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All Eyes on Her

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I had high hopes when I read the description. I loved One of Us is Lying. I have also enjoyed most of Flynn's previous books. I'm not saying I hated this one, I just didn't love it. I quickly figured out "who did it." I had trouble keeping my mind on the story. It was one of those I forced myself to finish reading. It was ok. I'm sure some people will love it. It just wasn't for me.
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I like young adult novels that aren't typical.  This is one of those and because of that, I didn't feel like I had read it all before or that I had it figured out before the ending.  I didn't even really like a majority of the characters but I was totally engaged in the story.  One of my high school students came in the library this morning with this book and could not stop talking about how much she loved it.  Word of mouth moves books in our library so I look for this one to get checked out a lot.
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This book was steadily a good book. While it wasn't mind blowing, it was a book I enjoyed reading, and found myself wanting to pick it up.
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4 Stars - Written from the perspective of several people in related to and in contact with Tabby, “All Eyes on Her” switches the typical focus of a crime (or accident) from the event itself to the relationships and web of connections that lead to the event. Unlike other YA suspense novels, it’s purpose isn’t to answer what happened or someone’s guilt but rather the question “Does guilt even matter when tried in the eyes of the public?” It’s focus on how the media and public  can decide the fate of a young woman is the real triumph of this novel. While I will say that I understand the disappointment of the ending for some readers, it’s the trade off we get for the harder questions asked in this L.E. Flynn novel. 

Thank you to Netgalley and L.E. Flynn for this advanced read of All Eyes on Her in exchange for an honest review.
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All Eyes on Her by L. E. Flynn is an interesting book. It’s a YA mystery, in which the reader hears from everyone involved, except for the main character. Tabby’s boyfriend died on a hike they went on – and now she is accused of his murder. The story is told in fragments from many of the people in their lives, and it is not made clear what actually happened until the very end, keeping the reader guessing. But because it is so fragmented, I felt like the story lost its drive and tension didn’t build up the way it should have. Once it got to the reveal, I didn’t care much about how it ended. Nevertheless, the concept and set-up is interesting and unique, even if it didn’t fully work for me.
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Good YA mystery for fans of Lockhart or McManus. Two go into the forest, one emerges. Some very suspenseful scenes.
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All Eyes on Her is a YA mystery regarding the suspicious death of Mark Forrester, who went hiking with his girlfriend Tabby Cousins. He fell (or was pushed?) off of a cliff and drowned, even though he was a proficient competitive college swimmer. 

Each chapter was written through different characters’ perspectives - the best friends of both Mark and Tabby, Tabby’s sister, other high school students. This results in a tale told by unreliable narrators and an unclear picture of what actually happened. 

The book was well written and the plot kept me interested. It tackled the topics of unhealthy relationships, gender roles and high school life/social media in a thought provoking way, I enjoyed it even though I don’t read a lot of mysteries.
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This is much different than Flynn's last book and I really enjoyed it.  I don't want to give away any spoilers, but it was quite a thriller.  I love reading characters who I end up arguing with!  This didn't disappoint.
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I wanted more from this. I kept reading this waiting for something to catch my attention and I never got that. I was easily distracted while reading this. The characters weren’t interesting and I was really close to DNFing this. Really disappointed.
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All Eyes on Her was as much a murder mystery as it was a commentary on how society treats girls and what happens when men don't get what they want.

Stories like this with unreliable narrators and he said/she said are some of my favorites, so I got drawn in quickly. I love that we got to hear the entire story through everyone but Tabby, and that even the reader was a character in the book. It felt like a YA version of Snapped which was really cool. There were also parts that reminded me a lot of Chanel Miller and society's reaction to her story. 

My feelings about characters definitely shifted the more I read because it felt like no one was good. Everyone had played some part in how the events unfolded which felt realistic. Lou and Elle were at the top of my dislike list and even Bridget earned a spot on the list. I really liked Beck though, so he gets on the like list.

Overall, this book was so hard to put down. Part 2 moved a little slowly but part 3 came back with a punch. I like how ominous the ending was, and I still don't know what's the truth, but I don't think I want to know. I definitely would recommend this story if you want a good thrilling mystery.
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This was an interesting way to approach a mystery. It felt very authentic to a teen's experience, as other people's opinions and thoughts of someone have more weight than the truth does. I can appreciate that the book leaves the truth up to the reader, we will never know what actually happened, we can only know what we have been told by the people involved, because that is how real life is. However, I expect some people will not appreciate this type of ending, and would rather have a solid this is what happened conclusion.
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All Eyes On Her by L.E. Flynn is a psychological young adult thriller that is incredibly engaging. I read the entire thing in one afternoon, determined to find out who was responsible for the deadly incident.

As I read, I considered whether or not I'd share this book with students, and ultimately decided it's way too dark to put in most of their hands. This book is one that falls into the deep crack between young adult and adult fiction. Adult readers who enjoy an edgy mystery and don't mind a high school protagonist will likely find the story entertaining.
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Although I do usually love books in this genre (the thriller murder mystery) this one just wasn't for me.  It had an interesting premise - did the girl kill her boyfriend, or is she being pushed into the killer role because she's seen a the "bad" girl, the tramp, the clingy needy girlfriend?  There were some interesting attempts at social commentary, especially with the multiple narrators, but it fell flat for me.  I think there are too many perspectives here, too many opinions and stories so it doesn't feel like a cohesive whole.  Realistic for sure, but a challenge to read.  Everyone fit their roles a little too well and therefore became predictable.  There was the sister of the accused, the jealous rival, the best friend....as much as the conclusion was surprising, it wasn't a surprise.  For me, this didn't have the charm of something like One of Us is Lying or the pull of She's Too Pretty To Burn.  It's a fun read for sure, but not something that I'd reread again.
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I received a free ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

The overall plot of the book was good, but there were some problems I had with it. First, it jumped around A LOT. From past to present and back. And also from character to character, so you really have to focus. Also, it had a ton of characters to keep track of. I got them confused from time to time.  It had some nice twists and turns, but mostly I figured out what was going to happen. It was a short read and I don't regret reading it, but there are some things that could have been improved.
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4.5 STARS 

High school senior Tabitha and her Ivy League boyfriend, swimming star Mark hike into the woods. He falls from a cliff and dies. She stands accused of his murder. Everyone has an opinion. Everyone thinks they know Tabby. Love her or hate her, they judge her. 

