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on 6 December 2012
A quick admission; I love books about rich kids in private prep schools. I don't know why but they are just a huge guilty pleasure for me, throw in some murder like this one does, and I will surely find myself having a good time.
This one features a pretentious 'it clique' who refer to themselves as 'The Basic Eight', going about their lives, planning dinner parties, hosting plays and partaking in the odd absinthe induced murder.
In all honesty I wasn't expecting the novel to be so smartly written, and the self-referential style of someone re-writing their diary as they read through the events in the present makes for an interesting insight into the character. The narrator has a habit of pointing out certain bits of important information but can also be untrustworthy in her descriptions leading you to wonder if what is being described is the actual truth, or just her version of it. The characters while caricatures all stand out in that over the top, comedic way, and the confused, delirious absinthe party chapters are definitely a highlight of the book.
Why have I only given this three stars then if I seemed to like it so much? That would be the twist. The twist that is so obvious it barely even deserves the word. The twist that I suspected in the first fifty pages and thought so cliché it couldn't be true. The twist that makes me roll my eyes.
For such a smart novel, the twist is just far too predictable to the point where I felt they didn't even need it. Overall though, an entertaining read that I would love to see an over the top, 'Heathers' style movie version of.