There’s Someone Inside Your House
By Stephanie Perkins
Publication Date: September 26, 2017
So this book started off pretty well and I was excited after reading the opening chapter and then it was all downhill from there.
Makani is our main character and she’s got a BIG secret and she constantly reminds the reader that her secret is BIG. She’s also half black, half Hawaiian in a podunk town so she feels like an outsider and bands herself with a group of misfit outsiders-OMG where have read that before? I remember, everywhere.
Someone is brutally killing teens in this town of about 20,000 and there doesn’t seem to be enough concern. I live in a small town of about 29,000 and it is not podunk and if one teen is murdered, everyone knows and everyone worries. So this already has a strike one.
Strike two, this book has no character development and most of the novel is centered around Makani and her “bad boy” love interest. The love interest, sorry I forgot his name, is a suspect among the school because of rumors and of course Makani’s friends warn her but no, she must give him a chance because everyone makes mistakes. So the boyfriend is a red herring or is he? And that’s most of the tension in the story.
I DNFed about 25% in and read the chapters that revealed Makani’s BIG secret. I hope you are catching all the sarcasm I’m throwing at you. Then I read the final chapters to find out who the killer was-LAME!
The dialog is so elementary but there’s a lot of swears so this book is basically a fluffy book for older teens. I have never read a Perkins book but I can’t believe this is the same person who wrote Anna and the French Kiss which seems to be a favorite among readers. Perhaps I shouldn’t have read this book after reading The Speaker, Tarnished City, and Godsgrave but I needed something light. I shouldn’t have bothered.
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