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Title: Gone Too Far
Author: Natalie D. Richards
Pub Date: January 6th, 2015
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Page Count: 304
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...
This story weaved real world ideas with a thrilling plot to create a masterpiece. - Nova @ Out of Time
I've read Natalie's previous book, Six Months Later and LOVED it! I'm familiar with her writing style so I pretty much knew what the rating for this would be. I knew exactly what I was getting myself into when I opened this book and it did not disappoint! Natalie has a talent for writing thrillers but still keeping them really relatable to present life.
This plot was centered around revenge and the idea of a person dishing out karma. I've never really read these kinds of books but I know that they never end without some form of damage. Knowing this info, I was pretty interested in how things would turn out. The ending completely surprised me but I know that it couldn't have ended any other way.
I absolutely adored all the characters. They all have distinct personalities that make the story go along as well as add subplots to make everything come alive. Also, Nick is my favorite. While Piper's in over her head, Nick is like the balance and he's just so wise. Take a look: "They're easy targets, but they are still people -not popular kids and football players and... shoplifters. Just people." Like, what a wise guy.
I found this book very relevant to my own life. Three in the morning, I'm reading this book and I realize how true it is. There are so many people who hate the "populars" [sometimes with reason] and we all just forget that popular or not, jock or nerd, we're still humans and we are all going through different things.
This book [in all its beauty] showed me that.
I don't usually do a breakdown of my rating, simply because there usually isn't an equation. However, for this book, I knew exactly what factors played into this rating.
There was a star for the writing, a star for the characters, a star for the plot, a star for the twist at the end, a star for the lesson that this book taught me. And you might be thinking, wait, that's already five! But, I'm not done. I keep a rating of infinity stars to special books that don't leave my mind. This just means that the feels for the book was completely off the hook and even though I finished it a week ago, I can't stop thinking about how much this book related to me. And if you pick it up, which you totally should, I hope you feel the same things I did.
Natalie D. Richards won her first writing competition in the second grade with her short story about Barbara Frances Bizzlefishes (who wouldn't dare do the dishes.) Now she writes about awesome girls, broody boys, and all things dark and creepy. When she's not writing or shopping her manuscripts, you can probably find her wading through the towers of dog-eared paperbacks that have taken over her bedroom. Natalie lives in Ohio (Go Bucks!) with her techno-wiz husband, three amazing kids, and a seventy pound dust-mop who swears he's the family dog.
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