Wish You Were Dead (Thrillogy, #1)
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Str-S-d:
I’ll begin with Lucy. She is definitely first on the list. You can’t believe how it feels to be in the cafeteria and turn around and there she is staring at me like I’m some disgusting bug or vermin. Does she really think I WANT to be this way? I hate you, Lucy. I really hate you. You are my #1 pick. I wish you were dead.

The day after anonymous blogger Str-S-d wish...more
Hardcover, 236 pages
Published September 22nd 2009 by EgmontUSA
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4 stars

Wow, not bad. Definitely what I wanted and expected from Wish You Were Dead , I succeeded in scaring myself shitless! Although I didn't like the beginning of the book because it focused on heroine's crush towards a new boy in school instead of the problem but that changed as the story goes. It got creepy and I liked it.

The story is brilliant because the person who's a serial killer is the least I expected. I was freaked out every time I read from the killer's perspective. Honestly, I did...more
Katie
Wish You Were Dead is one of the most unique stories I have read recently. It was also one of the creepiest. It definitely wasn’t in the same category of creepy as The Devouring but it was really scary in its own way and what is worse is that it was way more realistic. The stuff that happened in Wish You Were Dead could very well happen in real life and that was what made it so hard for me to read.

From the summary you can tell that teenagers are being kidnapped based on the writings of an anony...more
Jordyn
Wish You Were Dead

Wish You Were Dead explains a story about kids that go missing in one of the nicest towns. The main characters in this book are Madison, Lucy, Adam, Whitney, and Tyler. Lucy was the first one to go missing. It wasn’t long until the others started to disappear as well. It was only the popular kids who started to disappear, no one else. Nobody knows where the children have went, and Madison thinks it’s up to her to try and save them, until she becomes locked with the same situat...more
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Sally Kruger aka "Readingjunky" for TeensReadToo.com

If you are looking for a good thriller, look no further. WISH YOU WERE DEAD by Todd Strasser has everything you're looking for.

When a popular teen from a wealthy, gated community disappears right off her front lawn, everyone is scared. Then, when two more teens disappear within the same week, panic sets in.

Madison has always liked being part of the "in" crowd, but she hesitates and tries to distance herself when they start bashing t...more
Nancy
stupid. bunch of whiny high school kids, I almost wished they would all end up dead. oh that wasn't very nice. tiresome, unsupervised teens in peril from a mysterious person who is making them disappear one by one. Has some dialogue from the culprit that makes it a little edgy, but in the end, I didn't really care whether they were found or not. I completely lost interest when the main character said for the third time, "THERE ARE LIVES AT STAKE!!"
A&E
Reviewed by my brother, Gregory.

Oh boy, Wish You Were Dead is capital-C Creepy! I loved it and was sucked in from the first pages.


An anonymous blogger starts talking about the kids that are mean to her at school. Then it escalates to wishing those kids are dead, and guess what? They go missing.

Our protagonist, Madison, feels responsible since she had taken the first girl, Lucy, home the night she was kidnapped but didn't watch her go in. That's when Lucy got snatched. When other kids start dis...more
Amy Y.
The book "Wish You Were Dead" is a similar version of another story written by Lois Duncan, "I Know what you did Last Summer". Madison Archer, a student of Soundview High school suddenly gets mysterious death threats after her best friend had disappeared. In addition, a blogger called Str-s-d posts up blogs of how much he/she wants the popular kids to drop dead. Time is running out. Madison needs to find out who is behind this whole puzzle scheme before she is next!

This book was very interesting...more
Veronika
Mar 15, 2014 Veronika rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: those who like mystery thriller and not shy away from a little craziness
“If you've never known someone your own age who's died, you can't imagine what it feels like. It's as if you were walking on a glass floor and it suddenly shatters and now you're falling and falling and there's broken glass in the air all around you and no bottom in sight.”

