Mystery Week Lives On with ‘If You’re Out There’

Curious. The whole time I was reading this, I was nothing but curious. Intensely curious? Can you even say that? Well, if you can, that’s what I was.

I slept last night after finishing half of the book and at some point during my sleep, I think I had dreamt of this. More like I dreamt of myself reading this. I guess I’m the sort of person who dreams about the books she’s read…or reading. I never was but things are bound to change; it’s inevitable.

Anyway.

After Zan’s best friend moves to California, she is baffled and crushed when Priya suddenly ghosts. Worse, Priya’s social media has turned into a stream of ungrammatical posts chronicling a sunny, vapid new life that doesn’t sound like her at all.

It’s only when she meets Logan, the compelling new guy in Spanish class, that Zan begins to open up about her sadness, her insecurity, her sense of total betrayal. And he’s just as willing as she is to throw himself into the investigation when everyone else thinks her suspicions are crazy.

Then a clue hidden in Priya’s latest selfie introduces a new, deeply disturbing possibility:

Maybe Priya isn’t just not answering Zan’s emails. Maybe she can’t.

I wanted to get through another mystery book this week because, well, Mystery Week. I still didn’t want anything heavy so I searched for good young adult mystery novels. That’s when I stumbled upon this post with a list of recommendations.

The first one that caught my eye was this novel by Katy Loutzenhiser (that last name’s pretty…and hard to spell out). It’s about this girl whose best friend moved to a different state, then suddenly ghosts her.

It doesn’t offer the darkness that’s usually brought in by the more serious mystery books. But, this got me curious enough.

About halfway through, I kind of already figured out what was going on but the details were a bit hazy. I was looking forward to that big reveal but it didn’t happen. There was no intense moment or shocking moment or that grip-your-chest-palm-on-your-forehead kind of moment. But it was good enough.

The love story was a pretty good subplot, too. The protagonist was trying to “get out there” and I was glad that there was a part of self-discovery injected on here.

I didn’t expect much, to be honest. But I didn’t expect that I would actually like it quite a bit.

Overall, not too shabby for Katy’s debut novel. I kinda want to read more and can’t wait for her future works.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

My Mystery Week Book #4: If You’re Out There by Katy Loutzenhiser. (Not sure if I can actually manage to post a book review for the rest of the week but here’s to hoping.)

It’s Mystery Week on Goodreads and I’ve decided to join in on the fun and feature/review some Mystery novels on this blog for an entire week.

Check out my 2020 Reading Challenge — a growing list of books that I read this year.

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