My book talks are coming at you from a librarian, not a reviewer. You won’t find me talking about style or craft, why I think this could’ve been better or what worked or didn’t work. I only do book talks on books I liked and want other people to know about. So if it’s here I probably think it won’t injure your brain if you read it.
Adrien has never liked or trusted his sister Grace. Even though he was adopted into their family, they’re too alike for comfort, always competing against each other as their intellects clash. When their parents die in a lab explosion, Adrien seeks solace by escaping to a California boarding school.
Three years away from Grace should be enough to allow old wounds to heal, but when a family friend’s illness brings Adrien back home for his senior year, he discovers that the two of them are at each other’s throats more than ever. To make matters worse, Grace has spent his absence spreading stories about Adrien in the boarding school they now share. He’s returned home to find no new bonds with his sister, and old ones severed by her lies.
When he receives anonymous texts claiming that Grace had something to do with their parent’s death, Adrian ignores them. Until he remembers a mysterious journal of his father’s with missing pages that Grace has in her possession. With few friends and less people to believe him, Adrien fears that Grace’s secrets might be dangerous to more people than just their dead parents.