What Happened to Cass McBride?

What Happened to Cass McBride?

by Gail Giles


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ISBN-13: 9780316166393
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication date: 05/01/2007
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 339,294
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 15 - 18 Years

About the Author

Gail Giles is the acclaimed author of several psychological drama/suspense novels for teens, including Shattering Glass, Dead Girls Don't Write Letters, and Playing in Traffic (Roaring Brook hardcover, Simon Pulse paperback). Shattering Glass was an ALA Best of the Best Book (one of the best 100 books for young readers of the decade), an ALA Best Book for Young Adults, an ALA Quick Pick for Young Readers, a Booklist Top Ten Mystery for Youth, and received starred reviews in Booklist and Kirkus.

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What Happened to Cass McBride? 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 124 reviews.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Holy Cow! That was, literally, what I said to myself after turning the last page of Gail Giles's newest release, WHAT HAPPENED TO CASS MCBRIDE? Although I've read many of the author's books in the past, I have to say that I think this one, even more than SHATTERING GLASS or PLAYING IN TRAFFIC, is my new favorite.

The plot is pretty straight-forward; is, in fact, told pretty matter-of-factly on the inside cover. Something bad has happened to pretty, popular Cass McBride. Something that involves Kyle Kirby, and his younger brother, David, who just happens to be dead. That much you'll get right away. What you won't get, until you start reading the book, is that this is a psychological thriller that will have you flipping pages like a madman (or woman).

It's actually hard to tell readers about the storyline of this book without giving too much away. Let's just say that David Kirby has committed suicide, Cass feels slightly responsible, and Kyle is sure Cass is to blame. What happens because of those three circumstances is something unexpected, something that, due to the author's vivid writing and imagination, will leave you breathless.

WHAT HAPPENED TO CASS MCBRIDE? is a glimpse into many different points of view. That of Cass McBride herself, who has had a pretty strange upbringing and doesn't even realize it until Kyle Kirby takes matters into his own hands. Then there's Kyle himself, a young man who has had the type of childhood you wouldn't wish on your worst enemy. Then there's the police detective, Ben, who has his own story to tell, and ones to listen to. And although we don't really get to hear David Kirby tell his story (he is, after all, quite dead), we learn about a boy who never really even had a chance.

