This is the second time I’ve had the pleasure of being part of the blog tour for a Kit Frick book, and LET ME TELL YOU, she’s so worth it. The writing is so fantastic, and this book was RIGHT up my alley – Gossip Girl mixed with Pretty Little Liars. SO GOOD, Y’ALL.
In All Eyes On Us, Amanda and Rosalie are two people who are living very different lives. Amanda’s life is all about status and being with Carter, even if he hasn’t exactly treated her well during their relationship. That is until she starts receiving anonymous text messages threatening their relationship. And then there’s Rosalie. Amanda views Rosalie as the homewrecking side chick that Carter has decided he wants in addition to her. But what Rosalie is really doing is trying to protect herself from her narrow-minded parents and her uber-conservative church that uses conversion therapy on pre-teens and teenagers. YIKES. Amanda and Rosalie form an unlikely pair as they try to figure out who is threatening them, and why.
DUN DUN DUN!
3 Things I Loved
- The writing. Kit Frick is SO GOOD. Her first book, See All the Stars, was fantastic, and the ending was such a wonderful twist. This book is much the same. I’m so happy she’s going to keep writing, and I can’t wait for more books!
- The characters. What I love so much about this book in particular is that we have alternating perspectives, going between Amanda and Rosalie seamlessly. And their voices are distinctly different, their lives are distinctly different, and I was never confused about who was speaking. And I was rooting for both of them surprisingly. The writing is just so good that I felt like I knew them.
- Private. Goodness, I miss Pretty Little Liars. So having “Private,” the threatening number, texting Amanda was such a refreshing take on the PLL concept. And that end reveal! Daaaang.
These two things are addressed very well and thoroughly in the book, but I wanted to point out two potential triggers for people who may pick this up just hoping for a little PLL fun.
Trigger #1: Conversion Therapy
I mentioned this at the top, but Rosalie was made to go through conversion therapy as a pre-teen and teenager with her church. I have no personal experience with this, but good grief, conversion therapy should be banned. It’s traumatizing, and WRONG, and that’s what you get to see play out with Rosalie. So if conversion therapy is a trigger for you, proceed with caution.
Trigger #2: Alcoholism
This is something I do, unfortunately, know a thing or two about. Amanda’s mother is an alcoholic in the book, and that is another understandable trigger for people reading. I had some trouble with parts, but for the most part, it was handled with care. But again, in order to keep everyone safe here, I wanted to point it out.
A reminder of the rating scale:
- Red = DNF, I hated everything
- Orange = Ugh, no thank you
- Yellow = I mean, I’ve read worse, but there were problems
- Green = This was good!
- Blue = Oh my gosh, I loved this book!
- Purple = This is the unicorn of books and I will be rereading it until the binding falls apart and EVERYONE should be reading it!
This book is SO good. I can’t even say I was surprised, though, because Kit Frick IS that good. All Eyes On Us gets a BLUE rating from me. Highly recommend!
Thank you to the Fantastic Flying Book Club and NetGalley for the advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All Eyes on Us is out now!
Are you interested in this book? I’m giving a copy away! Open to all countries where Book Depository delivers. To enter, comment on this post, and I’ll pick a winner on 6/20.
I love to read books like this and I haven’t read Kit’s first book yet, but after reading your post today, I am adding it to my must read list too.
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Ohhhhh, did someone say PLL?! I absolutely loved the show but couldn’t jive with the Sara Shepard books so hopefully, this one does it better. Sounds like a cool read!
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I also loved the show and didn’t care for the books, and thought this one was wonderful! Thanks for the comment!
Chelsea, you’re the winner! Send me an email at mariepatlanwrites(at)gmail and I’ll get your book ordered! 🙂
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