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Out of Order

(The Survivor's Club #1)

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3.79  ·  Rating details ·  75 ratings  ·  34 reviews
Corinna “Corey” Nguyen’s life seems perfectly average for a closeted bisexual whiz kid with her eyes on college and a budding romance with her friend Kate. Sixteen and navigating senior year with her tight-knit group of best friends through crushes, breakups, and pregnancy scares, Corey mistakenly believes that running for valedictorian and choosing the right college are t ...more
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Published March 21st 2015 by Harmony Ink Press
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Sarah
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Harmony Ink Press and NetGalley.)

“BOOM!
I jumped in my own skin. Was that a gunshot?”


This was a YA contemporary story about a girl whose friends were killed in an attack in a diner.

Corey was an okay character, and I felt sorry for her losing her best friends the way she did, especially when she was the only one to have survived.

The storyline in this kept jumping back and forth between the past and th
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Efflorescence
Jul 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle, netgalley
Thanks to NetGalley and Harmony Ink Press for providing the ARC in exchange for an honest review.

I really enjoyed reading this book.
At first, it was a bit complicated to get used to the different writing style. There was no steady timeline, but the days, weeks, and months kept jumping back and forth between the chapters.
While other readers found most of the flashbacks quite redundant, I really enjoyed getting to know more of the characters and their story. It also kept me reading, because I had
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c,
I opened my eyes and realised Brandon was shaking. His hand felt sturdy in mine, but his body was rattling, shivering from the sternum outward.


Out of Order follows the aftermath of a brutal attack at a restaurant, seen through the eyes of the sole survivor, Corinna Nguyen.

The story switches back and forth between the present day and events in the months before the attack, following four friends: Corinna, Ricky, Kate, and Jessa. Corinna is bisexual, and that word is in fact used about 4 or 5 ti
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Miranda
Holy shit...
I mean pardon my language but holy shit.
This was INSANELY GOOD. I was so wrapped up absorbed reading it I didn't realize the time, my growling stomach, nothing I was hooked. It's told in a jumping time frame so you get to know the characters before they were killed, and get to know Corey and the after effects of it. Most of the story I was like who did it?! The whole story you get zero hints, nothing to lead you on a few times I kinda thought it was this one guy or his friend but ki
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William Dickerson
May 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Casey Lawrence has crafted an intriguing story for her first foray as a published writer. Corey is a wonderful main character and she is surrounded by a diverse and compelling group of friends that don't come off as stereotypes or cliches.

Although the story is told "out of order," that doesn't distract the reader or diminish the impact of the events.

I walked away from the story feeling as if I had known this group of girls and wanted to spend more time with them. Perhaps if Casey Lawrence fini
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Abbie
Jul 28, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-to-review
(I received a copy from Netgalley, In exchange for an honest review.)

This was an okay read, but the way the story was told wrecked it a bit for me. The whole thing just felt really jumpy because of it, so there were times where it was quite hard to follow.

There were one or two times where I felt a bit bored, but it was an okay read overall.
Laura
Jul 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, bisexual, ya, murder
This is either a very clever or very frustrating murder mystery. We are given the murder in the first chapter, so it is not a surprise, and plunges you right into the action. From there, each chapter either goes forward or backward in time, to fill in the gaps about who these people are, what they mean to each other, and why they were together when they were murdered.

And like any good murder mystery, even though these sideways and backwards glances might seem trivial and unimportant, they are ne
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Julie
Jul 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
There were moments where I had to seriously put the book down and mentally regroup so I wouldn't start sobbing. The text is so incredibly raw and genuine. I felt as though I, along with the main character & survivor, corinna, had lost my 3 best friends. Aside from the devastating loss of friendship, we see that the main character & one of her best friends Kate, experiment with bisexuality. It was different from the teenage, hormonal, acting out- these two genuinely loved each other as pe ...more
Alex McQueen
Jun 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I managed to get through this in one go, but it took me all night. I had to know what happened. Basically, you get to see this gruesome murder right off the bat, but then the book goes back in time to before it happened and only gives glimpses of what happens after. It goes back and forth between before and after to build you up to like the characters (including the victims) but you know what their fate is going to be, so it's deeply emotional and sad. The conclusion was satisfying without being ...more
Heather Lawrence
I read this book in two days, I might not have put it down but for the need to sleep. Having raised two teenage girls, the dialogue is spot on and the issues that they deal with are absolutely true.

