People Like Us is a young adult novel written by Dana Mele. I read this book a while ago, but I am woefully behind with my review writing. I had heard about this book, and so I requested it via my library network.
It is an absolute nightmare when the body of a student turns up in the lake on the campus of the exclusive Bates Academy, but for Kay Donovan, it’s just the beginning. She receives a message from the dead girl, instructing her to confront her friends, and if Kay fails to comply, there will be consequences. It seems as though everyone is keeping secrets, but the biggest secret of all is how the girl ended up in the lake in the first place. Could Kay be implicated for the crime?
So, boarding school stories are my #1 favorite genre, and so naturally, I was very excited about this book as soon as it came onto my radar. This book is a pretty good thriller/mystery with a fairly well rounded cast of secondary characters. Kay is easy to empathize with, and her motivations are understandable. The pacing is fairly consistent, with frequent revelations to keep the reader hooked. I had my suspicions about the Big Reveal, but it still came as somewhat of a surprise!
I would recommend People Like Us. This book will certainly appeal to the target demographic as well as fans of the young adult genre. This is an excellent debut, and I’m looking forward to reading more from Mele in the future.