People Like Us

People Like Us

by Dana Mele


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"Mean Girls meets Donna Tartt's The Secret History with a little bit of Riverdale mixed in. So yeah, it's epic."—HelloGiggles

"In People Like Us, Dana Mele delivers the Gossip Girl meets Pretty Little Liars young adult novel you've been waiting for."—Bustle

Kay Donovan may have skeletons in her closet, but the past is past, and she's reinvented herself entirely. Now she's a star soccer player whose group of gorgeous friends run their private school with effortless popularity and acerbic wit. But when a girl's body is found in the lake, Kay's carefully constructed life begins to topple. The dead girl has left Kay a computer-coded scavenger hunt, which, as it unravels, begins to implicate suspect after suspect, until Kay herself is in the crosshairs of a murder investigation. But if Kay's finally backed into a corner, she'll do what it takes to survive. Because at Bates Academy, the truth is something you make...not something that happened.

Debut author Dana Mele has written a taut, sophisticated suspense novel that will keep readers guessing until the very end.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781524741709
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 02/27/2018
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 69,083
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.40(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Dana Mele is a Pushcart-nominated writer and a work at home mother. A graduate of Wellesley College, she is a former actor, lawyer, musician, and briefly, associate producer. She prefers tea to coffee, snow to sand, and stars to sunshine, and she lives in the Catskills with her husband and toddler. This is her first novel.

