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Wish You Were Dead

Wish You Were Dead

4.4 40
by Todd Strasser

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I’ll begin with Lucy. She is definitely first on the list. You can’t believe how it feels to be in the cafeteria and turn around and there she is staring at me like I’m some disgusting bug or vermin. Does she really think I WANT to be this way? I hate you, Lucy. I really hate you. You are my #1 pick. I wish you were


I’ll begin with Lucy. She is definitely first on the list. You can’t believe how it feels to be in the cafeteria and turn around and there she is staring at me like I’m some disgusting bug or vermin. Does she really think I WANT to be this way? I hate you, Lucy. I really hate you. You are my #1 pick. I wish you were dead.

The day after anonymous blogger Str-S-d wishes the popular girl would die, Lucy vanishes. The students of Soundview High are scared and worried. Especially frightened and wracked with guilt is Madison Archer, Lucy’s friend and the last person to see her the night she disappeared.
As days pass with no sign of the missing girl, even the attention of Tyler, an attractive new student, is not enough to distract Madison from her growing sense of foreboding. When two more popular students disappear after their names are mentioned on Str-S-d’s blog, the residents of Soundview panic.
Meanwhile, Madison receives anonymous notes warning that she could be next. Desperate to solve the mystery before anyone else disappears, Madison turns to Tyler, but can she trust him when it becomes clear that he knows more than he’s sharing?
The clock is ticking. Madison must uncover the truth behind the mysterious disappearances . . . before her name appears in Str-S-d’s blog.

In the spirit of stories like I Know What You Did Last Summer, Todd Strasser updates the teen thriller for the techno age with Wish You Were Dead, the first installment in a new “thrill”-ogy.

Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Susan Allen
This book is a natural choice for readers who love stories that cause them to look over their shoulders and watch the shadows, fearing the unknown. Strasser offers a tightly written, authentic tale about a very popular high school clique that is being stalked and abducted one-by-one. The story is told by intertwining at least three narrators: a teen blogging about the kids she hates; a first-person narrative by Madison, a member of the popular clique; and strange monologues from a possible psychopathic kidnapper. Each narrator is given a unique font, which helps the reader manage the multiple narration changes. When the anonymous blogger blogs about one of the bullying popular kids, that person disappears. Two of the missing teens call Safe Rides, a school run service to make sure kids get home safely, right before they mysteriously disappear. Madison is in the thick of the situation. She knows that the mysterious new student, Tyler, knows something, but can she find out what before it is too late? Will her attraction to him interfere with her search for her friends? The themes of bullying, tolerance, and friendship are issues to which readers can relate, as well as the inclusion of the IMing, blogging, texting, and social networking. This thriller will be popular and passed from one reader to another. Reviewer: Susan Allen
School Library Journal
Gr 9–11—When a high school student announces on her blog that she hates Lucy Cunningham and wishes her dead, no one takes her seriously—until a few days later, when Lucy disappears. Madison Archer is particularly shaken by the disappearance, as she was the one who drove the missing girl home and was the last to see her that night. In addition to her guilt over not seeing Lucy safely to her door, Madison is also trying to uncover the identities of a cyber stalker who sends her Facebook messages lecturing her about her cliquishness and an anonymous "friend" who leaves her hastily scribbled warnings and pleas for help. When the blogger posts another name, a second student goes missing. And then a third. Madison needs to find her missing friends before it's too late—for them and for herself. The action proceeds at a smooth pace and hits all the right notes of a teen thriller: revenge-seeking outcasts, betrayal, mysterious strangers, and some violence and torture (though it is not graphically depicted). Characters are distinct; readers will be able to tell even the background characters apart. The gimmick of incorporating blogging, chat, and Facebook is not as central to the story as the opening pages would imply, but the social-networking technologies are blended seamlessly into the narrative. Strasser's writing is more practical than poetic, but his gripping plot will keep readers turning pages late into the night.—Brandy Danner, Wilmington Memorial Library, MA
Kirkus Reviews
Carefully plotted, this suspenseful novel blends the traditional with new tech details to successful end. Popular but kind Madison is the protagonist of what can be described as an almost archetypal teen thriller about a high-school clique being stalked (and, one by one, abducted) by an unknown villain. Interspersed throughout Madison's first-person narrative are blog postings by a bullied student at their school; each time she posts about a slight by one of her peers, that person mysteriously goes missing. Also peppered throughout are deliciously evil monologues from the perspective of the kidnapper that are both titillating and chilling. In keeping with the tradition of horror thrillers, readers will shake their heads at the implausibility of some of the characters' actions (for example, what mother would leave her daughter to go to an all-day meeting just after not one but three of her closest friends have been abducted?). However, realism is not the point here, and an impressive number of red herrings will keep readers guessing right up to the satisfying conclusion. (Thriller. 13 & up)

Product Details

Lerner Publishing Group
Publication date:
The Thrillogy Series
Product dimensions:
5.76(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.88(d)
HL650L (what's this?)
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years


Meet the Author

Todd Strasser, author of Give a Boy a Gun, Boot Camp, If I Grow Up, and the Help, I’m Trapped . . . series, has written wildly popular middle-grade and teen books of all genres. When he’s not speaking at schools and conferences, he makes his home in a suburb of New York City. Todd is active in a number of sports but enjoys surfing most of all. Visit him online at www.toddstrasser.com.

