Why, why are there so many books lately where the best friend dies? I don’t get it. There’s very little about the plot idea for Pretend She’s Here by Luanne Rice that I can find even remotely interesting and yet I keep seeing it everywhere. I personally have to see something more to the plot than dealing with the death when it comes to books like this for me to even consider reading it. And yes, this book has a little bit more. In fact, if I had to make a prediction about the path that this novel will end up taking, I would ask the question–do her best friend’s parents kidnap her to replace the daughter they lost? And that, I’ll admit, is vaguely interesting. But I personally don’t think I can read another dead best friend so something dark happens after kind of novel. I avoid adult crime and mystery fiction like the plague for a reason and I’m not the sort who would the suddenly want to read it all the time in YA.
That said, I’m excited for those of you who do enjoy these kinds of books. It’s definitely great for you all to be able to find books with these plots that aren’t muddled with the typical format that those outside of YA tend to have. So, while I may not like them and certainly find myself rolling my eyes a tiny bit (for no real reason, mind) whenever I see them pop up, I’m glad for all of you who have been waiting for a book like this. I hope it lives up to your expectations. It won’t be on my TBR, though.
What do you think of this book? Are you with me and find these plots exhaustingly dull? Or are you deeply intrigued by the thriller-ish nature of the book? Let me know in the comments!