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R.I.P. Eliza Hart

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  1,049 ratings  ·  177 reviews
When Eliza Hart, the most popular girl at Ventana Ranch boarding school, is found dead on the cliffs outside her dormitory, Ellie Sokoloff is determined to figure out what happened to her. After all, Eliza was Ellie’s childhood best friend.

Never mind that ever since Ellie arrived at school Eliza has spread terrible rumors about her, calling her a liar and a stalker, when
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published November 28th 2017 by Scholastic Press
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Louie I have read the whole book and it was very good, but I would say only 13/14 and up. It is an intense book about mental health, mental illness, depress…moreI have read the whole book and it was very good, but I would say only 13/14 and up. It is an intense book about mental health, mental illness, depression, and suicide. I would only give this to a mature reader.(less)

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jv poore
The appeal of the convenient, all-access “…narrow streets on the narrow island of Manhattan” is almost irrelevant for someone uncomfortable (at best) in enclosed spaces. Hopeful that her home state would help her open doors that claustrophobia kept firmly closed, Ellie accepts a scholarship to attend a tiny boarding school buffered by redwoods, opening wide above the Pacific Ocean.

Alone, Ellie explores the other dorms. A parental accompaniment would have been cool, but her issues have taken up
RIP Eliza Hart by Alyssa Sheinmel is one of those strange books that’s compelling, yet ultimately unsatisfying.

When the titular Eliza Hart is found dead, Ellie Sokoloff is obsessed with solving the mystery of her ex-bestie’s death. Was it murder? A tragic accident? I mean, it couldn’t possibly be suicide. Eliza Hart had it all. Looks, money, popularity. The teenage hat trick. But as Ellie unravels the details of Eliza’s life, somehow the truth slips further from her grasp. For example, Eliza
Lindsey Lynn (thepagemistress)
5/5 Stars

Trigger Warning: Suicide, Depression, Claustrophobia, and minor PTSD.

This book follows Ellie who is going to school in the beautiful Santa Cruz Mountains to try and help herself with her extreme claustrophobia. Her former childhood best friend, Eliza, is found dead. Ellie and Eliza haven't been close in years, though Ellie doesn't know when or why the fallout between the two girls happened. This novel follows Ellie as she kind of takes it upon herself to figure out what really happened
Mike Stack
Jun 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book was everything I expected and more. I expected a good mystery story. I got that, and an amazing book that deals with mental health.

I picked this up at bookcon when they were handing them out, so thank you to the publisher for handing these out for review. This book is about a girl with mental issues she conceals, which isn't helped by the fact that she has many social issues too. Then there is Eliza Hart, the girl who hides everything, makes Ellie feel like crap throughout high school
Michelle (Pink Polka Dot Books)
Going into this book, I was expecting a mystery. It sounded like Ellie wanted to clear her name and would go all Nancy Drew and solve the case. And while that is partially true, it was more a book about mental illness, friendship, and family.

I thought this book did a good job conveying mental illness in a way that wasn't preachy, blamey, or glamorizing. I'm sure that's a tough thing to accomplish, and I give Alyssa Sheinmel all the props for achieving it. I don't have depression or claustrophobi
Samantha (WLABB)
Aug 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, contemporary, arcs
I thought this was going to be a simple mystery of how Eliza Hart died, but there was so much more to this story. It was at times really intense, and many things in this book resonated with me.

•Pro: I love boarding school books, and this one was epically located in Big Sur. If it was real, I would want to go there.

•Pro: Adding Eliza's POV from the beyond really brought a lot of depth to the story. Sure, Sheinmel could have recounted many of the things Eliza revealed via a second hand account, b
Anne Z.
Jul 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is no shadow of doubt my favorite contemporary read for 2017 this far!

For the book blurb click Here (GoodReads)

I am so in awe that it is almost hard to write the review. I feel like I won't give it justice.
R.I.P Eliza Hart is about (mainly) two girls with mental issues. Ellie, who suffers from claustrophobia due to a traumatic experience we don't figure out till the end of the book. And Eliza, who was emotionally unstable for reasons revealed slowly throughout the book.

It impressed me how
Nov 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
GoodReads giveaway in exchange for an honest review.
This book I think did a really good job with a very difficult subject matter. Eliza Hart was Ellie's best friend in first grade before she moved to New York. Ellie has never really gotten over the loss of her friend, especially since she is unable to make new friends since she is labeled class freak due to her claustrophobia that started after she left California. Ellie gets the chance to move back to California on scholarship and hopes that be
Iluzija O. Istini
Jun 10, 2018 rated it did not like it
I took this up expecting story about mental illness in teens, without the usual drama, and found teen drama about mental illness. And not written very well. I do not think either of illnesses was illustrated well enough and the book reads more like ya story about a pretty outcast girl that is coming to terms with herself than serious work of fiction going into depth describing life with crippling illnesses like claustrophobia and depression, despite the overwhelming percentage of the book in whi ...more
This will be a short review, because I don’t want to give anything away, and this is a slowly-unfolding mystery that is best experienced through reading it. I don’t want to spoil anything! So… I requested to join this blog tour because (1) I’d read Second Star by Alyssa a few years ago and really enjoyed it, and (2) I love mysteries and boarding school stories, and since this one had both I figured I couldn’t go wrong. I hadn’t expected the book to be so heavily focused on mental health issues, ...more
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Apr 17, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 stars
TW: Suicide, Depression, Bipolar Disorder & Claustrophobia

This was an interesting book for me and I was really intrigued by the mystery of what actually happened to Eliza Hart. I was able to guess what happened but kept hoping the book would surprise me but unfortunately it wasn't quite able to. While I enjoyed the ride of reading this and found it really interesting to read about a character who is diagnosed with claustrophobia, the actual execution of the book was lackluster.

