I Hope This Doesn’t Find You

Scholastic. Feb. 2024. 320p. Tr $19.99. ISBN 9781338827156.
Gr 9 Up–Sadie Wen is the school captain, valedictorian, an overachiever, and a people-pleaser. Julius Gong, another overachiever, is a co-captain. Over the past decade, the two have been competing in academics, athletics, and anything else possible. They seldom talk to each other, communicating instead via unspoken body languages, eye-rolling and hasty sighs. Sadie vents her frustrations in email drafts addressed to Julius and others, such as Rosie, who won last year’s science fair with work she stole from Sadie, and English teacher Ms. Johnson, who refused to round up 89.5 points to 90 for one of her assignments. Sadie has no intention to send those email drafts, but one day, they are sent out to the entire student body and staff. Sadie immediately becomes the most hated person at Woodvale Academy. After years of avoiding conflicts, she must work to get back in everyone’s good graces. In the process of fixing the situation, Sadie discovers that Julius is on her side and, in this rivals-to-lovers story, realizes that Julius has been hiding his feelings toward her. The story takes a sharp turn when Sadie’s email drafts are mysteriously sent out—yet, how are the drafts sent out? Did Sadie make a wrong click? Did someone use her laptop, sending out the drafts intentionally? Nobody knows, and readers are kept wondering all the way to the end.
VERDICT A must-read, this novel is full of charming dialogue, romantic-tension scenes, and heart-melting moments.

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