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

Reviews People Like Us

  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Chocolate Fiend
    This was just wow...... wow RTC
  • Chenise
    Actual rating: 4.5 First line: "Beneath the silvery moonlight, our skin gleams like bones." I loved this so much more than I expected! For the first few chapters I didn't have any strong feelings. As I kept reading though, I just became increasingly obsessed with this book and ended up flying through it in a matter of sittings. Every single character is multidimensional and is never simply good or bad. That's a big thing I noticed early on. Every...
  • Donna Hines
    A psychological thriller like no other, this one shows no mercy to its readers and refuses to allow a departure. Failure is NOT an OPTION!"I keep letting people die." "I'm terrified the world will find out."From the second you lay your eyes upon this magnificent work by Dana you will be hooked and this is coming from a reader who frequents young adult books.A chilling tale of murder, revenge, and heat of passion. Intrigue, mystery, and teenage dr...
  • Brenda Rufener
    Atmospheric, thrilling, queer story with lots of twists and turns. This lovely YA thriller will take you on a twisty ride guaranteed to leave you breathless. You may not love everything these girls do–you don't have to–that's the beauty of this story. Five stars!!!
  • Chelsea
    I was hooked by the premise of this psychological thriller about Kay, a girl with secrets in her past, and the book did not disappoint. The fantastic writing pulled me in, and the flawed but relatable characters and their twisted lives kept me from putting it down. The narrator’s unreliability had me guessing until the very end. I liked all of the characters, but I loved that none of them could be trusted. Family and social pressures, guilt, an...
  • Julia Rubin
    I feel so honored that I got to read an ARC of this as part of the Electric 18s ARC tour.It hit me like a gut punch. Evocative, dark, twisty, and with a bisexual MC (!!), this reminded me of a mash-up of Pretty Little Liars and Allegedly by Tiffany D. Jackson. The pacing was perfect and some of the descriptions were flat out gorgeous. Definitely read this if you love complicated characters, unreliable narrators, and a good mysery/thriller.
  • Sophie Cameron
    A gripping, atmospheric and very well-written thriller with lots of twists and a great, diverse cast - loved this!
  • Angela Caldwell
    Review to come!
  • David McQueen
    A great read! The writing is sharp and the characters are mysterious and authentic. I enjoyed getting sucked deeper and deeper into the unraveling of Kay Donovan.
  • Kristi Housman Confessions of a YA Reader
    I ended up really liking this book a lot.  The writing was good and it kept my interest for the whole book.  There were plenty of little twists and it was hard to put down.Kay isn't the typical student at Bates.  She isn't rich like most of the girls and has suffered from tragedy.  She lost her best friend and her brother before going away to school.  When she gets to Bates, she sort of reinvents herself.  She's no longer Katie, the tragic ...
  • Heather Ezell
    WOOF. This was a heart race and I devoured every page, making my six-hour flight feel speedy quick. Loved -- dark, painful, strange. Also, so wonderfully queer. Fact: I bought a glass of wine on said flight because it just felt right and I was on edge in the best way. It paired quite well.
  • Magdalena Deniz
    You know when you read a deep, truly original murder mystery book that really makes you think??neither do I.Especially with this one. God. Everything was so cliche and unrealistic. These are teen girls, but then don’t act like teen girls. Teen girls don’t kill two people because of one stupid prank in freshman year. I get it, psychopaths are weird and different, but psychopaths are also geniuses and manipulative and cunning and everything tha...
  • Erin
    I'm just gonna say it -- Dana Mele is destined to be the Gillian Flynn of YA. I keep seeing this book compared to MEAN GIRLS and THIRTEEN REASONS WHY, and while those comps make sense, I personally keep coming back to GONE GIRL and SHARP OBJECTS. Without getting too spoiler-y, I'll tell you that PEOPLE LIKE US features a fantastic little teenage psychopath. I found myself rooting for said psychopath the same way that I found myself weirdly rootin...
  • Kate
    Murder, boarding schools, secrets, revenge and tormented love! This book started with a splash (a literal one, into a lake containing a dead body), and it just continues to up the ante. I figured some things out half way through, but was never sure until the very end. Despite guessing correctly (ish), the book was a fast, furious and fun read. Totally one of my favorite upcoming YA thrillers of the year!
  • Brittany
    I received this ARC from a local bookseller. I feel like a real jerk-face for saying this, but I really didn't like this book. I hate writing negative reviews, so I'll keep it brief. This one was very cheesy, loaded with too many characters, predictable yet sloppy, and there were just too many irons in the fire. I pushed through, but I was over it by 125 pages in. The ending was....lame. Sorry, just not what I was hoping for.
  • Cindy
    Holy crap. I just finished devouring PEOPLE LIKE US, and I'm in awe! Dana Mele combines high-stakes, adrenaline pumping high school intrigue with gorgeously evocative, literary writing. Her characters are real, complex, and compelling, and her plotting is fantastic. I've seen reviews that call this "gay MEAN GIRLS," but to me it had more of a VERONICA MARS feel—tense, impossible to put down, and just plain fun. If you're a fan of YA thrillers a...
  • Lindsay
    Boarding school Mean Girls mixed with murder where the killer is easy to predict.
  • Megan Manzano
    I am such a sucker for thriller/mystery YA novels and this one did not disappoint. From the beginning, we're launched into the action and the book continues that way into the very end. The last few paragraphs are still haunting me and I feel like they will for quite a while. What I enjoyed the most was as who killed Jessica Lane unravels, you find out a ton about Kay Donovan.
  • Just Reading Everything
    This whirlwind, fast-paced YA mystery follows Kay Donovan. Strong-minded, unapologetically queer, and a motivated soccer star, Kay has reinvented herself at her posh private school, Bates Academy. After a school Halloween dance, Kay and her friends find a body of a dead girl in the lake, and suddenly no one is trustworthy. Not even Kay herself. But Kay quickly learns that the dead girl has left her a computer-coded scavenger hunt, and there will ...
  • K.A.
    This book was so twisty and dark and addicting. Loved IT!
  • Adrienne Young
    This book is exactly what you think it will be - pure entertainment! I read it over the span of a few chilly, rainy days and it was the perfect escape. If you're looking for something fun, twisty, and kind of dark, I highly recommend!
  • Amelia Brunskill
    A great, twisty read, I was kept guessing throughout this beautifully written, slippery eel of a novel. Also, I like my protagonists funny, unreliable, and slightly monstrous, and Kay absolutely delivered on all fronts. I'm so glad that I got my hands on an ARC of this title!