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This Is Our Story

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  8,679 ratings  ·  1,511 reviews
Five went in. Four came out.

No one knows what happened that morning at River Point. Five boys went hunting. Four came back. The boys won’t say who fired the shot that killed their friend; the evidence shows it could have been any one of them.

Kate Marino’s senior year internship at the district attorney’s office isn’t exactly glamorous—more like an excuse to leave school e
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published November 15th 2016 by Disney-Hyperion
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Donna Rogers We read it as a class, and we finally decided that Logan took his watch and ring and pawned them to recover the money that Grant supposedly lost (or s…moreWe read it as a class, and we finally decided that Logan took his watch and ring and pawned them to recover the money that Grant supposedly lost (or spent) that was owed to Logan's drug supplier. (less)
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Nov 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Every town has that one group of teens who seemingly get away with everything. Inexplicably, no matter what they do, nothing ever sticks to them.

We all know them. We may even be one of them. There will certainly be no judgements from me on that account.

In Kate Marino's town, this group is the 'River Point Boys', prep school royalty who host the wildest parties and have their hands in every cookie jar. But can they really get away with everything?

Even murder?

After an all-night party, where a lo
C.G. Drews
Feb 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
WELL. Nothing like a bit o' murder amongst friends in a book. I quite enjoyed this one! I mean, I'm not sitting on a rooftop and yelling it's super original and I am squinting at how the secondary characters were pretty much small pancakes. BUT YOU KNOW WHAT?!? I couldn't put it down!! I really wanted to know!! And the premise 1000% intrigues me. And that cover, dude. [insert all the emoji heart eyes here] Also it really features the lawyer/case working side of things which is what I'm here for. ...more
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
Practically everyone liked it but me 😕

“If one of us goes down for this, it’ll be as bad as all of us going down for this,” I say. “We can’t let that happen.”

The concept is awesome. Five go in the woods. Only four come back out. What happened? No one is saying. One of those five is a killer and one is dead. The other three aren’t speaking. Why? Meet the River Point Boys.

The story follows Kate, a high school senior with an internship at the District Attorney’s office. It’s mostly filing, but could provide an inside scoop to the bi
I've loved Ashley's words since I read her first book and she's quickly become a favorite. So obviously I was beyond excited to get my greedy hands on a copy of this one.

I loved Kate right from the beginning. She smart and has such a strive to uncover the truth, no matter what she finds out. I loved being in her head in this book. There were some other great characters {Kate's BFF Reagan is awesome} and some swoony boys. I won't mention who because I don't want to spoil anything. We do get anoth
Jan 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult, romance
BR with the Little Detective. ❤️️

3 1/2 stars.

I don't know if it's just me, but I find myself not being able to write proper reviews for thrillers. So I'm just going to keep this short.

I enjoyed this book - which is very rare since most of the thrillers I read aren't that good. When 5 friends go hunting, only four come back. Grant was shot and the boys are being questioned. No one will admit the truth, no one is admitting to who shot Grant, but the real question is, was it murder or just an acci
Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
Dec 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Chelsea by: Jane (It'sJaneLindsey)
This is a very, very strong 4 stars. The mystery at the center of this book wasn't anything special, but the writing and the atmosphere were some of the best I've read all year. I really, REALLY liked this and I can't wait to read more from Ashley Elston in the future. ...more
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BUDDY READ with this crazy, Sana ♡♡♡

There’s something with thrillers that just capture my attention and DEMAND to be read in one sitting, it’s not my fault, I swear. :) :) :)

Throughout the book I was a mixture of

When five best friends go hunting early in the morning, still drunk from the previous party last night, something is bound to go wrong. One of the boys ends up shot dead and none of the four remaining boys are willing to utter a word on the killer.

“We’re in this together. We stic
Apr 17, 2017 rated it liked it
A solid 3.75 stars!

This was an engaging, fast-paced, murder mystery. I really enjoyed being able to unravel bits and pieces of the court case alongside the main character, Kate. It was really fascinating and I couldn't stop guessing and wondering who the killer was the entire time!

I would have given this a higher rating if it had a little bit more oomph to it. It started out strong but there were definitely some parts that dragged, and I think that the ending could have been better considering
Natalie Monroe
2.5 stars

"I lean forward and the other three do the same. Hovering over poor, dead Grant, I say, "Okay, this is our story."

