You'll be the death of me

Karen M. McManus

Book - 2021

Estranged friends Ivy, Mateo, and Cal witness a murder while skipping school, and the only way they can solve it is by revealing what they have been hiding from one another--and themselves.

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Subjects
Genres
Young adult fiction
Thrillers (Fiction)
Detective and mystery fiction
Published
New York : Delacorte Press [2021]
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Physical Description
326 pages ; 22 cm
Audience
Ages 14+.
Grades 10-12.
ISBN
9780593175866
0593175867
9780593175880
0593175883
9780593175897
0593175891
Main Author
Karen M. McManus (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

*Starred Review* Friends Ivy and Calvin (both white) and Mateo (part Puerto Rican) attempt to recreate the events that first brought them together by skipping school and heading to Boston. They decide to check out the aquarium but soon end up at their art teacher's downtown studio, where Ivy unexpectedly comes across the dead body of another student. When a woman matching Ivy's description ends up as a suspect in the news, the trio works against the clock to unravel a convoluted tapestry of drug-dealing, death, and deception. Each character is multifaceted, driven by complex motivations, and held together by a tangled web of truth and lies. Each effort to find out what really happened seems to meet a dead end, forcing everyone to reveal deeper secrets that put more than just their friendship in danger. McManus (The Cousins, 2020) shows off her skill and dexterity throughout this narrative, again proving her status as a force to be reckoned with in the murder-mystery genre. With fast pacing and her signature flair for the dramatic, McManus weaves a masterful tale of secrets, lies, and twisted intentions that will be sure to keep readers guessing whodunit, from start to finish.HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: It's an open and shut case that anything McManus will be extremely popular. Grades 8-12. Copyright 2021 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

McManus (The Cousins) once again creates a believable, pulse-pounding thriller, this time told through the alternating perspectives of three teens. Former best friends Ivy Sterling-Shepard, Cal O'Shea-Wallace (both white), and Mateo Wojcik (Puerto Rican and Polish) find themselves at the center of a murder investigation when they ditch school to re-create "the Greatest Day Ever"—the day they first became friends. But the reenactment quickly devolves when they stumble upon the corpse of Brian "Boney" Mahoney at the art studio of Cal's love interest. Blonde Ivy, embarrassed by her loss of the school election to Boney, quickly becomes a prime suspect when school gossips connect her hair color to that of the murderer. Determined to clear her name, Ivy insists that the trio investigate. But as they follow the clues, the former friends' secrets are revealed, some about the murder and others tied to their friendship, familial relationships, and misunderstandings that have resulted in long-lasting damage. McManus cleverly crafts a realistic crime story with plausible plot twists and characters who have plenty of depth. While the mystery of why Boney was murdered moves the story along, the relationship between Cal, Ivy, and Mateo will keep readers engaged. Ages 14–up. Agent: Rosemary Stimola, Stimola Literary Studio. (Nov.) Copyright 2021 Publishers Weekly.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

McManus (The Cousins) once again creates a believable, pulse-pounding thriller, this time told through the alternating perspectives of three teens. Former best friends Ivy Sterling-Shepard, Cal O'Shea-Wallace (both white), and Mateo Wojcik (Puerto Rican and Polish) find themselves at the center of a murder investigation when they ditch school to re-create "the Greatest Day Ever"—the day they first became friends. But the reenactment quickly devolves when they stumble upon the corpse of Brian "Boney" Mahoney at the art studio of Cal's love interest. Blonde Ivy, embarrassed by her loss of the school election to Boney, quickly becomes a prime suspect when school gossips connect her hair color to that of the murderer. Determined to clear her name, Ivy insists that the trio investigate. But as they follow the clues, the former friends' secrets are revealed, some about the murder and others tied to their friendship, familial relationships, and misunderstandings that have resulted in long-lasting damage. McManus cleverly crafts a realistic crime story with plausible plot twists and characters who have plenty of depth. While the mystery of why Boney was murdered moves the story along, the relationship between Cal, Ivy, and Mateo will keep readers engaged. Ages 14–up. Agent: Rosemary Stimola, Stimola Literary Studio. (Nov.) Copyright 2021 Publishers Weekly.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

Gr 9 Up—Ivy, Mateo, and Cal became best friends in middle school after skipping out on a school field trip and having the Best Day Ever. Now high school seniors, they don't talk with one another or move in the same circles. But all this changes the morning after Ivy loses the student council election to Boney Mahoney. The three end up in the parking lot together before school and decide it is a perfect day to skip. Cal is tired of being a loner and is uncertain about his new love interest. Mateo is worried about needing to work three jobs to help support his ailing mother and his cousin Amanda's latest money scheme to help support the family. Ivy is embarrassed to sit through Boney's acceptance speech. Even though they haven't spent time together in years, all three set out together to forget about what awaits them at school. In downtown Boston, they see Boney Mahoney has also skipped school, and they follow him to a vacant downtown building, where they find him murdered. The three become involved in investigating what happened to Boney on what soon becomes the Worst Day Ever as they realize they all have more in common with Boney and one another than they realized. VERDICT In her latest thriller, McManus draws readers in with her multiple voices (the narrative moves among Ivy, Mateo, and Cal) to bring readers a suspenseful day of murder and mayhem that will keep them guessing until the end.—Rebekah Buchanan, Western Illinois Univ., Macomb Copyright 2021 School Library Journal.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Deciding to ditch school together, former friends Ivy, Cal and Mateo, in one chance move, find their day turning from dull to deadly when another student is murdered right in front of them. Simultaneous eBook.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

INSTANT #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • From the author of One of Us Is Lying comes a brand-new pulse-pounding thriller. It's Ferris Bueller's Day Off with murder when three old friends relive an epic ditch day, and it goes horribly—and fatally—wrong.Ivy, Mateo, and Cal used to be close. Now all they have in common is Carlton High and the beginning of a very bad day. Type A Ivy lost a student council election to the class clown, and now she has to face the school, humiliated. Heartthrob Mateo is burned out from working two jobs since his family’s business failed. And outsider Cal just got stood up . . . again.  So when the three unexpectedly run into each other, they decide to avoid their problems by ditching. Just the three of them, like old times. Except they’ve barely left the parking lot before they run out of things to say. . .  . . . until they spot another Carlton High student skipping school—and follow him to the scene of his own murder. In one chance move, their day turns from dull to deadly. And it’s about to get worse. It turns out Ivy, Mateo, and Cal still have some things in common...like a connection to the dead kid. And they’re all hiding something.  Could it be that their chance reconnection wasn’t by chance after all?  Fans of the hit thriller that started it all can watch the secrets of the Bayview Four be revealed in the One of Us is Lying TV series now streaming on NBC's Peacock!