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, Contemporary, Suspense, Thriller, Mystery, High School, Fiction, Mystery 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
  • Jen Ryland
    Not terribly impressed with this. I've read similar books (I'm mainly thinking of This Is Where It Ends - you can read my review of that here and I think this book had many of the same issues - difficulty balancing character development with a suspense plot and a strange, info-dumpy ending that left me completely confused and unsatisfied.1. You're thrown right into the action with these 6 characters and the book needs to get you to quickly relat...
  • Dylan
    If you would like to read my review, please visit: https://dylanthereader.com/2018/01/27...
  • alice (arctic books)
    Full review to come!
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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,...
  • Lulai
    I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.I have always enjoyed Joelle Charbonneau's novels and was curious to read her new one even more when I read the synopsis.The concept of this novel is simple, several bombs have explode in a high school, 6 survivors try to get out of it, the only problem is one of them is the bomber. What I found interesting in this novel is the diversity of the cast. Indeed, our 6 characters have very di...
  • Kat
    Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for allowing my an E-ARC copy of the novel Time Bomb.The subject matter of this novel was very serious to me. I wasn't sure how I would feel about reading this novel. Joelle Charbonneau has a great writing style so I knew that would not be a problem. It was how I would feel about this subject matter. Time Bomb for me was a glimpse into our world as it is right now. Young people carrying heavy burdens this ...
  • 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...
  • Danielle
    I read One of Us is Lying last year and really enjoyed it and this book gave me the same vibes as that book, so I had high hopes for Time Bomb. The majority of the book takes place in one day as several students from different walks of life are stuck in school as bombs go off. You see how they try and survive even as one of them is the bomber. Overall, I thought that the book was okay. I was not as into the book as I hoped I would be. I don't kno...
  • Shuya L.
    Time Bomb: another thriller that takes you to the edge of your seat. I liked this book very much because it's also kind of like a mystery book. It's a fast-paced thriller, sure. But it also has the aspect of where someone committed the crime of bombing the school. I personally did not like the ending, which made me give the four-star rating. The reason why is because everyone had split apart, Z moved to California, while Frankie transferred. Anyh...
  • 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...
  • Tony
    Thanks to Net Galley for the ARC. I really enjoyed Ms. Charbonneau's Testing series, but I did not care for Need in the same way I did not care fore this. It was a bit rushed and a bit full of tropes. I kind of feel like the idea behind this was to remake the Breakfast Club, but instead of bonding over detention and life, they bond over a bombing. It was all pretty thin. I see why people liked it, but I simply did not. I have Dividing Eden and I ...
  • Sylvia (Serial Bibliophile)
    4.5 stars! Wow, this book was SO GOOD! I need some time to write a coherent review because I just want to say “READ THIS READ THIS READ THISSS!!!”It’s definitely the perfect mix of “This is Where it Ends” and “One of Us is Lying”.The author NAILED the multiple POVs. It’s so hard to pull this off but this was done so good. SO SO SOOO GOOD!!
  • Bridget
    Look at all those 5 star reviews and I'm giving it a 3.5. I found it hard to get into at first, it felt a little bit messy at the beginning, however once the story gets going it really rocks along. You've got a lot of characters being set up at the start which you need, but there are so many people I just got a little bit lost. Then once they are all at school on a Saturday for their various reasons you realise they are in terrific danger and the...
  • Elise
    3.5 stars. This is sort of like the Breakfast Club for a new generation, except instead of being trapped in detention, these teens are trapped by a bomb.This is a fast read that's hard to put down. At first I was disappointed in the identity of the bomber because it wasn't really all that surprising, but then I realized a shocking twist wasn't the point. Charbonneau set up every character to have their own motive, so everyone is already a suspect...
  • Brandee
    A fast-paced read with engaging characters. I found myself trying to steal a few more moments to read because I did not want to put it down. Unlike anything else that Joelle has written. I love that she constantly surprises me with her storytelling.
  • Vani
    Time bomb was one I felt could really go either way! I was nervous about a few things but overall, I like this one!I was intrigued by the premise immediately. I am very sensitive to guns/the way America handles (doesn't handle) guns/the way schools handle (or don't handle) safety. Given these issues, I was worried about how well I would handle this. But I feel this is done really well.I am a mother, with a 5th grader in America and deal with thes...
  • Kathy Cunningham
    Joelle Charbonneau’s TIME BOMB is a YA thriller about a tragic bombing in a high school. The story is told in pretty much the same way as a typical disaster movie – we’re introduced to six central characters, most of whom don’t know each other at all. And when they’re all trapped together in the pressure cooker of a terrifying event we get to learn more about them, just as they learn about each other. We know from the first page that bo...
  • Megan Manzano
    I was sent a galley from from HMH Books for Young Readers in exchange for an honest review.It is important for readers to know that this book contains mentions of: terrorism, Islamophobia, death, cancer, suicide along with suicide ideation, and blood.This book has been circulating around my twitter for quite some time and I was immediately drawn in by the promise of a multi-faceted, thrilling young adult novel. After having devoured this in a day...
  • Luca
    Six teens, each with their own struggles are forever connected after the events of a single day. It is not long before their school year will start again, yet they all have a purpose to find themselves at school on the day that will change the course of their lives forever when their school is the target of a bomber. Even more so when it turns out that the bomber is one of them. You have Diana, the perfect popular girl with a father who is a Cong...
  • Katie
    After hearing about recent tragedies, I was a bit hesitant to pick up this book, but I am very glad I did. The plot revolves around a group of high school students who all, for various reasons, are at their school before the beginning of the school year. While there, there is an explosion that destroys parts of the school. The students find out that there is actually a series of bombs that continue to go off as they race to try to get out of the ...
  • Karen Barber
    A story about trying to find your place, and working out just how far you'll go to make people accept you for who you are.This is a tense read, which will thrill and captivate readers. With a cast of six key characters there is someone you are likely to identify with.Charbonneau starts by introducing our cast. We get to see them all before the action starts: Diana (the senator's daughter/perfect student); new girl, Cas (about to start a new schoo...
  • Shannon Baer
    Joelle Charbonneau weaves a tale that keeps you guessing with her latest book, Time Bomb. The story is told through the changing perspectives of six characters as they fight to survive in a school where someone has planted bombs meant to destroy the institution. They are shocked to find out that the bomber is not only still in the building but is, in fact, one of them. They are all holding on to secrets that make them question themselves and rev...
  • Teri
    More than anything, this book challenges the reader to avoid stereotypes and assumptions about the situations of others.  It's timely, thought-provoking, and will stay with you long after finishing.At first glance, this group of high school teens appear to be a Breakfast Club assortment.  Or are they?  As the story progresses, it's revealed each is dealing with their own issues to include racism, homosexuality, religious discrimination, bullyi...