Your story blows. Can I have another one?

This Is Our Story had the potential to be all shades of amazing. Its premise sounds like a mix between The Raven Boys and With Malice.

The intrigue builds and builds and builds... then fizzles out. There's no ingenuity to the ending. It feels too much like something that would happen in real life. Oh. the cops just overlooked a ke
Nov 13, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery-horror
Veronica Mars vibes!
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This book might not have left a mark in me, but since it got me out of a terrible book slump, I feel like I can't judge it too negatively, after all.
Since the beginning, I found it a bit slow but really entertaining, with the right mix of murder mystery and intrigues, and even if I must admit the romance felt a little stale and terribly cheesy at times, it was nice to see two characters respecting the other so much.
I wasn't really impressed with the writing or the plot
Jaime Arkin
I knew I was going to love this book, the big mystery was going to be just how much! I’m a huge fan of Ashley Elston’s writing and if you haven’t read her The Rules For Disappearing Duology then you must do so immediately because it’s one of my all-time favorites and I think so very underrated.

That said, I’m talking about This Is Our Story. First, that cover is gorgeous, and oh so fitting for this story, and if you didn’t notice, I’m going to mention that the title also highlights His Story whi
Irene Sim
Dec 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
It kept me up half the night because I couldn't put it down before I learned what had really happened. The truth is that after many guesses - all wrong FYI - the end was totally believable. And justified.
I just didn't really like the aspect of a 17 y.o. girl in the middle of a murder investigation and one that involved a friend of hers. I can understand why the author wanted it this way and it serves the plot well, but it bothered me extremely.
Nonetheless, an enjoyable read it was with lots of t
Fafa's Book Corner
Jan 15, 2017 rated it it was ok
Mini review:

This was a surprisingly good murder mystery. I did not see any of that coming. And it was interesting how you get to read about the police interviews as well as the murderers point of view without giving anything away.

What really brought this book down was Kate and the romance. Kate was really stupid. Her antics were ridiculous. I understood her need to find the real killer but she should've thought more. The romance was very confusing. As there was a case of mistaken identity. Ther
Kristin Hackett (Merrily Kristin)
Nov 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Originally posted on Super Space Chick:

Personal Thoughts: Okay, so it’s taken me a really long time to properly gather my thoughts for my review of This is Our Story by Ashley Elston and it’s for good reason. This is Our Story was one of my favorite books I read in 2016 and I wanted to write a rave review that could do this story justice. Since this is my personal thoughts section, I’m going to start by talking a little bit about the cover (which I’ve also talked about numerous times on my BookT
Nov 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This Is Our Story was one of those books that sucked me in with the first sentence and didn't let me go until the last sentence of the book. I was completely enthralled with this book, and I couldn't stop reading it. The plot was consuming and addictive throughout the entire story. Whenever I thought I had things figured out, the author would throw in a curve ball that had me re-thinking everything. The mystery was so fascinating and I was on the edge of my seat trying to figure out what happe ...more
Sail ♛ A Wicked Reader
A ten-point buck and a dead body make the same sound when they hit the forest floor.

A group of five extremely close boys, known as The River Point Boys, go on a hunting trip one weekend in their home state of Louisiana. What's the problem? Only four come back alive. None of the boys are talking, there's no DNA evidence, and the boys' wealthy fathers have the local judge in their pockets. With nothing to go on, the police have practically given up. But the case lands on the desk of an old dis
Jen (The Starry-Eyed Revue)
An ARC of this title was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. My thoughts are my own. This review can also be found at The Starry-Eyed Revue.

I've had this ARC for months, but I wanted to wait until I was in the perfect mood for it because if blogging has taught me anything, it's that I am SUCH a mood reader. And I also know from experience that forcing myself to read a book when I'm not in the right frame of mind for it can be detrimental to my mental state, as well as ref
PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps
Grade: B+

Five boys went hunting. Four survived. And they aren't saying which of them accidentally shot Grant. Kate interns for the assistant DA. As part of her job, she becomes an involved in the investigation. Everybody, including Kate is hiding something about Grant and his murder.

