G. Bianco, 2019
From the bestselling author of They Wish They Were Us comes another YA thriller about how far two sisters will go to be the best. Set to be released on July 27th, They’ll Never Catch Us by Jessica Goodman will have you wondering just how deep everyone’s secrets run.
Stella and Ellie Steckler are only a year apart, but their different personalities make their relationship complicated. Stella is single-minded, driven, and she keeps to herself. Cross-country running is her life and she won't let anything get in the way of being the best. Her sister Ellie is a talented runner too, but she also lets herself have fun. She has friends. She goes to parties. She has a life off the course. The sisters do have one thing in common, though: the new girl, Mila Keene. At first, Ellie and Stella view the new star athlete as a threat. But soon Ellie can't help but be drawn to her warm, charming personality. After her best friend moved away and her first boyfriend betrayed her, Ellie's been looking for a friend to share her secrets. Stella finds herself noticing the ways she and Mila are similar. Mila is smart and strong--she's someone Stella can finally connect with. As the two get closer, Stella becomes something she vowed she'd never be: distracted. With regionals approaching and college scouts taking notice, the pressure is on. Each girl has their future on the line and they won't let friendships get in their way. But then, suddenly, Mila goes out on a training run and never returns. No one knows what happened, but all eyes are on the Steckler sisters.
Ok I binged this book in 36 hours and it’s out today so I don’t know what else I need to say to convince you to read this book! (But if you need more convincing, keep reading lol).
Let it be known that I’m not the biggest fan of thrillers. So trust me when I say that this book is AMAZING! Not only do we have a small town where everyone has their own agenda, but we also get missing persons cases, a competitive cross-country team, and two sisters with a boatload of secrets. The plot was engaging and kept me on my toes the entire time. And when I thought I had it all figured out, everything got flipped on its head and I was shocked at who the actual culprit was!
Aside from the mystery and thriller aspects of the story, readers get Stella and Ellie’s POVs narrating the events going on and analyzing their own relationship as sisters. I loved the way these two, despite competing with each other and being jealous of one another their entire lives, can push aside any animosity and protect one another when the time is right. Their relationship is so complex, but fascinating to read about and is truly a testament to the power of sisterhood.
Binge-worthy and jaw-dropping, this YA thriller is a must-read! Goodman is definitely turning into an auto-read author for me!
*I received an ARC from Penguin Teen in exchange for my honest opinion.
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