I absolutely loved this book, it was one of the most unique ones I've ever read. It is a mystery thriller, but unlike others this is realistic, these things can happen in real life too, rarely but that doesn't make it less cre...more
Thomas
Lucy Cunningham is the most popular girl attending Soundview High. She is drop dead gorgeous and stunningly attractive - everyone wishes to stand in her shoes. That is, until one night Lucy is mysteriously kidnapped after receiving a ride home.

Madison Archer is wrecked by feelings of guilt and anxiety - after all, she was the last person to see Lucy before she disappeared. Thankfully, she has a new crush to keep her preoccupied. Tyler is the new, secretive guy at her school who always dons a bla...more
Monicag
I read a book “Wish you were dead” by Todd Strasser. This book explains about anonymous blogger Str-S-d writes about what happens to her and wishes someone dead. It wishes Lucy Cunningham dead because she’s popular and being rude so it has something to do with a past.”I hate you Lucy,I really hate you. you are my number #1 pick. I wish you were dead.” I think this book is amazing because it gives a suspense and a mystery. The main character is Madison, she’s different from Lucy.I don’t like Lucy...more
Ruby
The way the book was narrated and presented to the readers is awesome. With a mixture of blogs, comments to the blog, notes, and the narration of Madison, its certainly a new twist to me. Though the writer is male, he had presented the point of view of a female very accurately, in fact, I had to look at the back cover of the book to ensure that the author is indeed male and not a female since I throughly believed the female narration and what goes on in the mind of the girl, esp when they're att...more
Les
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Kari

Okay- this book was creepy. In many different ways was it creepy but I really liked it- partly because of that. The premise is great- a different take on the whole who done it kind of thing and what I really enjoyed about this book was how many different aspects of current times it incorporated. The use of blogs- something that seems innocent and just gets it out there- and how just saying anything can come back at you was a big portion of this entire premise. The movie Juno came in to play a fe...more
KacieJoEh
Wish You Were Dead is about a girl, Madison Archer, who lives in a rich, safe town and comes from a wealthy family. She is living the life, until her close friends start disappearing one by one. The small city has never had anything like this before, so everyone is on high alarm. Madison is completely freaked and finds it even creepier when this new boy she is crushing on acts extremely suspicious and is definitely hiding something from her. To make things worse, she has a cyberstalker that know...more
Jetlynn
The title of the novel that I read for this assignment is Wish You Were Dead by Todd Strasser. The thing that I liked most about this book is the fact that there are so many twists and turns. And although there are a number of twists and turns, the book is still easily followed. One thing that I didn't enjoy about this book was that there are some parts at the beginning where another character, besides the main character, was writing on their blog. The initial problem with this is that the read...more
Gina Richardson/Mengarelli
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Sam
May 26, 2010 Sam rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: ya
I picked this up simply because it was a Strasser book and I'm fond of him. It wasn't a let down, but I am left kind of saying "Meh." Frankly, it's probably just coming from the fact that this book is targeted at a lower reading level (I'd say younger audience but frankly the subject matter is a bit too heavy for that).

This book is a bit of a hybrid; it switches between focusing on a blog written by one of the characters (we don't know who) complaining about the popular people at school and a na...more
Janie
The book starts with anonymous blogger writing about how she is mercilessly bullied in school and how much she wishes that those people were dead. Suddenly, those people start to disappear, one by one. The story progresses and it is evident that those people are abducted and kept in very undesirable conditions. It is narrated first person by a girl named Madison, whose friends are those being taken. Oh, and there’s a mysterious new kid that she likes who very obviously knows something, but is co...more
Audrey  *Ebook and Romance Lover*
This book is the best suspense thrilling book. It's like watching a Criminal Minds episode except you are reading it.

The day after anonymous blogger Str-S-d wishes the popular girl would die Lucy vanishes. Then the blogger wishes Adam, Lucy's boyfriend would die and he also disappears. Everyone starts getting panic and wonder if Soundview is safe anymore.

Madison has liked being popular but she starts distancing herself when her two friends disappear.

