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How We Fall Apart

How We Fall Apart

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An entertaining start to YA thriller/mystery series showing the darkside of academia life in a prestigious Preparatory School and with characters who have plenty of secrets to hide. Receiving a copy does not guarantee a positive review and therefore does not affect the opinion or content of the review. If you’re looking for a fast-paced story with a necessary investigation of academic pressure, particularly within the Asian American community, this is the one for you! When top girl Jamie Ruan is found dead, someone accuses her closest four friends of committing the crime. HWFA is intense suspense as much as it is sharp criticism of the competition in schools, a fire that is fanned particularly in the Asian American community.

The intense competition Katie focuses this story on is something you don’t always notice until you’re separated from that situation, at least for me. It helps create a tension and pacing as it’s clearly they’re come out across the book, so they’re are almost like little milestones to reach.The death of their once former friend is enough to bring them back together as they try to figure out who could’ve gotten ahold of their secrets and beat the Proctor at their own game. When I slowly began to realise the plot wasn’t working for me, I was somewhat holding onto the characters, hoping they would carry the story on, but it felt like I was reading a story that wasn’t quite complete. Through the eyes of her fierce, determined, and morally grey protagonist, Zhao unflinchingly exposes the pressures of elite high schools. While she may have an “accessible” voice, she is also an unreliable narrator and the person who competed most with Jamie, even being her closest “friend. As much as it would’ve been interesting to see the story from Krystal, Akil and Alexander as well, I don’t think I would’ve enjoyed the story as I would’ve with just Nancy’s perspective.

It is a critical commentary on the toxicity of American academics and the pressure to be more than the best at all times (especially coming from Asian families). It’s almost like we jump into the book running (perhaps sprinting wouldn’t be the wrong word either) and don’t stop until the end. In her spare time, Katie enjoys reading, singing, dancing (badly), and checking out new photo-worthy restaurants.How We Fall Apart moves fast (and it gets dark fast); it’s very much action and plot-oriented, with the engaging writing and humor I’m familiar with from Zhao’s previous novels. There didn’t seem to be any effort from these groups to find out who is posting because they clearly have a desire to see the characters humiliated and punished. Students at an elite prep school are forced to confront their secrets when their ex-best friend turns up dead. How it explains the ways Nancy feels like she must always succeed because it isn't only about her future, but about her past.

There were some parts of this book I really enjoyed and some parts that left me feeling a little disappointed. Nancy, Krystal, Akil, and Alexander find them terrified of their secrets coming out and the author slowly realises each of their secrets to keep you on edge through the book which leads to The Incident secret (a secret they were all involved in) finally coming to explosive ending. That is until a threatening message to Jamie appears on the board, which triggers the beginning of the end for them all.Crazy Rich Asians meets One of Us is Lying in this electrifying YA thriller where students at an elite prep school are forced to confront their secrets when their ex-best friend turns up dead. HWFA is also about mental health and the stigma of mental illness, particularly in Asian (American) communities. Throughout the course of the novel, the Proctor exposes each of those secrets one at a time, trying to pin Jamie’s death on one of them, through a series of texts sent to the whole school. While it is a thriller because of the murder of Jamie Ruan and the hunt to find the murderer, this book is so much more.

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