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You'll Be the Death of Me

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This face-paced thriller for teens centers on three former close friends named Ivy, Mateo, and Cal. Ironically, all three of them run into each other one morning and decide to skip school. Their reunion leads to them coming across a dead body.  One of them is mistaken as the possible killer and the book chapters mainly have the reader watching them going from one scary situation to another.  The varied families in the story are present and supportive, helping to balance out the choices of the teens and their consequences.    
     This novel is for teens who like quick transitions and snarky conversation. There is a social media element in which two fellow school members run a YouTube channel and sensationalize the crime.  A roller coaster of a "second chance romance" is present in the book, but is not key to the main plot.    

I mainly listened to the released audiobook of this title. The three friends are betrayed by three main voice actors and another creates the voices for the YouTube excerpts. I recommend the audiobook as a supplement or alternative to the physical novel.  Thank you to Random House Children's Books and NetGalley for the 
e-galley. My ratings and reviews are my own. 

TW/CW: murder scene; mentions of a possible harmful student and teacher connection;  discussion of selling and use of drugs; physical assault on page; scene with a gun
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I cannot get enough of Karen McManus! My students cannot get enough of Karen McManus! You'll Be the Death of Me is the perfect amount of thriller and suspense for high school and upper middle school students.

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for an advanced copy to preview for my library.
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Another classic Karen McManus mystery! Extremely fast paced and you won't want to put it down! A must purchase and a must read
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First line: I respect a good checklist, but I’m beginning to think my mother went overboard.

Summary: Ivy lost the student council election for senior class president to the class clown, Brian “Boney” Mahoney. She is desperate not to go to school after her loss. And when she runs into two of her friends from middle school, Mateo and Cal, they reminisce over the best day of their lives. The day that they skipped school together and became friends.

With the bright idea of trying to rekindle that day, the three decide to head into Boston. But as visit an unfamiliar neighborhood they spot none other than Boney Mahoney. Ivy, angered that he would skip the assembly for his election, she decides to confront him. As they follow him into an empty building they suddenly find him dead on the floor in an upstairs room. Before they can decide what to do the sound of sirens comes to their ears. Rather than being caught with the dead body, they flee the building.

However, as more information about Boney’s death emerges they find that they may have stumbled into something that will be very hard to get out of.

My Thoughts: As with McManus’ other books, this one takes the reader on a wild ride. I enjoyed all the twists and turns throughout the story. It gave me a Ferris Bueller’s Day Off vibe mixed with Pretty Little Liars. It was a quick read and/or listen. I flew through the story, needing to know what happened next. Part of me guessed at the ending but I felt it was a reach so I did not consider it too strongly. But when it was revealed it made lots of sense.

I don’t know about anybody else but the donut shop that Cal takes the group to sounds delightful. It reminds me the Voodoo Donuts with their quirky combinations and experiments with flavor. If you haven’t experienced Voodoo then definitely add it to your list of places to eat before you die!

FYI: Trigger warnings: death and drug use.
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This YA 'thriller' was more mystery than thriller, and while it was perfectly fine, it was pretty weak compared to McManus's earlier books, particularly her debut and its sequel.
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I was instantly sold when I read Ferris Bueller's Day Off but with a murder...a book couldn't be MORE up my alley. Karen McManus is a master of YA mystery and I think she is one of the main reasons for the genre becoming more popular. This wasn't my favorite of hers but it had so many elements I enjoyed; interesting characters, a good mystery that isn't too obvious off the bat, and an easy to follow storyline that takes place over just one day! It was an easy enjoyable read as an adult, and I think teens and regular YA readers would devour this!
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LOVE LOVE LOVE Karen McManus! This book was no different. The mystery and twists and turns of this book keep you on edge. I couldn't go to sleep until I finished it! I have read everything that she has written that is available to me. Huge fan!
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You’ll Be the Death of Me is a young adult contemporary suspense mystery by Karen M. McManus. This line of the book blurb totally sold me- “It’s Ferris Bueller’s Day Off with murder when three old friends relive an epic ditch day, and it goes horribly–and fatally–wrong.” You’ll Be the Death of Me was a crazy read from start to finish and I really enjoyed it. You’ll Be the Death of Me finds our three used to be friends, as they run into each other as they are ditching school, and the day takes insane turn after turn from here.

We meet our main characters, Ivy, Cal and Mateo. They used to be great friends, but as is often the case, they have drifted apart throughout the years, and they each now have their own thing going on, including their own secrets to try and keep hidden. While ditching school, they somehow happen to witness one of their classmates get murdered, and they find themselves as main suspects from the police. While I thoroughly enjoyed the wild ride that this book took me on, I will admit that the scenarios sometimes felt a little out there. But if you just go with it and accept each of premises as is, I think you will really enjoy reading You’ll Be the Death of Me. It certainly made me glad that I never skipped school.

