blo Teens Read and Write: Wish You Were Dead by Todd Strasser

Friday, March 12, 2010

Wish You Were Dead by Todd Strasser

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Wish You Were Dead
by Todd Strasser
pub: Sept 2009
240 pages


I’ll begin with Lucy. She is definitely first on the list. You can’t believe how it feels to be in the cafeteria and turn around and there she is staring at me like I’m some disgusting bug or vermin. Does she really think I WANT to be this way? I hate you, Lucy. I really hate you. You are my #1 pick. I wish you were dead.
The day after anonymous blogger Str-S-d wishes the popular girl would die, Lucy vanishes. The students of Soundview High are scared and worried. Especially frightened and wracked with guilt is Madison Archer, Lucy’s friend and the last person to see her the night she disappeared.

As days pass with no sign of the missing girl, even the attention of Tyler, an attractive new student, is not enough to distract Madison from her growing sense of foreboding.
When two more popular students disappear after their names are mentioned on Str-S-d’s blog, the residents of Soundview panic.
Meanwhile, Madison receives anonymous notes warning that she could be next. Desperate to solve the mystery before anyone else disappears, Madison turns to Tyler, but can she trust him when it becomes clear that he knows more than he’s sharing?
The clock is ticking. Madison must uncover the truth behind the mysterious disappearances . . . before her name appears in Str-S-d’s blog.

Oh boy, Wish You Were Dead is capital-C Creepy! I loved it and was sucked in from the first pages.

An anonymous blogger starts talking about the kids that are mean to her at school. Then it escalates to wishing those kids are dead, and guess what? They go missing.

Our protagonist, Madison, feels responsible since she had taken the first girl, Lucy, home the night she was kidnapped but didn't watch her go in. That's when Lucy got snatched. When other kids start disappearing too, Madison begins investigating.

The chapters are short which helps to move the story along at super speed. The point of views change from the anonymous blogger, to Madison and then best of all, we get to hear what the kidnapper/killer is saying to his or her captives (we don't know who the killer is until the end).

Man, that puppy is psycho. The dialogue with his/her captives gives you goosebumps. The poor kids get not only physical torture but psychological as well.

Madison and Tyler are good characters who seem to follow a logical path on their investigation. There are a couple of subplots that play out well in the end, a few red herrings and interesting twists. And as far as relationships went, they were portrayed well.

Strasser also does a good job of making you feel ambivalent about the kids who get kidnapped. I mean, you start thinking that if they hadn't been such jerks, perhaps they wouldn't be in this mess, but on the other hand, they don't deserve this, so it gets you thinking.

No fantasy in this one. Just nasty nutso serial killer stuff. The pace is fast and I was flipping pages well into the night to finish it. Trouble was I was the only one up and jumped every time a weird noise rattled the house. Had to be a windy night, right? I brought one of the dogs in my room for backup. Don't laugh!

I don't want to give too much away so I'll just say this is a wonderful creepy thriller filled with suspense and nail biting moments. A fun who-dun-it!

The Cover: Totally fits the content. Creepy!

First Lines:
Prologue - kind of:
Today at school Lucy Cunningham looked at me like I was something the cat coughed up.

It starts out from the blogger's point of view. I thought this was good. Funny but sad.
The 1st Chapter:
The red taillights of Tyler Starling's ugly purple car disappeared into the dark. It was just after three a.m., chilly and quiet. Lucy Cunningham stepped off her front walk and strolled down the dark tree-lined street.

Good. I'm anticipating Lucy's luck to run out.

Strasser has written several other books so be sure to visit his website and blog, and check out the book trailer below.

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Anonymous said...

This book and its cover do seem a little creepy! But it also sounds like a good book.

Tynga said...

Wow now that sounds freacking scary lol
Do not read while you're alone at home at night? lol

Dwayne said...

It DOES sound creeeepy! But I would sure read this - thanks for the review:)

Raspberry said...

Definitely want to read it, although I must confess I'm easily scared. :)
Thanks for the review!

bookaholic said...

Sounds creepy alright! But I love it nonetheless...a different kinda YA...totally intriguing! And I feel the cover is perfect for the book!!

YA Book Queen said...

Awesome review! This sounds like a good, creepy read! I'm definitely going to check this out,

Eleni said...

I'm glad you liked this book, I enjoyed it too!

MannaB said...

Sounds like a good read!

Jacob Rice said...

Dang! This sounds really scary. I have read a lot of his other books and he is a very good author. I smell a new item for my collection of books.

Tales of Whimsy said...

Sounds tooo scary for me. Thanks for the awesome review :)

Melissa (Books and Things) said...

Sounds like a good one when you want something to scare yourself. Thanks for the review.

Angela @ Reading Angels said...

This looks great. I'm bouncing my way through the blog hop. I really like your blog, and I'm not following :-)

Emily said...

This book sound really good - I love creepy! I hadn't heard of it until now. Thanks a bunch for the review!

Kathy Martin said...

This sounds really good. I haven't heard of it before. I don't think I have read anything by Todd Strasser. I have to look for this one.

Bookish in a Box said...

Ooo, creepy!
This sounds like the YA version of a book series I like. :-)

Alex Bennett from Electrifying Reviews said...

This one sounds awesome!