I laughed at parts and cried at others, a very sad story about a group of girls pressing forward into adulthood. Some parts may seem shocking to adults (sex and drugs) but this book speaks to reality, and I would recommend it to all young adults.

If you like mysteries and don't mind a little blood on
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Amber
the ending felt not complete, but not worth an entire book for a sequel.

review: https://amberinoface.wordpress.com/20...

I received an ecopy in exchange for an honest review through Netgalley
Rosie
Dec 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
School Valedictorian, Corinna (Corey) Nguyen’s sobs drown out her speech in the crowded auditorium. It had been just three days since she’d shared a wonderful evening at prom with her three best friends, Ricky, Jessa and Kate. When prom had ended, the group of friends had taken their party to Sparky’s Diner nearby. After Corey had gone to the bathroom, a man with a shotgun had entered the diner, killing Corey’s friends and the wait staff in cold blood. Corey had been the only survivor; quick thi ...more
Slavica
Dec 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have read many books, with a variety of main characters and styles but I enjoyed this book for what it wasn't. A cliche. For one, the main character is not white, or straight and most books I have read, all characters were both white and straight. Then comes the style of writing. I have read stories where the book goes through two character perspectives or multiple but it was refreshing to read a story where it was based in the present and in the past.

The minute you enter the book, the main c
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RaShae Brown
Aug 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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Inked Reads
Jul 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: f-f
FiveStars
I don't think I've ever read a book so fast cover to cover in my life. I couldn't put this down. Everything, from the narrative structure to the scattered clues throughout, held my interest, page after page.

I loved the main character's voice. I often dislike the way adolescents are written as fairly self-absorbed and unsympathetic or else completely victims of their circumstances. Corinna (and her friends as well, but it's written first person) was neither of those. She was complex and
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A.M. Leibowitz
I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

I don’t think I’ve ever read a book so fast cover to cover in my life. I couldn’t put this down. Everything, from the narrative structure to the scattered clues throughout, held my interest, page after page.

I loved the main character’s voice. I often dislike the way adolescents are written as fairly self-absorbed and unsympathetic or else completely victims of their circumstances. Corinna (and her friends as well, but it’s written first per
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nico ismoi
Dec 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
Casey Lawrence has created an emotional roller coaster of a novel that will have the reader laughing one moment, cringing for the characters' embarrassment the next, while still crying from cover to cover (of course I am far from claiming to be a heart of stone). Make sure you have some free time when you pick it up because you won't want to put it back down until you know all and, with the mix-matched loopty-loop timeline, the reader never knows where they are going next or what is about to hit ...more
Lara Kareem
Jul 16, 2016 rated it liked it
I was provided a copy of this book by the author, in exchange for an honest review

It was a wonderful short read, which gives us insight into the lives of her dead friends, it was intriguing learning about their friendship and how special it was, but shrouded with sadness because you know already all but one are deceased. It also highlights the struggles about the lives of teenagers, reminding me to live my life to the fullest because it all can be gone within the blink of an eye.
Amy Barlow
Dec 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book was the first in a long time that I didn't want to put down and it was the first ever book that made me cry. The main character took me through a range of emotions through her chaotic circumstances. The dialogue was realistic and the characters problems were varied. Corey made me remember what it was like to be young again.
Dianna Gunn
Mar 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book is really different from what I normally read--for starters, it happens in a modern day small town and I usually read alternate world/history fantasy or scifi--but it was a lot of fun. I particularly enjoyed the way the main characters were fleshed out right down to tiny nervous ticks. Looking forward to the next one!
Jenni Frencham
Because of my work on the 2016 Stonewall Book Awards, I cannot publish my opinions on any children's or YA book with LGBTQ+ characters or themes. I may update these reviews after the announcement of the 2016 Stonewall Book Awards.
Emma (EnglishBlonde)
I really enjoyed this and ended up finishing the entire book in 1 hour and 20 minutes at 1am, I was very tired afterwards. Full review coming soon.
M
Jun 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
"I didn’t want to say what I was thinking: that being dead was preferable to being alive without them, that I should have been sitting at that table with them, that I should have run out the moment I heard the shot and tried to jump the man with the gun to save them."

