Title – All These Beautiful Strangers
Author –Elizabeth Klehfoth
How I Got It – From the publisher
Pages – 504 pages
Publication Date – July 12th 2018 by Penguin
ISBN – 9780241329498
My Rating – ★★★★/5
“Seventeen year old Charlie Calloway appears to have a life most people would kill for – a tight-knit family, a loyal set of friends and top grades at a prestigious boarding school. But when a serious invitation arrives from her school’s exclusive secret society, she finds herself thrust into a world of dark secrets – ones that implicate her family in not one but two crimes and force her to reckon with a demon she thought long-buried in her past – who or what was behind her mother’s disappearance ten years ago?”
I received a copy of All These Beautiful Strangers from Penguin Random House New Zealand to review.
I’d heard this was similar to Cruel Intentions and Gossip Girl, which I loved so I had to pick up a copy of this. I can totally see where the comparisons came from but All These Beautiful Strangers had it own twists. I see more of a connection to The Skulls rather than Cruel Intentions and Gossip Girl though. But enough of this and onto the book.
I really got over reading about all these entitled brats that Charlie went to school with. I mean, yes, Charlie was also a brat at the beginning but I don’t think it took her long to realise that the crap these kids were doing was out of control and ridiculous. It did take her longer to speak up and be like gtfo of here with this. But at least she got there in the end right? I don’t get why anyone would want to be in that group anyway. Not with some of the things they were doing. Like “oh no, a teacher wouldn’t hook up with me so I’ll show him who he’s not messing around with and get him fired!” Not only losing his job but ending his career too. No, you entitled little witch! Grow up!
K, rant over. Moving on.. The mystery surrounding Charlie’s mother was what actually kept me coming back to this book. I wanted to know if what I thought had happened was right and I did figure it out. I can’t remember what stood out for me but they were just the most likely suspect for me. And the whole connection was too much of a coincidence for me.
Despite how this review might come across, I did enjoy All These Beautiful Strangers even though I didn’t like most of the characters in the book. Even Charlie wasn’t a great character a lot of the time. I hated her obsession with becoming an A, even after she’d seen all the horrible things they were doing and the kinds of horrible people she wanted to hang out with.
I’d recommend this to anyone who liked Gossip Girl, Cruel Intentions, The Skulls. We Were Liars and things like that. If you enjoyed those then you may like this too.
*Thank you Penguin Random House New Zealand for sending me a copy to review*