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People Like Us Hardcover – February 27, 2018
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“This juicy prep-school thriller has queen bees, super-cliques, and hints of PLL and Gossip Girl. But if you think you’ve got every plot turn figured out, think again: the drama is just getting started.”—Seventeen Magazine
“[A] whirlwind, fast-paced YA mystery. . . Not only will Mele’s gorgeous, melodic writing have you entranced, but the layered mystery of it all will have you scrambling to turn the pages to see who-dun-it.”—Buzzfeed
"Steeped in scandal and profound tragedy, this is a dark and thrilling look at female friendships, the pressures of scholastic success, and mental health . . . A classic and frightening tale of betrayal and mental illness told in a fresh and contemporary way, this book is difficult to set down for even a moment. It is an intricately designed, beautifully written, and extraordinarily chilling story."—School Library Journal
"Mele creates a cast of sharp-edged, prickly students; the fluid sexuality of various characters is handled well, and themes of betrayal and bullying are front and center. An eerie, unsettling thriller with deadly consequences."—Publishers Weekly
"Mele . . . weave[s] a tale of mystery, intrigue, and revenge in the style of Jay Asher’s Thirteen Reasons Why (2007), but with its own twists to keep readers on the their toes."—Booklist
"The characters and their relationships are nuanced, especially sexually fluid Kay, who has intimate encounters with males and females. This blend of predictable prep school elements with unpredictable suspense makes this a fizzy read for fans of the genre."—Kirkus Reviews
"This is a fun, dark whodunit with loads of twists and turns to keep readers guessing."—VOYA
"A . . . sophisticated read that is fast-paced and surprising to the last page."—School Library Connection
About the Author
Dana Mele is a Pushcart-nominated writer and a work at home mother. A graduate of Wellesley College, she is a former actor, lawyer, musician, and briefly, associate producer. She prefers tea to coffee, snow to sand, and stars to sunshine, and she lives in the Catskills with her husband and toddler. This is her first novel.
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PEOPLE LIKE US are the privileged, popular girls at Bates Academy, the kind of girls who aren’t usually suspects in murder. But scholarship student Kay isn’t quite like the truly privileged girls with expensive clothes and lifestyles. She realizes she’s treated others terribly over the past three years, and making amends might be a little late. At some point I questioned the reliability of Kay’s narration. Was she truly innocent or more devious than she let on.
Who doesn’t love a good boarding school book? Throw in murder, revenge, some LBGT romance and Dana Mele’s debut novel is a hit. I was hooked from the beginning, invested in Kay, and unsure of the culprit.
PEOPLE LIKE US is a story I’ll reread and I recommend it to YA mystery and thriller aficionados.
Set in a snooty New England boarding school with lots of fierce competition, arch dialogue, and juicy romantic entanglements, this book would be a fun read even if you weren't frantically trying to figure out who was murdering whom, framing whom, and protecting whom, and why. But on top of all that, it's also a murder mystery: and a twisty, slippery one at that!
I dare you to pick up this book. I dare you even harder to put it down.
From that gorgeous first line, I was hooked. The blurb from the deal announcement just doesn't do it justice. PEOPLE LIKE US is a seductive psychological thriller with beautiful literary writing and an unreliable narrator. It takes place in an all-girls private school -- oh, and it's super queer. There might be more queer characters than non, AND I LOVED IT.
This book is about cutthroat ambitious girls and secrets that won't stay in the past. It's about what we sacrifice for the sake of our own self-preservation. It's about the blurred line between friendship and more-than-friendship, and the pure agony of being trapped there.
I'll have chills for a long time.
I couldn't put it down, and I didn't want it to end!
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I liked this book and found myself intrigued with the who done it part of the book. I had a feeling I knew who did it and wasn't surprised with the ending.Read more