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White Rabbit

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  737 Ratings  ·  242 Reviews
Rufus Holt is having the worst night of his life. It begins with the reappearance of his ex-boyfriend, Sebastian—the guy who stomped his heart out like a spent cigarette. Just as Rufus is getting ready to move on, Sebastian turns up out of the blue, saying they need to "talk." Things couldn’t get much worse, right?

But then Rufus gets a call from his sister April, begging f
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published April 24th 2018 by Feiwel & Friends
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This will sound harsh, but the truth is I don’t think I want to see this book on shelves.

“I was like a violin—an object that hasn’t much purpose until someone touches it, fills it with resonance, draws things from it that it can never produce on its own. Sebastian had been the one to draw music from me, and it’s why the end was so bad; before him, I’d never actually realized how painful the silence was.”

I don’t want impressionable teenage boys and girls to be reading it and thinking, ‘‘I am no
Caleb Roehrig
Jun 16, 2017 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: mine
I already read this. FiRST!!1!!!1!
destiny ♎ [howling libraries]
DNF @ ~150pg

If it tells you anything about how severely I disliked this book, I only got a little over 100 pages into it and I had a literal full PAGE of bullet points for things that I found to be nonsensical, annoying, or downright unhealthy.

I wanted so, so badly to love this book. There are so few own-voice gay books in the world that, when I saw this on NetGalley, I immediately requested it and was ecstatic when I got my approval. Plus, the fact that it was a thriller, and judging by the tit
C.G. Drews
Ah the bookworm life! Where you get a chance to relax so you PICK UP THE MOST STRESSFUL BOOK YOU CAN FIND and have a good ol' time. Haaaa yes I'm fine. And I absolutely found myself so tense while reading this I had to forcibly relax. It definitely kept me confused and guessing until the end, which is pretty much what I want in a thriller.

And I didn't expect to be hit with all these queer acceptance feels. 😭 💛I mean. It's like MURDER...and then SOULFUL TALKS ABOUT LOVE. I am so so here for this
Shaun Hutchinson
May 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Murder, drugs, romance, gay stuff. This book was AMAZING. I haven't read a book in a day in forever, but I couldn't put White Rabbit down. It's like The Hardy Boys but gay...only if the Hardy boys weren't brothers because ew. So more like Sherlock and Watson, but actually gay instead of the gay-baiting the BBC series does.

Anyway. Such a fantastic murder-mystery with some really great character drama layered in. Caleb really, really knocked it out of the park.
4.5 stars

Thank you very much to Macmillan Children's Publishing Group for providing a copy of the novel in exchange for an honest review.

TW: sexual assault, rape, homophobia, descriptions of violence, murder, drug use. 

White Rabbit is going to be the YA thriller of 2018. I'm calling it now. This murder mystery kept me on the very edge of my seat the entire time I read the book, and even up until the very end, I still had no idea who the killer was or how the book would conclude. A thriller in
Riley Redgate
Nov 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
this book contains my single favorite sentence of 2017, “Fox is seventeen, a senior-to-be at Ethan Allen, and an absolute prolapsed rectum of a human being.” a masterpiece

(EDIT: look. ok. White Rabbit is too magnificent for my glib-ass non-review reviewing style. but please know that i could not put this book down. i read it in a feverish gulp, thrilled by every page. i would die for rufus holt. that is all)
Maria (Big City Bookworm)

*Disclaimer* A copy of White Rabbit by Caleb Roehrig was provided to me by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not effect my opinion in any way.

Actual rating: 3.5 Stars rated up!


Initial post reading thoughts:

Well damn. That was one hell of a wild ride.


What I Liked

The continuous intrigue. There was not a single moment while reading this novel where I didn’t feel like I needed to know more as soon as possible. I was constantly on the edge of my seat wanting
Cale Dietrich
Sep 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017
There should be a word for that feeling you feel when one of your most hyped books delivers on everything you were hoping it would. That feeling is amazing, and I’m so happy to report I’m feeling it right now. LAST SEEN LEAVING is one of my favourite books – I adored Roehrig’s genius blending of a nail biting thriller and the coming of age of a gay teenager. As such, I had incredibly high expectations for Roehrig’s follow up, and he honestly smashed it out of the park. WHITE RABBIT is an incredi ...more
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***Thanks to NetGalley for providing me a complimentary copy of WHITE RABBIT in exchange for my honest review.***


When Rufus’s half-sister April calls for his help, he doesn’t expect his ex Sebastian to offer a ride. Rufus REALLY doesn’t expect to find April passed out with a knife in her hand, next to her dead boyfriend. She swears she’s innocent and needs Rufus’s help to find the real killer. What could possibly go wrong?

