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The Cutting Room Floor

3.26  ·  Rating details ·  353 ratings  ·  78 reviews
Behind-the-scenes secrets could turn deadly for Desmond and Riley...

Life in the Heights has never been easy for seventeen-year-old Riley Frost, but when she's publicly dumped and outed at the same time, she becomes an immediate social outcast at her high school. So Riley swears off romance and throws herself into solving the shocking murder of her favorite teacher, Ms. Dun
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Published October 3rd 2017 (first published October 1st 2013)
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Faye, la Patata

If this book could be summed up in one sentence, it would be this: it's all over the place. I swear, it is. What could have been an interesting and intriguing novel turned out to be a mess of many dilemmas and problems, and throughout reading it, I wasn't 100% sure what kind of book it was supposed to be. Mystery? Romance? Psychological? About finding and accepting your sexuality? A bit of this and a bit of that? Truthfully, I don't mind reading a book about various themes, but it just bothe
May 17, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received this ARC courtesy of NetGalley. The blurb - and double POV - intrigued me bc it features a very different kind of triangle, and one person whose obsession becomes toxic.

There are two protags - Riley and Desmond - who've been friends for a long time. Riley thinks she's gay and Desmond is sure he's not. He's in love with Riley and will do anything to make her feel the same way. Including sabotaging her relationships. Riley comes across as a pretty boiler-plate MC (except for her attract
Sep 01, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reveiwed
I would like to thank Flux and Netgalley for the chance to read this book for my honest review

This book was great. I loved the writing style of this book how the scenes were written by a film director. I think it gave you a better feeling for the surrounding. I also liked the characters. Riley finds herself confused and unsure of what she wants, that is what you should feel when your seventeen. I could feel her pain and understand where she was coming from. Desmond (Dez), welllll ok I liked him
Sep 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was awesome! I read it in a couple days because I could not put this book down. The writing was brilliant, with just enough suspense and intrigue to keep you guessing and wanting more. There's a couple different story lines happening which made for an interesting read and the author does a fantastic job of tying it all together.

Riley and Desmond are lifelong friends but she's dealing with her own confusing love life while he has his sights set on manipulating her right into his arms.
Apr 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The debut YA novel from my critique partner Dawn Klehr - a compelling and satisfying story of secrets and manipulation. Well done!
Sep 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Cool movie theme, creepy story, flawed but sympathetic characters make this one a fun, scary, and unique thriller.
Kathy Martin
Oct 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This story was a combination of thriller and romance taking place in a high school outside the Twin Cities. It is told in the first person by two narrators. Desmond Brandt wants to be a film director and sees everything as though it were a movie. Riley Frost is an actress who is going through some issues with her sexuality. She has just had a very public break-up with her girlfriend which has made her a pariah in her high school. She is also still reeling from the death of her favorite teacher w ...more
Linda (un)Conventional Bookworms
*I received a free ARC of The Cutting Room Floor from Flux via Netgalley in exchange of an honest review*

Full review to come soon.

This and all my other reviews are originally posted on my blog (un)Conventional Bookviews
Sep 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book by a debut author that kept me guessing until the last pages!

The change these characters went through felt so authentic. I connected with Riley and Dez through the transformation they experienced, and I thought the author did a great job tying it all together.
Oct 06, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Could not put the book down. So many turn of events that keeps you on your toes when reading. Love how the author incorporates today's life issues with teens and all kinds of results. (Not cheesy or predictable!).
Apr 07, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2013
Seriously effed up book, but in a good way. ;) Then ending was not a happily ever after, but isn't that real life?
Confessions of an Opinionated Book Geek

I love movies. I have wanted to write & direct movies since I was five years old. When other kids were talking about being doctors, teachers and fireman I wanted to be Cecil B Demille and Alfred Hitchcock. So, when I read about a character like Dez, I am always pulled in. Someone who thinks in terms of plot points and speaks in terms of dialogue, AMAZING. Unfortunately, Dez is without a doubt one of the scariest characters I have ever had the experience of
Jul 22, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 3-star, new-adult, 2-star, eh
This was eh. Like the plot was ok. It could have been SO much better to be honest.

The ending was not what I was expecting. And that’s not a good thing. There’s nothing to add to the “big reveal.” I thought it was weak and not really written well at the end.

There was so much build up with the two main characters, but by the end of the book they disappointed me. And it wasn’t them but rather the plot and writing it self!

It was a boring read, but it could have been so much better.

2.5 star rating
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2.5 stars
Ya know, when I requested this book I could have sworn it was a murder mystery. That's not to say that it isn't a murder mystery, because it is (kinda) but there is more to it than that. I have this small nagging thought that the blurb was changed; since I actually got this book months ago. I doubt it though.  I couldn't tell what was up and what was down and what the heck was going on. It was a jumbled mess. 

