*I received a free copy of If You Wrong Us from Flux via Netgalley. This has in no way influenced my voluntary review, which is honest and unbiased *
Warning: This book includes mature content such as: sexual content, and/or drug and/or alcohol use, and/or violence.
Published by Flux on 8 October 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Psychological Thriller, Young Adult
"An intricate psychological page-turner that explores the darker side of vengeance and reads like Gone Girl through a teen lens." - Kirkus Reviews
Becca and Johnny become entangled after a car crash steals the lives of two people they love. Officially, the crash is an accident. But Becca and Johnny are convinced: someone did this.
As they plot revenge against the person responsible, a bond—intense, unyielding, and manic—takes hold of them. And in an unexpected turn of events, they fall for each other.
Or so they think.
In an upside-down world where decay is beautiful and love and hate become one, Becca and Johnny find themselves grappling with reality. Nothing is exactly what it seems, including what they've come to believe about the crash. Question is: will they learn the truth before it's too late?
No. The question is: when they learn the truth, will they care?
If You Wrong Us is a chilling psychological thriller, where the characters feel entitled to revenge, not thinking about how revenge could lead to much more hurt for everyone involved.
My If You Wrong Us review:
If You Wrong Us started out innocently enough, with Becca and Johnny trying to heal together after a car accident took the lives of Becca’s twin sister and Johnny’s mom. Both of them had trouble believing it was an accident, though, and they put a plan in action to make the guilty party pay as much as they felt they had paid, too. Becca was a very smart girl straight A student, and she tutored Johnny to help him with chemistry to help him pass the school-year.
As the story in If You Wrong Us unfolded, it was clear that things weren’t exactly as they had seemed at the beginning of the story. There were several reasons for this, and most of them had to do with secrets. And because the story is written in dual points of views, from both Becca’s and Johnny’s perspective, the reader is privy to some of the secrets, while the other characters aren’t. And that actually made the chill factor greater in my opinion. And because of the first person present tense the readers really experiences everything right there with the characters, every detail, every part of the final plan.
In order to keep If You Wrong Us chilling for everybody else as well, there isn’t a lot I can say about what happens, but I can tell you that if you enjoy psychological thrillers you should definitely pick this one up! The pace is great, as it starts quite slow, then goes faster as the plot builds up and becomes more complex as the story keeps going.
Some of my favorite If You Wrong Us quotes:
Revenge, I’ve come to learn, is not impulsive, or reactionary, or blind. It is calculating, patient, and observant. And if it’s going to work, the timing must be perfect. Just like in baseball. Swing too early, risk a pop p. Swing too late, risk a strike.
But in less than twenty-four ours, that will all change. Travis Kent will be extracted from my life forever.
“Omen,” I corrected her, even though it still wasn’t the right word. My twin was incredibly obtuse at times. Still, I always knew what she was trying to say. A fact that frightened me to the very core.
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