When her friend, Lucy, disappears after be...more
Sarah
Warning! This is one scary book! I ended up staying up to finish this book because I literally couldn't sleep. Str-S-d starts a blog complaining about the popular kids in their high school and even starts to talk about how they wish some of them would die. When these popular kids start disappearing no one in the comfortable suburb of Soundview can believe this is happening in their safe little community. In the first of many twists, the story is primarily told from the perspective of "nice" popu...more
Aideeeee
Fue loco, me recordaba a Pretty Little Liars. Idk. Me reí mucho y la pasé bomba, pero no creo que ese sea el objetivo del libro.

Tal vez no le encontré el objeto, creo que va sobre bullying (?)
Kricket
students in soundview are disappearing without a trace. the link? they're all popular. madison knows that the mysterious new student, tyler, knows something...but can she find out what it is before it's too late??

one of the more gripping teen thrillers i've read. i'm deducting a star because strasser works facebook into the plot without knowing how it works (you can't be anonymous, you have to have a first name and a last name, not stuff like PBleeker or iamnemesis, and there are no chat rooms)....more
Sarah Terese *Kili!*
Nope. Just nope. Didn't enjoy it. Didn't care.
Didn't like it.
T'is all for now.
Clodawgi
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Sarah
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Sandra
The book is told by Madisons point of view. Madison is a member of the so called in crowd, lives a sheltered life but is one of the only ones who is pretty much liked by everybody. Soon people from her circle are starting to disapear. What is happening to them and can she trust Tyler, the new guy on her school which she got a crush on but who is an outsider and seems to know more as what he wants to say? And who is the mysterious cyber stalker who is writing her mails for a half year? Is he the...more
Janette
No one takes the anonymous blogger seriously when she wishes the most popular girl in high school, Lucy Cunningham, was dead, until Lucy goes missing. The rich town is shocked and saddened by her disappearance, but goes into a panic when another popular kid, Adam also goes missing. When a third student disappears, the town goes on lockdown and enforces a mandatory curfew. The disappearances all have a connection with the protagonist Madison, and she takes it upon herself to find and rescue her f...more
Ursula Clancy
OH MY DEAR GOD! I can honestly say this is one of the best books I have ever read. I was one of the first I ever found on goodreads and I really wanted it because I thought it looked really good; I was not dssapointed. I literally couldn't put it down. I went to bed REALLY late s that I could read more and more. I loved it so much. It was SOOOO gripping and simply amazing. Todd Strasser is an absolute GENIUS and an EXTREMELY talented writer. This is the first book I have read by him and already...more
T.M. Carper
Part of a "trilogy" that starts innocently enough with the usual teenage "I wish so-and-so would die". Unfortunately, this particular wish comes true.

But the popular it girl isn't the only victim - she's the first. Plenty of twists follow in this YA murder mystery/thriller. Hard to put down.
Lucy
4/5

Este libro lo leí por casualidad y bueno...admito que desde el principio me engancho y esta muy bueno el libro pero...........

siempre hay un pero.......

las primeras 50 paginas esta muy bueno... y todo el misterio de la manera que lo maneja Todd esta ideal. Porque comienzas a pensar que el asesino... oh bueno el secuestrador es "X" persona cuando en realidad al llegar al final no tiene nada que ver y te quedas como WTF????

osea que??????

pero en fin.... el libro me gusto. No me mato como lo hac...more
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Todd Strasser is an American author of more than 130 young-adult and middle grade novels and novelizations, some written under the pen names Morton Rue and T.S.Rue


Todd was born in New York City. When he was young his parents moved to Roslyn Heights, New York (Long Island). Todd went to the I.U. Willets Elementary school and then attended the Wheatley School for junior high and high school. His bes...more
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“If you've never known someone your own age who's died, you can't imagine what it feels like. It's as if you were walking on a glass floor and it suddenly shatters and now you're falling and falling and there's broken glass in the air all around you and no bottom in sight.” 4 likes
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