So, plot one/two. We have Ri
Dec 22, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Mystery with Obsessive Characters
Shelves: blog-tour
Originally Reviewed At: Mother/Gamer/Writer
Rating: 4 out of 5 Controllers
Review Source: Blog Tour
Reviewer: Me

The Cutting Room Floor is absolutely insane. I’m still not sure if this novel is good or bad, however I couldn’t put the book down and found myself glued to the pages until I devoured every last sentence. From the very beginning when we are introduced to the CRAZY Dez, I became hooked on his words and his twisted love affair with his best friend Riley. Told from alternating point-of-view’
Stephanie Ward
'The Cutting Room Floor' is a gripping young adult mystery/thriller that tells the story of two main characters - Riley Frost and Desmond "Dez" Brandt - as they both embark on journeys that could ruin their lives. Riley's life has been turned upside down at school after being dumped and publicly outed, so she turns to the mystery behind the murder of her teacher, Ms. Dunn, to keep herself busy. Riley turns to Dez, her best friend, for help when things start to get serious. What Riley doesn't kno ...more
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First off, alternating points-of-view give the reader a separate looks at two very unique characters: Riley and Desmond (Dez). Riley is an aspiring actress in high school questioning her sexuality. It’s so rare to come across bi/lesbian characters in YA books, especially when their struggles to define themselves are so authentically painful and engaging. Riley’s sit
Reviewed for Book Soulmates

“If I knew then what I know now, I never would’ve sent that text. I wouldn’t have done a lot of things. Yeah, if my life were a movie, I’d go back and edit out all the bad stuff. Leave it all on the cutting room floor.

But I can’t. And now I will have to pay.

Big time.”
~Dez, p. 7 of The Cutting Room Floor

Dez and Riley grew up as next door neighbors in the Heights, and they’ve always been close friends. But Dez secretly loves Riley. In fact, it’s more like an obsession
Michael Albro
Oct 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thought this book was excellent and extremely well written. I loved the movie theme throughout and writing some of the scenes like a script was really cool. It tied in nicely with the “Dez directing Riley’s life” thing.

There are two different stories in Cutting Room Floor: the murder of Ms. Dunn and Dez’s manipulation of Riley’s life. Of the two, the plot between Dez and Riley is by far my favorite. The idea of interfering in a person’s life to such an extent of course does not sit well with m
Alanna (The Flashlight Reader)
I am not a huge fan of contemporary books so I was not expecting much from The Cutting Room Floor. I was expecting a weird murder mystery, but that wasn’t entirely what I got. There was some aspect of a murder mystery, but it was mostly about a deranged teenage boy’s obsession with the ultimate unattainable girl.

Dez has been in love with Riley for as long as he can remember. Unfortunately for him, Riley doesn’t prefer boys romantically. Of course, this isn’t a problem for Dez because he is so
Elissa Hoole
Nov 11, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this book--the many layers, the multi-faceted characters, the suspense, and the film references throughout give the book depth and complexity that I find super interesting. Plus Dez. He's just so fascinating, and I love the psychology of his need to be the director.
Apr 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Holy wow! I really loved this book! What a page turner. More soon.
Jul 30, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thanks to Bookbub for alerting me to a free copy of this book.

The YA story of Riley, who has been outed for her first so-called gay encounter. She falls hard for Emma. But Emma seemingly is afraid to be known as gay. So somehow when their relationship gets outed and Emma heads for the hills. Riley is left to pick up the pieces of her heart. Plus, she is now a social outcast in her school that looks down on homosexuality thanks to the mayor and his teenage daughter.

So Riley turns to her next doo
Katie Hurse
I think the main issue with this for me was the ending - it seemed to just try absolving Des of everything that he had done?! Like, let's be real here, he's a total creep, and although there were clear attempts to make him seem charming & sympathetic, they didn't work for me AT ALL. Whilst I realise they were supposed to be problematic, his attitudes towards Riley's sexuality literally made my blood BOIL.
Riley herself was interesting to me - I wish we could've had a story more focused on her, on
Nov 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What are friendships really composed of? How well do you really know your best friend? This is a story about teenagers and how the answers to those questions may not be as you suspect. The reader will meet a young lady who is suddenly dumped by a love interest and outed at the same time. Immediately she becomes a social pariah even though the school should instead be focused on figuring out how and why a beloved teacher was killed. At the school. As the book progresses it made me wonder about ho ...more
Dr. Garcia
Jul 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really like this book and it would be good to use in the classroom. I liked how it used film as a structure. I like the multiple perspectives and the mystery. But my favorite thing is the gender study. It deals with the issue of how guys feel entitled to get the girls they want. How guys justify trying to control girls. But, it does it in a way that doesn’t demonize boys. It could be a great way to approach the idea of toxic masculinity, without automatically putting guys on the defensive.
Nov 17, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lgbtq
This is one of those solid 3 star books. I didn't love it, but I didn't hate it either. It was just okay.

+ diverse cast (mostly from an lgbtq standpoint)
+ characters actually suffer consequences for their shitty actions
+ characters are allowed to not forgive people for those shitty actions
+ the writing/pacing was fine, relatively realistic dialogue
+ the plot had an interesting premise

+ said plot really needed to be fleshed out more
+ could have used an extra 100 pages at least
+ the rel
Tara Maginnis
Jan 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A wonderful romantic thriller

I could not put this book down. I ended up reading it in one evening. It's great. The characters are very well developed, even the ones you hate. The one hard thing about reading this novel is Dez. He's a creep. He's in love with his best friend, and makes some really creepy, poor decisions. It's hard to be in the head of someone like that. Riley on the other hand is extremely easy to root for. I definitely would recommend this book.
Kathleen Bacon
Jul 13, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Teens and Young Adults
Recommended to Kathleen Bacon by: Book Bub
Interesting read, storyline and characters. There are some good takeaways about living truthfully that we all need from time-to-time. I gave it 3 stars only because the book needs major editing as it is poorly edited. Of particular note the Devlins were referred to the Delvins in some sentences as well as typos and missing words.

This said, I would read this author’s other books as I believe she is a good writer, just needs a better editor.
Michelle M.
Jan 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I could not put this book down. Even though it was kind of a dark story, it was so very intense. A story of murder, bullying, and betrayal without the perfect sappy love story ending . It has been a very long time since I have read a book like this. I think I may have just discovered a new author to read.

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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.

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