The Girl I Used to Be
When Olivia’s mother was murdered and her father disappeared, everyone suspected her father had done it. Fast-forward fourteen years. New evidence now proves Olivia’s father was actually ...more
The story opens with 17 year-old Olivia Reinhart( once known as Ariel Benson), receiving a surprise visit from two police detectives. Olivia assumes that they've come to tell her,that her father, long suspected of killing her mother, has finall ...more
I’ve yet to read a YA mystery-thriller that really works for me. I’m looking for logic. And if there can’t be logic, I’m looking for it to not take itself so seriously.
I picked up this book because April Henry is one of my youngest stepkid’s favourite authors. I have been asked, for what seems like years, to read her books. Which is super sweet that the kid wants to share that with me, but at the same time, I’m really bad at pretending to care about something.
But I’m goi ...more
I thought that this was really good. I have had this book for years but it somehow got lost in my pile at some point. I am glad that I decided to dust it off and give it a try because it turned out to be quite an enjoyable read. This was my first experience with April Henry's writing and I am rather impressed. This was a really fast read and I loved the fact that the mystery kept me guessing until the very end. I found this to be an ...more
The first chapter was amazing, full of suspense, girl on the run from the killer, and terror. I liked it and after reading it I was ready for this story, but it all fell apart rather quickly. It all just felt very convenient. From Olivia decidin ...more
I liked Olivia. Her situation is sort of unique and I was immediately intrigued. She was an interesting character and I enjoyed being in her head. There are a couple of other secondary characters, but to me, it felt like they weren't fleshed out. It was an effective way to show how Olivia felt ostracized.
The plot was fast paced, but it didn't seem like it. It was more like all of a sudden, th ...more
Ariel spent years in foster care with one side trip when she was adopted, re ...more
At age three, Ariel witnesses her mother’s murder, allegedly at the hands of her father. Fourteen years later an emancipated minor, her name now Olivia, her father’s bones are discovered at the murder site. The police now realize he was murdered that same snowy day. Though she has no memories of the day, Olivia returns to her home town to figure out who murdered her parents.
April Henry’s books are fun to read, though not especially memorable. I’m always happy when Kindle has them availa ...more
*I received an eARC of this book from the publisher via Netgalley for this book tour in exchange for an honest review.*
I definitely liked reading The Girl I Used to Be. I hadn't read the mystery/thriller genre for some time now and I'm glad I read this book because I enjoyed the ride!
Olivia had lost her mother as a kid. According to the police, her father had killed her mother and ran away. But after fourteen years, new evidence point to the fact that her f ...more
The murder of Ariel's mother sent her into the foster care system for many years, and many suspected her father for the murder since he went missing at the same time. During the course of the ...more
-A thrilling climax
-An interesting plot
-Several character deaths (one that I did *not* see coming)
-End of chapter cliffhangers
But its downfall rested in its believability. To hitching rides with strangers, crashing at a stranger’s house, and attempting to throw herself in the middle of an investigation full of...well, strangers, the main character really tested my patience at times.
I wish I could say I was able to ignore this particu ...more
The Girl I Used To Be was very well written, the plot moved along at a rapid pace, and the characters were interesting. I was given enough information as to figure out some of the mystery, but I kept second-guessing my suspicions, redirecti ...more
SPOILERS throughout the rest of the text.
For another thing, I swear this is not the first April Henry book I have read where a grandmotherly figure gets murdered. Maybe I'm wrong, but I swear I read one not too long ago. Could have been a different author. The point is, why did she have to die? She didn't. It did not further the plot. The inference was that ...more
It's told in 1st person from Olivia's point of view.
When she was 3, her mother was murdered, and her father -- who immediately disappeared -- was always thought to be the murderer.
Olivia is now 17 and emancipated from a child services system that she hated.
She grew up believing she was the daughter of a murderer, but her father's remains have just been found. Rather than being a murderer, he was a victim -- murdered at the same time as Olivia's mother.
But if her fat ...more
I really enjoyed this book until the end. The ending unraveled the whole thing and not in a good way.
More thoughts at a later time....
This book seemed so promising when I found it at the library. Short and intense. I was hopeful.
And for the first half, it was good. I like the pace the story takes and I like Olivia's character. She's driven but not immobilized by what happened to her parents. While I found it hard to believe that all these people who had known her since she was 7 didn't recognize her a few years later, I was even willing to suspend disbelief and embrace the small-town-horror-vibe.
Except that really isn't ...more
When she was three years old Ariel Benson saw her mother killed, and her missing father assumed to have done the deed and run away. Entering the fostering system, by age 17 she is on her own, capable and looking for the truth of what happened that frightening day so long ago, since she remembers ...more
And yeah, I guess I am.
This book is definitely more of a mystery than a thriller. It doesn't get thriller-esque until the very last scene. And that one was good, I guess, but... I mean, geez, the killer reveal.
It felt so random. I genuinely don't know if you could've guessed the motive. It felt very out of left field.
Also, the mystery element is very weak here. Olivia consistently just happens to wander into places wher ...more
This was much better than expected. Advice for reading this book: go in with low expectations and you'll probably end up loving it.It was slow in the beginning but picked up about 60 pages in. The writing style was very minimalist, straight forward, and easy to read. I didn't misunderstand anything that was happening while I read the story. The characters were all quite standard but given just enough fleshing out and quirks that you know who they are and what type of person they are. ...more
I liked this little YA Thriller. It was a lot of fun, it was fast, and it kept me turning the pages. For the thriller purists out there, this one would probably be a little ho-hum, but for teens just getting into the thriller genre, this would be a lot of fun to read.
I was really interested in the premise of the story, a girl whose parents were murdered before she ever really knew them. A girl who has always grown up with the knowledge that her dad killed her mom, but then that all changes. It w ...more
I am disappointed in this one. I came to this book without any expectations at all, it was just a short book in the genre I was looking for. In its favor I can say that I read it quite fast so I think it got me out of the reading slump I was finding myself into, but that's it.
The plot was actually very slow at the beginning and it doesn't really pick up later. I wouldn't say I was bored -that would be too harsh- but I wasn't really entertained either. I think what's needed here are more events,...more
*Genre* Young Adult, Mystery
The Girl I Used to Be, by author April Henry, is standalone mystery that will keep readers entertained from the first page, until the last. 17-year old Ariel Benson's mother Naomi Benson was killed 14 years ago. At the time, Medford Police thought that her father Terry Weeks was responsible. Especially since he disappeared off the face of the planet after supposedly leaving 3 year old Ariel at Walmart 3 hours away. After her ...more
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When I was 12, I sent a short story about a six-foot tall frog who loved peanut butter to Roald Dahl, the author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. He liked it so much he arranged to have it published in an ...more