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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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Texts from an unknown sender. threats, commands, secrets, etc. This book gives off that vibe.
The writing style of this book only gives us the perspective of the main character, Piper, which makes the mystery all the more mysterious. What I like about the mystery is the fact that you’re always guessing. It’s difficult to figure out who’s behind everything, and even when you know, you don’t. There are twists and turns and plenty of heart-pounding moments. I loved the way the book was structured, too, because it never felt like it was boring.
It doesn’t hurt also that Piper is a really interesting protagonist; she’s not a Mary Sue. She doesn’t wait for the other shoe to drop, she looks for the shoe and tries to keep it from falling. Piper’s only flaw and it is pretty understandable, is that she was incredibly judgmental of the ‘popular’ crowd. Thankfully, Piper evolved and learned throughout the story that her assumptions were wrong.
The romance is low-key here, but incredibly sweet. It was kind of instal-love at first, just because we never really see how the love interest came to like Piper, but I forgive it because the love interest is so adorable! He was really supportive of Piper and I really liked how he challenged her to change for the better.
Overall, 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! :)
"I don't think you've got a terrible person in you."
"I think we all do. If you scratch the surface."
A review copy of this book was provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review .
Gone Too Far is a young adult standalone thriller/suspense mystery by Natalie Richards. I have not read any books by Natalie yet, but I have heard some really great things about her first book, Six Months Later. What I liked the most about Gone too Far was that it was a true high school mystery. Most of the book takes place actually inside the school, and the person solving the mystery is a high school senior. Gone Too Far is a good read. While I did figure some aspects of the plot out, others remained a mystery to me until they were revealed, which I enjoyed.
I was a little undecided on the character of Piper. On one hand, I loved that she wants to be a photojournalist because I think it fit in perfectly with the kind of mystery going on in the story, and she does mature as a character throughout the book. But, on the other hand, she seemed a little judge-y and a little immature at times. I think overall, she ended up being a decent character, but I wouldn’t go as far as to say I loved her.
The mystery in Gone too Far had a very Pretty Little Liars vibe to it. There were texts and pictures, and clues being strategically placed, and everything felt very sinister and planned out, A style. I actually loved that, because I am a fan of both the Pretty Little Liars books and tv show. I think Gone too Far will be perfect for fans of PLL but also for fans of standalone mysteries. (PLL has a tendency to feel very drawn out.)
I think what Natalie Richards did best was create a creepy a** vibe for Gone too Far. This book will have you looking over your shoulder while you are reading it. I am not kidding, this book sent actual shivers down my spine a couple of times. The whole vibe was very Scream esque and creepy. I loved it! Gone too Far makes me want to speed up to October, so I can get out some of my spooky horror novels I have been saving up. If you are a fan of a good suspense mystery with a creepy vibe, check out Gone too Far.
*Disclaimer- I got a copy of this book for free in exchange for my honest review. I was not compensated for my thoughts.
The plot was pretty awesome. It was creepy when Piper finds the notebook with in the first few pages of the book. I was looking over my shoulder for that part. I actually did not figure out the mystery by the end, which is unusual for me. So I got to have the OMG did that just happen moment. I might have been too absorbed in Piper and Nick. I was seriously swooning over their cuteness.
I loved Piper and Nick’s interactions. It’s one of my favorite ways for a romance to bloom. I felt myself swoony at Nick and his persistence. I loved that he didn’t give up and he didn’t hide his agenda either. He was absolutely adorable. The way that he would make sassy Piper fumble over herself. So cute.
I liked the division of class, it’s sounds weird but I know in my own experience I was picked on elementary through middle school. By the time we got to high school there wasn’t really anyone picking on anyone. It was more you just stayed out of each other's way. The way Piper describes the line being drawn in the sand. You’ve learned who you can trust and who you can’t by that point.
Piper was pretty sassy and I liked that she was the school photographer. It gave her more of an ability to slide in and out of situations so it wouldn’t be weird if she was anywhere. I also liked that the book had so many different characters of different varieties. Piper’s core group of Tacey, Manny, Connor and Hadley. Then of course Nick, Tate and freaking Jackson. Then the other players like Stella, Kristen, Harrison and even Aimee. It makes things more interesting.
I don’t want to give anything away but I really enjoyed the book. It had me hooked and I felt like the mystery was awesome. A great read.
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