WHITE RABBIT by Caleb Roehrig delightfully grabbed me from page o
anna (readingpeaches)
pretty fun & engrossing but also a bit like some ridiculous anime where every character feels the need to explain their motifs in great details

and then there are some traces of biphobia from the mc
Apr 29, 2018 rated it did not like it
CW: sexual identity slurs, eating disorder comment, sexual assault, drinking/drug use by teens

Mysteries can be really interesting. I'm no stranger to watching them all over Netflix, Hulu, and whatever other streaming site I've got access to, not to mention gobbling up books. That's why I wanted to read White Rabbit: it sounded like a twisty maze of a murder mystery that would grip me from page one. 

Oh boy. It was a disappointment and I'm really sore about that. Reading the whole of the book turn
- ̗̀ DANY  ̖́- (danyreads)
Dec 19, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2018-reads, lgbt, dnf
. : ☾⋆ — DNF at page 89.

Caleb Roehrig would do way better as a screenplay writer than he does a book writer. his books read like tv show scripts.

his writing style isn’t exactly why i’m dropping this one, though. i’m dropping it because it reminded me way too much of *gasp* The Love Interest by Cale Dietrich, arguably the worst book released in the year of our lord 2017. poor characterization, weak personalities, terrible dialogue, even worse plot and world building. that’s The Love Interest in
Adam Sass
Jul 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A spiritual follow-up to Roehrig's debut mystery LAST SEEN LEAVING, WHITE RABBIT finds its main character - a young, heartbroken, rage-prone gay named Rufus - neck deep in a murder story that's intense and brutal in all the right places. Taking place in a single night following a Fourth of July party, WHITE RABBIT drags its tireless protagonist through one dangerous situation after another, whether its interrogating the spoiled rich kid suspects or worrying about his mother losing their house or ...more
Taking place within a 12ish hour period, this is a fast-paced thriller with a high body count. Featuring a queer main character and a romance, it's a fun read. Don't expect excellent character development (in fact, there's little beyond Rufus's own stereotyping of these rich jerks) but it's refreshing to have a bloody thrill ride with those who seem to deserve their ends getting it...and not have suicide or mental health be the boogeyman of the story.

Oct 26, 2017 rated it liked it
2.5 stars.

This was my second most anticipated release of next year (first being THE APOCALYPSE OF ELENA MENDOZA, which I've already read), but unfortunately, it just didn't work for me.

One word I have for this book is rushed. This whole book takes place in the span of less than 12 hours, so I found a hard time connecting with the story, or any of the characters for that matter, so therefore, I just didn't care about any of the deaths or the ending.

But what I did like was the diversity. This bo
Elise (TheBookishActress)
eerie sad gay mysteries are Elise culture
2.75 stars

The first thing you should know about White Rabbit is that it is going to break your suspension of disbelief, and it will do that many times. If you're fine with that and want an over-the-top creepy mystery with a really nice second chance m/m romance, this is perfect. If you want realism, look elsewhere.

I think you should also look elsewhere if you want something memorable instead of a fun read that will keep you on the edge of your seat while lacking in depth. My feelings about this
Mar 07, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs, lgbtq
Netgalley provided me an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I'm always looking for good mysteries for my library, and I'm always looking for stories that feature LGBTQ+ I was excited when this one had both.

Like Roehrig's Last Seen Leaving, White Rabbit is more than just a mystery. Unfortunately, the pieces of this story just didn't feel like they fit together. It felt like the author had a really good idea for a mystery and a really good idea for an LGBTQ+ romance
Oct 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: physical-library
There were some things I didn't like and it was super full of hateful people. However, that being said I couldn't put it down and for real didn't figure out who did it until it was revealed.
Oct 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
***4.5 Stars***
This was my first YA thriller and I loved it!

