People Like Us by Dana Mele

People Like Us

Kay Donovan may have skeletons in her closet, but the past is past, and she's reinvented herself entirely. Now she's a star soccer player whose group of gorgeous friends run their private school with effortless popularity and acerbic wit. But when a girl's body is found in the lake, Kay's carefully constructed life begins to topple. The dead girl has left Kay a computer-coded scavenger hunt, which, as it unravels, begins to implicate suspect afte...

Details People Like Us

TitlePeople Like Us
Release DateFeb 27th, 2018
PublisherG.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
GenreYoung Adult, Mystery, Contemporary, Lgbt, Thriller

Reviews People Like Us

  • Elise (TheBookishActress)
    Okay, I knew. I knew going into this that I was going to enjoy it. But I was not actually really expecting this to be one of my favorite YA suspense novels of all time. But I swear to god Dana Mele could have been looking into my brain’s idea of a perfect YA thriller and STILL would have nailed it. ya girl just read and adored an arc of the fucked up sapphic mean girls book and is officially living life to the fullest. People Like Us is a thr...
  • Lala BooksandLala
    great writing and pacing, sooo entertaining, weak ending
  • Lola Reviewer
    I am obsessed with boarding school stories. Probably because I never went to such a school myself and am having so much fun living vicariously through these characters.Lucky characters. I mean, I go to university, but I’m not in a dorm, so I’ve truly never experienced anything that even comes close to living with my classmates. Though after finishing PEOPLE LIKE US, I think maybe it’s a good thing that I’m staying far away from these kind...
  • Larry H
    I'm about 3.5 stars here."Does someone who does one bad thing, even one really bad thing, deserve bad things to happen to them? Deserve to be murdered or framed for murder?"Kay Donovan wanted a chance to reinvent herself after a pair of tragedies marred her life and tore apart her family. She gets that chance by attending exclusive Bates Academy.Although she is on an athletic scholarship, which sets her apart from her incredibly rich classmates, ...
  • may ➹ (semi hiatus)
    as someone who is thoroughly afraid but also in awe of thrillers, THIS IS SO GOODlike I kind of guessed the murderer? but then I also had other suspects as well? and then add to the boarding school aesthetic + mean girls + character arc + queer girls and this was AMAZING
  • Kelly (and the Book Boar)
    Find all of my reviews at: “We should definitely be nicer to people. You should think about that.”“Nice is subjective.” If your reaction to a “Mean Girls” type of story is . . . . Then we probably shouldn’t be friends. Just kidding. Maybe. Whatever. At minimum you probably don’t want to read this book. I obviously lurrrrvvvvvv mean girls stories so I wanted this as soon as I saw the title and c...
  • Laura
    It’s the sort of thing that bugs you after someone dies. You remember little ways you wronged them. Even if they deserved it. This is exactly what I wanted it to be. Different books popped into my mind while reading..among them: Dangerous Girls, Pretty Little Liars, Allegedly. These have always been my favorite kind of YA books. I can't help it. I live for a thriller. And there is just something about murder mysteries and mean girls that go ...
  • Trina (Between Chapters)
    *A copy of the print book was provided to me by the publisher without a review obligation. I listened to the audio format instead and all opinions are my own.*I predicted a big element of the mystery but still enjoyed this! I was never bored. I enjoyed the pacing, atmosphere, and the main character's arc. Loved the revenge blog/scavenger hunt aspect. A pretty solid mystery, would recommend.Didn't hear anything about the representation before pick...
  • Stacee
    That cover and the synopsis were like a dream come true. Boarding school murdery scavenger hunt? Count me in. Sadly it was meh. Kay was okay? And yes that’s a question. She did have some redeeming qualities and mostly it was that she’s ambitious. Yet as the story progressed, she became the sort of character I struggle with. I didn’t like the choices she made or the way she treated people. There are a lot of other characters, but it didn’t...
  • Zoe Wilson (yerabooknerdzoe)
    I really liked this one! I had an inkling about who the killer was near the beginning of the book, but I did not expect the reasoning behind it at all! I also didn't suspect how fucked up Kay's secret was. While I did enjoy People Like Us , it wasn't a 5-star book for me. I loved the mystery and the twists, but I just didn't really care about the characters that much. Nothing about them stood out to me, and some seemed like they'd play a bigger ...
  • Mandy White
    A bit disappointed with this one... it reminded me of Pretty Little Liars but I didnt like any of them. The story was clever there was just something about it that fell short for me. great narrator.
  • Dennis
    Before I begin my review, I'd like to place a disclaimer for everyone who's reading this: Just because I was not a fan of People Like Us, it doesn't mean that you should be deterred from picking this up. This read is a contemporary, sexually liberating read for the LBGTQ community, and is actually quite fun! People Like Us centers around a group of teenage women at elite prep-school The Bates Academy; Katie (aka Kay) Donovan, Brie, Maddy, and Ta...
  • Melanie (TBR and Beyond)
    Dana Mele will be visiting us to talk to us live later that month - if anyone is interested :) TBR and Beyond - For more information on becoming a member, just follow the link :)Wow, I just rated a YA thriller five stars! This was fantastic! Even though Dana is visiting my book group later this month, this is 100% my honest opinion. This was fun! This is what I wanted One of Us is Lyingto be. Give me more of this in the YA thriller/mystery genre...
  • ☆Dani☆ ☆Touch My Spine Book Reviews☆
