If You’re Out There by Katy Loutzenhiser | ARC Review

Thank you so much to Harper Collins Canada for sending me an advanced copy of this book to read and review!

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Title: If You’re Out There

Author:Katy Loutenhiser

Pages307

GenresYoung Adult, Contemporary, mystery

Release Date: March 5, 2019

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After Zan’s best friend moves to California, she is baffled and crushed when Priya suddenly ghosts. Worse, Priya’s social media has turned into a stream of ungrammatical posts chronicling a sunny, vapid new life that doesn’t sound like her at all.

Everyone tells Zan not to be an idiot: Let Priya do her reinvention thing and move on. But until Zan hears Priya say it, she won’t be able to admit that their friendship is finished.

It’s only when she meets Logan, the compelling new guy in Spanish class, that Zan begins to open up about her sadness, her insecurity, her sense of total betrayal. And he’s just as willing as she is to throw himself into the investigation when everyone else thinks her suspicions are crazy.

Then a clue hidden in Priya’s latest selfie introduces a new, deeply disturbing possibility:

Maybe Priya isn’t just not answering Zan’s emails.

Maybe she can’t.

My Rating: 4/5 Stars

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This book singlehandedly dragged me out of a reading slump, that’s how much I enjoyed it.

I don’t read many contemporary mysteries, but I’m thinking I should explore more books like this, because I had a ton of fun reading it and trying to figure out the mystery along with the characters.

In the beginning, I was immediately drawn to the protagonist, Zan, and throughout the rest of the book I fell in love with her. She is driven, complex, resilient, and holds so much love in her heart for friends and family. She truly inspired me. Her commitment to figuring out the truth was touching, she could tell something was up, and didn’t let others convince her that the problem was maybe her. I would read a million more stories that featured Zan, she was written so well and I really got such a vivid sense of her personality.

The plot as a whole was also very well written. It wasn’t too predictable, but also wasn’t completely ridiculous with its twists. It kept you guessing as it slowly reveled info. It feels real, the ghosting aspect of it and seeing Zan go through all the emotions in response to that was really well done. You are given glimpses into the past that the two girls shared and the memories they have made, and it was the perfect way to show the strength of their bond and their history. These little snippets were so much fun to read, and I loved seeing all the things they now thought were cringey, because I totally relate to that feeling of looking back on the things you did with your friends when you were younger and just cringing at what you thought was funny!

As I had mentionned, Zan holds a lot of love in her heart for her family, and even though it’s not always perfect with the relationships between her and some of her family members, you can see she cares. The family dynamics in the book were really amazing and I fell so in love with the family, can they adopt me? Because it was truly really pure.

A love letter to female friendships and a show of the strength of the bonds young women can have with each other, If You’re Out There offers a beautiful glimpse into these two girls’ relationship. It has everything I could want from a book, strong women, inspiring relationships, and a frienship to be envious of.

I would highly recommend checking this book out for anyone who loves reading books with similar tones, and I hope you love it as much as I did.

thank you so much for reading ,

xo wren

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