Premeditated

Premeditated

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by Josin L. McQuein
     
 

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Reminiscent of Shine by Lauren Myracle and Jay Asher's Thirteen Reasons Why, you'll race through this YA novel as seventeen-year-old Dinah pieces together the mystery that surrounds the near death of her fourteen-year-old cousin Claire.

While Claire is holding on her for her life in the hospital, Dinah goes in search of the boy Claire writes about in

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Reminiscent of Shine by Lauren Myracle and Jay Asher's Thirteen Reasons Why, you'll race through this YA novel as seventeen-year-old Dinah pieces together the mystery that surrounds the near death of her fourteen-year-old cousin Claire.

While Claire is holding on her for her life in the hospital, Dinah goes in search of the boy Claire writes about in her journal. The boy who forced her to do something she didn't want to do. The boy who caused her such humiliation that the thought of having to live one more day was just too much. 

Dinah is on a mission for revenge, but as things start to unfold, her plan isn't as simple as it seemed.


"McQuein's talent shines in this compelling character study."—Kirkus

"All in all, a very satisfying read and I would highly recommend it."—Exmainer.com 

"This book will likely appeal to young teen readers who enjoy action-oriented mysteries. . . There is plenty of room for a facilitator-led discussion regarding choices made by the characters throughout the story, as it addresses heavy topics that some readers could use help processing."—VOYA

"McQuein's subplots give the story added substance, and Dinah's broken relationship with her mother underpins much of the novel's psychological dimension and offers moments of powerful storytelling."—Publisher's Weekly 

 

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
10/14/2013
McQuein (Arclight) relies on some formulaic twists in an otherwise solid revenge novel. When goth girl Dinah's 14-year-old cousin, Claire ends up in a coma after a suicide attempt, Dinah discovers her diary, learns what led to her decision, and decides to seek revenge. Within days, she has revamped her image, bleached out her black hair dye, and removed piercings in order to present herself as the sort of girl who might attend the elite private school where Claire was a student. With help from her rich uncle, Dinah enrolls, planning to destroy the life of Brooks Walden, the boy who drove her cousin to try to kill herself. McQuein doles out the backstory slowly via flashbacks and glimpses of Claire's diary, which lead to revelations that are gratifying yet not unexpected; Dinah's unbending vendetta against Brooks ("Claire met Brooks; he was evil—the end") suggests early on that her convictions will be upended. Still, McQuein's subplots give the story added substance, and Dinah's broken relationship with her mother underpins much of the novel's psychological dimension and offers moments of powerful storytelling. Ages 14–up. (Oct.)
VOYA - Kelli Czarnecki
Dinah is on a mission at Eleanor Lowry School, which has a definite "academy" vibe, with blazers for uniforms and an imposing, fortress-like building. She has enrolled for the sole purpose of enacting revenge on Brooks Walden, the boy she holds responsible for landing her cousin Claire in the hospital from attempting suicide. Dinah is pretty quick at finding out who hangs out with Brooks, including Chandi and Dex, who eagerly befriends the new girl. She also gets to know "Abigail-not-Abby," who shows her around on the first day and turns out not to be as unlikable and aloof as she initially seems. The reader is updated on Claire's progress in the hospital while alternating with Dinah's quest to build her case against Brooks, the name that Claire mentioned in her diary as the boy who should be held legally responsible for his actions toward her. This book will likely appeal to young teen readers who enjoy action-oriented mysteries. Savvy readers will likely figure out the ending (although there is more than one twist) before finishing the book. While this is not a must-have for every library, those looking to supplement their collection with a fast-paced read involving real-life issues many teens unfortunately face, such as violence and suicide, will likely want to purchase this. There is plenty of room for a facilitator-led discussion regarding choices made by the characters throughout the story, as it addresses heavy topics that some readers could use help processing. Reviewer: Kelli Czarnecki
Children's Literature - Patricia K. Landy
When D (Dinah) discovers her cousin has attempted suicide and now lies in a coma, she leaves Oregon and moves in with her aunt and uncle. D vows revenge—the type of premeditated revenge that will make the culprit twist, turn, and wish for his own death. D’s finds Claire’s diary and some hidden computer disks. After reviewing the evidence, D knows exactly who her target is: Brooks Walden. D dyes her hair blonde, removes her piercings, and enrolls in her cousin’s expensive, private school—Lowry. D and her friends frame Brooks on shop-lifting charges, plant alcohol and drugs in his car, hack into his computer, and have him arrested for the rape of a minor. Slowly, she strips him of his hopes and dreams, yet she is torn apart inside. Is she doing the right thing? However, when Claire dies, so do any doubts or misgivings D has. Her friend Dex has been her support from day one at Lowry. He is a “scholarship” case who does not really belong at Lowry, so she finds herself confiding in him. However, when D finds herself trapped in the same situation as Claire, she kicks Dex in the groin and runs for safety. Brooks rescues her. Something is not quite right. After the funeral, D rips through Claire’s bedroom until she finds another disk: the missing piece of the puzzle. McQuein does an excellent job of portraying the range of teenage emotion and developing a complex plot of revenge. The ending is fast-paced. The editing is weak, but the action is so fast and compelling, the reader is not distracted. McQuein message is unforgettable. Reviewer: Patricia K. Landy; Ages 14 up.
Kirkus Reviews
2013-09-15
A character-rich thriller keeps the pages turning until the very end. Dinah is bereft when her cousin Claire, the Cuckoo to her Dodo, attempts suicide and ends up in a coma--especially when Dinah finds out that Claire did it because she lost her virginity to the boy with whom she had a summer romance. Now Dinah is out for revenge on the boy, Brooks Walden, all-around golden boy and seemingly nice guy. To put her plan into action, Dinah takes Claire's spot at the Lowry School, a venerable prep school where Claire was supposed to begin her freshman year. It means bleaching her dark hair and taking out her piercings, but Dinah would do anything for her Cuckoo. Helped by Jackson "Dex" Dexter, a scholarship student at Lowry, and her friends Tabs and Brucey, Dinah starts turning the screws on Brooks. But the more she gets to know him, the more she doubts whether she's doing the right thing. Will Dinah stop herself before it's too late and she makes a horrible mistake? Dinah is a totally engaging protagonist: flawed, honest and real. The secondary characters are similarly well-drawn, although Brooks' poor-little-rich-boy drama is a trifle underdeveloped. Although the critical plot twist is somewhat telegraphed, McQuein's talent shines in this compelling character study. (Thriller. 14 & up)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780375991059
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
10/08/2013
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

JOSIN MCQUEIN was born and raised in Texas, where she used novel writing as a way to escape when she needed a break from caring for ailing relatives. Now she and her three crazy dogs live in a town so small the buffalo outnumber the people, and things like subways or consistent Internet access are fictional creations of the faraway fantasy-land known as civilization.

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