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Wish You Were Dead 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 38 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i loved this book i read and my friends would come up behind me and scare me and i would scream and at the real intense chapters my heart was beating as if i was madison i read this book in 1 and a half days because i could'nt put it down another good book by todd strasser
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When i read blood on my hands, kill you last,fallout,wish you where dead, and boot camp i couldnt stop reading all of his book. I like the way he explain things and how he wrights his books. His books became my favorite!
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Cool but kinda boring at surtain parts of the book
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ButterfliesAndBowties More than 1 year ago
I loved this book, and I couldn't put it down. I cannot wait to get the next book, Blood On My Hands.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is so a ten! So suspensful! Couldnt put it down, and Im a very avid reader... :-)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is definetly a ten i read it so fast its a real page turner
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This is not the best, but average-level good thriller.
Shopaholic72 More than 1 year ago
This is a very very thrilling book. You just have to get past the beginning like you have to do with Most books. Once you get past the beginning you just keep turning the pages until your finished. It is a fantastic book and I highly recommend it.
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Ranousha More than 1 year ago
The cover: One of two reasons for me deciding to give this book a try was the cover. It looks creepy and indeed the story is too. One of my favorite covers although it's simple :). The storyline: This is where the mystery lies. At first, I had no idea what was going on or who the narrator was. After, almost 50% thru the book, I started getting my grip on the story and the characters and from then, I fell in love with this book. Just so you know, this book is only suitable for 18+ readers because it contains murder, drinking mentioned, gruesome images and it's so scary, and I mean so scary! Now back to the book. This read is definitely one of my favorites. I can't tell you how the story progresses or who the narrator is or the blogger is because I'll be spoiling this review, so I'll just do a bullet list :). What I loved: The characters were so unusual. They were cruel, rude and mysterious all the time. The story developed from being boring to completely exiting and breath taking. I loved the horror and the gruesome aspect of this story, it kept me on the edge and expecting the worse to happen, guess what? It exceeded my expectations!! *_* The story itself was interesting in so many ways and it was realistic (maybe?!). Tyler and Madison no questions asked! What I hated (mostly disliked only): The beginning of the story was awkward. When I started reading it at first, I felt lost, there's no introduction to what's going on and you find yourself directly in the middle of the story! The characters: Str-S-d: The poor girl had no bad intentions, but things end up badly for those she wrote about on her blog. With that being said, she's a very nice and shy girl :). Madison: The nicest popular girl in the school. Everybody loves her and think she's cool. When her best friends start disappearing and two of them die, we find how smart and courageous she is. Tyler: He's one new mysterious guy. Madison totally likes him, but is he trustworthy? You'll find out when you read the book ;). Favorite quotes: There are hardly any quotable passages in this book, it's full of dialogues that would spoil the story or give a hint on who is who. "No--I mean, yes. It's just that some of us, the harder we try, the less cool we are. The problem is, if we don't try, we're not cool, either. In fact, no matter what we do, we're not cool." --- Chapter 15. "But we all stereotype, don't we?" Mr. Osmond asked. "How many of you have been in an airport and saw someone who looked Middle Eastern and felt nervous that this person might be a terrorist? Or walked down a block at night and saw a black man approaching? Or saw some guy come to school wearing a long black trench coat?" --- Chapter 18. "So? Better this than just wait here to die. There's no way she's just going to leave us behind." "How do you know?" "Because they're called serial killers, not serial leave-victims-behind-to-help-testify-against-them. Keep an eye on the door." --- Chapter 21. Conclusion: This is one of my favorite Horror/Thriller/Mystery books ever. I plan on reading more like this book in the future. If you're into serial killers' stories, horror books or just thrillers, you'll love this. One more advice, don't read it at night or you'll end up checking the doors and windows every 5 minutes ;).
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Keroppi227 More than 1 year ago
Im almost finished reading this book, I only got a few ore chapters
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watermelon456 More than 1 year ago
i love this book if you like mystary stories this book is for you this story really moved me i would read outher books by this author because this 1 of my fav. things to read about. if you dont read this book you are missing the best "sit in bed at night" scary book ever!!!!
Kayla Gayson More than 1 year ago
this book has you on your toes the whole time. i read this in a day, it was sooo good. i couldnt put it down. you think you have it solved, but the ending throws you a curve ball. if you enjoy mystery, a little thrill, and a slight romance, you will love this book.
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