This is a great book for all lovers of a good thriller, although I wouldn't recommend it for very young teens. That said, however, this is the perfect book for a reluctant reader, as the short chapters, fresh dialogue, and snappy writing style keep you moving right along. This is another must-read from author Gail Giles!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Cass McBride is a rich snobby girl who gets whatever she wants. Her father is a big money maker and her mom is shy and quiet. Her parents get divorced. Her father gives her anything she wants. At school, David Kirby, a boy who has no self confidence, walks up to Cass and asks her to be his girlfriend. Cass says she has way too many things to do then to hang out with him. In English class she writes a dirty note about hating David. David finds out and commits suicide. Later that day, Cass crawls into bed and about to fall asleep for the night. When she wakes up, she is in another strangle eerie place. She tries to get up from her lying down position, but she can¿t because something hard is on top of her. She wonders where she is at. Cass definitely knows she is not in her bed. She starts to scream and pounding on the floor. She feels around which she thinks is the ground below her. Cass learns from what is surrounding her that she is in a place where only certain people are. Where is she? What will happen to her? The events of the book were so detailed. I also liked how the book flowed from the beginning to the end. I didn¿t like how they kept on switching to another person. I wish it stayed on Cass¿s point of view. I didn¿t like how there was so much language. The author didn¿t develop David¿s mom and dad. This book reminds me of the television shows CSI and NCIS. The book and the shows are adventurous, frightening, and all over the place. The book makes you want to keep reading it and it will.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you are looking for a book that is very suspenseful, then this is the book for you. I am in 7th grade and I have had to read a horror novel for a class project... as I looked for a book, I wanted a trilling book! It so happened I got 4 books that night, all being boring. The next day I went back and said "I want something really really scary" The teacher went right over to the young adult section and pulled out, What Happened to Cass McBride? Because the project was due soon I took the book and brought the book home and read at least half of it! It is a book that is very thrilling and suspenseful. As I read the book I did notice many swears. So this book is not the best book for kids. But as a middle schooler it was amazing!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
OH MY GOD! such,such a beatiful book! I was simply breath taken by this story the way that Gail captured the emotions of this book was just amazing! It made me cry for David and I had this stong desire to jump in the book and save him. Cass made me just wanna look in the mirror and realize how vain I can be This book changed me to think about what I say to people and look at the damage you can cause someone by what you say, the emotion I feel for tihs book is so passionate! loved this book I cant even think of a word to describe how happy I am that bought it! what happend to cass mcbride is powerful beatiful and simply breathtaking....
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
OMG!!!! This book is breath taking and well written..... i read this book in one day i just couldnt put my nook down! I would read this book a thousand and 1 more times. It deserves an award and a five star rating from every living person who has read it. I think there should be a sequal and i strongly advise you to read this book.the author writes it from 3 different point of veiws Cass.Kyle.ben
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a fairly well written psychological thriller. The lines between the " good" and the " bad" guys tend to shift. While Cass is clearly the victim of the crime perpetuated in this story, she is far from a sympathetic character. Even her captor has understandable reasons for his anger, although his actions are inexcusable. During her ordeal Cass changes from a self righteous, spoiled, arrogant teen to one who is forced to truly examine her attitude and behaviour, and most of all, her treatment of others.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
OMG! i cant beileve how exciting this book was! It made me feel like i was in an episode of law and order SUV or a Lifetime movie! I loved it!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is definitely a good read! It goes by very fast and the story has you on the end of your seat. Its an easy read and the story line is absolutely facasinating. The book gives a strong message of how important popularity in high school is and about teens dealing with family problems. This is such a good book and I recommend everyone to read it I promise you wont regret it. Great book, great story, and an easy read. I advise you read it. :)
GerriBerri More than 1 year ago
Cass McBride Cass is a very pretty Jouinor in high school. Always wears the latest clothes, her fashion styles spread like an illness. Her importances in life are to be the best, and prove her self to her divorced parents. Cass has a very good way of over coming things by using her way of words to get into peoples heads and 'fool' them. In this book Cass learns to be careful with what she says to people because she doesn't know where they come from in their home-life.  This book doesn't give much information about how her life went after she was found. but during im pretty sure she changed her ways of thinking of people that she hasn't even met before. Also i believe she changed her path of life, knowing she has everything and some people have nothing. This book had a very strong theme of really knowing who you are and who other people are. this influenced Cass because she had everything and she never realized other people until she was in a box under ground. Although she didn't really tell kyle about what she was feeling after they talked she sure thought about him a lot.  I think this book should go on best sellers because i truly goes into the mind to get you thinking about other people and there lives. how you might have everything and they have nothing. Also it goes into your mind and showing you that you should be really careful about what you say because things spread around and it will beat the heart of someone yo talk rude about. This book is like a lesson book. Be careful what you say or you will be under ground in a box.:)
KrystalD More than 1 year ago
... Until the end. That's why I am giving it 4 stars. It was a great page turner & a quick read, but the end I feel could have been written a little better.
