I was pretty uncertain about whether or not I would care to add If You’re Out There Katy Loutzenhiser to my TBR initially, but damn if the reviews didn’t make me interested. If you’re out there is the story about a pair of friends and what happens when one of them moves away. Well, Zan and Priya are best friends and when Priya moves out to California she suddenly ends all communication with her supposed best friend. Of course, despite everyone around her telling Zan that Priya is simply reinventing herself in a new school, Zan is convinced that something more is at play preventing her best friend from staying in touch. It almost sounds like a thriller-esque mystery, in a way. And I can’t be sure whether there is actually something wrong happening on Priya’s end, or if all the people around Zan are right and she’s simply imagining things that aren’t really happening to be true.
I honestly wasn’t very interested in bothering with this book at first. Simply reading the blurb for the book didn’t leave me with any real desire to find out what happens to the characters. But several reviews from some of my friends on Goodreads have left me curious enough to say that I’m willing to pick this book up at some point in the future and find out what’s going on with these two characters. Is something really preventing Priya from communicating with her best friend or is Priya simply moving on from her old life and beginning anew?
After Zan’s best friend moves to California, she is baffled and crushed when Priya suddenly ghosts. Worse, Priya’s social media has turned into a stream of ungrammatical posts chronicling a sunny, vapid new life that doesn’t sound like her at all.
Everyone tells Zan not to be an idiot: Let Priya do her reinvention thing and move on. But until Zan hears Priya say it, she won’t be able to admit that their friendship is finished.
It’s only when she meets Logan, the compelling new guy in Spanish class, that Zan begins to open up about her sadness, her insecurity, her sense of total betrayal. And he’s just as willing as she is to throw himself into the investigation when everyone else thinks her suspicions are crazy.
Then a clue hidden in Priya’s latest selfie introduces a new, deeply disturbing possibility:
Maybe Priya isn’t just not answering Zan’s emails.
Maybe she can’t.
What are your thoughts on this book? Are you interested in reading it? Do you think it’s not really a book for you? Let me know in the comments!