They Wish They Were Us by Jessica Goodman

Hi Everyone!  It’s Becky, again.  I usually love a good secret society book but, unfortunately, this one was a little disappointing.

48717442Title: They Wish They Were Us
Author: Jessica Goodman
Note: I listened to the audiobook.

Summary: Jill has spent the last three years at Gold Coast Prep as a member of the elite Players, a secretive group that has alumni that could help build your future.  This is the group that is going to make Jill’s life great, this is the group that will set Jill on her desired path, this is the group that she joined Freshman year with her best friend, Shayla, who was murdered on the night of initiation.  Now, it is Jill’s senior year and secrets about the long-ago murder cases are starting to surface.  Is Jill willing to give up her perfect future to learn what happened to her friend?

Review: I wanted to love this book, I really did, but I didn’t even really get to like.  I usually love books about secret societies and They Wish They Were Us promised to be a fun mystery about one of these societies.  The only problem is that this book wasn’t fun.  For a secret society book to work, you have to want to be part of it and I never got even close to that in this book.  I also never got close to actually liking Jill.  I am constantly told that she is extraordinary but I was never actually shown that.  I found her to be more than a little average.  Plus, for a girl whose whole identity is wrapped up in the fact that she is so smart, she did do many, many things that were really stupid.  Also, this smart girl took way too long to figure out who the murderer actually was.  It is that aspect that might have been the most frustrating.  I found myself yelling at the characters from about halfway through the book about who the killer was (because it is super obvious) but the characters didn’t figure it until almost the end of the book.  There are some mystery readers who may enjoy this book but for me, it was just disappointing.

Final Rating: 2.5 out of 5

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