Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Release Date: January 6th, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Mystery, YA
Source: Received in exchange for review
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Keeping secrets ruined her life. But the truth might just kill her.
Piper Woods can't wait for the purgatory of senior year to end. She skirts the fringes of high school like a pro until the morning she finds a notebook with mutilated photographs and a list of student sins. She's sure the book is too gruesome to be true, until pretty, popular Stella dies after a sex-tape goes viral. Everyone's sure it's suicide, but Piper remembers Stella's name from the book and begins to suspect something much worse.
Drowning in secrets she doesn't want to keep, Piper's fears are confirmed when she receives an anonymous text message daring her to make things right. All she needs to do is choose a name, the name of someone who deserves to be punished...
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If you love a good revenge story, this is definitely a book you want to check out.
Gone Too Far starts off on a promising note. Piper Woods discovers a notebook on the ground on her way to class one day, and what she thought was a generic notebook that probably contains someone’s finals notes actually is filled with the true stories about several of the students that attend Piper’s high school that, if revealed, could corrupt them. Piper soon receives a text message from an unknown number which tells Piper that he/she knows about the notebook that she found and that he/she could corrupt anyone as long as Piper sent he/she a name. At first, Piper doesn’t want to respond, but when Stella dies after a sex-tape of her goes on the internet, Piper wants justice and revenge. So she sends the mysterious texter a name.
I admit, I really did not like Piper at the start. She was awfully impulsive and was driven solely on her emotions; her sense of justice was really twisted, and I wanted to rip my hair out because of that. However, I love that Piper grows as a character throughout the story. She soon begins to mature and learn from her mistakes; and I really appreciate that. Her story arc was impressive and soon, by the end, the main character grew under my skin.
“I don’t think you’ve got a terrible person in you.”
“I think we all do. If you scratch the surface.”
This is now my second novel that I’ve read by Natalie Richards and once again I am impressed by the messages that this author tries to convey through her novels. Nick is the love interest in Gone Too Far and oh my gosh he is absolutely the cutest. Piper has always disliked the popular crowd and holds the impression that all of the popular people are manipulative and total jerks. With Nick, she learns that not everyone is the same and that there’s more to a person when you look behind those outer layers. The romance was certainly a highlight in this book, and it didn’t even take over the main plot line, which was a bonus.
Gone Too Far was an enjoyable read that had some great underlying messages. While I feel that this novel could have been even better executed, the romance and character growth made up for it.
~Thank you Sourcebooks Fire for sending me this copy!~
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