Mini Reviews: On the Come Up & Two Can Keep a Secret

Today I’ve got two reviews for titles the high school book club I co-run is reading. Check out my thoughts below!

TwoCanKeepaSecretTwo Can Keep a Secret by Karen M. McManus

Published by Delacorte Press on January 8, 2019

Genres: Young Adult, Fiction, Mystery, Contemporary, Thriller

Pages: 336 Format: Hardcover Source: Library

4.5/5 Stars

Image and Description Credit: Goodreads

Echo Ridge is small-town America. Ellery’s never been there, but she’s heard all about it. Her aunt went missing there at age seventeen. And only five years ago, a homecoming queen put the town on the map when she was killed. Now Ellery has to move there to live with a grandmother she barely knows.

The town is picture-perfect, but it’s hiding secrets. And before school even begins for Ellery, someone’s declared open season on homecoming, promising to make it as dangerous as it was five years ago. Then, almost as if to prove it, another girl goes missing.

Ellery knows all about secrets. Her mother has them; her grandmother does too. And the longer she’s in Echo Ridge, the clearer it becomes that everyone there is hiding something. The thing is, secrets are dangerous–and most people aren’t good at keeping them. Which is why in Echo Ridge, it’s safest to keep your secrets to yourself.

This is my first Karen McManus and I’ve got to say I’m a little impressed. It’s got everything a good mystery/thriller should have with a carefully plotted mystery, suspenseful situations, and suspicious people. The compelling characters and the dynamics between them take this book to the next level though and I didn’t want to put it down. The ending too was super satisfying and yet super chilling at the same time. I totally recommend this for mystery/thriller fans!

onthecomeupOn the Come Up by Angie Thomas

Published by Balzer + Bray on February 5, 2019

Genres: Young Adult, Fiction, Contemporary

Pages: 447 Format: Hardcover Source: Purchased

4.5/5 Stars

Image and Description Credit: Goodreads

Sixteen-year-old Bri wants to be one of the greatest rappers of all time. Or at least make it out of her neighborhood one day. As the daughter of an underground rap legend who died before he hit big, Bri’s got big shoes to fill. But now that her mom has unexpectedly lost her job, food banks and shutoff notices are as much a part of Bri’s life as beats and rhymes. With bills piling up and homelessness staring her family down, Bri no longer just wants to make it—she has to make it.

Angie Thomas does it again with another incredibly compelling and powerful book set in Garden Heights. She pours so much into these novels and seeing her tackle stereotypes and poverty while also sharing her love for rapping was pretty phenomenal. Bri was such a great character; passionate with a sharp mind as well as her super geek cred. The character dynamics stand out with both friendships and family fleshed out and on full display. Honestly her writing is just out of this world and everyone needs to read these books.

Have you read either of these books? Read the authors’ previous works?

Let me know in the comments below!

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