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People Like Us 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book had me hooked from the very beginning. It got to the point where I could just not stop reading until I was finished because I just had to know! Fast paced and truly addicting. One of my favorite books so far this year.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is so good there needs to be more lol
Melina McGrew McConnaughy More than 1 year ago
Once in a while, if you're lucky, you come across a book like People Like Us. A book that sucks you in so fiercely, that for a moment the story becomes more visceral than reality itself. The pages grip you even as you walk through daily chores and find their way into your dreams. Dana Mele's characters are beautifully flawed, complex, intelligent and magnetic. The plot twists, turns and unfolds at a riveting pace, so that you can't help but hold your breath until the mystery is revealed. Then you are left breathless and enthralled, already missing it, desperate to live in it all over again.
PegVK More than 1 year ago
When the reviews said this book was a tautly-written thriller, they weren’t kidding! I’ll say it up front: I’m a big fan of plot. Give me lots of action and I’ll learn about the characters and setting through the plot. And although each of the students in this boarding school has quite a few unlikeable qualities, didn’t we all when we were in high school? The fact is, any of these kids could be a suspect in a murder because, well, you just never know. One question: When is this novel going to be optioned for a movie?! It would make a killing! (See what I did there?!)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great riveting read. Full of twists and turns and mercurial mood swings - like being a teenager feels. Strong passions and white lies fill this book as we drive forward at a breakneck speed to find the killer before the clock runs out. Couldn't put it down.
Tattoogirl_Reads 7 months ago
I liked this. A lot. Lot's of twists and turns and decisions about who is "good" and who is "bad." But it fell just short of being great. I can't tell you why because of spoilers but the first big reveal seemed a bit off. I would still 100% recommend this book to you.
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Renwarsreads More than 1 year ago
A kind of twisted story about a bunch of friends in boarding school who do some outrageous and extremely hurtful things to the "people who are not like them" until it finally all falls apart. These girls are teenagers but act more like young adults. I found it hard to put down, I wanted to find out who the killer was, as much as the lead character Kay did. I would definitely read Dana Mele again!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My favorite book. The world needs more books as good as this one
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I give People Like Us a 2.5. REVIEW CONTAINS MINOR SPOILERS The only thing that kept me reading this book was honestly just curiosity of wanting to know who done it. The premise of the plot was an interesting idea, and it was one that made me purchase the book in the first place. Think Mean Girls meets Pretty Little Liars, that's what it reminds me of. Despite the interesting idea for the plot, the story seemed incredibly jumbled and it was a rollercoaster from start literally to its finish. The characters were all pretty unlikable, even our narrator, Kay, because of their mean natures and seemingly bad qualities. I think this was the point of the characters, but it just seemed like it went overboard at times. There were moments you could tell Kat was trying way too hard to be nice but then she would turn around and be a mean girl again. I had a hard time resonating with literally any of the characters in this book. The only character that we truly get to know is Kay and she's not the type of person you'd want to get to know. Brie seemed nice enough, she had plenty of redeeming qualities that the rest of them lacked, but there were plenty of moments that left you wondering what Kay saw in her. Nola seemed crazy from start to finish, and the trip to her home just amplified that, as it seemed she came from crazy parents (which you later find out that really, she's just the weird one, I will spare those details, though). Every single character in this book seemed to have major mood swings. There were moments when Brie and Kay would be fighting and then three paragraphs of dialogue later, they were touchy-feely and totally cool with each other. No one seemed to be able to make up their minds about who they did and didn't like and trust. I think I was most curious to see who done it because of previous reviews that I read. People seemed to be shocked to find out who the killer was and was impressed by the 'plot twist', but to me, if pay close enough attention to the mannerisms of this person, you could probably find out they were the killer within the first few chapters like I did. I wasn't surprised when Kay found out who did it and I was honestly disappointed it had been this person. It was an interesting motive surrounded by well thought out lies, but in all honesty, it's easy to tell this person is a sociopath anyway. There was also a lot of jumping around in this book. I mentioned before about the mood swings. I don't know if it's because the author was in a rush to get to the next scene or what, but it seemed very jumbled up and incredibly fast-paced in some places that made some scenes unorganized and created a few minor plot holes. Overall, I didn't necessarily hate this book. As I said, the premise was interesting, I just think it was executed rather poorly. This isn't a book I would recommend, but there are plenty of people who enjoyed it, so give it a shot if you are willing.
TheThoughtSpot More than 1 year ago
A young adult mean girl mystery! Thanks to NetGalley and Penguin Group for the opportunity to read and review People Like Us by Dana Mele! Kay and her group of friends find a body floating in the water when they go on their annual Halloween night jump in the lake. They realize that it’s a classmate and it looks like she’s slashed her wrists. Kay and her group of friends act entitled and insensitive. They also seem to be untrusting and possibly untrustworthy. They are the embodiment of mean girls. Kay is the main character dealing with death in her recent past and guilt about those deaths. Since she started attending the Bates boarding school, she’s truly become spiteful and petty, making decisions from bad to worse. When murder occurs, Kay is forced to step back and evaluate her actions, who she is and who she wants to become. There’s a bit of a twist and the bulk of the book deals with Kay’s background and her relationships with everyone, from family to friends to acquaintances. A young adult mean girl mystery, 4 stars! * I received a complimentary copy of this book for voluntary review consideration and all opinions and thoughts are my own.
book_junkee More than 1 year ago
That cover and the synopsis were like a dream come true. Boarding school murdery scavenger hunt? Count me in. Sadly it was meh. Kay was okay? And yes that’s a question. She did have some redeeming qualities and mostly it was that she’s ambitious. Yet as the story progressed, she became the sort of character I struggle with. I didn’t like the choices she made or the way she treated people. There are a lot of other characters, but it didn’t feel like we got to know them. Perhaps it was a way to show how closed off Kay really was. Plot wise it was boooooooooring. Even when things started happening, nothing really happened. And when it came to the reveal and reason for all things, it was a let down and dare I say, stupid. **SPOILERS BELOW** There were odd comments about Kay’s prior behavior that were never addressed and it left a weird feeling. Was this a case of a plot hole or missed thread that didn’t get tied up or am I supposed to think she’s behind it all? I could have overlooked it, but coupled with the the last few paragraphs at the end, it’s left me wondering. **END OF SPOILERS** Overall, it was an awesome idea. I loved the creativity of the website and poetry. And the gay/bisexual rep was nice to see {even if some of these characters acted like sociopaths}. Ultimately, the story lacked tension and a sense of urgency that I was expecting. **Huge thanks to GP Putnam’s Sons for providing the arc free of charge**
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its good