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What Happened to Cass McBride?

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"The setting is claustrophobic, the characters are complex and the story will keep readers on the edge of their seats," KLIATT raved of this vivid, fast-paced psychological thriller in a starred review. Kyle Kirby has planned a cruel and unusual revenge on Cass McBride, the most popular girl in school, for the death of his brother David. He digs a hole. Kidnaps Cass. Puts ...more
Kindle Edition, 211 pages
Published December 14th 2008 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (first published November 1st 2006)
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Holy Cow! That was, literally, what I said to myself after turning the last page of Gail Giles's newest release, WHAT HAPPENED TO CASS MCBRIDE? Although I've read many of the author's books in the past, I have to say that I think this one, even more than SHATTERING GLASS or PLAYING IN TRAFFIC, is my new favorite.

The plot is pretty straight-forward; is, in fact, told pretty matter-of-factly on the inside cover. Something bad has happened to pretty, popular Cass
Mar 09, 2009 Naomi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Mar 05, 2009 Hannah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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In What Happened to Cass McBride by Gail Giles, Cass is one of the most popular girls in school. She has great grades, her father is rich and she has multiple friends. One day, an odd-looking boy named David Kirby approaches her. Very awkwardly, he asks her to go on a date with him. Secretly disguised by his proposal, She kindly replies that she’s busy for a while. David accepts this excuse and goes off. Then, Cass writes a letter to her best friend calling David gay and the worst kind of loser ...more
Joanne♥~Bookworm Extraordinaire
This book was ok.

It is about guy named Kyle who blamed his brother David's suicide on girl named Cass McBride. Cass McBride turned David down when he asked her out. That wasn't all. She also wrote a nasty mean note about him to her friend which he found. Then he hung himself. Kyle who is in extreme grief kidnapped Cass and buried her alive. The rest of the book is about Cass trying to talk her way out of death by trying to get Kyle to let her go. The story is told in 3 POVs. Cass's pov is when s
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Kyle Kirby blames mean-girl Cass McBride for his brother David's suicide. He kidnaps then buries her, determined to tell her just how rotten she is before she dies. Told in the points of view of Kyle, Cass and a police detective, readers will learn how both Cass and David collided on similar, yet very different paths.

Gail Giles paced WHAT HAPPENED TO CASS MCBRIDE with enough tension to have me hold my breath while I hoped for a positive resolution. I love Giles's storytelling and writing style.

Jun 11, 2016 Nicky rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quite good for a short book.
Brianna K
Oct 29, 2011 Brianna K rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“What Happened to Cass McBride?” by Gail Giles is a mysterious, suspenseful, deep, and intelligent must-read! One quote that put me on edge was, “‘We’re running out of time.’” (121) Just reading this makes me wonder, ‘What’s happening? What will happen to Cass? Is she going to make it? Will they find her in time?’ This on its own, makes me want to read, read, read! If you can get into a book and allow suspense then this is a perfect book for you. “‘Never make it a question. Answer with authority ...more
Sep 22, 2011 Ruby rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
PERSONAL REACTION: Cass McBride is a popular, smart, pretty girl who is used to getting what she wants. Kyle Kirby’s little brother, David, has just hung himself from a tree with a note attached to his body. Ben Gray is a detective investigating the disappearance of a teenage girl who was apparently snatched from her bedroom. In the novel What Happened to Cass McBride? the paths of these characters cross in a tragic way. Alternating the narrative from these three characters’ points of view, the ...more
May 23, 2012 Jordan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book so quick. I did feel bad that David offed himself after being rejected by Cass,having hope of a future date and then finding that note but it wasnt really Cass's fault. It was David and Kyle's mom's fault. If his mom wouldnt have made David a mess,if she wouldnt have spent so much time hating david for no reason,the note wouldnt have hurt David that much.Kyle didnt have to bury Cass alive because he felt that he didnt protect David enough. In those moment when Kyle was telling C ...more
Mar 04, 2016 Josiah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
What Happened to Cass McBride? takes the typical teen psychological thriller and cranks the volume way up, decibels pounding mercilessly through overwrought speakers, blowing us out of our comfort zone for such stories. The book preys on one of mankind's darkest, most primordial terrors, claustrophobia, ramping up the fear factor so it touches us us even where we sit reading in complete safety. You'll find yourself gasping for air and struggling to keep your body from reflexively spasming along ...more
Abby Wigglesworth
This book is very clever from how it is written as well as the story line. It explains how words can do so much to influence people and how popular a person is can also influence someone. It is a great book because how the author writes. It is able to show the reader all the different perspectives from the detective's, from the main character, Cass Mcbride, to Kyle Kirby's point of views. It is a very controversial book that isn't easy to find answers to these questions: what drives someone to s ...more
Aug 24, 2016 Gisele rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Sydney Bartel
May 04, 2016 Sydney Bartel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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May 27, 2011 Chris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I chose to read this book because my reading group choose it. The Genre of the book is fiction. The setting of thie book takes place in alot of different places. One is in under a greenhouse, one is in a box burried under the greenhouse, and one is at the police station. If i were to describe the main character it would ave to be crazy, phyko, hurt, in alot of pain, angry, and sad. In the begining of this book a kid named David wants to get a girlfriend because he thinks that his mother would ap ...more
Apr 14, 2014 Joke rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't read this kind of book very often. I used to, until I fell in love with Science-fiction and doomed loves.
What happened to Cass Mcbride is not just a thriller.
From the beginning, you knowhow That Cass is burried a live and you know That Kyle did it.
This book is writen in 3 characters : Cass, Kyle and Ben ( police officer).
But not only there are not only 3 characters who tell the story but Also 3 different times.
Kyle is sitting in the police office while Cass is still lying in her grave
Sarah (YA Love)
Talk about a suspenseful book! The story is told from the perspectives of Kyle, Cass and the detective, Ben allowing us to learn what has happened from the time Cass is kidnapped to when Kyle is in police custody. I was instantly hooked, but who wouldn’t be intrigued by a teenager burying a girl alive?! Kyle’s brother, David, has killed himself and Kyle blames Cass. Her punishment is to be buried alive, but she also has to listen to Kyle tell David’s tragic life story and how she led to his suic ...more
Jun 03, 2015 Dylan14_20 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book What Happened to Cass McBride by Gail Giles had many creepy and intense from one girls kidnapping. Told from many peoples point of view, What Happened to Cass McBride has been many adventurous ideas such as revenge, entitlement, self-hatred, and dysfunctional parent-child relationships. I believe next year’s 8th graders should read this book because this is really thrilling and has a lot of clues leading up to the main event.
This book was really thrilling because most of the book Cass
Oct 25, 2010 Haley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The chilling story goes beyond what you may think its about. Generally speaking from the cover and the summary of it you think that a girl is buried alive, maybe you also think she will either make a remarkable rescue to herself or maybe you think she is going to die. For me I thought as soon as I started reading I figured the person who buried her was out to get revenge on her. Although Cass seemed to be the perfect girl, perfect grades, perfect friends we quickly learn that when you have to f ...more
Mar 04, 2013 Courtney rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What happend to cass mcbride? By Gail Giles, is filled with suspense, it makes you want to flip to the next page normally i hate reading but this book wAs definetaly one of the best books, the main character is cass who was the popular girl in school who always hung out witht the "cool" kids, This book’s centerpiece is the suicide of David Kyle. One night, after a negative encounter at school which was when he tryed to ask cass out, David Kyle hangs himself from his tree in his front yard. He pi ...more
Max Knutsen
Mar 10, 2011 Max Knutsen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought that What Happened to Cass Mcbride was a very good book and a great suspense novel. All of the characters were very complex and just when you thought you knew them, they did something to show you they were different. It was very interesting how the story was told, first of all, they told who tried to kill Cass in the very first sentence. Second of all, the point of view kept switching to different people during different times. Gail Giles did a fantastic job switching between people an ...more
Ardea Smith
Oct 31, 2013 Ardea Smith rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Title / Author / Publication Date: What Happened to Cass McBride?/Gail Giles/2006