khager on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Cass McBride wakes up in a box. She's been buried alive by Kyle, who blames her for his brother, David's suicide. And he's not that wrong to do it. David asked Cass out and she sort of blew him off (in a nice way) but then wrote a note for her best friend totally making fun of him in about the meanest way possible. And then David found the note.Then he wrote a note of his own, pinned it to his body (no, I don't mean his shirt--I mean his BODY) and hanged himself. In the front yard.So Kyle wants to teach Cass a lesson. He drugs her, kidnaps her and buries her alive.This book is beyond intense. I couldn't read it fast enough (I wanted to know if Cass would somehow manage to escape and if she did, if she'd become a better person for the experience). It's not for the fainthearted, but wow. Intense and compelling and all those other book blogger cliches I should probably stop using.
thegeekygal on LibraryThing 8 months ago
I really loved this book. I thought it was well written and I liked the different plot devices (such as changing POV and changing font to show the different POV) used to move the plot along. I was glad to find an author who didn't drag out a story more than necessary. It was chilling, quick, and suspenseful even if at times I had to suspend some disbelief.Totally worth the read!
Kaybowes on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Told in different persons, the story unfolds about why Kyle's brother killed himself, how Cass was partly to blame, along with Kyle himself. But their mother was the worst. Terrifying suspense about whether Cass will escape or be saved. Very appropriate for list.
joannachilders on LibraryThing 8 months ago
This psychological thriller hooks the reader from the very first sentence: "She's dead, isn't she? If she was alive, I wouldn't be handcuffed to a table in an interview room." After Kyle Kirby's younger brother commits suicide, he plans to exact revenge on Cass McBride, the popular girl he blames for his brother's death. Kyle snatches Cass from her home and buries her alive. Cass manages to stall for time in a verbal battle of wits - as the police begin a desperate search. The author deftly plumbs the psychological depths of both Cass and Kyle, their families, and their motives. The ending is perfectly unsatisfying - but perfect nonetheless. A must read for fans of crime thrillers!
annekiwi on LibraryThing 8 months ago
A young adult book about 2 highly dysfunctional familes. Kyle and David Kirby have a mother who is disappointed by life and blames her younger son, David, for everything bad in her life. In an attempt to make things better at home (get his mother off his back) his older brother Kyle (in college) suggests that David ask a girl on a date, a girl that his mother would approve of. So he asks the most popular girl in school, Cass McBride. And while she rejects him kindly to his face, she writes a nasty note to a friend, which David finds. That night he commits suicide. Kyle blames Cass, kidnaps her, and buries her alive, but with a 2-way radio so that he can talk to her, torture her. What happens, however, is that he and Cass talk and Kyle figures out who is really to blame for his brother's death. It's a very harsh book and really illustrated the torture that is high school for those people who are not "the chosen", not popular. It also illustrates that verbal abuse is just as devastating as physical abuse. This story is told in a multitude of voices: Cass, Kyle, the detectives on the case. It reveals the dysfunction in Cass's life as well as in the Kirby household. I liked how the book was written about verbal abuse and how it shown by using a variety of voices.
HHS-Students on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Reviewed by: Dylan (Class of 2013)How would it feel to be trapped in a box underground? When Cass found herself trapped in a box underground she was terrified and had nothing to do but panic. She panicked so much that she tore the skin off of her fingers just so the pain would block out the reality of what was happening. Why was she trapped in this box? Why was she being tortured like this? Well, Kyle did all of this. When Kyle¿s little brother David asked out the most popular girl in school, princess, and soon to be homecoming queen, Cass McBride, to a date at the miniature golf course he gets rejected.The rejection itself wasn¿t so bad; in fact she was very nice about it she tried not to hurt David¿s feelings, but what happened after the rejection is what put Cass and David six feet under. Cass wrote a mean, selfish, and disturbing note about the rejection to her friend and David happened to find it. It hurt him so bad that he hung himself by a big oak tree in his front yard. As revenge for the incident, Kyle, David¿s older brother put Cass in a box underground; burying her alive. The only way for her to get out is to get inside Kyle¿s head and make him realize that it wasn¿t just her that made David do this; there were other factors that led to his death and Kyle may be one of them. The author of "What happened to Cass McBride?" is Gail Giles. Gail Giles wrote this book during her last winter in Alaska. She wrote it because the snow around her house was so high that when she looked out her windows all she could see was snow and it was dark. She couldn¿t leave her house and she felt trapped; she felt as if she were buried alive. That is what inspired her to write this book. In my opinion this book was very good. Gail Giles did a good job writing this book, she put everything in great description and in great detail. She made the topic seem interesting and the characters so real. Like most books, this book takes a few pages to get interesting, but once it got interesting it stayed that way for the rest of the book. The author drew you in and kept your nose in the book until it was over. I like the way the author changed the person who was telling the story throughout the book so you can get the mindset and opinions of all the characters. This book was very good read and I really liked it, I recommend it to anyone who likes intense and suspensefu stories with lots of details.
abrasfield on LibraryThing 8 months ago
The book, What Happened to Cass McBride?, was a fast moving and suspenseful read. The mystery unfolded into short chapters based on three characters' point of view. The book's strengths are point of view and realistic dialogue. Each chapter was based upon one of the three characters (Cass, Kyle, and Detective Ben) involved in the plot. Therefore, the realistic dialogue and each characters' point of view was genuine and a thriller while reading. The author even changed the text fonts for each chapter/character. I was a bit surprised by the incomplete ending and the way the author kept the reader hanging. I would say the ending is the story's weakness. However, it is also brilliant!