    Many thanks to Penguin Young Readers for providing me with an ARC for the People Like Us Blog Tour. I appreciate this opportunity and all opinions expressed are my own.Wow, what a fantastic psychological thriller that is hands down a five star read! Dana Mele brings drama, mystery and revenge to the table in a fashion that will have you begging for more! Going into this book, I was a little hesitant because I thought this would be just another Pr...
  • Rachel Solomon
    Beneath the silvery moonlight, our skin gleams like bones. From that gorgeous first line, I was hooked. The blurb from the deal announcement just doesn't do it justice. PEOPLE LIKE US is a seductive psychological thriller with beautiful literary writing and an unreliable narrator. It takes place in an all-girls private school -- oh, and it's super queer. There might be more queer characters than non, AND I LOVED IT.This book is about cutthroat am...
  • Alison
    3.5 STARSSo I am a total sucker for mean girls, unlikable narrators, and boarding school mysteries, so I was hyped about this.I buddyread this with two other people and we had such a blast buddyreading this. If you buddyread anything, make it a mystery because coming up with theories was the most fun. If I hadn't buddyread this, I don't think I would have read it as quickly as I did. The book is fun and the pacing of events, whether it's revealin...
  • Bill Kupersmith
    Every school is its own little world, and one of the most enjoyable aspects of composing a school story is creating your personal version of that world, with its traditions, customs, even a private language. (In such famous schools as Eaton and Winchester they’re extremely elaborate.) So it was a pleasure to pick up on Dana Mele’s practices at Bates Academy, which like the Halloween plunge into the lake and the Dear Valentine presents were ve...
  • Kaila
    2.5 stars. There's something about prep school cliques and mean girls that speaks to me as an insanely fun backdrop for a fictional murder investigation. Along with its aesthetic cover, that's why People Like Us caught my eye. Give me a YA mystery that unravels the It Girl's untouchable nature and show me the shifting tides of the high school food chain any day. People Like Us is a quick, indulgent read that seemed like it was going to check ...
  • Acqua
    People Like Us is a sapphic murder mystery set in a boarding school.I feel like I should rate this book higher - I almost read it in one sitting, it was addictive and suspenseful, just what I wanted. And yes, three stars is a positive rating for me, but I didn't have any major problems with this book. I just have a very long list of things that annoyed me. What I liked • I wanted something to read quickly, and I couldn't put this down.• Ever...
  • MarytheBookLover
    My Opinion:I liked this book and found myself intrigued with the who done it part of the book. I had a feeling I knew who did it and wasn't surprised with the ending. I did enjoy this book. I have not read a YA/LGBT book before so that was new for me. That was about all that was new for me. Altho, I did like the writing style, I also had problems with it. Most of the time Kays thoughts and actions are chatioc at best. She is all over the place wi...
  • Tory
    SOOOOOO BAAAAAAD. Yet another bizarro teen drama where some crazy murder plot is all because of a STUPID HARMLESS PRANK. WHY are the kids taking this into their own hands. WHY are there 500 characters. WHY is everyone a one-dimensional bitch and/or asshole. WHY IS THIS SO BAD.-Everyone goes from being acquaintances/perfect strangers to do-or-die BFFs in like a hot minute. "hello dude I've never met before right now, please let's go get coffee and...
  • autumn
    i don't want to be a debbie downer because there's a few things about this book i appreciated (aka the casual gayness) but overall i guess i just didn't really connect to it? it didn't really feel like a thriller to me; i didn't get a sense of tension/suspense at any point (and the ending was really easy to predict for me). most of the characters weren't exactly memorable or dynamic to me either, though i did like brie and nola (2 of the love int...
  • Kaitlyn
    PEOPLE LIKE US is one of those rare mystery-thrillers that is not only gripping and unputdownable, it's also beautifully written. I had a hard time doing anything else after I picked up this book, and while I wanted to keep stopping to admire Mele's gorgeous turns of phrase, I couldn't because I absolutely HAD to know what happened next.These characters are dark and twisty and extraordinarily human, and the setting is spot-on perfect. As a reader...
  • Vee ♔Under Mountain Books♔
    Our main character Kat is spending her final school year at Bates Academy, a boarding school for the upper class. She seems to fit in pretty well with the other students, considering she got in on an athletics scholarship, mostly by stealing everyone else's clothes which is certainly a trait to be admired. It's pretty clear from the start of the book that she has a dark past that she's trying hard to put behind her.The other characters in this ar...
  • Amy's Book Reviews
    Mean girl Kay and her boarding school crew find a dead classmate and the police have questions. Next she’s online blackmail message threaten to divulge her deepest secrets if she doesn’t spill secrets about her posse. With the help of Nola, an outcast classmate with a skill for hacking, Kay is determined to solve the mystery, before she’s arrested for murder.PEOPLE LIKE US are the privileged, popular girls at Bates Academy, the kind of girl...
  • Mollie Reads
    Super entertaining the whole way through... the pacing was fantastic. Had a few eye roll moments and didn't *really* love the ending, but was thoroughly creeped out and found the relationships to be interesting. Was hoping for more of a group friendship kind of mystery, like Pretty Little Liars, but the group kind of scatters early on and the story focuses more on 1:1 relationships. Still very entertaining.
  • Karlita
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  • Bridget 💖That1BookGirl
    3.75 stars. Pretty good YA book! It did remind me quite a lot of PLL which I liked.Some parts I felt like I had missed something from previous chapters which is why it wasn’t a 4 star for me. Still enjoyed it very much!
  • Ava
    If you like queer, messy, boarding school murder mysteries... Read this book. You'll love it.