Elvina Zafril
Feb 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Incredibly amazing! I love everything about this book. Well written!
Sabrina Kaye Fox
Nov 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I am so glad I read this book. It's set in a boarding school, which is always a setting that intrigues me since I went to public school all my life. I'll be the first to admit the two girls, Ellie and Eliza confused me at first because their names were so similar, but after I figured out what was going on the reading was smooth sailing from there.

I had quite a bit in common with Ellie, I believe. Which immediately made me like her. She's claustrophobic, as am I. I'm not as bad as her, but I'm sk
Oct 30, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3,5 stars

I think the reasoning and the idea behind this novel are great and I'm glad that more books talk about mental health in more detail. But I wish Eliza was the main POV character and not Ellie, and for many reasons. Ellie was just really insufferable most of the time and so whiny, and for some time she made me wonder if she actually had problems with her peers because of her non-existent personality. And, overall, Eliza's voice was so much clearer and compelling than hers. I still mostly
Apr 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
If you loved FACELESS, you'll love Alyssa's latest! ...more
Lori Anketell
Jan 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was really good. Told from two perspectives, (both the victim and the main character/narrator) we see what happened to Eliza Hart. Easy to get into and included some twists and turns.
Jan 22, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019-read
I almost skimmed this book which caused the middle rating. The reasons for this was a side story that put people in Eliza's life that was not quite necessary. The character which was a catalyst for Eliza could of been introduce without this plot. Also we get chapters from Eliza POV which really didnt give us clear answers on her state of mind. Also Elsie seems to think Eliza and her are long lost friends reunited at boarding school. In reality they were friends for about an year back when they w ...more
Erin (thatwritergirl)
This is one of those books that makes you think you’re getting one thing when in fact you are getting something entirely different. These characters are so real that you almost expect to find them in real life. Sheinmel’s writing is some of the most authentic I’ve ever read. I’m trying not to get into too much detail without spoiling the novel, but suffice it to say that this is so much more than your average young adult novel. It’s a story about friendship, survival, and acceptance. Everyone ne ...more
Xela Seagle
Apr 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Dec 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The author has taken on various topics before but this one, mental illness, is personally close to my heart. She handles the issue well and weaves an engaging story that I wanted to keep reading long past when I had to set it down.
Jan 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone 13 and up
Shelves: favorites
This is an important book. When I picked this up, I thought that this was just going to be a YA Mystery-Thriller, but it is so much more. R.I.P. Eliza Hart is about mental illness, depression, sadness, self worth, self value and abuse. This book made it all feel so real and so sad it made tears well in my eyes. This is for someone looking for a heavy read that will make you think. After reading this, I will definitely be reading more by Alyssa Sheinmel.
Dec 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I don't come on Goodreads often, and when I do it's just to browse. But I couldn't not share my thoughts on this book - I just got it, and couldn't put it down. Alyssa Sheinmel makes the characters feel absolutely real - I am in their world and they are in mine. Chills!! ...more
Cristal Jatip
Mar 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I thought this book was going to focus on a mystery but I was pleasantly surprised that it also covered depression.

The story is told in two POV’s, Ellie and Eliza. Eliza is well-liked and popular girl while Ellie struggles to fit in with her peers. Both girls have a mental illness and suffer with dealing with them. I liked seeing each girls life with their mental illness.

This was a surprising read that I ended up really loving.
Feb 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
R.I.P. Eliza Hart was unexpected.

Plot: From the synopsis, R.I.P. Eliza Hart sounded like a typical murder mystery that I had come to expect from Young Adult books. This novel was so much more than a murder mystery; it tackled mental health beautifully. It was hard to put R.I.P. Eliza Hart down because Sheinmel revealed just enough information about Eliza and Ellie's relationship to keep me reading and digging deeper. I think everyone should read this book, especially those who don't typically r
Nov 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book was so good. Could relate with the main character since she stuffing alone with mental health. It may be hard for people to understand what’s going on inside someone head. You got to be supportive and understanding and not judge the person who dealing with there own issues. Never be afraid to ask for help when you think you need. In honor of the book coming out soon doing an giveaway on my blog, ...more
Sandie, Teen Lit Rocks
Oct 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Enjoyed this so much more than I thought I would. Fascinating exploration of mental illness: anxiety, depression, obsessive-compulsion, etc. Two young women with nearly identical names were once best friends before one of them moved away. Upon becoming reacquainted, it's clear one has become a "mean girl," and the other an easy target. The mean girl is found dead on a boarding school campus, and authorities can't figure out whether it was suicide, an accident, or foul play. Dual POV between dead ...more
Sep 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Very good read about mental illness and how complex this disease is. The story is based on the perspective of two characters who struggle with mental illness. It even discusses how it affects their families.
Feb 08, 2020 rated it liked it
R.I.P Eliza Hart is an suspenseful story that just makes you wanna read more. I was intrigued by the mystery behind Eliza's death and why Eliza hated Ellie so much. This book had a lot of emotion, well not Eliza since she had depression/bipolar disorder. It wasn't really a shocker that she had this illness. I kinda already knew she had something like that. I love how the author include some chapters with dead Eliza. It helped me understand the story more.
Now, characters. I didn't really like th
Jul 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Alyssa Sheinmel is the New York Times bestselling author of several novels for young adults, including A Danger to Herself and Others and Faceless. She is the co-author of The Haunting of Sunshine Girl and its sequel, The Awakening of Sunshine Girl. Alyssa grew up in Northern California and New York, and currently lives and writes in New York City. Follow her on Instagram @alyssasheinmel and Twitt ...more

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