You’re So Dead

Philomel. Jun. 2021. 400p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780593205129.
Gr 8 Up–Plum Winters has lived in the shadow of her Instagram-famous older sister, Peach, her whole life. She’s desperate to feel seen by her own rights, so when an invitation to an exclusive, star-studded influencer party on a private island in the Bahamas arrives for Peach, Plum conveniently neglects to tell her sister about it. Instead, she whisks her two best friends, Sofia and Marlowe, away for what is sure to be the spring break trip of a lifetime. Once they arrive at Pyre Festival, however, nothing is as they expected, especially when the influencers around them start dying. Can they figure out who is trying to kill them and why, or will they meet their untimely ends? Fans of Karen M. McManus and Katie Alender will devour this darkly funny, fast-paced mystery. Pop culture references, particularly influencer culture, will resonate with teens. The strong relationship between Plum and her two best friends feels authentic and heartwarming, and Plum herself has relatable struggles with romances and feeling overlooked. The island setting is a fun break from reality, too. Plum and Marlowe are white and Sofia is white and Puerto Rican.
VERDICT This Instagram-influencer mystery is a solid pick for any teen collection.

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