Title: All Eyes on Us
Author: Kit Frick
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Publication Date: June 4, 2019
Page Count: 384
My rating: 3 1/2 stars
About the book:
Pretty Little Liars meets People Like Us in this taut, tense thriller about two teens who find their lives intertwined when an anonymous texter threatens to spill their secrets and uproot their lives.
PRIVATE NUMBER: Wouldn’t you look better without a cheater on your arm?
AMANDA: Who is this?
The daughter of small town social climbers, Amanda Kelly is deeply invested in her boyfriend, real estate heir Carter Shaw. He’s kind, ambitious, the town golden boy—but he’s far from perfect. Because behind Amanda’s back, Carter is also dating Rosalie.
PRIVATE NUMBER: I’m watching you, Sweetheart.
ROSALIE: Who IS this?
Rosalie Bell is fighting to remain true to herself and her girlfriend—while concealing her identity from her Christian fundamentalist parents. After years spent in and out of conversion “therapy,” her own safety is her top priority. But maintaining a fake, straight relationship is killing her from the inside.
When an anonymous texter ropes Amanda and Rosalie into a bid to take Carter down, the girls become collateral damage—and unlikely allies in a fight to unmask their stalker before Private uproots their lives.
PRIVATE NUMBER: You shouldn’t have ignored me. Now look what you made me do…
All Eyes on Us by Kit Frick is a young adult mystery/thriller. The story is told from a dual point of view style with alternating the chapters between the two female leads, Amanda Kelly and Rosalie Bell.
Amanda is one of those girls that seems to have her future all laid out for her and a perfect life. Amanda has been in a relationship with Carter Shaw for years and they have been that golden couple in school. Carter’s family is incredibly rich and it’s assumed Amanda and Carter will marry someday leaving Amanda to protect that future and overlook Carter’s wandering ways.
Rosalie Bell is a girl from a neighboring town that happened to cross Carter’s path and catch his eye. Rosalie knows of Amanda’s existence but overlooks it to date Carter with her own agenda in mind. You see, Rosalie is actually in love with another girl but her overly religious parents would not approve so she’s only using Carter to keep them happy. This puts Rosalie and Amanda in the path of an anonymous texter who begins to threaten them both.
All Eyes on Us by Kit Frick was a solid young adult mystery read. The story had plenty of action and plenty of suspects to wade through as the suspense began to build. For me this one ended on 3 1/2 stars due to the fact I had my suspicions early on but I do think it was worth the read otherwise.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
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About the author:
Kit Frick is a novelist, poet, and MacDowell Colony fellow. Originally from Pittsburgh, PA, she studied creative writing at Sarah Lawrence College and received her MFA from Syracuse University. When she isn’t putting complicated characters in impossible situations, Kit edits poetry and literary fiction for a small press, edits for private clients, and mentors emerging writers through Pitch Wars. She is the author of the young adult suspense novels SEE ALL THE STARS (2018), ALL EYES ON US (2019), and WINDERMERE (2020) from Simon & Schuster / Margaret K. McElderry Books. Her debut full-length poetry collection is A SMALL RISING UP IN THE LUNGS (New American Press, 2018).
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