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The Girl in the Park

3.56  ·  Rating Details ·  1,347 Ratings  ·  298 Reviews
When Wendy Geller's body is found in Central Park after the night of a rager, newspaper headlines scream,"Death in the Park: Party Girl Found Strangled." But shy Rain, once Wendy's best friend, knows there was more to Wendy than just "party girl." As she struggles to separate the friend she knew from the tangle of gossip and headlines, Rain becomes determined to discover t ...more
ebook, 224 pages
Published April 24th 2012 by Schwartz & Wade
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Wendy Darling
I enjoy mysteries, but I am not a huge fan of the writing, overall plot, or the characters in this book. The killer also seemed pretty obvious as soon as he/she shows up. There are also some pretty tasteless scenarios, starting with "I jerked him off" from one of the main characters at just 7% in. Probably won't bother some readers, but that sort of thing (written in that way) is definitely not to my taste.
Jac (For Love and Books)
One evening while lurking on NetGalley, I saw the cover for The Girl in the Park caught my eye - it was so eerie that I needed to know more about this book. I lurked around and saw a few reviews on Goodreads comparing it to Nancy Drew and that really got me curious, besides I was on a huge Stephen King kick. So I requested, and was thrilled when I could download this book.

One thing I really liked about Mariah Fredricks writing was how realistic it was - not that I've experienced a murder myster
Wandering Librarians
Rain Donovan used to be best friends with Wendy, but they haven't really spoken in years. Early one morning, Wendy's body was discovered in a park. She'd been strangled. Rain wants to give Wendy justice, so she quietly starts investigating herself. Her first hunch, however, leads to the wrong person being accused. Now Rain is short on time to figure out what really happened, and the answer might be more then she's willing to face.

At first I didn't realize this was a mystery. I thought it was ano
By page 4 of The Girl in The Park I knew with absolute certainty that, even if I hated the story and the mystery just sucked, I would be shown why and not told. I read the conversations between Rain and her mother, then Rain and Ms. Geller over again a few times to be certain that it really had been only four pages, yet I already knew so much about Wendy, Rain, and their relationships with each other and their mothers. Fredericks has honed down her words until each and every one pack a potent vi ...more
Kennedy Albers
This book was out of my comfort zone. I did not enjoy it as I much as I thought I would. It was to unusual and everything just happened to perfectly fall into place. I believe this book could of been better if it had added things that sounded like real life scenario. Mariah Fredericks did a horrendous job of making the characters come to life, well at least in my opinion.

This book is about a shy girl named Rain struggling to find the murder of her use-to-be best friend, Wendy Geller. Rain alway

It's been so long since I've read a mystery that I had forgotten how much I love reading them. Looking for clues. Trying to read the characters and guess who the murderer is and what the outcome will be. This book definitely delivered all those and so much more.

Very well written and very well paced, The Girl in the Park kept me turning pages and not wanting to put it down. Fredericks had me guessing who the murderer was at each turn while making me second guess myself moments later.

Fredericks p
Mar 02, 2012 Walter rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved the mystery writing, and though I am so very bored with the lives of rich, spoiled, New York teens, the storytelling and plotting redeems the book from my "no" pile--my teens are liking this a lot.
Jaimie Scarpelli
Oct 24, 2013 Jaimie Scarpelli rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
it was alittle confusing in the beginning of the book but once I got to the middle it was easy to understand
Eve (Functioning Insanity Reviews)
This was another ARC from which I just finished last night. The Girl in the Park, comes out April 24th, published by Random House Children’s Books.

The Girl in the Park, is a mystery. Wendy is dead. Body found in the park after a party. She wasn’t the most popular girl in school and had a reputation for being a wild party girl who would do anything. The press makes her look horrible, victim or not. Rain though, former good friend, has a hard time accepting this. She knew Wendy was
A well crafted mystery with a interesting central character, The Girl in the Park pulls in some known elements in a well done way. Though the choppiness of the chapters and scenes, and the rapid switching between past and present, made it hard for me to fully delve into the book, there is still something addicting and intriguing about the book. Pulling in some rough emotional aspects, and having a quick pacing, The Girl in the Park is a fast but thrilling read.

Rain is more than just the shy girl
Aug 17, 2011 Chanelle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc-review, out-now
I wasn't too excited to read this book. I guess because there wasn't much buzz around it and I'd never heard of it before I was given the chance to review it. But then I started reading.

