Pretty Little Liars meets Final Destination in this YA psychological thriller that will have readers’ hearts racing right till the very end!
Every year, the lives of ten girls at Vienna High are transformed.
All because of the list.
Kenzie Summerall can’t imagine how she’s been voted onto a list of the hottest girls in school, but when she lands at number five, her average life becomes dazzling. Doors open to the best parties, new friends surround her, the cutest jock in school is after her.
This is the power of the list. If you’re on it, your life changes.
If you’re on it this year? Your life ends.
The girls on the list have started to die, one by one. Is it a coincidence? A curse? Or is the list in the hands of a killer?
Time is running out for Kenzie, but she’s determined to uncover the deadly secret of the list…before her number’s up.
Title: They All Fall Down
Author: Roxanne St. Claire
Source: Finished copy from Random House
Publication date: October 14, 2014
They All Fall Down hooked me from the very beginning. No one is more surprised than Kenzie, Latin Club president, when she makes the fifth spot on the list of hottest junior girls in school. Kenzie doesn’t even really care, other than being flattered. She’s too busy carrying around a load of guilt over her brother’s accidental death two years ago and believing that it was her fault, and she’s more interested in getting into Columbia so she can study classics (really?). It’s her friend Molly who plans to ride Kenzie’s coattails to get in with the popular crowd. I liked Molly at first, but after awhile she really got on my nerves. She pushes Kenzie to go to list parties (and to take her along), then gets jealous when Kenzie spends time with the girls on the list. Kenzie doesn’t even like those girls and she’s only at the parties because Molly wants to go. Also, Molly ditches her and gets drunk and still has the nerve to whine about Kenzie and the list girls. I don’t know, Molly, maybe meeting and trying to figure out a way to keep the girls ahead of them on the list from dying in suspicious accidents is a little more important than your feelings.
Once the girls on the list start dying, in order, it’s up to Kenzie, as the smartest on on the list, to figure out what to do. Each of the girls who’s still alive has experienced some run-ins with death. Kenzie herself almost dies three times in the first sixty-six pages. This is the link with the Final Destination movies that I love. Are these brushes with death accidents like they seem or is someone out to get them?
The list is a Big Deal in Vienna, Pennsylvania. Once you’re on the list, you’re on it for life. The school nurse, who’s 42, wears her spot on the list as a badge of honor. The concept of grown women who have reached their tenth and twentieth high school reunions and have gone on to have careers and families taking the list so seriously all these years later is more than a little silly, but it’s a plot device because the nurse has information about the list girls that Kenzie needs.
Now that Kenzie’s on the list, her crush since seventh grade starts paying attention to her. Josh is a popular football player, but he’s not the only one who’s noticed her. Bad boy Levi (he’s been in juvie!) wants her to tutor him in math. At first I didn’t have a preference for either of the guys, but I soon sided with Levi. Kenzie defends him to Molly as being misunderstood, and as it turns out, she’s right. Josh isn’t that bad a guy either, but Levi’s the guy Kenzie can depend on. He might not be a Latin scholar, but he’s smart in his own way and he’s there to help Kenzie solve the mystery.
They All Fall Down is fast-paced and entertaining. The ending of the book, the resolution to the mystery of who’s killing the girls on the list and the aftermath is completely unbelievable. If the book hadn’t been so much fun up until that point, it could have ruined the whole thing. As it is, I’ve knocked off half a star. I don’t know if there’s going to be a sequel, but the ending is definitely left open to one. If it happens, it’s probably going to be even more out there than the last part of They All Fall down, but I’m willing to give it a shot.