Do you guys have any bookish themes that will get the book in your cart/on your ereader, instantly? For me one of those themes is academia! I love books set in high schools and colleges and such. How We Fall Apart is no exception. This book does contain some potentially triggering topics such as, but not limited to: racism, classism, inappropriate student-teacher relationships, arson, bullying, and others. Please practice care, beloved.
So for this book, I’m going to do a little review & rec-a-reads! Some of the books I’ll recommend will be out by the time this post is up, and some won’t.
Also, for those of you who were wondering, my new song obsession is “Heather” by Conan Gray. You can hear it here! I’d like to thank my friend and fellow Larry stan Haadiya for putting me on his music!
While I know that that this book was written by an Asian woman and focuses the struggles of her MC, an Asian teen, a lot of this book resonated with me. While my parents didn’t push us to only be the best, they did push us to be our best. My heart ached for Nancy when her dad gave her a hard time over missing one question on her math homework. Like dang bro. 9/10 is still a great grade, and she’s only human.
It took me a while to reconcile that Nancy is both a victim and an aggressor at the same time. Jamie is cruel and hurtful and unyielding, often coercing her friends to do things they may not have wanted to do under threat of revealing a secret that she knew.
In the end, Nancy comes to realize that while secrets can bring friends together, they can also be more trouble than they’re worth.
Now for the part we’ve all been waiting for…some recommendations!
Ace of Spades by Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé This book stars Devon and Chiamaka, the only two Black kids at the prestigious Nevus Academy who start to receive text messages from the mysterious Aces. What does Aces want, and how will Chiamaka & Devon stop them?
Purchase your own copy of this thriller with LGBTQ+ rep using my Bookshop Affiliate link, or visit your favorite retailers!
People Like Us by Dana Mele
This book takes place at a boarding school where Kay Donovan has worked hard to cultivate her persona and reputation, leaving her past behind. Until a girl is found dead in the lake near her school, and although dead men tell no tales, this dead girl is telling everyone everything if Kay can’t clear her name in time.
Grab a copy of this LGBTQ+ friendly boarding school based thriller here, or where you get books!
I Killed Zoë Spanos by Kit Frick
Nothing is worse than forgetting something…especially if that something is the information needed to absolve you of a murder that you’re pretty sure you didn’t commit, but there’s too much evidence saying you did…
This book is set over the course of a summer trip for Anna, an au pair. Grab a copy from Bookshop here or visit your favorite book seller! I have also previously reviewed this book on the blog! Check here for my thoughts!
The Obsession by Jesse Q. Sutanto
“Your mom’s boyfriend is the worst…abusive and a total tool. I don’t like that. But I like you, Delilah, and I’ll do anything, anything, to prove that to you. Even if that means inserting myself in your life. Because I have to keep you safe, and I have to have you. I have to.”
– Logan, probably.
To figure out what sort of strange things happen when your boyfriend has some slight stalker tendencies, order a copy here from Bookshop, or hit up your bookstore(s).
I am well aware that this is not a complete list of thrillers/mysteries that take place at schools, so drop me a couple recs below!