mjsimonsen on LibraryThing 8 months ago
This book reaches out and grabs the reader. It is fast-moving and scary. Giles accurately depicts what goes on in the teenage mind. It is told from three distinct points of view. Controversial themes are touched upon--especially that of prescription drug use by teens (Cass covets her father's Xanax regularly). The writing is direct, gritty, and unapologetic. Both male and female young adult readers will enjoy this book.
ewyatt on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Dark stuff. This was a compelling, quick read. Cass is kidnapped and buried alive all within the first few pages of the book. Much of the book is the exchange between Cass and Kyle who has tried to punish her to seek revenge for his brother's suicide.
MeriJenBen on LibraryThing 8 months ago
A pretty and popular, yet manipulative girl is kidnapped from her home and buried alive in this tight thriller.Cass McBride has a perfect life. On track to be prom queen, applying to all the best schools, if you're on her radar, she'll be sweet and charming. If you're not, then you don't matter. Cass knows what it takes to stay a winner, stay popular and she's willing to do whatever it takes to keep herself at the top. That's why she was so surprised when David Kirby asked her out. David is a nobody, bottom of the social ladder. Nice to his face, but viscous in a note to a friend, she feels momentarily bad when David picks up the note later. When David kills himself the next day, his brother, Kyle decides Cass is responsible. The then kidnaps her, and buries her underground. However, he isn't content to leave her there, he wants to talk to her, and make sure she knows what she's done. Cass is a master manipulator, taught to sell from the moment she was born. She uses Kyle's guilt over leaving his brother with their emotionally abusive mother to try and get free.Told in alternating voices, including Cass, Kyle and the detective investigating Cass's disappearance, this is a quick read that zooms towards a satisfying, but ambiguous conclusion. As the situation unfolds, we get a picture of three children, all of whom had been warped by the obsessions of their parents. The interludes of the detective provide a nice breather from the disturbing revelations of Cass and Kyle. Interestingly enough, Cass is not particularly sympathetic, even trapped underground, she comes off as superior and cunning. Kyle is an open wound, angry and judgmental. Feeling much shorter than 210 pages, this is a one-sitting book, that will be much enjoyed by teen suspense fans.
stephxsu on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Kyle Kirby blames the popular, wholesome Cass McBride for his younger brother David¿s suicide. To retaliate, he kidnaps her and buries her¿alive. Now, Cass is hanging onto life by a thread, a small hose of an opening in which she breathes and tries (without desperation) to wrangle her freedom with Kyle, and to understand why he blames her.Both teenagers¿ histories are revealed through multiple POVs non-chronologically. We discover that Kyle and David¿s mom is verbally abusive, believing David to be the cause of her misfortunes. On the other hand, Cass¿ father¿s love for her is conditional, so she feels like she must always strive to please him by being smart, popular, and tactical in her (usually successful) attempts to get what she wants¿just like her father.The ending crashes into you with the force of a 40-mile-per-hour gale. Kyle realizes who is really responsible for David¿s death, detective Ben Gray scrambles to find the missing girl before 48 hours are up, and Cass brushes against death with fingers and toes scraped down to the bone.This novel is really an exploration of the characters¿ psyches, motivations, and personalities. It has less suspense than I expected, which was sort of disappointing, but the concept is certainly very interesting. Overall, Gail Giles does an excellent job of portraying the complexities of family lives.
samanthawarren on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Excellent read--completely disturbing. Actually said, "wow" when I put the book down.
TigerLMS on LibraryThing 8 months ago
In the highly cliqued world of high school, David Kirby has broken a simple but critical rule: he was a nobody who asked the most popular girl in school out on a date. Cass McBride turns him down with what she thinks is a polite brush-off, but then she leaves a note for her best friend asking how low Cass would have to go to date a bottom-feeder like David who most people think is gay. David finds the note, and the next day he's dead. David's brother Kyle, seeking revenge, takes Cass from her bed while she's sleeping and buries her alive with nothing more than a crude ventilation system and a walkie talkie to communicate with him as he tortures her. Author Gail Giles begins the story with Kyle already in custody, believing Cass is dead, and gives us several points of view as the narrative unfolds: Kyle, Cass, one of the police officers who tries to discover what happened to Cass McBride. The version I read is 211 pages long, but the font is so big that it could've been a 145 page book in standard font size. But at 211 pages it's a book that breaks the English teacher threshold of "read a book that's at least 200 pages long." Frankly, that's a good thing if it means more kids will read the book. Giles probes some depths of father-daughter, mother-son, sibling, and familial relationships that is reminiscent of what Pat Conroy does so well. However, with Conroy it was an overbearing father who must be escaped; in this novel it is a tyrannical mother. And for Cass McBride, she must escape being buried alive with no hope of letting anyone know where she is. The book is suspenseful and very fast paced, and the text isn't burdened with extraneous information. I read the novel in a couple hours with a lot of interruptions. The cover is unfortunate and hopefully won't turn away too many kids from a book I think they'd like and get something out of. This is a nominatee for the Missouri Gateway Readers Award for 2008-2009. I don't think it'll win, but it's a book I will strongly recommend in my book talks.
lalalibrarian on LibraryThing 8 months ago
creepy! I love Gail Giles for his psychological thrillers about how crazy-mean kids can be in high school. Shattering Glass is still my favorite Giles book, but this is a close second.
DF6B_MeaghanG on LibraryThing 8 months ago
what happened to Cass Mcbride is about a young girl who doesn't realize that words really can hurt a person. David Kirby found a note Cass wrote about him and soon after took his own life. David's brother is not too happy with Cass so he thinks its a smart idea to bury her alive, which is is not a smart idea at all. i enjoyed this book because it never got dull or boring and held my interest until the last page =)