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The Cutting Room Floor

3.22  ·  Rating Details  ·  184 Ratings  ·  61 Reviews
Behind-the-scenes secrets could turn deadly for Desmond and Riley

Life in the Heights has never been easy for seventeen-year-old Riley Frost, but when she's publicly dumped and outed at the same time, she becomes an immediate social outcast at her high school. So Riley swears off romance and throws herself into solving the shocking murder of her favorite teacher, Ms. Dunn.

Paperback, 305 pages
Published October 8th 2013 by Flux (first published October 1st 2013)
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Faye, la Patata

If this book could be summed up in one sentence, it would be this: it's all over the place. I swear, it is. What could have been an interesting and intriguing novel turned out to be a mess of many dilemmas and problems, and throughout reading it, I wasn't 100% sure what kind of book it was supposed to be. Mystery? Romance? Psychological? About finding and accepting your sexuality? A bit of this and a bit of that? Truthfully, I don't mind reading a book about various themes, but it just bothered
Kelsey Sutton
May 15, 2013 Kelsey Sutton rated it it was amazing
I LOVED this book.

Every issue Dawn Klehr touched - struggle with identity, suspense, friendship, beginnings and endings - was so poignant and perfect. Riley was such a real person; she had her flaws, she had uncertainties, and most of all she was a character I could relate to. All the people in her life were also so powerful and individualistic.

Then there's Dez. Oh, what to say about Dez? Logically, I know I should dislike him. He makes horrible choices and his obsession with Riley is ultimatel
Sep 06, 2013 Karen rated it really liked it
Shelves: reveiwed
I would like to thank Flux and Netgalley for the chance to read this book for my honest review

This book was great. I loved the writing style of this book how the scenes were written by a film director. I think it gave you a better feeling for the surrounding. I also liked the characters. Riley finds herself confused and unsure of what she wants, that is what you should feel when your seventeen. I could feel her pain and understand where she was coming from. Desmond (Dez), welllll ok I liked him
May 17, 2013 Melodie rated it really liked it
I received this ARC courtesy of NetGalley. The blurb - and double POV - intrigued me bc it features a very different kind of triangle, and one person whose obsession becomes toxic.

There are two protags - Riley and Desmond - who've been friends for a long time. Riley thinks she's gay and Desmond is sure he's not. He's in love with Riley and will do anything to make her feel the same way. Including sabotaging her relationships. Riley comes across as a pretty boiler-plate MC (except for her attract
Sep 24, 2013 Bobbie rated it it was amazing
This book was awesome! I read it in a couple days because I could not put this book down. The writing was brilliant, with just enough suspense and intrigue to keep you guessing and wanting more. There's a couple different story lines happening which made for an interesting read and the author does a fantastic job of tying it all together.

Riley and Desmond are lifelong friends but she's dealing with her own confusing love life while he has his sights set on manipulating her right into his arms.
Oct 14, 2013 Sara rated it it was amazing
The debut YA novel from my critique partner Dawn Klehr - a compelling and satisfying story of secrets and manipulation. Well done!
Sep 24, 2013 Lanniereads rated it it was amazing
Cool movie theme, creepy story, flawed but sympathetic characters make this one a fun, scary, and unique thriller.
Kathy Martin
Oct 04, 2013 Kathy Martin rated it it was amazing
This story was a combination of thriller and romance taking place in a high school outside the Twin Cities. It is told in the first person by two narrators. Desmond Brandt wants to be a film director and sees everything as though it were a movie. Riley Frost is an actress who is going through some issues with her sexuality. She has just had a very public break-up with her girlfriend which has made her a pariah in her high school. She is also still reeling from the death of her favorite teacher w ...more
Kari Marie
Nov 13, 2013 Kari Marie rated it it was amazing
Great book by a debut author that kept me guessing until the last pages!

The change these characters went through felt so authentic. I connected with Riley and Dez through the transformation they experienced, and I thought the author did a great job tying it all together.
Lexxie (un)Conventional Bookviews
*I received a free ARC of The Cutting Room Floor from Flux via Netgalley in exchange of an honest review*

Full review to come soon.

