the very first page, and it’ll pull you in until you finish the book.
Despite her “issues,” Piper’s inner monologue, her sassy nature, her intelligence, all of it kind of grew on me. I was cheering for her, and mentally chastising her and crying for her and crying with her. Gone Too Far was quite an eye-opener where it came to living with other people’s preconceived notions about you. Labels.
Maybe there’s more to the class bully. Maybe the girl you call a “slut” has a story of her own. Maybe the class scholar isn’t one because he chooses to be.
Nick is also a very well-developed character but I didn’t find him quite as interesting as Piper. Sure, he was kind and smart and genuinely a good person but the way he was so caring and forgiving with Piper seemed a tad bit unrealistic to me. But that’s the only real complaint I had with the book.
I can’t even begin to tell you how much I loved Miss Richards’ writing style. It’s the type that keeps you just the right bit informed and yet, vastly clueless—just the way she wanted it, I suppose. For lovers of YA’s with a lot of revenge and drama but also suspense and angst, I do believe I’ve found the ideal novel for you.
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Up for Grabs!
- One finished copy of Gone Too Far, a copy of Six Months Later and some swag
At seven, Natalie D. Richards wrote about Barbara Frances Bizzlefishes (who wouldn’t dare do the dishes.) Now she writes about awesome girls, broody boys, and all things dark and creepy. Natalie lives in Ohio (Go Bucks!) with her techno-wiz husband, three amazing kids, and a seventy pound dust-mop who swears he’s the family dog. Her psychological thriller, Six Months Later, will be released in October 1, 2013 by Sourcebooks Fire. Until then, you’ll probably find her writing her next book or trying to wade through the towers of dog-eared paperbacks that have taken over her bedroom.