Title: Dead Ringer
Author: Jessie Rosen
Goodreads Synopsis: From the moment Laura Rivers steps foot into Englewood High, she notices the stares—and they aren’t the typical once-overs every pretty new girl endures. The students seem confused and…spooked. Whispers echoing through the halls confirm that something is seriously off. “That new girl looks just like her,” they say.
It turns out Laura has a doppelgänger, and it isn’t just anyone—it’s Sarah Castro-Tanner, the girl who killed herself by jumping into the Navasink River one year ago.
Laura is determined not to let the gossip ruin her chances of making a fresh start. Thanks to her charming personality and California tan, she catches the eye of Englewood’s undisputed golden boy, Charlie Sanders, and it’s only a matter of time before they make their relationship official.
But something is making Charlie and his friends paranoid—and Laura soon discovers it has to do with Sarah Castro-Tanner.
What really happened to Sarah? Why is Charlie unraveling? And how does Laura Rivers fit into it all?
After all, she’s the dead ringer for a dead girl.
My Rating: 2.5-3/5
Don’t quit reading yet!!
Okay so let me start out by saying that Jessie Rosen has some very good ideas put into this book. This book starts out with Laura on her first day at school, she is the new girl who has just moved to the East Coast from California to start her senior year. Laura is determined to be the person she has always wanted to be, and sees this move as her chance…until her first day of school. *lights* *camera* *action* Laura arrives at her school, beachy Cali look going on, and everyone begins to stare. Laura having no idea what is going on just assumes it’s because she is the new girl…little does she know…*evil laugh*. So the thing is…Laura looks just like Sarah, the girl who “supposedly” committed suicide a couple years previous.
Alright well, like with most other YA novels out there girl meets boy, in this case his name is Charlie. Charlie has Amanda his on and off again girlfriend, until Laura comes to town, Miller and Kit. These four know something about the death of Sarah and throughout this book there are two stalkers trying to get them to confess.
So Jessie Rosen writes this book that is not only a love story between Laura and Charlie, but also the mystery of what happened to Sarah all that time ago. These kids have someone gunning for them. Sasha, aka a teenaged cyber hacker, keeps her eyes on Charlie and his gang because she never really did believe Sarah’s death was a suicide.
Okay, so again like I said Rosen has quite a few good concepts going on here within this book, death, mystery, and love triangles…all things I love. This book for me was a decent read… I didn’t love it I didn’t hate it, and I made it through it fairly quickly. However, I felt like this book had some extremely unbelievable parts to it… from the plot twist in the ending, which I saw from the first page, or to Sasha a 14 year old girl who is apparently a criminal genius cyber hacker. The characters are likable and easy to fall in line with as the story went on. This book to me reminded me at every twist and turn of Pretty Little Liars, which I wont knock it’s one of my favorites, however I think this book had so much wasted potential. I mean really death, mystery, and YA, and a cyber hacker stalker, all great things which can make a great story…I just don’t think this one had the right components in the right places to be great.
I do however think you should still give it a shot…especially if you are a fan of the Pretty Little Liars series!