- Series: Strange (Book 2)
- Hardcover: 336 pages
- Publisher: Simon Pulse (October 17, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1481462032
- ISBN-13: 978-1481462037
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.1 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #316,559 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Gr 9 Up—The teens at Winship Academy return for their latest mystery: who staged the bizarre deer antler attack at the science expo that nearly killed DeAndre? Sleuths Benny and Virginia employ their Mystery Club (of two) to uncover the truth. Benny quickly suspects a hate crime as DeAndre is one of the only African Americans at Winship. Secret drug deals in the girls' bathroom, the unexplained suspension of a student, and the creepy Headmaster's abusive relationship with his equally creepy son prove threads leading to the truth, yet other plotlines lead nowhere. Benny and Virginia are consumed with solving the mystery for the mystery's sake, not for justice. As in Strange Truth, they discover a murderer in their midst and do nothing but effectively shrug. Thrash employs stereotypes of spoiled, rich white teens; and racist, sexist Southern culture. The only black character is the victimized, poor football player hailing from a family of rubes (in an especially offensive portrayal, DeAndre's uncle cries, "They got real ham biscuits!") who almost completely lacks a voice. In an outlandish scene, a parent-sanctioned, student-run fundraiser involves auctioning tequila shots off girls' stomachs—and all the girls are flattered. The author weaves suspense throughout, but ultimately, these tropes are introduced without nuance and deeper exploration. VERDICT The offensive stereotypes and flat, narcissistic characters demean this book's audience.—Laura Falli, McNeil High School, Austin, TX
"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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The characters are profoundly three-dimensional, the story superbly original, and the observations right on-target. The prose is sharp, lively, and engaging, and filled with quotable passages that speak directly to that part of the heart which just knows what is true.
If you are looking for something that's going to comfort you and reinforce your previously-held assumptions by feeding you the same old tropes and clichés you're accustomed to hearing, then look elsewhere. But if you want to be challenged, to be stimulated to thought, and to feel something real, then this book is for you.