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It's been five years since Summer Marks was brutally murdered in the woods. Everyone thinks Mia and Brynn killed their best friend. That driven by their obsession with a novel called The Way into...
It's been five years since Summer Marks was brutally murdered in the woods. Everyone thinks Mia and Brynn killed their best friend. That driven by their obsession with a novel called The Way into...
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  • It's been five years since Summer Marks was brutally murdered in the woods.

    Everyone thinks Mia and Brynn killed their best friend. That driven by their obsession with a novel called The Way into Lovelorn the three girls had imagined themselves into the magical world where their fantasies became twisted, even deadly.

    The only thing is: they didn't do it.

    On the anniversary of Summer's death, a seemingly insignificant discovery resurrects the mystery and pulls Mia and Brynn back together once again. But as the lines begin to blur between past and present and fiction and reality, the girls must confront what really happened in the woods all those years ago—no matter how monstrous.

    With all the intensity and whiplash turns of Gone Girl and One of Us Is Lying, this engrossing psychological thriller by New York Times bestselling author Lauren Oliver is an unforgettable, mesmerizing tale of exquisite obsession, spoiled innocence, and impossible friendships.

 

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About the Author-

  • Lauren Oliver is the cofounder of media and content development company Glasstown Entertainment, where she serves as the President of Production.

    She is also the New York Times bestselling author of the YA novels Replica, Vanishing Girls, Panic, and the Delirium trilogy: Delirium, Pandemonium, and Requiem, which have been translated into more than thirty languages. The film rights to both Replica and Lauren's bestselling first novel, Before I Fall, were acquired by Awesomeness Films. Before I Fall was adapted into a major motion picture starring Zoey Deutch. It debuted at the Sundance Film Festival in 2017, garnering a wide release from Open Road Films that year.

    Oliver is a 2012 E. B. White Read-Aloud Award nominee for her middle-grade novel Liesl & Po, as well as author of the middle-grade fantasy novel The Spindlers and The Curiosity House series, co-written with H.C. Chester. She has written one novel for adults, Rooms.

    Oliver co-founded Glasstown Entertainment with poet and author Lexa Hillyer. Since 2010, the company has developed and sold more than fifty-five novels for adults, young adults, and middle-grade readers. Some of its recent titles include the New York Times bestseller Everless, by Sara Holland; the critically acclaimed Bonfire, authored by the actress Krysten Ritter; and The Hunger by Alma Katsu, which received multiple starred reviews and was praised by Stephen King as "disturbing, hard to put down" and "not recommended...after dark."

    Oliver is a narrative consultant for Illumination Entertainment and is writing features and TV shows for a number of production companies and studios.

    Oliver received an academic scholarship to the University of Chicago, where she was elected Phi Beta Kappa. She received a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from New York University.

    www.laurenoliverbooks.com.

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  • Kirkus

    July 15, 2018
    Friendship and fandom turn deadly for a group of teen girls.Quiet Mia, brash Brynn, and beautiful Summer--three 13-year-old friends living in rural Vermont--all bonded over their love of an obscure children's fantasy book The Way Into Lovelorn. Lovelorn has a famous midsentence ending, and the girls decide to compose their own fanfiction to imagine its resolution. However, when Summer is brutally murdered, Mia and Brynn (along with their friend Owen) are wrongfully accused of the crime, propelling the teens into unfortunate infamy with the moniker The Monsters of Brickhouse Lane. Five years later, they reunite to try to catch Summer's murderer. Alternating chapters, which jump between Mia's and Brynn's perspectives from when they were 13 and the present, also include snippets of metafictitious Lovelorn and bits of the girls' fanfiction. Although many other offerings have examined the turbulent machinations of teen girls, Oliver (Ringer, 2017, etc.) nimbly navigates the obsessive and erratic bonds the girls forge; mercurial Summer vacillates from charming to malicious, bewildering the others. While the characters are deftly portrayed, the mystery meanders into contrivance and convenience. Expect readers to have much to discuss with a provocative and divisive conclusion that may frustrate those who prefer a tidy resolution. While all characters are assumed white, Brynn is a lesbian, and a secondary character is fat-positive and pansexual. A page-turner for sure, but this meta romp teeters into preciousness. (Mystery. 14-adult)