Genre: Fiction

Format: Hardcover

Plot summary: After his younger brother commits suicide, Kyle Kirby decides to exact revenge on the person he holds responsible.

Considerations or precautions for readers advisory: The main character Kyle decides to engage in vigilante justice, burying a girl alive in a casket he's built with the intent of killing her.

Review citation: Quinones, S. (2007). [What Happened to Cass McBride
Evan Bautch
May 11, 2011 Evan Bautch rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Chelsea Cummins
Sep 30, 2014 Chelsea Cummins rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I still think about this book, which makes me believe that that's good writing. Cass McBride is a popular girl, who doesn't really think about how she treats others or the things that come out of her mouth. All of that changes when something terrible happens that sends her school into a tailspin and sends Cass under a blanket of guilt. Unfortunately, the weight of guilt is not just a metaphor, but the real thing. Someone, in order to punish her, drugs her and buries her alive. Cass has to use he ...more
Nov 24, 2008 Alyssa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anybody who loves thrillers
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This boook was to DIEEEE for!!! It was absolutly amazing and it left me wanting more. It's a bone-chilling, frightening story that could possibly happen, which is quite scary. My favorite part was when he was letting her into his thoughts. I think that they should deffinatly make this a movie, it would be incredible and i would go see it more then a hundred times. This book in my point of view, would alomst make it to the top ten books to read after the Twilight series.
Marjorie Abe
Sep 26, 2014 Marjorie Abe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First .. i was a bit confused if who is who? but then,i've got it.. (or i was not really focusing on the first 3 chapter) .. well, what can i say? This book was really nice. really nice in a way that i can feel Cass when she's under the ground , buried alive. I felt i was craving for oxygen too! At the end of the book, i was like "that's all? i thought Kyle and Cass could be lovers in the end after the incident" but nah.. i'll just create my own ending, though :D
Mar 31, 2009 Nathalie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
this books basically about how a boy wants revenge on a popular teenage girl.kyle kirby (the boy who TRYS to get revenge on the girl ) tries to burry cass mcbride (the popular one) alive... but will he succeed?
i like this this book becuase it has drama and really describes things so you get a better look at what your reading. people who like suspition and intense moment would like this book. i got this book from ms woodards libary.
Jun 05, 2011 Trisha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
a really great tale told from many perspectives to tell the full story. It's normally hard for me to really like a book when I don't know that anyone in it has any redeeming values, but I did manage to enjoy this one. Perfect read as the weather changes and spooky movies start playing nightly on TV.
Vanessa Vasquez
Dec 19, 2013 Vanessa Vasquez rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was addicting from finish to start. It's a very light read but griping and graphic at the same time. It will have you on the edge of your seat. It's a tragedy that's some what of an eye opener to the harsh reality that some teens live in
If you don't like YA over the top, this book is not for you. Suicide, live burial, status loving fathers, cruel mothers, alternating point of view, this book has it all. A bit too much for me, but I enjoyed the themes of blame, responsibility and revenge.
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Gail Giles is the author of six young adult novels. Her debut novel, Shattering Glass, was an ALA Best of the Best Book, a Book Sense 76 selection, and a Booklist Top 10 Mystery for Youth selection. The novel is about an high school boy named Simon Glass that is helped to become one of the most popular dogs in school by other students. Her second novel, Dead Girls Don’t Write Letters, was an ALA T ...more
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