At first we're introduced to Rain, a girl with a hole in the top of her mouth that means for a lot of her life, she couldn't talk properly. Couldn't pronounce her s's or t's. Got picked on a lot at school for being the girl who spoke like a three year old. And the only person who gave her the chance to be herself
Feb 24, 2012 Loretta rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The Girl in the Park was a very fast, interesting read. In as little as only 200+ pages I got a great story. Fredericks really delivered with this one. It took me a couple chapters to get “into” the book. But, after that I had no problem at all giving The Girl In The Park all of my attention.
Wendy hung out with the wrong people. The party girl that she became led her to something that she could not come back from. Wendy for me was not one of m
Nov 15, 2012 Sandy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library, ya
I just loved the cover of this book and after reading the synopsis I was hooked. Wendy and Rain were once best friends but then Wendy starts to run on the wild side. Rain watches her friend wondering what happened, only knowing that deep down inside she knows the true Wendy. The Wendy she knows had a “huge heart and could keep a secret”. Rain doesn’t run with the crowd because she feels as if they are always staring and making fun of her, laughing at her cleft palate and the way that she talks. ...more
May 15, 2012 Annette rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Girl in the Park tugged at my heartstrings, as I struggled with Rain, the main character, to come to terms with the death of a friend and struggle to understand who committed this awful crime.

Wendy and Rain used to be best friends, but Wendy started to hang out with a wilder set, and became obsessed with boys. Rain is at a party with Wendy, and talks to her a little bit, but Wendy has decided to set her sites on a boy -- one who of course has a girlfriend -- and Rain has no idea that this wi
Ms. Yingling
When Wendy's mother calls Rain very early in the morning asking if Rain saw her former friend at a party the night before, we know something is wrong. When Wendy's body later shows up traumatized at a playground in Central Park, the girls' entire private school is thrown into chaos. At first, police suspect a vagrant in the killing, but soon Nico, a popular boy whom Wendy was trying to steal away from Sasha, becomes a suspect because of Wendy's interest in him. Rain is very effected by the murde ...more
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Rating: ★ ★ ★ ☆ (3.5/5 stars)

The Girl in the Park  initially reads like a cautionary tale: wild party girl makes enemies, wanders into the park alone at night and trouble finds her. But things are not always as they appear. Wendy Geller is the aforementioned girl in the park. She loves the party scene and getting the attention of the boys, especially those already spoken for. When her body is found in Central Park, the gossip spreads through th
Krista (CubicleBlindness Reviews)
This story is more than a murder mystery. The reader really gets to know Rain as well.
Rain was born with a cleft pallet. She is teased at school for the way that she talks and Wendy was always nice to her. Rain considered Wendy her friend.
When Wendy is found dead in the park, her mother tries to protect her from the news. But Rain decides to take it upon herself to figure out what might have happened to Wendy in her last days. When Rain begins to ask questions, she gets a lot of negativity from
Aug 07, 2011 Reving rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am loving this whole thing. The Girl in the Park by Mariah Fredericks isn’t due out until next April but I’ve got it on preorder for the library. I’ve never read Fredericks before, but I will look for her books now. Looking for a solid YA mystery? The Girl in the Park is a great one. Set in NYC it tells of the murder of Wendy Geller through the POV of her former best friend, Rain Donovan.
Wendy was a party girl. She loved being the center of attention, flirting with guys and stea
Jun 07, 2012 Becky rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was intense, and had a more bittersweet ending than my usual preferred happy one, but I really liked it in the end. It explores friendship and belonging, betrayal and murder, all in the setting of an exclusive high school in New York City. Rain and Wendy, both on the fringes of the popular crowd at school, used to be friends--once. Times have changed, though, and they've turned into the kind of acquaintances who might only exchange a few words at a party or in the halls at school. The ...more
Feb 23, 2012 Galinor rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
The Girl in the Park is a really good and interesting book to read. I usually don't read that many mystery books but it caught my attention from the beginning to the end, considering I read it all in about a day. The characters are believable and I was interested to see how the relationships between the classmates was developed with the popular and less popular kids.

The book is full of emotion because of the death of Wendy, one of Rain's friends. The pain from the loss to the family and from the
Some young adult books are so hard for me as an adult-adult.

