Last Girl Lied To

352p. Imprint. Apr. 2019. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781250158130.
Gr 10 Up—On the same day Fiona's best friend successfully steals her longtime crush, she meets Trixie. Trixie is edgy and different, and Fiona needs her, because she is unraveling. She immediately quits cheerleading, gains weight, ditches all her old friends, and begins living in Trixie's shadow. Then Trixie disappears into the ocean. Everyone thinks it was a suicide, but Fiona doesn't believe she's dead. Did Trixie leave and start a new life? And what does her disappearance have to do with the death of another boy from their school one year earlier? Chapters alternate between past and present, a technique that works at times but occasionally creates confusion and pacing problems. While the mystery is compelling, the shallow relationships and completely self-serving choices made by all of the characters make it hard to care. A pretty big twist at the end is worth the wait if readers make it that far.
VERDICT A bit melodramatic, but this novel could find a place in larger collections where YA mysteries are popular.

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