I liked watching our three used to be friends reconnect, and I had fun trying to guess what each of their secrets would be. You’ll Be the Death of Me is a standalone read, so it does wrap up neatly at the end of the book, and the pacing of the book clipped along at a steady fast pace. There was always something happening to move the story forward, which I appreciated. Overall, this was a wild murder mystery. I enjoyed it.
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McManus is popular with our high school students and is pretty much an 'autobuy' at this point.  This stand-alone mystery is great, but not her best, in my opinion. Maybe I've read too many of them? I'd recommend it to students if her other titles are checked out.  I wasn't totally compelled to want to solve the mystery this time. The characters are fun and relatable and I do appreciate her twists at the end and the stand alone aspect of the book.
Thanks so much for the ARC!
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I have read all of McManus' previous books and enjoyed them a lot. This one fell a little flat for me. I really liked the concept but I felt the action dragged a little and then was resolved quickly. I will recommend to fans of McManus, but it's not the best book to start with if you aren't already a fan..
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Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher I was able to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
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You’ll be the Death of Me by Karen McManus is the author’s 5th book and similar to her previous, it’s a mystery.
The book starts with previous best friends Cal, Mateo and Ivy running into each other in the school parking lot and deciding to play hooky, each for their own reasons. While doing so they see another classmate of theirs and when they decide to follow him their day goes from “meh” to “someone should really, probably call the police, please call the police already” when they find him dead. 
While the three try to unravel just what happened they also unravel how and why their friendship fell apart and reveal their own secrets in the meantime as they try to figure out just what is going on and their own ties to the dead student.
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Fun, quick easy read. Maybe not my favorite of the authors but her writing can easily draw you in and keep you following along until you hit the finish line. 
I liked all three of our main characters, not easy to really get a lot of development because the main story spans a day so you’re not going to get any supreme  growth or changes in them, it is easy to see where and how things went wrong when their friendship first fell apart and the work they’re putting in now for it at the end. Would recommend for someone who wants an easy going mystery read.
Rating is more a 3.5, rounding up to 4.
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First of all, thanks for the free book, @PRHGlobal @prhinternational in exchange of an honest review.

I have to say that this author is able to catch my attention in few chapters, this was no exception. Having already read One of Us is Lying (plus sequel), Two can keep a secret and The Cousins, I enjoyed so much the new structur of this book: in fact, the entire story develops itself in only one day.
The main characters are, as always, different from one another with personal stories that make them a little bit "grey". Yes, they're good people, but they make mistakes too (little o big ones) that in a way or another are related to the main plot, and it's always so interesting gradually seeing how they affect the present events o have had a great influence in previous ones.
Gorgeously written, I wasn't sure almost until the end who the main villain was.. .and that closure?! I love that kind of cliffhangers, but now I'm dying to know what has happened next!
Totally recommended.
I'm ready to be suprised (again).

#prhinternational #partner
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YOU'LL BE THE DEATH OF ME by Karen M. McManus has been widely anticipated by her many fans (watching One of Us Is Lying on Peacock anyone?).  In another young adult mystery, McManus introduces three students who haven't really connected since junior high. Meeting by chance, Ivy, Mateo, and Calvin decide to ditch school; instead of spending a fun day recreating memories, they end up finding the body of a dead classmate. Suspicion soon falls on them and social media once again fuels the flames. Perfect for mystery fans looking for plenty of teen angst, secrets, and deception (including romance and rumored drug dealing), YOU'LL BE THE DEATH OF ME is told from multiple perspectives and received starred reviews from Booklist and School Library Journal.
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I am a sucker for a McManus mystery! They are fast paced, engaging, and an overall fun read. Unfortunately, this one just fell completely short! I will start with what I liked- I liked the concept of Ferris Bueller's Day Off meets murder mystery, the rekindled friendships, and the couple of twists that happened! I thought those parts were fresh and fun. However, the plot seemed to drag a bit, the whole teacher/student bit made me uncomfortable, and many of the parts just seemed far-fetched and not realistic. It is a book with all the potential, but not all of the execution.
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God I don’t know this one really missed the mark for me. After not liking the cousins at all I figured it had to get better than that but it really didn’t with this one. The mystery wasn’t all that interesting and I didn’t really connect to any of these characters like I did on OOUIL. This is the third time I’ve been unimpressed with her stand-alone so maybe I should just give up.
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Another excellent thriller from Karen M. McManus! I've enjoyed everything this author has written since the release of ONE OF US IS LYING, and it's safe to say, YOU'LL BE THE DEATH OF ME did not disappoint. It had me on the edge of my seat the entire time, and I like all of McManus's books, I stayed up way past my bedtime to finish it.
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Another tangled web of mystery from Karen McManus! Readers will get caught up in this one. I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know the characters through alternating points of view.
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3.5 stars

Cal, Ivy, and Mateo go from the Best Day Ever memories to the Worst Day Ever, all while trying to rekindle their friendship. Lots of turns in this, and the ending seems to be setting up a second book, which I'll read if it comes to be!
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When my students ask for a good YA murder mystery, Karen McManus never disappoints. This is true with her latest novel, You’ll Be the Death of Me! 

Ivy, Cal, and Mateo were all once good friends, and all find themselves having a very bad day. They decide to ditch school, and find themselves in the midst of a murder mystery. As the story unfolds, we learn about the rocky pasts of the characters, and how they are all indirectly involved with the murdered teen.

This story has lots of suspense, plot twists, along with the angst of being a teen. I would highly recommend this book to my students looking for an exciting, engaging book.

A huge thanks to Delacorte Press and NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review this book!
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I was initially disappointed to get introduced to a new set of characters than those in the first two, but I grew to appreciate them all the same. This title was fast-paced and exciting, and will be an easy sell to teen patrons looking for something to keep their interest. (That ENDING. Ugh. I'm looking forward to the next installment.)
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