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If You Wrong Us

3.44  ·  Rating details ·  147 ratings  ·  51 reviews
"An intricate psychological page-turner that explores the darker side of vengeance and reads like Gone Girl through a teen lens." - Kirkus Reviews

Becca and Johnny become entangled after a car crash steals the lives of two people they love. Officially, the crash is an accident. But Becca and Johnny are convinced: someone did this.

As they plot revenge against the person resp
Paperback, 240 pages
Published October 8th 2015 by Flux (first published October 1st 2015)
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Sarah Elizabeth
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Flux and NetGalley.)

“Last year, Becca lost her twin sister Brit in a car accident.
It was the same accident that took my mom; the accident that bought Becca to me.”

This was a bit of an odd story about a girl whose twin sister was murdered, and she was determined to pay back the person she felt was responsible.

I felt quite sorry for Becca at first, but as the book went on I started to wonder if she wa
Bren fall in love with the sea.
"Once I asked her how she would label herself. Broken Girl, she answered.”
― Dawn Klehr, If You Wrong Us

This looked really good. It's another revenge tale but the premise..two kids getting together to exact revenge after people they love are killed in a car accident..was different.

I will list what I liked first. The writer..well..she can write! There was a wildness about this book that kept me reading even though honestly I did not like it that much. But her style of writing hooks you in. This w
If You Wrong Us was a surprisingly gripping, quick paced and entertaining novel that, while not entirely original and certainly not without flaws, had some unexpectedly decent writing, a remarkable understanding of criminal law (over which I was excited, that being my favorite class last semester and all the material still fresh in my mind) and a lot of potential for a great YA psychological thriller. Unfortunately, the novel quickly unraveled during the second half, ultimately delivering very m ...more
Book Review originally published here:

The first half of this book had all the ingredients for being a fast-paced, chilling psychological thriller, but unfortunately this unraveled during the second half. The climax was underwhelming, and it didn’t tie up all loose ends. The dual narrative worked well, and the characters were intriguing though. Enjoyable, but did not fulfill the high hopes I had for it after reading the first half.
Linda (un)Conventional Bookworms
*I received a free ARC of If You Wrong Us from Flux via Netgalley in exchange of an honest and unbiased review*

If You Wrong Us is a chilling psychological thriller, where the characters feel entitled to revenge, not thinking about how revenge could lead to much more hurt for everyone involved.
Cynthia (Bingeing On Books)
Aug 17, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs
I received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for my review.

This was basically a YA version of Gone Girl, but not nearly as interesting. The book jumps between Johnny's POV in the present and Becca's POV in the past. Six months ago, there was a horrible car accident where Becca's twin sister and Johnny's mom dies. Before the accident, they had no interactions with each other. Then Becca becomes obsessed with getting revenge on the person who is responsible and she brings Johnny into her plan. T
Sep 30, 2015 rated it it was ok
"We deserve justice. We all deserve it."

This was a twisted little story with a lot of players and puzzle pieces you didn't know. But I felt like the story was a little rocky and didn't fully connect. It its play to confuse you and keep you guessing, I think it muddied the waters enough that the ending felt a bit like a lie. And some of the ramblings didn't seem to make sense as things were revealed because the previous ramblings didn't match up anymore.

