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We Know It Was You (Strange Truth) Hardcover – October 4, 2016
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Gr 9 Up—A fast-paced, sassy, and sultry whodunit. Mystery Club team members Benny and Virginia witness Brittany Montague in her school mascot costume jumping off a bridge and into the river while an odd figure just stands by and watches. Strangely enough, while all of this is happening, the entire Winship football team and all of the cheerleaders seem to be deranged and are running around wild in the woods. Plenty of drinking, dancing, and flirting go along with the unraveling of the case of the bridge-jumping mascot. The two gumshoes have to go up against the beautiful Zaire, one of Virginia's housemates; the awkwardly strange Gerard, who likes to dress up like Patrick Swayze; and the goofy yet insanely adorable German foreign exchange student Gottfried. The dynamic duo team "Beninia" may have their differences, but they also have respect for each other, as well as a deep mutual attraction. Dealing with run-ins with the police, encounters with long-haired jazz weirdos, and the strange behaviors that the popular kids have been exhibiting, they actually do a fairly good job of finding meaningful clues. VERDICT This work is a fine mix of teen angst and high school drama with a smooth twist of mystery and intrigue.—Kimberli Buckley, Concord Public Library, CA
"WE KNOW IT WAS YOU is the definition of a page turner. Thrash's unique ability to balance humor, mystery, and teen angst blew me away. Hilarious, twisty, and full of unforgettable characters—this is damn good stuff." (John Corey Whaley, Printz Award-winning author of Where Things Come Back and National Book Award Finalist Noggin)
“We Know it Was You has all the elements of a great read: mystery, humor, romance and drama . . . Thrash's writing is so mesmerizingly good I found myself re-reading sentences for the sheer pleasure and surprise of them. This not your typical boarding school/high school novel, it's way more fun. Go Wildcats!” (Cecily von Ziegesar, author of Gossip Girl)
"With WE KNOW IT WAS YOU, Maggie Thrash has proven she can do plain old words every bit as well as she does words and pictures. Here's a whodunnit that's less about whodunnit than about howitwasdun, a twisted mystery of mascots, cheerleaders, and the unlikely duo that has to untangle all the knots . . . just as wonderful as it is hilarious." (Tommy Wallach, New York Times bestselling author of We All Looked Up and Thanks for the Trouble)
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Although the plot is anything but mundane, Thrash does not overdramatize or sentimentalize the teenage experience. She allows pettiness, uncertainty, self consciousness, and pure boredom to be a driving force in a way that we rarely see in the world of fiction but frequently experience in real life. And she does so with a wit and wry perspective that make her writing uniquely enjoyable.
It's worth noting that the mystery here is more for atmosphere and structure. While the twists and turns of the plot are often clever and always entertaining, it will not satisfy readers looking for a intricately crafted masterpiece of deduction.
Overall, We Know It Was You is a rare treat that offers both instant, candy-like enjoyment and the lasting gratification skilled, well crafted prose.
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