August 19, 2019

If You’re Out There by Katy Loutzenhiser | Review

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If You’re Out There by Katy Loutzenhiser | ReviewIf You're Out There on March 5, 2019
Pages: 308
Format: ARC
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After Zan’s best friend moves to California, she is baffled and crushed when Priya suddenly ghosts. Worse, Priya’s social media has turned into a stream of ungrammatical posts chronicling a sunny, vapid new life that doesn’t sound like her at all.
Everyone tells Zan not to be an idiot: Let Priya do her reinvention thing and move on. But until Zan hears Priya say it, she won’t be able to admit that their friendship is finished.
It’s only when she meets Logan, the compelling new guy in Spanish class, that Zan begins to open up about her sadness, her insecurity, her sense of total betrayal. And he’s just as willing as she is to throw himself into the investigation when everyone else thinks her suspicions are crazy.
Then a clue hidden in Priya’s latest selfie introduces a new, deeply disturbing possibility:
Maybe Priya isn’t just not answering Zan’s emails.
Maybe she can’t.

I was super excited to read If You’re Out There, but it seemed to come up flat for me. Despite being slightly disappointed, I fairly enjoyed the constant questions I had going through my mind. The plot is what kept me reading!

what i liked:

  • The plot. I was immediately drawn into the idea of two best friends but one went missing. It felt sort of like a thriller in that way. I just had to know what happened to Priya, especially after a friendship like theirs.
  • The friendship. I don’t know why but I have a soft spot for books about strong friendships!
  • Logan. I really loved him. All the scenes with him were honestly my favorite.

what i disliked:

  • The ending kind of fell flat for me. This book is a contemporary, but it had sort of “thriller” vibes because of the constant mystery throughout the book, so I was reading and thinking of every possible outcome, yet when I finally found out what happened to Priya, I was kind of disappointed. I guess I just expected something else!
  • Overall, despite the plot being entertaining, I found the book to be kind of slow. I think this is why sometimes I can be iffy about contemporaries. There were times where I’d read a few chapters and I felt like they were just kind of boring.

If You’re Out There had a very strong plot, but overall the novel fell flat for me. If you’re a fan of female friendships and mysteries, I do think it’s worth checking out.

  1. I’m sorry this didn’t rate higher for you and that it wasn’t as enjoyable as it could be! That always is disappointing. But, woo! I’m glad the plot was enough to keep your focus and keep you questioning! Great review–thanks for sharing!

  2. This totally sounds like a “me” book. I LOVE thrillers and books about complicated friendships!!! Too bad this fell flat for you– I hate when endings don’t reach out and grab me.

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