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  • School Library Journal

    August 1, 2018

    Gr 10 Up-Oliver's latest thriller brings readers into the outskirts of Vermont, where two girls must work together to solve the cold case of their best friend's murder by locating her killer and simultaneously exonerating themselves in the public eye. Brynn, Mia, and Summer are an inseparable trio until the day that Summer is found viciously murdered, left as a sacrifice to someone-or something. In the aftermath, Brynn and Mia are never formally convicted, but they are found guilty in the court of public opinion. Years after, a wedge has been driven between them. At odds with the rest of the town, and even with their families, the two girls begrudgingly reconnect to sort out the truth of what happened. Their best clues are also the items that led the town to judge them as killers-the pages of a book the three had been writing together, in which the protagonist is brutally murdered. Captivating and sinister from the start, the novel's depiction of female frenemies and villains is fresh and complex, even if the resolution is a little tidy. The novel deals pretty heavily in sex, violence, and emotional cruelty-it's done well, but it's not for the faint of heart. Summer is like the second coming of Alison DiLaurentis from "Pretty Little Liars," except prone to animal abuse and even more unhinged. VERDICT Recommended for mature teens interested in reading about the everyday monsters they may encounter without ever knowing it. A must-have.-Emily Grace Le May, Williams School, Information Services Associate

    Copyright 2018 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

  • Publisher's Weekly

    August 20, 2018
    When Vermont best friends Brynn, Mia, and Summer were 13, Summer was murdered under strange circumstances linked to the girls’ obsession with an old fantasy novel, The Way into Lovelorn. Five years after being publicly accused of, but never charged with, Summer’s murder, Brynn and Mia, still known as the Monsters of Brickhouse Lane, are determined to find out what really happened. Oliver (the Delirium Trilogy) tells her story in first-person chapters that alternate between Brynn, in rehab, and Mia, who is trying to dig herself out of her mother’s hoarded piles. In chapter interstitials, Oliver weaves excerpts from The Way into Lovelorn as well as the fanfiction the three girls wrote when they were young, designed to offer an additional layer to the mystery. This novel has all the elements of a thriller—an unsolved murder, long-held secrets and lies, grieving best friends—yet it lacks necessary tension, and Brynn and Mia’s voices read as overly similar. The novel falls short of producing an urgent story with clearly distinct characters, but it succeeds in creating an eerie setting and atmosphere. Ages 14–up. Agent: Stephen Barbara, InkWell Management.

  • Booklist

    Starred review from July 1, 2018
    Grades 9-12 *Starred Review* Summer is the troubled sun around which Mia and Brynn revolve, and the three friends cocreate an imaginary world called Lovelorn, based on an old book Summer has kept with her through many years of bouncing around in the foster care system. In an effort to appease the Shadow, a character from the original book, Summer organizes a sacrifice and ends up dead. Brynn sent Mia away on that fateful day but is a prime suspect herself, as is Mia's secret crush, Owen. The case is never solved, so on the fifth anniversary of her death, the three decide to find the real culprit. Oliver masters the slow reveal in this mystery-laden thriller. Readers will know there's something amiss but will get caught up in Brynn's rehab stints and Mia's situational mutism, while golden girl Summer shimmers dead center. Mia and Brynn share narration duties in nuanced chapters that delicately capture their personalities, and excerpts from The Way into Lovelorn (the imaginary book) heighten the tension by acting as teasers and further indicators of characterization. Taut and twisting, Oliver's latest is something special. Try it with fans of the Pretty Little Liars series, April Genevieve Tucholke's Wink Poppy Midnight? (2016), or Karen M. McManus' One of Us Is Lying? (2017).(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2018, American Library Association.)

  • Booklist

    July 1, 2018
    Grades 9-12 *Starred Review* Summer is the troubled sun around which Mia and Brynn revolve, and the three friends cocreate an imaginary world called Lovelorn, based on an old book Summer has kept with her through many years of bouncing around in the foster care system. In an effort to appease the Shadow, a character from the original book, Summer organizes a sacrifice and ends up dead. Brynn sent Mia away on that fateful day but is a prime suspect herself, as is Mia's secret crush, Owen. The case is never solved, so on the fifth anniversary of her death, the three decide to find the real culprit. Oliver masters the slow reveal in this mystery-laden thriller. Readers will know there's something amiss but will get caught up in Brynn's rehab stints and Mia's situational mutism, while golden girl Summer shimmers dead center. Mia and Brynn share narration duties in nuanced chapters that delicately capture their personalities, and excerpts from The Way into Lovelorn (the imaginary book) heighten the tension by acting as teasers and further indicators of characterization. Taut and twisting, Oliver's latest is something special. Try it with fans of the Pretty Little Liars series, April Genevieve Tucholke's Wink Poppy Midnight? (2016), or Karen M. McManus' One of Us Is Lying? (2017).(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2018, American Library Association.)

  • Booklist (starred review) "Oliver masters the slow reveal in this mystery-laden thriller... Taut and twisting, Oliver's latest is something special."
  • School Library Journal "Captivating and sinister from the start, the novel's depiction of female frenemies and villains is fresh and complex... A must-have."
  • Kirkus Reviews "Expect readers to have much to discuss with a provocative and divisive conclusion... A page-turner for sure."
  • Publishers Weekly "This novel has all the elements of a thriller—an unsolved murder, long-held secrets and lies, grieving best friends...[and] it succeeds in creating an eerie setting and atmosphere."

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