***Thanks to NetGalley For providing me a complimentary copy of ALL EYES ON HER by LE Flynn in exchange for my honest review.***

ALL EYES ON HER is the story of what everyone thinks Tabitha did to Mark, or Mark did to Tabby. They all have secrets they believe played a role in what Tabitha did or didn’t do. They all lie, or hide part of the truth. Only Tabby knows what happened on that ledge. Or maybe someone else was there.

Laura Elizabeth Flynn’s latest novel reminded of of THE TRUTH ABOUT ALICE, Jennifer Matthieu’s groundbreaking story about a girl who was raped then slut-shamed. In ALICE, readers gradually learn the truth about the teen with the underserved bad-reputation. Multiple narrators, newspaper and blog articles and text messages tell their biased versions of Tabitha.

Tabby’s sister Bridget and her best friend Elle are her staunchest supporters. Most everyone else wants to tear Tabitha down, some for their own pleasure, some for the drama and some because they think she wronged them. We only hear from Tabitha in the last chapter.

Flynn masterfully allows the story to unfold. Narrators’ biases are meant to be overt.  My only criticism, and I’m pretty sure Flynn did this purposefully, is that I still don’t feel like I understand what makes Tabitha tick and the absolute, unvarnished truth about what happened on the cliff. Normally this would REALLY bug me, but Flynn is such a great storyteller, I don’t mind.
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I understand the point. This is a book about social pressures on young women, about how they simply can't win and can be attacked for the slightest "wrong".

But, as a book, it really didn't work for me. There were some good quotes, but I can't enjoy a book about characters who don't like each other, not liking each other. Even Tabby and her best friend didn't like each other--which might have been the point, but for me just made it an unenjoyable read. Overall the murder mystery stuff was somewhat interesting, but it <i>really</i> wasn't the point, not until maybe the last 1/3 or 1/4 of the story.
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This was such a unique thriller, I loved it. It was so interesting to hear the story told from everyone else's perspective, and have no definite answer as to what really happened, even at the end. I mean, I know what I think, but I'd love to know what other people think. This would make an amazing book club book, because there is so much discussion you can have around it. 

I also really loved the themes that were tied into the story regarding male privilege and gender inequality starting at such a young age. The impossible expectations put on teenage girls, and what happens to them in the eyes of society when they ultimately fail to meet those expectations.

I stayed up until 2am to finish this, and would highly recommend this book.
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Rating 4

The book "All Eyes on Her" by L.E. Flynn was a good young adult mystery/thriller/whodunnit. The story is told from several different perspectives such as fellow students, family members, news sources, lovers, and friends. Each perspective tells their truth and gives their own opinion on Tabby and whether or not they find her guilty of killing Mark her boyfriend. Right from the beginning this story grabbed me and made me want to keep reading. However, once I got about half way through it started to lose me. At this point the story felt very repetitive as almost all perspectives kept repeating the same thing and nothing new was being told. I did not feel as though the story was progressing in any way. Luckily, I kept with it and at around 80% the story started to pick back up and became mysterious again. Without saying too much about the ending I will say that I enjoyed the conclusion and do not feel as though I was robbed in any way. While I liked that there were different perspectives telling the story I did feel as though there might have been too many. Some of the perspectives could have been left out and I don't feel like I would have missed any crucial details. I really enjoyed Elle and Bridget's perspectives since they were closest to the accused. The story was well written, easy to follow, and even though it had some slow points it had a nice flow. Overall, this book shows how well of a storyteller the author is by how well they were able to piece this story together. 

Should you read "All Eyes on Her"?
Yes, it is a good mystery/whodunnit. If you want a book that will make you question who is guilty or who is lying and who is being truthful then this book is for you. 

**Received an advanced copy through NetGalley in return for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. **
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Whoa, what a ride. I absolutely loved this book! The pacing was great, the character development was on point and there were lots of twists and turns that had me guessing until the very end (I flipped back and forth a bunch of times). I really liked the various POV's and how the story was told through every one but Tabby (for the most part), diary entries, texts and news articles. This was such a creative way to go. Thank you to NetGalley and Macmillan Children's Publishing Group for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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Extremely engaging read, and did a lot to bring depth to a huge cast of character POVs. The mystery was interesting, but some things (no spoilers but the big reveal about Elle) were extremely obvious. That made it all the more irritating that the main event of the novel is never fully explained. I know some people love ambiguous endings, but this was ambiguous to the point of distraction, and lots of loose ends that never really weave in correctly with certain outcomes. (Trying not to give too many spoilers, but the content of the backpack really can only lead to one conclusion, and it makes ZERO sense to charge someone with murder if the accepted narrative by the court was that someone slipped during an argument, when the person charged literally wasn’t there... if you believe the person who WAS there didn’t push the victim, how could it be murder? Made no sense at all.) Aside from the last section, however, this was intensely enjoyable. It was fun to see the dark woman trope that’s popular now played out with high school girls too.
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