This and all my other reviews are originally posted on my blog (un)Conventional Bookviews
Oct 06, 2013 Dixiehanspark rated it really liked it
Could not put the book down. So many turn of events that keeps you on your toes when reading. Love how the author incorporates today's life issues with teens and all kinds of results. (Not cheesy or predictable!).
Oct 12, 2013 Kate rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2013
Seriously effed up book, but in a good way. ;) Then ending was not a happily ever after, but isn't that real life?
Dec 22, 2013 Diayll rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of Mystery with Obsessive Characters
Shelves: blog-tour
Originally Reviewed At: Mother/Gamer/Writer
Rating: 4 out of 5 Controllers
Review Source: Blog Tour
Reviewer: Me

The Cutting Room Floor is absolutely insane. I’m still not sure if this novel is good or bad, however I couldn’t put the book down and found myself glued to the pages until I devoured every last sentence. From the very beginning when we are introduced to the CRAZY Dez, I became hooked on his words and his twisted love affair with his best friend Riley. Told from alternating point-of-view’
Stephanie Ward
Dec 09, 2013 Stephanie Ward rated it really liked it
'The Cutting Room Floor' is a gripping young adult mystery/thriller that tells the story of two main characters - Riley Frost and Desmond "Dez" Brandt - as they both embark on journeys that could ruin their lives. Riley's life has been turned upside down at school after being dumped and publicly outed, so she turns to the mystery behind the murder of her teacher, Ms. Dunn, to keep herself busy. Riley turns to Dez, her best friend, for help when things start to get serious. What Riley doesn't kno ...more
Alanna (The Flashlight Reader)
I am not a huge fan of contemporary books so I was not expecting much from The Cutting Room Floor. I was expecting a weird murder mystery, but that wasn’t entirely what I got. There was some aspect of a murder mystery, but it was mostly about a deranged teenage boy’s obsession with the ultimate unattainable girl.

Dez has been in love with Riley for as long as he can remember. Unfortunately for him, Riley doesn’t prefer boys romantically. Of course, this isn’t a problem for Dez because he is so
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2.5 stars
Ya know, when I requested this book I could have sworn it was a murder mystery. That's notto say that it isn't a murder mystery, because it is (kinda) but there is more to it than that. I have this small nagging thought that the blurb was changed; since I actually got this book months ago. I doubt it though. I couldn't tell what was up and what was down and what the heck was going on. It was a jumbled mess.

So, plot one/two. We have Riley
Oct 28, 2013 AdriAnne rated it it was amazing
Read the full review and enter a giveaway for a signed copy of THE CUTTING ROOM FLOOR here:

First off, alternating points-of-view give the reader a separate looks at two very unique characters: Riley and Desmond (Dez). Riley is an aspiring actress in high school questioning her sexuality. It’s so rare to come across bi/lesbian characters in YA books, especially when their struggles to define themselves are so authentically painful and engaging. Riley’s sit
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I love movies. I have wanted to write & direct movies since I was five years old. When other kids were talking about being doctors, teachers and fireman I wanted to be Cecil B Demille and Alfred Hitchcock. So, when I read about a character like Dez, I am always pulled in. Someone who thinks in terms of plot points and speaks in terms of dialogue, AMAZING. Unfortunately, Dez is without a doubt one of the scariest characters I have ever had the experience
Mar 21, 2016 Eve rated it it was ok
An ARC (Advance Readers Copy) was provided by the publisher through NetGalley for review purposes.

I usually pull one-nighters only for books that I'm really interested in finishing and The Cutting Room Floor was one of them. It wasn't just the mystery that pulled me in; the characters were intriguing, too. We know right from the start that Desmond is obsessed with his best friend, Riley, who also happens to be a lesbian and was outed in a very humiliating way by her so-called secret girlfriend,
Brittany Bush
Reviewed for Book Soulmates

“If I knew then what I know now, I never would’ve sent that text. I wouldn’t have done a lot of things. Yeah, if my life were a movie, I’d go back and edit out all the bad stuff. Leave it all on the cutting room floor.

But I can’t. And now I will have to pay.

Big time.”
~Dez, p. 7 of The Cutting Room Floor

Dez and Riley grew up as next door neighbors in the Heights, and they’ve always been close friends. But Dez secretly loves Riley. In fact, it’s more like an obsession
Michael Albro
Oct 26, 2013 Michael Albro rated it it was amazing
I thought this book was excellent and extremely well written. I loved the movie theme throughout and writing some of the scenes like a script was really cool. It tied in nicely with the “Dez directing Riley’s life” thing.

