Two books this week, one I definitely want nothing to do with and one that surprised me enough to garner my interest. Without looking, can you determine which one I added and which one I didn’t? The books are We Regret to Inform You and The Truth Lies Here. One is about a senior applying to colleges and the other is about a girl looking for her missing father. Both have elements that I tend to avoid, contemporary and thriller aspects respectively.
Ugh, not going to lie, We Regret to Inform You by A. E. Kaplan sounds so boring. I found my experience of applying for colleges to be so incredibly dull and I really can’t imagine finding a story about the process–not to mention some unrealistic plot about potentially being hacked so that you don’t get into the colleges you want–sounds like absolutely no fun. I suppose there are people out there who would be interested in this kind of thing, but I just cannot. I’m going to stay away from this book. Granted, I think it could be interesting if the reason she didn’t get in was because some rich parent payed a lot of money to get their child accepted and that child stole her slot, but from the synopsis that doesn’t seem to be the case.
Mischa Abramavicius is a walking, talking, top-scoring, perfectly well-rounded college application in human form. So when she’s rejected not only by the Ivies, but her loathsome safety school, she is shocked and devastated. All the sacrifices her mother made to send her to prep school, the late nights cramming for tests, the blatantly resume-padding extracurriculars (read: Students for Sober Driving) … all that for nothing.
As Mischa grapples with the prospect of an increasingly uncertain future, she questions how this could have happened in the first place. Is it possible that her transcript was hacked? With the help of her best friend and sometimes crush, Nate, and a group of eccentric techies known as “The Ophelia Syndicate,” Mischa launches an investigation that will shake the quiet community of Blanchard Prep to its stately brick foundations.
The difference between this mix of characters who are thrown together makes The Truth Lies Here by Lindsey Klingele sound so fascinating. Fascinating enough that I’m actually putting aside my distaste for mystery and thriller type novels in order to add this one to my TBR. Honestly, I didn’t see it coming either, but an aspiring journalist, the nerdy boy-next-door, and the star quarterback teaming up? It sounds like so much fun! Granted, I could totally end up hating this book but I think it’s worth finding out if the story actually goes somewhere interesting.
In small town Michigan, Penny, an aspiring journalist, teams up with the nerdy boy-next-door and the town’s star quarterback to find her conspiracy theorist father after he goes missing and several other townspeople turn up dead in the woods.
The deeper she digs, the weirder things start to get. Townspeople repeat the same phrases—verbatim. Men in black suits stroll around Main Street. Chunks of her memory go missing. Pretty soon, Penny’s research leads her to the long-ago meteorite crash in Bone Lake’s woods, and she’s going to have to reconsider her definition of “real” if she wants answers. . . .
And that’s all I’ve got for you today. Did either of these books spark your interest? If so, which one? Let me know in the comments!