This book is the story of Corinna, a girl who witnessed a multiple homocide where three of her best friends died. She survived only because she hid herself in a bathroom stall that was out of order.

The story is told in different ti
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Davy
Jul 21, 2016 rated it liked it
FTR: I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

OVERALL: I think this book about high schoolers is best when read by high schoolers. Some of the writing wasn't the best, but the content was there and I don't know that the writing would've bothered me so much if I'd read this 5-10 years ago. 3ish for me, but keep in mind I'm probably not the target audience.

Onto the deets! My first impression and second impression were different.

FIRST IMPRESSION: I did not like some of the writing i
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Faith
I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. (Thanks!)

Rating: 3.5 stars.

Okay, so truth be told, I accidentally hit the "read now" button on the second book, Order in the Court, on NetGalley and then realized my mistake. But I'm really happy that I was able to read this book because a), Canadian author (!!!), and b) this was a pretty good book.

Out of Order is about Corinna, a teenage girl who is the only survivor of a murder on prom night. The victims were her three best f
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Nicole Sobon
Jul 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book is a hard one to rate because, as wonderful as it is, it's the time of book that would be even better if it were a standalone story. Had this been a standalone, with a satisfactory ending to the story, I definitely would have given the book five stars.

With that said, moving onto my actual review.

OUT OF ORDER is an important book. Not only does it deal with a topic that we find ourselves constantly dealing with in reality - gun violence - but it also highlights the struggles many LBGTQ
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Dani St-Onge (Literary Lion)
Aug 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: review-copies
Check out https://alovelylibrary.wordpress.com/ & http://betterbooks.tumblr.com/!

Disclaimer: I received this book for free through the author in exchange for an honest review.

"Bang! One of your friends is dead. You have just seconds to react, what do you do?”

Corey has just had her perfect high school life shattered right before her eyes. Before this moment, she had only small problems. Like being a closeted bisexual, being in love with her best friend, figuring out what to say as valedictor
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Payal
Jul 27, 2016 rated it liked it
3.5 stars. Corey, Ricky, Jessa and Kate are a tight-knit bunch of friends in their final year at school, with everything to look forward to. Then, on prom night, a gunman walks into a restaurant and kills three of them. Corey escapes as she is in the bathroom. The story then weaves back and forth in time, drawing a vivid picture of the girls' friendship and the repercussions of the shooting, not to mention the little matter of Corey struggling to make sense of the senseless murders and dealing w ...more
Katrina Ayala
Jul 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Corinna “Corey” Nguyen is living a seemingly normal life for a senior in high school. Her biggest concerns are being valedictorian, a closet bisexual and making sure her friends are all there for each other. Everything seems to be going well until prom night where she witnesses her three best friends murdered. With graduation a few days away, Corina is feeling the weight of delivering a speech to the remainder of her senior class and trying to find out who killed her friends.

Out of order is a c
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Alice
Jul 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
I was sent a copy of 'Out of Order' by the lovely author, Casey Lawrence, in exchange for an honest review.

Corey has three best friends, Kate, Ricky and Jessa. They are all very different but have been inseparable ever since a childhood birthday party where they vowed to be BFFs. The story centres on prom night, when the girls' lives are torn apart by a senseless, and seemingly random shooting.

Corey's narrative of prom night is interspersed with memories of the times she spent with her friends
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Casey Lawrence recently completed a Master of Arts at Brock University in Canada with a research project on public opinion, queer shame, and the influence of Oscar Wilde's legacy on Ulysses. She is currently pursuing a doctorate in English at Trinity College Dublin on gender and queer themes in James Joyce and Virginia Woolf's work. The vice-president of the Gay-Straight Alliance and editor of the ...more

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