Book Review: The Outliers by Kimberley McCreight

the outliersRelease date: 3rd May 2016
Publisher: HarperCollins
Source: Publisher


They’ll get inside your head…

Imagine if you could see inside the minds of everyone around you – your best friend, your boyfriend, your enemies…?

Imagine how valuable you’d be…

Imagine how much danger you’d be in…

Imagine being an Outlier.

It all starts with a text:
Please, Wylie, I need your help.

Wylie hasn’t heard from her one-time best friend, Cassie, in over a week. Not since their last fight. But that doesn’t matter. Cassie’s in trouble, and it’s up to Wylie to do what she does best, save her best friend from herself.

This time, it’s different, though – Cassie’s texts are increasingly cryptic and scary. And instead of having Wylie come by herself, Jasper shows up saying Cassie asked him to help. Trusting the super-hot boy who sent Cassie off the rails doesn’t feel right, but Wylie has no choice.

But as Wylie and Jasper follow Cassie’s bizarre trail, Wylie has a growing sense that something is REALLY wrong. What isn’t Cassie telling them? Who is she with and what do they want from her? And could finding her be just the beginning…?

The Review

This is another one of those hyped up books that I fear may not really make the cut for me. But I usually am a sucker for punishment so I will probably read book 2 to make sure I am not missing out on anything.
While I would love to give a short summary of what the book is about, I’m afraid I won’t be able to. This is because the book was just one annoying read.
Wylie’s friend Cassie is missing and no one seems to know where she is and everyone now believes she is in trouble as she was been going off the rails recently. But then Wylie gets a text from Cassie asking her to come and pick her up but she must not tell her mom or anyone else except Jasper her (Cassie’s) boyfriend. Now Wylie doesn’t trust or like Jasper so this could be a problem. To make it worse Wylie suffers from agoraphobia so this might pose a problem for the rescue attempt.
But somehow Wylie braves the outside with Jasper to go in search of Cassie.
The story was just not believable, I mean 2 teenagers drive out of state to find their friend who is in trouble and they do not tell their parents or police? It took quite a while before anything relating to or describing what the Outliers are all about was mentioned. This book wasn’t like the regular YA books, it was more of a thriller, with some suspense which was not bad.
It sometimes felt like a mish mash of stuff happening, the characters in the book were strange, I couldn’t connect with any of them not even Wylie or Jasper.

The end was a bit cliche and I’m sure the author meant for this to be a cliffhanger ending but I didn’t quite feel it. But still that being said, I will not pass up the opportunity to read book 2.


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