But it was an interesting read.
May 21, 2016 rated it liked it
I was initially going to give this book 4 stars because I loved the story itself so much, but the grammatical errors abound in this short novel. There were so many errors that it took away from the story itself and from the flow of my reading it. The proof readers and or the editor of this novel definitely did not do their job.
Sydney Stern
Oct 10, 2021 rated it liked it
If You Wrong Us by Dawn Klehr was a young adult suspense thriller of sorts. It is a story told from multiple POVs from Becca, the main character, and Johnny, her boyfriend. The timeline switches throughout the book, making the story a little hard to follow, especially at the beginning but it seemed to developed a flow as it went on. If I could, I would give this book 3.5 stars but that is only because of the excellent character development that is shown in Becca, I really love how much we can se ...more
Andria Henry
Okay, so when I first read the synopsis on the back of the book, I put this as most anticipated. I believed that this book was going to be amazing. First off it's about teens who go through a loss when a purposeful car crash kills two people they love. The story basically goes back in forth between three people and also includes flashbacks. Two being the ones out for revenge, Becca and Johnny. And the one being someone who knows what exactly happened but isn't named until later in the book. Becc ...more
Angela Freeman
May 20, 2017 rated it liked it
This is a teen suspense novel, so it's thriller factor is on the lower end. I enjoyed the concept of the story. It's a short novel with an unexpected ending. There were some grammatical errors, but it didn't distract me from the story. ...more
Nov 21, 2018 rated it liked it
Holy crap this book was dark. I wish Becca's character had been better paced, probably because I loved Johnny so much. Becca was a bit difficult to follow, and I suppose that makes some sense, but wasnt a super enjoyable experience in that sense. ...more
T.M. Carper
Jun 05, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: suspense, ya
Quick read but engrossing and it kept me going with twists and turns.
Apr 10, 2022 rated it did not like it
Completely unmemorable.
Oct 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: for-review
IF YOU WRONG US is a darkly appealing and incredibly chilling read. It’s a story that lulls the reader into a false sense of security as at first glance everything appears to be normal. It is only as the story progresses that the author introduces elements that hint that not all is as it seems, giving the reader a nagging sense of wrongness that will continue to grow as things become darker and more disturbing. And with alternating points of view that allow for a glimpse into the minds of charac ...more
Lekeisha The Booknerd
May 04, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
What the hell did I just read? More 2.5-ish than 3 * review to come*

*update* 2.5 STARS Originally posted HERE

A quick read that wasn’t as thrilling as I thought it’d be. For the life of me, I couldn’t stop rolling my eyes at the ridiculousness of the situation. The characters all seemed to just float through the story. Their plan seemed so superficial to me. Like, it was all based on a lie. A lie that was just downright phony. You can’t trust one of the narrators. I found that out about half way
Mandy Peterson
Aug 29, 2015 rated it liked it
The tale of two lovers broken and twisted by the car accident that killed the one each had loved most, If You Wrong Us features Becca - the twisted, mentally ill, left behind twin - and Johnny - the wishy washy, manipulated, oldest son of his deceased mother. The two teens connect after a head-on collision leaves Becca twin-less and Johnny mother-less. In the aftermath, Becca becomes consumed with taking revenge on the one responsible for the accident: her previous secret boyfriend Travis. Usin ...more
Thia Lee
Nov 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
OK that was...... "different".

I am a bit lost for words because this book was strange, but good in a weird way. I thought all the characters were dysfunctional and crazy in their own way. I liked Johnny (he was the only one I liked), but even he was a bit off. I went into this book not really knowing what to expect except a few reviews calling this book "twisted" and yes it is. Strangely, I thought it was going to be a bit gory and bloody, but it wasn't. However, it was a messed up psychological
Oct 01, 2015 rated it liked it
This book is the ultimate revenge story. Centering on two teens who have lost a loved one in a terrible car accident, this book is dark and twisty and oh so unsettling. In the book we meet Becca, the deeply maniacal and mentally unstable twin left behind after the accident, and Johnny, the pushover boy who falls for Becca's plan to exact revenge on the boy she thinks is responsible for the death of her sister and Johnny's mother.

If that all seems a bit convoluted, it's because it kind of is. I d
Amber Gregg -Judging More Than Just the Cover
If You Wrong Us is a dark young adult novel about two teens that are brought together after Johnny loses his mother and Becca loses her twin sister in the same car crash. They plot revenge once they discover that the crash was no accident.

This novel reminded me of Gone Girl combined with Life By Committee. It has a manipulative female lead that will do anything to get what she wants. It has a very dark and twisted story line, just like Gone Girl, but I think it failed in comparison. It also has
Nov 07, 2015 rated it it was ok
I was so very excited for If You Wrong Us but, unfortunately, it failed all my expectations. It is advertised as Gone Girl for teens but as for me, it didn't even get close to the masterpiece Gone Girl is.

