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Content Warnings: conversion therapy, homophobia, alcoholism, underage drinking, kidnapping, violence, minor being drugged, gaslighting
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Pretty Little Liars meets People Like Us in this taut, tense thriller about two teens who find their paths intertwined when an anonymous texter threatens to spill their secrets and uproot their lives.
PRIVATE NUMBER: Wouldn’t you look better without a cheater on your arm?
AMANDA: Who is this?
The daughter of small town social climbers, Amanda Kelly is deeply invested in her boyfriend, real estate heir Carter Shaw. He’s kind, ambitious, the town golden boy—but he’s far from perfect. Because behind Amanda’s back, Carter is also dating Rosalie.
PRIVATE NUMBER: I’m watching you, Sweetheart.
ROSALIE: Who IS this?
Rosalie Bell is fighting to remain true to herself and her girlfriend—while concealing her identity from her Christian fundamentalist parents. After years spent in and out of conversion “therapy,” her own safety is her top priority. But maintaining a fake, straight relationship is killing her from the inside.
When an anonymous texter ropes Amanda and Rosalie into a bid to take Carter down, the girls become collateral damage—and unlikely allies in a fight to unmask their stalker before Private uproots their lives.
PRIVATE NUMBER: You shouldn’t have ignored me. Now look what you made me do…
Going into All Eyes on Us I wasn’t expecting anything other than a thriller, but Kit Frick delivered so much more. We see two girls, who were once enemies, band together to take down the anonymous texter threatening their lives. A story of survival, hope, and choosing your own destiny, All Eyes on Us is one you’ll want to read and tell your friends about.
It took me about 120 pages before I felt fully invested in this story. From the beginning, I liked Amanda, but not well enough to really care. Rosalie was the one I fell instantly in love with and I found myself looking forward to her POV chapters more than Amanda’s. Seeing the trauma and lasting effects from her conversion therapy broke my heart. I admired her resilience and courage to continue being who she was despite all of the odds being stacked against her.
The overall thriller aspect of the novel never really appealed to me. I didn’t ever feel like the stakes were high enough, until the very end, to make me want to keep turning pages. If it weren’t for my desire to see these characters stand up for themselves and take charge or their lives, I probably wouldn’t have continued. I just wish there had been a lot more action as opposed to mostly threats from an anonymous texter.
What makes this book completely worth reading are the themes present throughout. Amanda is a very messy and not always good character who was groomed to believe she had to marry the appropriate person. The self-worth she discovers is so important and something so many young girls struggle with while dealing with all the pressures of who they should be. This story also shows that after being faced with unspeakable trauma, life can go on. It won’t necessarily be easy, but it’s possible.
TL;DR: A story of survival, hope, and choosing your own destiny, All Eyes on Us is one you’ll want to read and tell your friends about.
A digital ARC was provided by the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.