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School Library Journal Review
Gr 9 Up-Five high school students walk into a normal Monday after-school detention but only four leave alive. Simon, the dead student, was despised for the secrets he revealed in his toxic gossip app targeting the students of Bayview High. The remaining four students all have reasons to want Simon dead, and the police quickly zoom in on all of them as murder suspects. The author leaves plenty of red herrings along the way, keeping listeners in suspense. The use of multiple narrators and perspectives with alternating chapters enhances this compelling mystery. The part of brainiac/good girl Bronwyn is read by Kim Mai Guest; popular jock-with-a-kind- heart Cooper is read by MacLeod Andrews; beautiful but diffident Addy is read by Shannon McManus; and bad boy Nate is read by Robbie Daymond. All do wonderful jobs immersing themselves into the roles, showing their characters' remorse, confusion, anxiety, and terror while tension builds and their secrets are revealed. Teens will find the characters engaging and enjoy the fast-paced storyline. VERDICT This is an ideal purchase for teens who love thrillers and puzzles.-Julie Paladino, formerly at East Chapel Hill High School, NC © Copyright 2017. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
It's a murder mystery, Breakfast Club-style: five students from different social spheres walk into detention. Only four walk out. Simon, the outcast at the helm of the high school's brutal (and always true) gossip app has been murdered, and he had dirt on all four students in detention with him. Brainy good-girl Bronwyn knows she didn't kill Simon, and she doesn't think drug-dealing Nate, everyone's favorite suspect, did either. Simon knew something that could ruin homecoming princess Addy's perfect relationship, but Addy's always been so timid. And baseball superstar Cooper has a secret, but it's not what Simon said, and everyone knows Simon was never wrong. Trailed by suspicion, the four team up to clear their names and find the real killer even as proving their innocence becomes increasingly more difficult. Told in alternating perspectives among the four, this is a fast-paced thriller with twists that might surprise even the most hardened mystery reader. An engaging, enticing look at the pressures of high school and the things that cause a person to lose control.--Reagan, Maggie Copyright 2017 Booklist
Kirkus Book Review
Detention takes a dark turn when the student behind Bayview High's infamous app About That dies from a peanut allergyand every witness has a different reason for wanting him gone.Although McManus' debut initially feels like a rehashing of The Breakfast Club, with five teens from disparate social circles brought together through detention, there is no bonding through library dance parties or atypical lipstick application. Instead, Bronwyn, Nate, Cooper, and Addy witness Simon collapse and ultimately die after taking a sip of water. When police discover the drink was laced with peanut oiland that Simon was going to reveal life-ruining secrets about all four students on his gossip app the next daythey go from unfortunate witnesses to top murder suspects. With each teen ("brain," "criminal," "jock," and "princess," respectively; "walking teen-movie stereotypes," as Simon says) narrating alternating chapters, the novel offers insights into common adolescent strugglesfrom the pressure to succeed to an alcoholic, out-of-work fatheras well as an unlikely romance and opportunities for self-reflection as the investigation escalates. Although their suburban San Diego high school is a multicultural place, with the exception of Latina Bronwyn, the principal cast is white. Although the language and plot sometimes border on clich, this fast-paced blend of Gossip Girl, Pretty Little Liars, and classic John Hughes will leave readers racing to the finish as the try to unravel the mystery on their own. (Thriller. 14-18) Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.