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Book Review: Wish You Were Dead

Wish You Were Dead
ISBN:  9781606840078
Author:  Todd Strasser
Publication Date:  September, 2009
Pages:  236
from Powell's Books:

I'll begin with Lucy. She is definitely first on the list. You can't believe how it feels to be in the cafeteria and turn around and there she is staring at me like I'm some disgusting bug or vermin. Does she really think I WANT to be this way? I hate you, Lucy. I really hate you. You are my #1 pick. I wish you were dead.

The day after anonymous blogger Str-S-d wishes the popular girl would die, Lucy vanishes. The students of Soundview High are scared and worried. Especially frightened and wracked with guilt is Madison Archer, Lucy's friend and the last person to see her the night she disappeared.
As days pass with no sign of the missing girl, even the attention of Tyler, an attractive new student, is not enough to distract Madison from her growing sense of foreboding. When two more popular students disappear after their names are mentioned on Str-S-d's blog, the residents of Soundview panic.
Meanwhile, Madison receives anonymous notes warning that she could be next. Desperate to solve the mystery before anyone else disappears, Madison turns to Tyler, but can she trust him when it becomes clear that he knows more than he's sharing?
The clock is ticking. Madison must uncover the truth behind the mysterious disappearances . . . before her name appears in Str-S-d's blog.
In the spirit of stories like I Know What You Did Last Summer, Todd Strasser updates the teen thriller for the techno age with Wish You Were Dead, the first installment in a new thrill-ogy.
Wish You Were Dead is at once a story about being in the popular crowd and a thriller that uses blogging to bring you into the mindset of the teenagers who are NOT in the popular crowd.

What takes place over a few days is a terrifying ride of what happens next, who will be in line to be the popular kid targeted and where are these students going? And who in the world is the mysterious guy in the black trench coat?

There's some good conversation happening in the classroom around stereotyping and profiling - is it necessary, beneficial and how can it be different from discrimination.  The author could have delved deeper into these discussions without becoming preachy and still brought out some legitimate points for the reader to consider.
"But we all stereotype, don't we?" Mr. Osmond asked. "How many of you have been in an airport and saw someone who looked Middle Eastern and felt nervous that this person might be a terrorist? Or walked down the block at night and saw a black man approaching? Or saw some guy come to school wearing a long black trench coat?"
Murmurs riffled through the classroom and eyes shifted toward Tyler, who raised his hand. "It's my favorite coat."
 Overall, Wish You Were Dead was an entertaining thriller, fast-paced for a young-adult read and I read it in one sitting.

3.5 Quills!

Cover: 3 Quills
Dialogue: 4 Quills
Transition: 3 Quills
Plot: 4 Quills

As part of the Library Challenge, I checked Wish You Were Dead out of my local library.

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Blogger Missy B. said...

This sounds great! I'm adding it to my list...nice review!

3/24/10, 2:15 PM  

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