Monday, May 4, 2020

When You Were Everything review

This is a YA contemporary about two girls who are best, best friends, until their friendship implodes and what the aftermath of that looks like. Cleo and Layla have known each other since they were both 12. They are both girls of color, living in bustling New York City. Going into their junior year of high school, it seems they've had a major falling out (and there are cute boys that have gotten between them, of course.)

There is a plethora of suspense as the story jolts forward in two time-lines, Then and Now, leaving readers to wonder how on Earth such a close and loving pair of friends managed to turn on each other so completely. As the story unfolds, one betrayal after another is revealed, eventually laying bare all of the gory details of the kind of online bullying Queen Bee mean girls are capable of. Cleo is a sympathetic narrator, even as she gradually admits to herself how controlling and difficult a friend she has been. This is a must read, especially for fans of Angie Thomas or Jacqueline Woodson.

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