The mystery was decent (honestly, I do not give a crap and a half about how quickly you were able to "figure it out," if you need a challenge that badly, go stare at a Magic Eye poster for a while ("It's a schooner!"), or do a million piece puzzle. Seriously, who cares. It doesn't make me think you have a big penis.), but not really the main drive of the book, I don't think. The heart stabber of the whole thing comes in on the last page
Jun 22, 2012 Jennifer rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: teen, fiction, mystery, 2012
I very rarely read mysteries but synopsis for "The Girl in the Park" seemed promising enough for me to risk it (also, I checked the book out through Overdrive for my Kindle, so the urge to peek ahead was pretty much gone). I'm glad I did since it proved to be thoroughly enjoyable. The unraveling of the mystery was done just right, and Fredericks does a good job at managing the pacing so that it wasn't extremely slow but didn't race through to the end. Rain is an extremely fascinating character: ...more
Katie Latta
Mar 02, 2014 Katie Latta rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Girl in the Park is the story of a shy girl named Rain that is trying to solve the mystery of her only friend's murder. At the start of the book, Rain finds out that there is a dead and abused girl found in the park. That girl happens to be her best friend Wendy. She was just hanging out with her at a party the night before, though she had left early. She wonders if she could have prevented the murder if she would have stayed. She is determined to find out who the murderer is, going from one ...more
Mrs Mommy Booknerd
The summer before my senior year of high school I lost a friend of mine. It was a terrible shock to everyone that knew and loved him. I remember my friends grieving together and trying to make sense of the loss. Traumatic events leave a mark on the fabric of your life. It is a hurt that diminishes but is never forgotten.

The discovery of Wendy Geller's lifeless body in a park leaves a group of friends and fellow students reeling over the death of their friend in THE GIRL IN THE PARK. Each person
Feb 08, 2012 Yiling rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, contemporary, mystery
There were two main reasons why I really liked this book. The mystery was definitely the first thing about the book that drew me in. I love love LOVE a good mystery that delivers. That is realistic. The Girl in the Park definitely has this. Throughout the whole book I found myself nodding my head in agreement whenever Rain suspected somebody. By the end of the end of book, I found myself going Ah-ha! So THAT'S who did it!, because I honestly didn't know.
The other aspect was the story behind the
Kerryn (RatherBeReading)
3.75 stars

I thought this book was really well written. The characters were great, they all seemed really realistic and not overly contrived.

I did guess the 'plot twist' in the story pretty early on but I thought this book has some really great messages so it didn't bother me at all.

I also really appreciated how this book showed how deeply death and grief effects some people, even if that person didn't necessarily know the deceased that well or had earlier on in their life but hadn't had much con
Bestselling author Mariah Fredericks is known for writing perceptive novels about teens’ struggles with peer pressure. Her adult characters are reputed to be as believable as her teen characters. When I got the opportunity to read an advance readers’ copy (ARC) of her newest novel, The Girl in the Park, I couldn’t resist. This murder mystery set in the party world of privileged Manhattan teens definitely sounded intriguing to me. Although it’s a YA novel, I believe it has enough depth to appeal ...more
May 31, 2012 Dana rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
If I am reading a mystery I want a surprise ending...I knew who did it as soon as the character was introduced. Maybe it's all those years of watching Masterpiece Mystery or the ridiculous amount of times I played Clue in 3rd grade, but this one was just too obvious. The side stories about rich kids, New York prep schools, and mean girls was just the same as any other YA fiction and it just didn't feel like anything new at all.
The mystery, the relationships, the realism -- wonderful as always. Mariah's books always turn my expectations about characters around, until every single person has become fully formed and sympathetic by the end of the book (which just makes them that much harder to say goodbye to). Even the villains. Even the people I didn't like or trust at first. Incredible.
Ana Sofia
Very light and quick read, the book keeps you hooked almost from the start however it's painfully predictable, I was able to guess correctly who the killer was as soon as he made an appearance.
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“Just for once, I want someone to want me more than anybody else. To put me first.” 8 likes
“Wendy is still dead. I hadn't understood before: it really doesn't bring them back. Somehow, you think, despite what you know, it will be a trade. Find the person who did the wrong thing and they will suffer instead of the one who was killed. Instead, that person just suffers too.” 6 likes
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