Time Bomb by Joelle Charbonneau

Time Bomb

A congressman's daughter who has to be perfect. A star quarterback with a secret. A guy who's tired of being ignored. A clarinet player who's done trying to fit in. An orphaned rebel who wants to teach someone a lesson. A guy who wants people to see him, not his religion.They couldn't be more different, but before the morning's over, they'll all be trapped in a school that's been rocked by a bombing. When they hear that someone inside is the bo...

Details Time Bomb

TitleTime Bomb
Release DateMar 13th, 2018
PublisherHMH Books for Young Readers
GenreYoung Adult, Mystery, Contemporary, Realistic Fiction, Thriller

Reviews Time Bomb

  • Carrie
    When I first saw the description of Time Bomb by Joelle Charbonneau I couldn’t help but be extremely curious. Last year I had heard all the buzz for This Is Where It Ends and had high hopes when I picked that one up only to be really disappointed. However, after reading Time Bomb I have to say that this one was what I was looking for last year.For me as a reader I had thought This is Where It Ends completely lacked character development and I s...
  • Ishmeen
    I'd like to thank Netgalley for providing me an eARC of Time Bomb! When I first read the synopsis, it instantly gave me vibes similar to One of Us is Lying which was one of my favourite reads of 2017 so I was super keen on reading it. And for the first half, the book lived up to my expectations since I couldn't put it down! Although it was nothing like what I thought it would be, I was still so interested since there were multiple POV and an aur...
  • Jen Ryland
    Not terribly impressed with this. I think that in 2018, books about topics like mass violence in schools need to have moral, psychological and political complexity.I've read similar books (I'm mainly thinking of This Is Where It Ends - you can read my review of that here. For me, this book had many of the same issues - lots of POVs, uneven character development, and a rushed, info-dumpy ending that left me completely confused.1. You're thrown ri...
  • Courtney
    It's the week before a new school year will begin at Hallwood high school, but the doors are open to students and teachers looking to get a head start on what they need to do. Some are setting up their classrooms, others are getting their student ID's or fixing their schedules... but there are few who entered the building with questionable intentions, set on doing something so drastic the whole world would have to take notice. On a day the high s...
  • Jackie
    i finally finished a book!!!!! i didn’t have time to read all week so i made it my mission to read as much as i could as soon as i got home today (i spent the week in Poland with my family). Time Bomb is about a group of students who happen to be at school the day a bomb goes off. they work together to find a way out of there, but everyone of them is hiding a secret. while being trapped, they find out that the bomber is still inside the buildin...
  • Ana
    This was a quick, suspenseful, read & it was made all the better with my Once Upon a Book Club gifts. :)
  • Dylan
    If you would like to read my review, please visit: https://dylanthereader.com/2018/01/27...
  • alice (arctic books)
    Full review to come!
  • PinkAmy loves 💕 books📖, cats😻 and naps🛏
    2.5 STARSFour bombs explode inside a high school. Seven students trapped. One is the bomber. Another one gun has a gun. A senator’s daughter. A bullied girl. A Muslim. A mixed race gay football player. Another gay football player who also plays straight. An orphan and the girl trying to save him from himself. Not all will survive.Long before Parkland, I preordered TIME BOMB, a different take on school shooting meets The Breakfast Club. Joelle C...
  • Carla Johnson-Hicks
    It is a week before school starts for the year. Freshman students are at the school to get identification cards. A few others are there for various reasons when the first bomb explodes. As the school starts to crumble survivors on the second and third floors are trapped and the school is on fire. Seven students manage to congregate in a classroom on the third floor awaiting rescue. We find the quarterback football star, Ms. Perfect, who is a Sena...
  • Katherine Moore
    This was an extremely fast read for me; I flew through ‘Time Bomb’ in a matter of hours, and it almost felt like I was following a similar clock to the one that was ticking away in the book. Six exceedingly different students, not unlike seen with the setup in the movie ‘The Breakfast Club’, find themselves trapped together because of the horrific circumstance of someone having set off bombs at their school (although, conveniently, school...
  • The Nerd Daily
    Originally Posted on The Nerd Daily | Review by Melissa PlattHave you ever felt so distraught that you needed to take action? Have you ever wanted to blow something up? Hurt anyone? Well that is what this book is all about.Time Bomb follows six teenagers, who are going about their daily lives when they get stuck in their school after a bombing. They try to help each other, but things go haywire when they get rocked by more bombs and learn that on...
  • Cassie James
    Thanks to the publisher for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review, This doesn't in any way influence my opinion on it. Time Bomb is the second book I'm reading from Joelle Charbonneau and I'm once again enamored by how talented she is. Her writing is so transcendent it's like the words come alive and she proves herself a master storyteller once more with Time Bomb. Time Bomb is about a group of High School students who get stuck in th...
  • Liesl
    This book is going to stay with me for a long time. It's the kind of story you want to discuss with as many people as possible and that you can't stop thinking about. A very sensitive and thought-provoking exploration of difficult themes, featuring relateable characters and a narrative it's difficult to put down.Things which particularly stood out for me:- The main cluster of characters. All of them represented different high-school tropes, but t...
  • Christina (Ensconced in Lit)
