Series: The Outliers #1
Genres: Mystery, Suspense, Thrillers, Young Adult
Imagine if you could see inside the minds of everyone around you – your best friend, your boyfriend, your enemies…? Imagine how valuable you'd be… Imagine how much danger you'd be in… Imagine being an Outlier.
Wylie hasn't heard from her best friend, Cassie, since their fight. That doesn't matter when she gets a text from her, asking for help. But as Cassie's messages become increasingly strange, Wylie has a growing sense that something is REALLY wrong. What isn't Cassie telling her? And could finding her be just the beginning?
I need the sequel. Right now.
Thoughts on The Outliers
This book came out earlier this month and I finished it the day after it came out. And !!!!!! Y’all need this book. Every time I thought I figured out what was happening, another plot twist showed up to throw me off course.
Basically it’s about a girl named Wylie who finds out that her best friend goes missing and to find her, Cassie sends her cryptic texts to try to find her. Add in the fact that Cassie’s boyfriend (who Wylie does not like) joins her on the journey just brings a lot of angst. I really loved this one. So glad I read it!
The dynamic between Jasper and Wylie is so interesting during the book. At the beginning, Wylie really does not like him but the more she gets to know him, she starts to wonder if how she feels about him is all based on lies.
I also like that our main character is “unreliable” she has paranoia and anxiety. She seems to question a lot of things that she experiences and since we are in her shoes, that’s how we experience the book. It’s very unique and I think Kimberly McCreight pulled it off very well. As someone with anxiety, I could relate to Wylie in a lot of ways which made reading this so much more interesting.
I knew going into this book that it was a YA mystery and I haven’t always had the best luck with the subgenre, but this one blew me away. I love YA and I love mystery and when done right, YA mystery is one of the best genres ever. And this is one of those. Every chapter seemed to have a plot twist that made me just go HOLY CRAP.
When I first started this book, I was telling my boyfriend a little bit about it. This was when I was 70 pages in. By the time I finished it, it seemed like a whole new book but in the best way possible. I will be anxiously awaiting the sequel to this great first in a series.
Disclaimer: huuuuuuuuuuge cliffhanger. If you can’t stand them, don’t read this until the sequel. If you love them like I do then you’ll want this!