They Wish They Were Us
Books | Young Adult Fiction / Thrillers & Suspense / General
TV ADAPTATION "THE PLAYERS' TABLE" STARRING HALSEY AND EUPHORIA'S SYDNEY SWEENEY COMING TO HBO MAX“A pristine infusion of Gossip Girl and Netflix's Elite, this prep-school thriller has it all: plaid skirts, secret societies, and a gripping murder mystery, but paired with an adept critique of the powers and privileges that goeth before the fall.” – ElleIn Gold Coast, Long Island, everything from the expensive downtown shops to the manicured beaches, to the pressed uniforms of Jill Newman and her friends, looks perfect. But as Jill found out three years ago, nothing is as it seems. Freshman year Jill's best friend, the brilliant, dazzling Shaila Arnold, was killed by her boyfriend. After that dark night on the beach, Graham confessed, the case was closed, and Jill tried to move on. Now, it's Jill's senior year and she's determined to make it her best yet. After all, she's a senior and a Player--a member of Gold Coast Prep's exclusive, not-so-secret secret society. Senior Players have the best parties, highest grades and the admiration of the entire school. This is going to be Jill's year. She's sure of it. But when Jill starts getting texts proclaiming Graham's innocence, her dreams of the perfect senior year start to crumble. If Graham didn't kill Shaila, who did? Jill vows to find out, but digging deeper could mean putting her friendships, and her future, in jeopardy.
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"This was a hybrid between Mean Girls and Clue. Eight people in each class are picked to be players. The nominees have to accomplish a list of brutal tasks set up by the seniors to become a Player. If you become a Player most of your academic dreams are assured. The protagonists best friend was killed freshman year during the final initiation. The wrong person was jailed. Reasonably compelling book."
"I found it to be pretty boring and slow throughout the book, kind of had to force myself to finish it. If you have good detective skills you’ll probably guess the suspect before they’re revealed. "