There are two different stories in Cutting Room Floor: the murder of Ms. Dunn and Dez’s manipulation of Riley’s life. Of the two, the plot between Dez and Riley is by far my favorite. The idea of interfering in a person’s life to such an extent of course does not sit well with m
Jan 22, 2015 Mandy rated it liked it

Our READER settles down with a copy of The Cutting Room Floor and a cup of java. She flips to the first pages and the camera closes in as a smile spreads across her face. She finds the story inside is framed loosely like a director's script; even better, it employs lots of showbiz lingo and even pulls out countless classic movies references. Our READER appears instantly enthralled, especially when the two well-imagined main characters, RILEY and DEZ, start to come alive o
May 27, 2014 Melanie rated it it was amazing
I could've finished this book earlier if life didn't get in the way. It was the whodunit factor that kept me going. It started off a little slow but once it got going whoa did this one take off like one of those jets on an aircraft carrier.

Desmond Brandt has it bad for his forever neighbor and friend Riley but its a lost cause because she's just been outed and simultaneously dumped by her secret girlfriend. Her girlfriend is in the closet so why would she expose herself like that and give up a
Elissa Hoole
Nov 11, 2013 Elissa Hoole rated it really liked it
I really liked this book--the many layers, the multi-faceted characters, the suspense, and the film references throughout give the book depth and complexity that I find super interesting. Plus Dez. He's just so fascinating, and I love the psychology of his need to be the director.
Jan 17, 2016 Luisa rated it liked it
Kinda creepy honestly. I did like that none of the characters were primarily good or bad, even the supposed "mean girl" who had her own issues. But some of the main characters were really annoying. That doesn't mean the book was bad, but seriously, they were awful. I'm kind of glad everything didn't turn out perfectly, and people got what they deserved. I would have like the portrayal about being gay and lesbian to have been a little more balanced, it seemed kind of tacked on. I did like the mov ...more
Once Upon a Twilight
Not sure how to describe this book. I know it is categorized into the mystery genre, but in reality this is more drama than anything. We get very little of the mystery, I mean until the very end of the book. So I am not sure why this novel is listed in that genre.

Honestly, this was an easy read. Dez and Riley are next door neighbors. They are also best friends, they tell each other everything – so that is what Riley thinks. Dez is obsessed with Riley and manipulates her relationship to try to ge
Apr 22, 2015 Steph rated it liked it
I really like this book. Basically about love, lust, friendship, and discovering your sexuality. I didn't know how I'd feel about this book but I actually really liked it. The ending was sad but realistic and it gave me a huge slap in the face about how life really is. There was a weird subplot about a murder but honestly, I forgot about it half the time. It would be all normal then *pow* let's solve a murder. Then it would get all normal again and then *pow* murder... I feel like the author had ...more
Oct 18, 2013 Liz rated it it was amazing
Holy wow! I really loved this book! What a page turner. More soon.
Mel Raschke
Riley's life has been turned upside down at school after being dumped and publicly outed, so she turns to the mystery behind the murder of her teacher, Ms. Dunn, to keep herself busy. Riley turns to Dez, her best friend, for help when things start to get serious. What Riley doesn't know is that Dez is secretly in love with her and has been "directing" her life in various ways - blackmailing people, manipulating situations, and other stunts - in the hopes of protecting Riley and having her fall i ...more
Dez is in love with his next door neighbor, Riley Frost. Always has been. Always will be. But he’s never told her. As the story begins, Riley is in a lesbian relationship with Emma and Emma is about to out her and dump her, all at Dez’s secret direction. He’s been secretly meddling with Riley’s love life since middle school, sure that Riley will eventually realize they belong together.

Main characters, Riley Frost and Desmond "Dez" Brandt, tell this story in a powerful, memorable way with Dez, a
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“If my life were a movie ... the title sequence would start out like a typical high school story, but then reveal that something's amiss. There'd be a tight shot, or piece of dialogue, or something that would make the viewer uncomfortable. Something to give them that prickly feeling.
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