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If you are obsessed with Hulu’s Cruel Summer (don’t worry, so are we), and just can’t wait for the next episode, we’ve got some stories to keep you entertained between shows. With all the entanglements and betrayals, we just can’t decide who we are rooting for. Below is a list of books that will keep you guessing as to who the enemy is, who is the friend, and everything in between because sometimes things just aren’t what they seem.
Clique Bait by Ann Valett
Last year, Chloe Whittaker had to watch her best friend’s life get destroyed by the high school’s cool crowd and their relentless bullying. This year, Chloe is seeking vengeance for Monica, and she means business. By creating a new identity with a fresh wardrobe and no social media ties to Monica, Chloe is ready for war. As she plots her way into the clique, she starts to uncover personal information that she plans to use against them in any way possible. But when she starts to fall for an enemy, she’ll be forced to pick between following her heart or keeping her closest friend.
Even If We Break by Marieke Nijkamp
This group of friends wants to have one last hurrah before they go their separate ways. What starts as a getaway for games and good times quickly turns into a real-life nightmare. As they come together in a secluded cabin, they realize that there are secrets driving them apart. When Finn was viciously attacked, Livia witnessed it and did nothing about it. Carter can’t relax because of the unrealistic expectations of his family, while Maddy is grieving the loss of what would have been a lucrative sports career, destroyed from a horrible accident. Can these relationships survive as their truths are revealed?
She’s Too Pretty to Burn by Wendy Heard
It’s summertime in San Diego and best friends Nico and Veronica are enjoying the art scene. Even though they are thick as thieves, they differ when it comes to their crafts. While Nico is submersed in chaotic performance art, Veronica is feeling uninspired with her photography. But that all changes when mysterious Mick makes her way into town. Veronica is smitten with her new muse and quickly falls head over in heels love. What seems like the perfect end to the summer quickly turns deadly when a deadly fire starts, and all hell breaks loose. With a murderer on the loose, someone won’t make it out alive.
All Eyes on Her by L.E. Flynn
What started off as a peaceful picnic for Mark and Tabby turned into tragedy when one of them made it out of the woods and the other plummeted off of a cliff. The story was all over the news and it didn’t look good for Tabby. Many said that she hated hiking and snapped. Others revealed she was jealous and couldn’t get out of her own way. On the flip side, some claimed she could never push her boyfriend over the side of a mountain; she was madly in love with him, and it was just a terrible accident. Told from everyone’s perspective but Tabby’s, will anyone ever find out what really happened on that fateful day?
The Best Lies by Sarah Lyu
Remy Tsai’s life was turned upside down when her boyfriend Jack was shot and killed. To make matters much worse, the murderer was none other than her best friend, Elise. Shocked and devastated, Remy was having a hard time wrapping her head around why and how this could happen. Remy thought she knew everything about Elise, so it just didn’t make sense that she would commit such a sinister crime. She decides to conduct her own investigation in hopes of solving this mystery. As Remy digs for clues, she begins to realize that the perfect relationships she thought she had been nothing like they seemed.
Ace of Spades by Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé
Chiamaka Adebayo and Devon Richards are elated to learn that they have been selected to be part of Niveus Private Academy’s senior class prefects. They are beyond excited for the year ahead and are both in the running to be the school valedictorian. However, someone named Aces does not share in the excitement and wants to sabotage their chances. While they both begin to receive anonymous text messages, they begin to panic, as Aces is threatening to reveal their deepest secrets and expose them to the world. With everything on the line, can they put an end to these vicious threats before it’s too late?
A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson
Five years later, the tragic murder-suicide of Andie Bell and Sal Singh continues to haunt Pip’s hometown. Andie had it all; she was popular, pretty, and was in a relationship. So when she turned up dead at the hands of her boyfriend who then killed himself, the town of Fairview was shook. Pip grew up with Sal and always thought there was more to the story. As she starts her own investigation and uncovers salacious secrets, she begins to discover information that might prove Sal’s innocence. However, she gets the sneaking suspicion that someone out there wants her to leave the past buried.
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Those Who Prey by Jennifer Moffett
Emily thought that when she got to college, everything would change for the better. She was hoping to finally find her people and a place to belong. Instead, she found herself feeling more alone than ever…until she found The Kingdom. This campus club presented itself as a place to make friends and even offered opportunities to travel. Deciding to take a trip to Italy, Emily and the others quickly learn that The Kingdom has other plans for them, as they take their passports and cut off their communication with the outside world. All she wanted to do was fit in, but now she desperately needs to find a way out.
The Good Girls by Claire Eliza Bartlett
Stereotypes exist for a reason and Jefferson-Lorne High is no exception with its share of jocks, brains and troublemakers. However, what does make things a bit different is the recent murder of senior Emma Baines. Everyone is a suspect, but three students in particular, are at the top of the list. Was it Claude, the life of the party? It couldn’t be Gwen; she was in the running for valedictorian – what would motivate her to do such a thing? Almost more shocking to make the shortlist was Avery, the head cheerleader. The race is on to solve this mystery before another innocent life is slain.
Admission by Julie Buxbaum
Chloe never really thought about growing up privileged. After all, her mom was once a popular small screen star and because of that, Chloe was born with a silver spoon and didn’t know any different. So when the FBI showed up at her door, she quickly learned that there are some things you just can’t buy, and one of them is your way into college. As her life begins to unravel, she realizes that she arrived at her dream school on a bribe and the authorities aren’t taking it lightly. As Chloe’s life as she knows it starts to spiral, she begins to realize that she is right at the center in this tangled web of lies.
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