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By Natalie D. Richards
Published on January 6, 2015
Published by Sourcebooks Fire
Published by Sourcebooks Fire
Keeping secrets ruined her life. But the truth might just kill her.
Piper Woods can't wait for the purgatory of senior year to end. She skirts the fringes of high school like a pro until the morning she finds a notebook with mutilated photographs and a list of student sins. She's sure the book is too gruesome to be true, until pretty, popular Stella dies after a sex-tape goes viral. Everyone's sure it's suicide, but Piper remembers Stella's name from the book and begins to suspect something much worse.
Drowning in secrets she doesn't want to keep, Piper's fears are confirmed when she receives an anonymous text message daring her to make things right. All she needs to do is choose a name, the name of someone who deserves to be punished...
Piper, the school photographer, witnesses a girl from the popular crowd, Stella, being bullied one day. She wants to stop it, but she says nothing. Then, Stella ends up dead from an apparent suicide. Piper is heartbroken, and she feels like she is responsible. If only she had stopped it, said something, anything... One day, she gets her chance to make it up to Stella in an unconventional way. Its perfect revenge! Until one day, she realizes that it isn't.
A first, the revenge against the popular crowd, the mean crowd, is perfect. Piper believes that these people who have bullied for years are finally getting what they deserve, and she feels like she is in part making it up to Stella by being involved. Then, one of the pranks goes way too far, and ends up ruining the lives of two people, and Piper realizes just how wrong she has been. She tries to take a step back, but the person behind everything won't let her walk away. One of her best friend's is targeted, and her own family is threatened. She has no idea what to do, but she knows that she has to do something. And she will have to go down with her "partner", too.
Gone too Far has a wide cast of characters, from the Piper and her best friend Manny, to Jackson and Tate and Nick, the popular crowd. Natalie D. Richards does a fantastic job characterizing each one of the players in the story. Piper, photographer, not popular, big heart, unwise decisions, she is a character that doesn't stop growing. She has so many layers, and we learn more about her throughout the story. She learns more about herself. Jackson, who always seems on the verge of snapping completely. Tate, the heartbroken boy. Nick, the guy in the middle with a fantastic heart, and incredibly forgiving.
I truly enjoyed this story from beginning to end. It takes a serious look at the cliques in high school, and out in the "real world" as well. It shows you the sides of each that you might never see or think about. It is a great reminder that, deep down, we all feel the same things. We can all be hurt and broken. One of my favorite parts of the story was the romance. I don't want to give anything away, so no names, but I will say it is a romance I will remember. I loved the characters, the fast-paced plot. The lessons you learn. Gone too Far is a great story, and I would absolutely recommend it to.... well, anyone really! I think this is a story that people of all ages can learn from, and enjoy!
About the Author
At seven, Natalie D. Richards wrote about Barbara Frances Bizzlefishes (who wouldn't dare do the dishes.) Now she writes about awesome girls, broody boys, and all things dark and creepy. Natalie lives in Ohio (Go Bucks!) with her techno-wiz husband, three amazing kids, and a seventy pound dust-mop who swears he's the family dog. Her psychological thriller, Six Months Later, will be released in October 1, 2013 by Sourcebooks Fire. Until then, you'll probably find her writing her next book or trying to wade through the towers of dog-eared paperbacks that have taken over her bedroom.