To give credit to the author, the novel started off pretty awesomely, and I was sucked into Becca and Johnny's want for revenge. However, around halfway I felt like everything went up in flames. I lost the connection I had with the characters before, thus wasn't that into the story... scratch
Jun 02, 2015 rated it liked it

I have mixed feelings about this book. I read it fairly quickly and was really curious about how it would end, and I liked the structure, with chapters alternating between Becca and Johnny in the past, and occasionally chapters from an unknown narrator in the present. I liked getting to see both Becca’s and Johnny’s perspectives because they weren’t always being honest with each other, and so I got to read about thoughts and feelings that they didn’t necessarily share with
If You Wrong Us is a thriller of huge proportions. We have always heard revenge is a two edge sword – but this revenge just keeps sliding you to a conclusion that you can only fear. It is listed as a young adult book, as the characters are young adults, but wow – did it hold my attention!

Becca lost her twin sister, while he twin was helping her break up with a boy (supposedly). Johnny’s mom was driving home with pizza to celebrate. They smashed into each other and died. Becca with her brilliance
Kai Van
Jan 01, 2016 rated it liked it
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I'm giving this a 2.75 out of 5. I felt that it was better than a 2.5 but not quite a 3.

Overall I liked it, & it definitely got me in the mood for more spooky, thrilling reads. It's dark & quick, but it's also riddled with typos/grammatical errors & I felt that the story fell flat in the end.

It's also set in Detroit and, since that's the area I grew up in, I was probably a little more critical about a few
Heather Anastasiu
May 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book is compulsively readable—I could NOT put it down and read it in one sitting. From the start, you’re just dropped into these character’s heads as they race towards a finish line and the whole time I was gripping my Kindle going, oh my gosh, no, what are you doing? I loved the unreliable narrator stuff going on and the way the author played with that, twisting our perceptions so that we’re forced to question what we thought we knew. I just wanted to hug Johnny—he was the most sympathetic ...more
Oct 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
You Won't Be Able to Put This Book Down!
This is my first time reading this author, and certainly will not be the last, but as soon as I read the the title and saw the cover, which screams READ ME! Then the synopsis clinched it. I knew I had to read the book! From the start I was sucked right into the book. This is a dark, intense, gripping, breath stealing, edge of your seat, and full body shudder read. I loved the fact that we get both characters POV's and the way that the author lead us along
Oct 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
Four mysterious stars! Becca loses her twin sister in a suspicious car accident. Johnny loses his mother in the same car accident. The two form an unlikely bond that leads to revenge on the killer of their loved ones. Will there be more deaths? What will their plan be? The story is told from both points of view. This is a mysterious, twisty, rollercoaster ride of a story. The author writes a story that keeps you on the edge of your seat and you are wanting more. Dawn Klehr knows how to write a g ...more
Concetta Kellough
Sep 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Twisted but it held my interest.
May 11, 2015 rated it it was ok
A car crash causes Becca and Johnny's lives to intersect, and their lives quickly become entangled. Becca seeks revenge on Travis, the ex-boyfriend who supposedly caused the crash; Johnny is quick to agree, although his motives differ from Becca. Their plan for revenge slowly takes over their lives, while they hatch a plan to help Travis find justice -- or so Becca claims. However, she has a hidden agenda as she begins to manipulate everyone around her, including Johnny. He remains in denial as ...more
Alexis Nelson
Mar 07, 2016 rated it liked it
This story is about a girl named Becca and a boy named Johnny. Johnny's mom got into a car accident with Becca's twin Brit. Becca and Johnny go off, and they see the crash site, and that is where she realized that this was not an accident, it was on purpose. Becca and Johnny try and figure out who killed their family members. They realize who it is, and target to kill them.

I really loved this book, and I feel like it has a lot of mystery about it. I feel like it wasn't one of the best books I h
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Dawn Klehr began her career in TV and though she’s been on both sides of the camera, she prefers to lurk behind the lens. Mostly, she loves to get lost in stories –in film, the theater, or on the page – and is a sucker for both the sinister and the sappy. She’s currently channeling her dark side as she works on her next book.

Dawn lives in the Twin Cities with her funny husband, adorable son, and n

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