13 Minutes – Review

Thank you to Flatiron Books and Netgalley for providing an ARC for review.

Sarah Pinborough boasts two of my favorite things: she is a masterful writer and she’s British. When I saw the opportunity to read 13 Minutes, her upcoming American release, I knew I had to have it. I enjoy reading YA contemporary romance from time to time but never before had I read a YA crime novel. This book is top-notch with twists and turns I didn’t see coming. It is Mean Girls on crack.

When an unsuspecting dog walker stumbles upon a teenage girl in the river, the whole town doesn’t expect to be turned upside down. Natasha was dead for 13 minutes, but she wasn’t suicidal and she can’t remember how she ended up in the water. Everyone loves her, she’s the queen bee of the Barbies — surely she couldn’t have any enemies?
Natasha turns to her friend from before popularity, Becca, to help her determine exactly why she was floating in the river and who she can trust. If a teenage girl can trust anyone.

“…they laugh and joke and say how much they love each other, but as true as that might be, they still watch each other for weakness. For chinks in the armour. I don’t think boys are the same. Boys are dogs. Women are like cats. Individuals by nature. We are not pack animals.”

This novel reminds how truly vindictive girls can be. The purest form of evil just may be a vengeful teenage girl. I was impressed with how easily I was sucked into this story and how unpredictable it ending up being. It’s told through multiple perspectives, including first person, third person, diary entries, and newspaper columns, allowing readers to have an all-encompassing understanding of the motives and actions of each character involved. I was absolutely engrossed in Pinborough’s skillful storytelling and didn’t want to put this book down! I had no idea what was coming next until it was hand-fed to me. I felt like one of the pawns in this riveting game of chess.

One of the most interesting elements within the plot was the modernity with the use of social media and cell phones. Pinborough’s use of this feature shows just how harmful this fast-paced and highly connected society we live in could be to teenagers. It makes me extremely thankful social media wasn’t such an essential part of life when I was a teenage girl myself.

I was also excited to learn this novel will be adapted into a Netflix series in the future! It will without a doubt keep everyone on the edges of their seats, and I’m so anxious for the day it will show up. Be sure to pick up 13 Minutes before it hits your TV screen.

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