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The Death Of Us

3.40  ·  Rating details ·  184 ratings  ·  44 reviews
A recovered friendship, a dark secret, and a love triangle with a deadly angle…

Callie is shocked when her friend Ivy reappears after an unexplained three-year absence, but the girls pick up where they left off, and suddenly Callie’s summer is full of parties, boys and fun. Beneath the surface, things aren't what they seem, however, and when a handsome boy with a dark past
ebook, 224 pages
Published September 2nd 2014 by HarperTrophy
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Aug 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
A tragic romance? A suspense novel? An exploration of the complexities of family life? A book about mean-girling gone desperately wrong? This tightly-written novel is told from three different perspectives, and Kuipers manages to balance their stories with excellent pacing and humour. It's a relatively quick read, and the twist at the end will make you want to re-read it the minute you get to the shocking conclusion.
Aug 20, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am usually not a fan of books written in multiple POVs, I usually do not like books that start off with the end cliffhanger and then start from the beginning. But in The Death of Us, all of the above worked in such a way that made me love this book so much.

POVs, or point of views, are always important in a novel and as a reader I always tend to gravitate to one more than another, and that was no different in this novel. Callie was my favourite I think because i was able to relate to her and
Oct 04, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-for-reiews, 2014
Describe this book in one sentence- A suspenseful young adult contemporary coming- of- age novel about being true to yourself.

Rating- PG-13

Why this rating?- LGBTQ references, kissing, drugs, and alcohol use.

For ages- Okay, so on the Harper Collins Canada Site they advise 14 and up, but I'm going to advise this for readers 16 and older due to above listed content.

Recommended to- Fans of Amy & Roger's Epic Detour and those who like not knowing what’s going on.

Stars- Two and a half out of
Aug 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Callie is living her too-good-to-be-true life: her mom’s a successful writer and new mother to baby Cosmo; her father works at the university; Callie has great friends, is successful at school including writing serious articles for the school newspaper. But everything is not as it seems. Ivy materializes after a three-year absence, poisoning Callie’s relationship with her good friend Kurt, who is also editor of the newspaper. When JK Rowling’s Harry Potter series came out years ago, adult ...more
Jul 11, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read an advance reader copy of this and really enjoyed it. The sparing, poetic style is reminiscent of We Were Liars by E. Lockhart -- as is the plotline, which combined present-day actions with those of a few weeks before. The three narrators have distinct voices, allowing you to really get to know Kurt, Ivy and Callie. All that said, the action, mystery and suspense will make this a good pick for teens who (like me) will likely be so anxious to figure out all of the mysteries that they'll ...more
Nov 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is not a long book, very quick read, but packs quite an impact.
It's a coming of age story of Callie, a good girl, whose estranged best friend Ivy comes back to town after a three year absence. Despite her parents' wishes because of things from the past, Callie finds herself unable to stay away from Ivy, Callie spreads her wings a little, has some normal teenage fun and discovers truths about herself.
A quick read, but definitely intense, spellbinding and worth reading.
Kathy Coe
Not at all what I was expecting. Minor issues, but overall very enjoyable.
Indigo Wayworth
Aug 02, 2014 rated it it was ok
Was not a fan of the writing style. The characters were interesting, but not totally captivating. I wasn't really invested in the story. Review to come.
Vanessa Browne
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Meaghan Taaffe
Oct 22, 2015 rated it liked it
2.5 stars
This kind of felt like one of the better free eBook novels. Not terrible, but still. A free eBook novel.
Whoa. Did not expect that. Review to come.
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“Police and ambulance workers are pulling a car out of the river. The car is smashed up but not beyond recognition.
It’s Ivy’s car.
My stomach rolls.
It’s Ivy’s car.
Angel is frantic.
Oh man, I think. Callie.”

Callie Carraway and Ivy Foulds. Two best friends as inextricable and devoted as any two girls could be. That is until a potentially deadly, disastrous discovery and a sudden separation make it appear as though that
3 stars. This was a quick easy read and I flew through it. The author had me hooked right away going back and forth between present and days before the present event. I loved reading from the 3 different perspectives, it let me as the reader get to know the characters and be able to know everything as each of the characters were missing certain parts which made you understand their actions, while also getting frustrated because as the reader I knew the truth for each person. There were a couple ...more
Ida Kubach
Jul 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
The death of us is a very gripping book, that's mainly because, the characters in the book are so well written, so props to that Alice Kuipers. I could really relate to all of the characters on some level.
I loved how the book shifts perspective from person to person, but I think Xander could've been a little more described, or that we for example also saw from his point of view. It takes a little while for you to realize, what the book really is about, so you just have to keep reading. Overall
Jessica C Writes
Aug 23, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: ya-contemporary
This book felt unfinished- it felt as if no one bothered to read it and look for any mistakes.

I did not enjoy the story, the characters felt so fake, and the writing style was not for me.

