The Suburban Strange

Author: Nathan Kotecki 
Pages: 368 
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin 
Format: Hardcover (ARC) 
My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Summary (from Goodreads): Shy Celia Balaustine is new to Suburban High, but a mysterious group of sophomores called the Rosary has befriended her. Friends aside, Celia soon discovers something is not quite right at Suburban. Girls at the school begin having near-fatal accidents on the eve of their sixteenth birthdays. Who is causing the accidents, and why? As Celia’s own birthday approaches, she is inexorably drawn into an underground conflict between good and evil—the Kind and the Unkind—that bubbles beneath Suburban High.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this novel from the publisher in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. 

My Summary: Celia is just your average quirky art student... until she's forced to transfer schools and finds herself at Suburban High. Within a few days she starts to notice things are a little out of the ordinary in her new school... 

As she is accepted into the mysterious group known as the Rosary, Celia begins to realize that girls have been disappearing... and her new friends may have something to do with it. 

My Thoughts: The premise of this novel drew me in immediately - who doesn't love a story about creepy cults and teenagers disappearing? It was entertaining and extremely realistic when it came to describing the elements of the everyday life of a high school student. Although at time I did wish Celia would stand up to her new friends, she made a good character overall. And even though it wasn't one of my favourite reads, it was definitely worth checking out.   

My favourite part was probably the playlist. I was listening to a few of the songs while reading, and it really added that extra layer to the story.

Final Thoughts: The Suburban Strange will appeal to readers who enjoy paranormal YA as well as series like Gossip Girl and Pretty Little Liars. 

1 comment:

  1. Mhm...sounds interesting...I love both, PLL and Gossip Girl, so I might check out this book, too!


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