Suspend your disbelief that a small town DA is going to make a high school girl who attends school with the victim and suspects his assistant. Pretend that teenagers are better detectives than the police. Then get re
Rachel Patrick
Oct 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This review (and others) can be seen in all its properly formatted glory on my blog Beauty and the Bookshelf.

4.5 stars!

I was worried about this book. Sure, it had a lot of things going for it: a synopsis that called to me (thrills, mystery, suspense, and murder, oh my!), a cover with antlers on it (I love antlers), and, most importantly, it's by Ashley Elston. I've been a fan of Ashley's since reading her debut The Rules for Disappearing over three years ago (and staying up way, way too late rea
J. Greene
Dec 02, 2016 rated it liked it
A heart-pounding mystery, with the right amount of heart-pounding-ness and romance. Yup, they made room for romance--and my heart was happy for it.

Anyway, five boys went into the woods, and only four came out. What happened here? "In my tootsie pop voice," the world will never know. Just kidding, you do find out, and I will get to that.

Kate works for the district attorney's office when her boss is handed it's biggest case ever. The River Point Boys Case. Someone killed Grant and Kate, finds hers
Christine PNW
Feb 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was an enjoyable Nancy-Drew-style mystery with Kate - the MC - running around trying to figure out who really killed Grant Perkins, and if it was murder or accident. Kate was likeable, and the plotting was well-done. It was a fast, engaging read!
Grace {Rebel Mommy Book Blog}
Nov 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own-on-kindle
Guys you always pick me the best books! I really enjoyed this one and found it to be one of the better YA mysteries out there.

This is Our Story follows the death of a boy at River Point. He was one of five boys hunting that morning but no one knows which boy killed him in what seemed to be an accident. Evidence shows it could be any of them. Kate, who has been working at the DA's office her senior year, is now helping her boss prosecute the case. What no one knows is Kate has her own rea
Mind = blown. I raced through this YA murder-mystery-thriller so fast that I didn't even highlight or take notes. I'm not sure how I can review this without giving anything away. EVERYONE has a motive. I even suspected the guy I wanted to like. It accomplishes a lot in a short amount of time, not a very lengthy book. The ending was actually simple and short, but not disappointing. Don't read any spoilers in other reviews!

Must do some thinking, maybe even a reread. Yes, definitely a reread now t
Colleen Houck

Absorbing, haunting, and memorable. Ashley Elston’s THIS IS OUR STORY is a slow-burning mystery/love story that ratchets up the tension with each chapter. By the time you reach the end you will be breathless!
Jun 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
this was a good book, it started slow but once it gets into the 100's you can't put it down. it moves fast and you fight to keep up! . It is kind of an easy book to read so i would recommend it as a beach read. ...more
Jay G
May 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
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One morning, 5 best friends go hunting out at River Point. Only 4 return. None of the boys will say who shot Grant. Kate Marino, an intern at the district attorney's office, is thoroughly invested in the River Point Boys case for reasons she'd rather not make public. Kate decides that she will stop at nothing until she brings Grant's killer to justice.

Damn, this book was a big surprise,
Jan 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2019

maybe i weirdly like YA Mysteries??? even though i normally dislike YA and dislike detective-solving-a-case mysteries???

this was honestly just really fun and entertaining and easy to fly through - it reminded me a bit of Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson.

the biggest thing that brought it down for me was (view spoiler)
Dec 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned-novels, age-ya
I am shook !!

Holy crap I ate this book up I was so invested. The entire investigation was so intriguing I felt like I was watching an episode of Criminal Minds. I had no idea who the killer was and the one guy I didn't suspect at all ended up being it! I was so sure of who I thought it was too so I'm kind of disappointed I got it wrong.

Omg!!! Read this book!!! It's so quick and it keeps you guessing. Highly recommend.

(Also can we talk about those end papers? So cute!)
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Ashley Elston lives is North Louisiana with her husband and three sons. She worked as a wedding and portrait photographer for ten years until she decided to pursue writing full time. Ashley is also a certified landscape horticulturist and loves digging in the dirt. Her debut novel, THE RULES FOR DISAPPEARING was published by Disney Hyperion in 2013 and was a finalist in the Best Young Adult catego ...more

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