Kind of mad I let this one sit on my TBR for so long when I could have taken it off ages ago.
Nanci Pattenden
Oct 03, 2019 marked it as too-boring-to-finish  ·  review of another edition
Got to page 12 and put it down. Other than a text saying there was an accident, nothing much happens. The opening is supposed to draw the reader in, not bore them. I see if has a lot of good reviews, but it's just not for me.
Feb 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Quick, easy read. Didn’t see that twist coming even though she did hint at it several times. It was a gut punch I still haven’t recovered from.
Dec 04, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Alice Kuipers does something very well in The Death of Us that few authors succeed at in my opinion. She gives voice to several characters in first person narratives, and they each have a distinct and believable voice.

I adore Callie's nerdy musings as she jogs "I feel like Odysseus travelling to exotic lands, and I wonder where the Lotus-Eaters are, or where the Cyclops lives" (29). The way phrases pop into her head, the way she struggles to write down her myriad of ideas, and almost everything
Jun 05, 2016 added it
Recommends it for: teenagers
The Death of Us by Alice Kuipers begins with a sixteen-year-old teenage girl named Callie (the protagonist). She lives in Endenville with her family, which consists of her dad, mom and baby brother, Cosmo. She has many friends and lives an average life, but her life starts to change when her old friend Ivy returns after a mysterious three-year absence. No one knows why she left Kansas City and returned to Edenville, but Callie is just happy to reunite with her best friend even though Callie’s ...more
Jules Goud
Dec 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
Definitely not what I was expecting from this book.

I feel like lots of people can draw connections with this book. Both Ivy and Callie have characteristics and issues that are very real today. They have issues that people deal with on a regular basis. In this novel, we get to see what happens when you don't talk to people, and get help and when you do talk to people and get help. Both sides of the spectrum is here for the readers to see.

I only wish that we had gotten to learn a little bit more
Dec 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
**5+ STARS**

Holy shit. I can definitely say that very few books have affected me as much as this one did. The ending had me full out sobbing and shaking like a leaf. Like wow... I'm really at a loss for words right now. I don't think I'll ever be able to shake this story from my mind... And Alice Kuiper's writing? It was incredible; so poetic and dream-like throughout. The entirety of this book had such a nostalgic, bittersweet feel to it, and the darker moments were so heart-wrenching, it felt
Jul 26, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Wendy Mihell
Apr 18, 2016 rated it it was ok
Sort of a disappointment. I've been a huge Alice Kuipers fan ever since I read Life on the Refrigerator Door and The Worst Thing She Ever Did, but this one couldn't live up to the other two by far. The way it was framed (before and after the incident) made it difficult to follow at points, especially with shifting points of view. However, the plot was full of well-disguised surprises and the characters of Ivy and Callie were both very well done. Maybe I'm just getting too old for teen fiction? ...more
Ryley (Ryley Reads)
I... I don't know what to feel.

This book was so bizarre and insane. At first I enjoyed it, and then things started getting weird and then it ended.

I definitely had no clue what was happening for most of this book. There was a point where I thought that there was some sort of dissociative identity disorder going on and then I wasn't too sure.

I'm still not sure what happened. The ending was so abrupt I don't really know why Ivy became the person she did. And I can't believe what happened with
May 26, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
This is a very quick read, well suited for young adults. Seventeen year old Callie faces a full range of conflicted emotions when an old friend moves back next door and she is torn between remaining the "good girl" or ditching her current friend and adding some daring to her otherwise predictable life. Having said that, it's not the usual teen after school special type of lecture and there's plenty of stuff happening for such a short novel. The story is fast paced and has a nice little twist at ...more
Nov 19, 2015 rated it did not like it
The story progressed much faster than I would've liked and the characters were younger than I expected them to be. Also, the characteristics of the main girls were way too cliché for my liking. It just seemed to be the same as any other book I've ever read where the gorgeous outgoing girl tries to make her average 'best friend' more like her so people will like her or whatever. Very quick read but not really enjoyable.
May 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Alice Kuiper's newest YA novel is one of those unputdownable books, the kind that makes your fingers twitch to pick it up and keep reading.
The story is told from three different perspectives, counting down to the disastrous night where the story first begins. The tension builds with every chapter, making it harder and harder to stop reading. Filled with secrets and emotionally charged, it's the kind of read that leaves you with your breath caught in your throat. A definite must read.
Sylvia McNicoll
Mar 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Alice Kuipers makes me want to be a better writer. More lyrical, more poetic. There's a lot going on here but I particularly liked the way she dealt with the relationship between two best friends. Haven't we all had that friend our parents didn't like, the one we wish we could be more like? This novel shows us that Mom and Dad might have been right.
Rachel Seigel
Feb 20, 2015 rated it liked it
I'd like to give this 3.5 stars. there were aspects of this book that i really liked, and a bit of a twist, but other aspects could have been better developed. i think there were too many themes, where fewer things going on would have made this stronger.
Kristine Scarrow
Sep 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
Couldn't put it down and had to finish it in one afternoon.
It was a delicious read--so layered and peppered with twists and turns. I loved the relationship between Callie and Ivy and all of its complexities. Terrific read!
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