    I really enjoying Charbonneau's The Testing trilogy, so I had high hopes for this one. I'm not sure why but for some reason I found myself not interested or invested in the characters or the story, which literally was explosive. It has the elements to be great: bomb at a high school, high stakes, several people with different backgrounds and unsure who is responsible. I think partly it's because this is not my kind of read. I like more depth to m...
  • Lekeisha The Booknerd
    For such an explosive topic (literally), Time Bomb failed to keep me invested. For one, there are too many POVs. Yes, when there is subject matter such as this, needing to get the feel for each character's mindset is a must. This story had too many times to get the flow right, and failed. With all that's going on in this story, I could have really used some transparency. It was hard to love any one character, and to be honest, for such a story, I...
  • Christy
    The whodunit part of the story unfolding had me completely biting my nails. The fact that these teens had to rely on each other when they knew one of them was responsible for the bombing is intense!
  • AziaMinor
    I little predictable but still enjoyable and very human. It was very believable
  • Shelley
    *Source* NetGalley/Library*Genre* Young Adult, Thriller, Mystery*Rating* 3.0*Thoughts*Joelle's Charbonneau's Time Bomb is a standalone, young adult, thriller & suspense novel featuring a variety of characters, and a variety of narratives. It is 9 days until the start of the new school year. As a bomb goes off in the school, it is possible to say that every one of these characters could be the one responsible. For 7 teens, their lives are about to...
  • Lauren
    This book was one of my highly anticipated releases of March. Especially with whats currently going on with #MarchForOurLives, I was excited to see how the author tackles this subject. However, I found this book to be extremely predictable and too stereotypical to have really added anything to the current discussion. I felt that this book should have been much more complex than it was in so many ways than it was and it was just left lacking .My b...
  • Tabby
    [full review is up on my blog] Oh my word! This book is so gripping! Trust me when I say that you'll have a hard time putting it down! At first I thought the transition of focus between 5-6 characters would be hard to follow, but after all the kids are at the school you barely notice it. The story flows so well and you can't help but wonder what each of the students is planning when they go to school a week before it starts. I appreciate that the...
  • gem
    Imagine One of Us Is Lying meets The Breakfast Club and chuck in some bombs and this is what you get!The narrative is split between 6 characters, all defined and distinctive, and all with their own secrets and personal agendas. It was interesting to see how their revelations played out and his their relationships developed.Ive not read any of the authors work before but I enjoyed this so I certainly will in future, I especially liked how fast pac...
  • Paula Phillips
    It's the week before High school starts and the school should be empty but for six people, they needed to get to the school a week before for their own reasons. We have Z, who is now homeless after his mother just passed away. Diane, the congressman's daughter who is in the school to get Yearbook done and a head start on the upcoming year , Frankie - a football player who is getting prepared to prank the newcomers , Tad - an outcast and a guy in ...
  • Kayla
    This book was so dark but so good.The twist at the end was so mind blowing and fantastic.
  • Bianca Damaso
    I actually read this super duper fast which is most likely due to the writing itself. The author has a great style that is clear and flowing which is a reason that I love her work so much. That being said, this book did leave some things to be considered and left me with some unanswered questions at the end. The characters were troubled and relatable but unfortunately I kind of figured out the twist’ if you will, before it happened. Overall, I ...
  • Jennifer
    This book was an good read. just to many people to keep track of in the book. Nice on the ending. Here is my full review on blog, https://abellafairytale.wordpress.com...
  • Kate
    I was a little disappointed at the ending o my because I figured it out from the beginning. But I did really like the mix of kids and their impact on one another. Finishing this book during the horrible Florida school shooting that happened yesterday and hearing all the talking heads on CNN this morning made the book all the more surreal. I think this book could lead important discussions on how we judge people, how we ignore people and how we ca...
  • Jenni Frencham
    Six teens each go to their school before the start of the school year. Each of them has secrets and things they are ashamed of. Each is carrying a nondescript backpack or duffel bag, the contents of which are unknown. But when bombs start detonating in their school, they will have to work together to survive.The description makes this book sound like it is very compelling and intense, and I truly wish it were that way. Unfortunately, the characte...
  • Rimpy Toor
    Official Rating: 3.75I'd like to thank Raincoast Books for providing me with an Advance Reader Copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review. I'd like to start this off by saying that I finished this book in the span of (mostly) one day. I had the hardest time putting it down, and that's why I am so glad to have received and read this novel. This novel follows a topic that is so incredibly important in todays society - especially currently,...
  • Danielle
    This book definitely isn't realistic or the raw, gritty portrayal of a school bombing that I was expecting. So if you're looking for that kind of narrative, this isn't it. It's very much a YA spin on what would happen if six very different teens—basically The Breakfast Club—were to be stuck in a school when a bomb goes off, and whether they'll find their way out. In that way, there's also a Whodunnit aspect to it as you switch between each of...