Anonymous said...

wow ! the cover is so creepy and the history too!!!! OMG! i want it!


Jenn (Books At Midnight) said...

Wow, this sounds exactly like the type of book I try to avoid, lol. It definitely sounds creepy and intense though, and thanks for the awesome review. If I'm in for a serial killer, I know where to look. ;)

pepsivanilla said...

Wow, this sounds like some awesome suspense. I haven't paid much attention to it, but it sounds pretty good.

Dana N. said...

Creepy? I'm in! I'm really intrigued about this book, and I think I'm going to read it. Great review!

Diana Dang said...

It looks like such an awesome novel!

(: Isa :) said...

I love mysteries! There really aren't as many in YA than fantasy books. I wouldn't say I'm into scary books, but I loved your review. I totally want to read it now! :)

A Life Bound By Books said...

Ohh, sounds nice and creepy. I think I have this one on my wishlist. Thanks for the great review, just makes me want to read this book sooner rather then later.

Jenny N. said...

The book sounds very creepy and a little too scary for my tastes but I'm glad you liked it though.

Rheanna said...

Oh I love mysteries I'm a sucker for a good book of who dun-it! I'll admit it thoug I only read uber creepy books during the daytime hurs. haha I'm a total dork! But thanks for the review I'll look for this one!

Anonymous said...

I've never heard of this one before, but I absolutely loved his book THE WAVE. Great review, I'll definitely have to check this one out!

mariska said...

The book Trailer makes it creepier even when it's daylight ..woooooooo

Rachael(BookLove:Teen) said...

I totally keep the light on after a good zombie book so don't think it's silly that you like to cuddle with your dog for protection! Great review; I have yet to read a Strasser book but this one sounds good.

vonze said...

Wow, yeah, that's one of the creepiest covers I have seen in a long time. I'm not a big fan of horror, lol. However, this might make for nice reading around Halloween.

Hesperus (Haya) said...

Veery creepy with an appropriate creepy cover. Great review!

Anonymous said...

I'll have to check this one out sometime!

Shy said...

C.r.e.e.p.y! And makes me wonder, what if there are people like this out there. Yikes!? I love the concept of the book though and the constant suspense sure makes everyone sit at the edge of the chair. Will definitely put this one in my wishlist.

Zombie Girrrl said...

I'm likin' the unknown villain factor! Great review!

Sara said...

Sounds like an awesome book! I was hooked just after reading the synopsis, and your review just made it worse! ;)

Unknown said...

I've always been interested in this book and the cover is great. Sounds like it might be good for my classroom shelf. I don't have as many non-fantasy books as I should, so this would be good my for my kids that hate anything "magical".

elaing8 said...

Great review.I agree with the others,that is a creepy cover.Story sounds pretty good,I'll have to check it out.

Nikki (Wicked Awesome Books) said...

I love a good creepy book. I won this book last week and your review really has me wanting to read it.

Mariana S said...

Looks great. I want to read it ^^

donnas said...

Great review. Looks like a really good book. Always on the lookout for a new good author and book.

InfinitePlaylist said...

This book looks so creepy yet totally cool. I can't wait to read it. The book trailer is not really a masterpiece though :P

twipippi said...

Sounds good. Think I will add it to my wishlist.

Sapphire said...

This looks totally amazing!!!

babygirlG said...

I do like the premise very much!

Ambar said...

wow is really creepy o_O but really sounds great!!! and...I can't remember if I said this but Bob the cat is beautiful *w*

Ryan said...

Fantastic review, I'm really wanting to read this one.

Trollololol said...

Sounds really awesome. I both love and hate books that get your heart racing with every little noise you hear.

The cover is very cool. :)

Tina said...

The cover is so simple, but I could give it a try. Thanks for the review :D

Brodie said...

Oooh this is going on my to read list! I'd heard of it before but hadn't read any reviews until now. It's safe to say I'm convinced. I need me a creepy psycho read! =D

Amanda Leigh said...

This sounds so good! Another book to add to my wishlist!

Kristen said...

Looks creepy! Not really a creepy kinda person, but sounds like it would be a good read nonetheless!

Anonymous said...

great review! this book sounds really good!

Bunny B said...

Sounds like my kind of book! :) Great review!

Bani said...

Wow, what a title for a book, heh. It sounds interesting though and modern- the enemy relaying his creepy objectives via blog. Glad to hear it's fast-paced too, this genre warrants it.

Angela @ Reading Angels said...

I've heard great things about this one!

Jessica B said...

I really like the first lines of the book. Great review!

EVA SB said...

An action-packed creepy thriller - yummy. Definitely added to my TBR list

Mary not so Contrary said...

I love creepy books. Stephan King and Ann Rice are two of my favorite creepy authors. I think I shall go and get this one for sure!! Great review! Thanks!!

Nikki @ Bookizzle said...

I love a good who-dun-it book. Sounds like something I need to read ASAP. Thanks for your review!

Sherry said...

I'm not usually into creepy books or creepy anything for that matter, but I love me a good mystery and this sounds like a great one! Can't wait to get my hands on this one! :)

L said...

I really want to read this book! It looks creepy and awesome and I love the whole concept.

Nicole said...

OOOOh, creepy! I don't know if I could read it!!

Ina said...

I really like the trailer - they are getting better and better!

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