I am exhausted today. I had to take my seven year old to her 6 month check up at the dentist and that’s always so…fun. Just nonstop thrills. But when I finished my previous book and received the notification from Random House Publishing Group that my request to read Tell Me Everything had been approved I was thrilled. I downloaded the book immediately and began reading.
And I kept reading.
And I continued reading…
I didn’t stop until I was done.
And now it’s nearly 1:30 and I’m exhausted and my jaw is on the ground because this book, was not what I was expecting in the least.
This book is about a college student named Malin whose name I absolutely love. We shift through her perspective through her freshman year of college, her senior year of college, and when she was a kid. Malin has not had an easy childhood and she seems to be a bit of a straight laced perfectionist with no time for anybody’s bullshit and I can’t help but respect it. Right off the bat we meet the people who Malin surrounds herself with the rest of her college life. Insecure Gemma, Lovely Ruby, Jock John, Prince Khaled, and Quiet Max. These are Malin’s friends and they are an indomitable crew who love to party and eventually settle into a beautiful Victorian together dubbed the ‘Palace’. I really liked that each of the characters were relatable and you found yourself knowing people exactly like them. I identified with Malin in more ways than I felt comfortable with. She craved solitude and pretended in certain social interactions and I inwardly whispered to myself: “Me too, girl. Me too.”
I did find the plot to be a tad bit clunky and wondered exactly where the murder came in when the synopsis did say this was about a murder after all. It was a bit of a shock and I feel as though it could have been done a bit better, it felt as though there were many loose ends left open. I enjoyed the ride and the manic twist at the end. This being the author’s first novel is incredible to me and I’m looking forward to many more.
💜 💜 💜 3/5
Thank you very much to Netgalley and the publisher for this ARC. All opinions are my own.
Add it to your next read: Tell Me Everything