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Gone Too Far Paperback – January 6, 2015
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Gr 7 Up—Piper Woods is a senior who trips on a notebook that will change her life forever. Before she can turn it in, she makes the mistake of looking inside and discovers that omeone has been keeping tabs on the entire student body. Included are photos with students's eyes gorged out. Could the terrible things written inside be true? One of the secrets could get Piper's best friend, Manny, into serious trouble. Figuring out who the author of the notebook is takes center stage. After the death of a fellow student, Piper gets in over her head, and some readers may struggle with Piper's decision to not turn in the notebook to the authorities. In the midst of figuring it out, someone starts texting Piper and asks her to send a name and "make them pay" for the death of the student. Piper gives a name and what was meant for justice turns into innocent people getting hurt. During all of this, romance springs up between Piper and one of the guys on the football team, Nick. Themes include bullying, suicide, and relationships. An additional purchase where mysteries with hints of romance are popular.—Jesten Ray, Seattle Public Library, WA
"Richards (Six Months Later) delivers a gripping whodunit with a challenging ethical dilemma at its center... Richards maintains a quick pace and creates enough red herrings to keep readers guessing." - Publishers Weekly
""Plenty of drama, mystery... a thoughtful exploration of social justice in high school."" - Booklist
"While I've never read a book by Natalie D. Richards before, 'Gone Too Far' has definitely made me a believer in her work and I'll be picking up more! It's hard to do... but a definite 5 out of 5 stars. I definitely enjoyed 'Gone Too Far'." - Nerd Problems
" I loved the characters, the fast-paced plot. The lessons you learn. Gone too Far is a great story, and I would absolutely recommend it to.... well, anyone really! I think this is a story that people of all ages can learn from, and enjoy!" - The Best Books Ever
"[A] good read for a long Winter afternoon with a cup of hot chocolate. " - Bookish
"[A] really great mystery that kept me guessing until the very end! It was well-paced and consistently engaging throughout." - Bookmark It
"Natalie D. Richards once again constructed a highly believable mystery/suspense with a likable main character and an adorable romance. My verdict? Don't miss out! :) " - Boricuan Bookworms
"Overall, Gone Too Far is really a brilliant and exceptional book. The plot is well thought, the characters are believable and if you're looking for a stay-up-all-night-forget-everything kind of read, this is it! " - Her Book Thoughts
"If you love mystery, then this one is a good one to read." - Once Upon a Twilight
"Well written and well rounded characters, an all too believable storyline with a likeable and relatable main character and romance that wasn't the be-all & end-all of the book, even though it definitely ruffled a lot of high school feathers, make for an extremely enjoyable read with just the right amount of suspense." - The Bookish Outsider
"[Richards] has a sure touch when it comes to depicting teens and their world... She sees into these kids and finds their innermost beings, their hearts and souls, whether good, bad or indifferent." - Buried Under Books
"If you are looking for a great story with a bit of mystery, some action, and some swoony parts, I recommend you check this one out." - Fiction Fare
"GONE TOO FAR will definitely be loved by many teens who are into suspenseful, holding-onto-your-breath-as-you-read novels. " - Teen Reads
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High school senior Piper Woods finds a notebook with the names her classmates, their crimes and misdemeanors and pictures of her classmates with their eyes crossed out. Later that day she witnesses a classmate being tormented about a sex tape leaked to the public. After the girl commits suicide, Piper receives an anonymous text about avenging the bullies. She's asked for a name and a boys awful misdeeds, caught on video, are revealed. Another text, another name. As Piper grows uncomfortable with the requests for names, the danger grows and she's being threatened.
Piper is a thoughtful, yet very flawed character with a spirited voice and a strong sense so social justice who is trying the figure out the difference between justice and vengeance. I liked her narration. Natalie Richards captures the high school experience by showing that kids are more complicated than the stereotypical roles they fall into as Piper slowly realizes that she may have been judgmental about some of the popular kids and why they behaved in certain manners.
GONE TOO FAR, Richards' sophomore YA novel, has light mystery, romance, coming of age, family and friendship components all leading up to a thrilling finish. It held my interest with an even, fairly fast pace. I liked Piper a lot, but had trouble keeping some of her friends and not-friends separate. While I enjoyed the book, I never felt fully connected, despite my feelings for the narrator. I'm not sure this novel is one I'd reread.
Piper, the main character, stumbles upon a seemingly ordinary notebook, that is anything but ordinary. It turns out to be a journal of the deepest sins committed by students, and the extra creepy part? There are photos of those various students, with their eyes meticulously scratched out. Blank white orbs where the eyes should be. This literally gave me goosebumps, and it's just a hint to the obsession, and darkness that Piper will be pulled into. And with each frantic page turn, you'll be hoping she'll be able to escape!
Trust me, this is a book you must read!
If you enjoyed this book, try Natalie D. Richards' wonderful debut novel Six Months Later.
What surprised me is each one is incredibly difficult not to completely finish in hours. This book did not disappoint. Her way of writing is an on-edge-can't-put-it-down style that I love. If you have the chance, read it. If you're like me and enjoy the suspense, you won't regret it.
The only blur was the romantic relationship. It was written very tastefully but their connection was a bit murky in my opinion. However not enough to really change a rating of any sort.
I have read both of Natalie's book and have really enjoyed them. I would definitely recommend them to friends who like mysteries, and I plan to read more of her books when released
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