🦊 My Thoughts

White Rabbit was an unexpectedly fun read for me. I haven’t read the author’s previous book and I don’t think I’ve ever read a thriller before, so I had no idea what to expect going into this. But I was not disappointed! I feel like many people are apprehensive of reading it, maybe because of the genre, but I recommend everyone to give this one a chance because it might blow you away.

The story is set in a town slightly remi
After Last Seen Leaving, I found myself ready to be super-hyped for any future novels which Caleb Roehrig was to give us. Maybe his sophomore book doesn't quite reach that standard, but it's every bit as compulsively readable as Last Seen Leaving was. Believe it or not, though, the main mystery wasn't the greatest selling point for me, not when it became clear that it involved some of the asscrownest (not to be too Mara Dyer-y) characters you'll ever meet. Seriously, the rich kids who form the r ...more
You know that feeling when you finally get a chance to read a book you’re highly anticipating? That excitement mixed with nervousness because “oh god what if this book doesn’t live up to my hopes and dreams”? I admit I was a bit nervous to read White Rabbit, but I really had no reason to be.

If you’ve read Roehrig’s debut, Last Seen Leaving, then you already know how entertaining, twisty and compelling his mysteries and his characters are. If you haven’t read it, please do so immediately. Stop re
YA Wednesdays
Mar 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Caleb does it again. Review to come.

Find my full review on

Imagine combining the slasher qualities of 90’s movies like Scream seamlessly with the warm haziness of unrequited love from an 80’s John Hughes flick and a road trip so surreal it would give Hunter S. Thompson a run for his money. This is the magic of White Rabbit. Caleb Roehrig’s second YA book is another foray into mystery, but that’s where the comparisons ends with this sophomore book. Mischievous, sarcastic and a to
May 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lgbtqia
This book was a wild fucking ride. Nothing stops happening. It's extremely fast paced from start to finish. I honestly didn't expect the murderer to be who it was and throughout this book I was super unsure cause it could've been anyone. I even felt myself getting scared or nervous while reading. I didn't care too much about the romance althoughhh, I kind of wish Sebastian had a better/ more interesting reason as to why he dumped Rufus. Also, I didn't like all the flashbacks in the beginning. I ...more
Elizabeth (BookishConnoisseur)
Originally posted on my blog here:

This book was so fun! If you can call a book about teens getting murdered fun. So maybe fun isn’t the right word? Either way, it is engrossing and pulls you in right from the start. It reminds me of Pretty Little Liars (you know, in the beginning when it was still good, sorry!) or Riverdale. A teen drama centered around a mysterious murder with the teenagers trying to solve everything.

It was so suspenseful and kept me gue
You guys, this book had my favorite things and my favorite suspense mystery things and then some: a sarcastic, smart, flawed narrator who's been through hell and keeps going in a self-aware way - check; unreliable, shady, and multidimensional characters up the wazoo, left and right, good side and bad side, shady side and unshady side, and everything in between- check; sizzling chemistry - check; good sleuthing, but imperfect with a side admitting when you've made a terrible choice or not thought ...more
robbie pryde
Apr 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: gayyyyy
Wowowoww!! I loved this book SO much. The pacing was amazing, rarely ever slowing down. The mystery was fun and it had a shit ton of twists to keep you guessing. I NEED Julie to read this so we can Kiki and spread the gospel that is White Rabbit
This book had so much drama, it felt like watching a season of 90210--the remake bc I never saw the original--all in one go and bruh.

Fucking ridiculous. But one hell of a ride! So definitely better than a season of 90210.
Apr 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites

I've been meaning to read Caleb Roehrig's first novel, Last Seen Leaving, since the moment I heard about it, but I kept putting it off. That was OBVIOUSLY a mistake because White Rabbit was absolutely incredible, and I now need his first book in my hands asap. When I received an ARC of this one, I couldn't help myself and dived right in.

White Rabbit reads like a night in Riverdale, but if it were following Kevin and Moose. I'm a huge fan of slasher films, especially ones where you're
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Caleb Roehrig is a writer and television producer originally from Ann Arbor, Michigan. Having also lived in Chicago, Los Angeles, and Helsinki, Finland, he has a chronic case of wanderlust, and can recommend the best sights to see on a shoestring budget in over thirty countries. A former actor, Roehrig has experience on both sides of the camera, with a résumé that includes appearances on film and ...more
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