The Outliers

The Outliers

by Kimberly McCreight


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From the New York Times bestselling author of Reconstructing Amelia comes a fast-paced teen series where one girl learns that in a world of intrigue, betrayal, and deeply buried secrets, it is vital to trust your instincts.

It all starts with a text: Please, Wylie, I need your help. Wylie hasn’t heard from Cassie in over a week, not since their last fight. But that doesn’t matter. Cassie’s in trouble, so Wylie decides to do what she has done so many times before: save her best friend from herself.

This time it’s different, though. Instead of telling Wylie where she is, Cassie sends cryptic clues. And instead of having Wylie come by herself, Jasper shows up saying Cassie sent him to help. Trusting the guy who sent Cassie off the rails doesn’t feel right, but Wylie has no choice but to ignore her gut instinct and go with him.

But figuring out where Cassie is goes from difficult to dangerous, fast. As Wylie and Jasper head farther and farther north into the dense woods of Maine, Wylie struggles to control her growing sense that something is really wrong. What isn’t Cassie telling them? And could finding her be only the beginning?

In this breakneck tale, New York Times bestselling author Kimberly McCreight brilliantly chronicles a fateful journey that begins with a single decision—and ends up changing everything. 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062359100
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 04/04/2017
Series: Outliers Series , #1
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 383,780
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.30(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Kimberly McCreight is the author of the New York Times bestseller Reconstructing Amelia, which was nominated for the Edgar, Anthony, and Alex Awards, and the USA Today bestseller Where They Found Her. She attended Vassar College and graduated cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two daughters. Visit her online at

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The Outliers 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great suspense
TheThoughtSpot More than 1 year ago
The Outliers by Kimberly McCreight is an intense mystery that doesn't completely unravel. Wylie has lost her mother in an accident and she can't seem to overcome her loss. On top of this stress, her best friend Cassie is missing. Cassie's boyfriend, Jasper, comes to Wylie's house and shows her the texts he's received from Cassie begging him to help her. Wylie and Jasper go on a treasure hunt of sorts looking for Cassie as they receive small clues a little at a time. They finally reach Cassie and the three of them find themselves in a situation comparable to a horror movie setting. Every time I thought I had the mystery figured out, something would change proving me wrong. The suspense and underlying mystery kept me reading to the end where, once again everything changed. I'm anxious to read the sequel, The Scattering. I give The Outliers 4 stars for a story that dropped the floor out from under me!
lrhubble More than 1 year ago
Fantastic Contemporary Young Adult It has been over a week since Wylie last heard from Cassie. Since their last fight. Wylie does what she always does when Cassie is in trouble and that is save Cassie from herself. It is different this time though. Cassie keeps sending cryptic clues instead of just telling Wylie where she is at. Cassie also doesn’t have Wylie come by herself like she usually does. Cassie sends Jasper to help Wylie. Wylie doesn’t feel right about trusting the guy that sent Cassie off the rails to begin with. Since Wylie doesn’t have any other choice she needs to ignore her gut instinct and go with Jasper. It goes from difficult to dangerous fast when they try to figure out where Cassie is. Wylie struggles to control her growing sense that something is very wrong as she and Jasper head farther and farther north into the dense woods of Maine. Cassie isn’t telling them something and now they are wondering if finding her will only be the beginning. This is a fantastic suspense story that will take readers on a roller coaster ride. Once the action starts it doesn’t stop until the very end. It will also have readers wanting to know what happens next. With each clue that is revealed the story takes another turn that will have readers wondering just where this is going to end up going. Wylie makes for an intriguing character that makes for an engrossing read.
LarkPaula More than 1 year ago
I am generally a sci fi and fantasy reader, but once in a while it’s nice to take a break from that with a fun what-is-going-on-here thriller. The Outliers is a perfect choice for non-stop action and just a hint of sci fi. I confess that, at one point, I didn’t think I was going to like this book. The main character, Wylie, suffers from crippling anxiety at the beginning of the book, and it’s developed into agoraphobia. A few pages into the book, she’s willing to not only leave her home, but she leaves with a boy she doesn’t trust or know very well, and her destination is unknown. Knowing enough about agoraphobia to know that that behavior is inconsistent with the condition, I was irritated. I pushed on, however, and am glad to report that this is eventually resolved and explained- as are a couple of other little quirks. I am honestly impressed with how well the author keeps track of all of the lies she tells the reader in this book. Misdirection is the name of the game, and McCreight admirably ties up all of the loose ends. All except that last one, which feels very much like a season finale cliffhanger of one of my favorite television series. Speaking of. . . this really would be a great premise for a television show. Someone should take note. Because much of the plot is based on deception, it’s really difficult to write much about the plot without giving away spoilers. At one point you will feel like this is a book about a girl battling a mental illness. At another you will feel like it’s a cautionary tale about teens gone wild. It also sometimes-might be a plot-driven tale of a kidnapping. It’s all of these things, and more. It’s also obviously just the tip of the iceberg. The last two pages will have you tearing your hair out, dying for a sequel- because at the conclusion of this volume, it’s only just begun to get to the good part. A lot of discovery work has been done, and it seems that the real adventure is about to begin. There may be a point at which you feel that the book is dragging, and you’re ready to put it down. Don’t. Just don’t, because if you do, you will miss one of the best final sequences I’ve read this year.
MariahEllis More than 1 year ago
I'm really not entirely sure what I just read. Going into this book, I thought I knew what it was going to be about, and it started out that way, but then it took this weird direction that didn't really make a whole lot of sense. Things weren't explained well at all, and I'm wondering if the author even completely knew what was going on. Did McCreight know what she wanted this book to be? Or did she have a bunch of ideas and she tried to fit them all into one book? I never felt very connected to the characters, and I couldn't understand the motivations behind their actions. Things also seemed to wrap up a little too perfectly. It was like the author didn't know what else to do, so yay, let's all meet up back and home and wait for something else crazy to happen. Overall, I am definitely incredibly disappointed. I loved Reconstructing Amelia so much that the YA fanatic in me was head over heels looking forward to this. I would probably advise readers to stay away from it. Just don't even waste your time. But, if you are still curious and want to give it a try, there are honestly worse books that you could pick up.
MAP1 More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. It is a fast-paced story with innumerable plot twists and turns. I was blindsided by many of these, and simply found myself asking "Just what is going on here?" Once started, it is a book which is impossible to put down. Already looking forward to the follow-up!
ruthsic More than 1 year ago
The Outliers starts off with a thriller chase plot, then turns into a conspiracy - all of which was coupled with great visual scenes and an overall aura of urgency. Wylie, an agoraphobic, sets out to search for her best friend when she receives a distressing message, along with said best friend's boyfriend, whom she doesn't entirely like. Over the course of the chase, which starts from slight worry over a bender to the fear of kidnapping, the pair have to go under the radar. Then they are caught in a web, which doesn't become apparent immediately; well, Wylie is the one anxious and paranoid enough to notice things, which keeps them out of danger for most of the time. The second half is mostly unraveling of the trap they are in, part of which relates to flashbacks that are interspersed throughout the texts. I did pick up some clues, but otherwise, this was a hard one to crack. I loved how the author kept the sense of danger alive - it was very visual, this novel; I could imagine the scenes playing out in my head. The creepiness, the chase, the dread and the suspicion - they all play out well. The climax was a bit unexpected, and it felt a little out of place with the plot and with Wylie as a character, like it was trying too hard to explain away some things. But the ending - well, that was a good cliffhanger; I want that second book already!