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Release Date: October 3, 2017
Genre: Young Adult. Mystery, Thriller. Suspense.
13 minutes by Sarah Pinborough is an interesting novel- it's a bit creepy, tense, and unsettling. It's also equivalent to Mean Girls on Crack. There is bullying, lying, secrets, and even murder. True to the authors form, there is a major twist to the story- one that left me shocked and surprised, but also excited. The author knows how to pull these twists that will leave her readers reeling. This is one of the major reasons I wanted to read this book in the first place and I think many readers will really like it.
About the Story
This book tells the story of 4 teenage girls who are all sucked into the near murder of a dear friend. Natasha is the victim. She was found floating in the water, practically dead, until she was revived 13 minutes later. Hayley and Jenny are part of Natasha's click (the popular girls who rule the school). However, they are also the ones who may have killed Natasha (for only 13 minutes, remember). And Becca is an old friend a Natasha's. She the girl that was ousted from the group because apparently they were too good for her.
What starts as your typical mean girls scenario filled wit jealousy and revenge quickly turns into something more sinister as Becca and the police try to figure out exactly what happened to Natasha on the night of her near death. As mentioned before, there are some major twists and turns. Things you think you have already figured out will come back to be completely wrong, and your going to thrown into an extremely eerie scenario.
I think many readers are going to enjoy this book- I certainly did- and are going to appreciate the authors ability to turn something sinister in its own right into some even worse.
- I liked the mean girl scenario and how well in tuned the author was to the actions and inner workings of teenage girls.
- I loved the twists (the author always manages to add these amazing twists in her stories that ultimately make her work stand out from others in the genre
- I loved the way the story was told in different POV's and through transcripts from therapy session, and a diary kept by Natasha.
- I liked how the author made me FEEL the psychopathy of the characters
- Since the chapters were told in different POV's I think it would have been easier if the chapters were labeled in terms of which character was speaking. There were times when I had to go back and re read some pieces in order to figure out who was talking.
- The characters (although written fantastically) were extremely difficult to connect with. This could be because they are teenagers and I myself am not. However, I have read many YA books and haven't had this hard a time when it comes to finding any commonalities with the characters.
- The ending. I didn't like it. It was too abrupt. I think many readers may also get confused if they weren't paying enough attention to what was going on- you certainly don't want to skim it, that's for sure! I personally had to go back and re-read the last chapter because I was confused myself. Now, while this could be due to the fact that the chapters aren't labeled, I still found that it all happened too quickly for my tastes.
Regardless of the three star rating that I have given this book, it is GOOD. There is nothing wrong with it per-se, just little things that I didn't quite related personally. That's not to say readers will feel the same either because I think many will truly enjoy this book, maybe even more than I did. Based on this, if it looks and sounds good to you, then give it a chance! I am glad that I did.