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When seventeen-year-old senator's son Grant Tavish is involved in a fatal accident, all he wants to do is face the consequences of what he's done, but the consequences never come, even if headlines of "affluenza" do. The truth soon becomes clear: Due to his father's connections, not only will Grant not be held accountable for his actions, he's going to get away with murder ...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published July 10th 2018 by Tor Teen
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Mogsy (MMOGC)
3 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2018/09/08/...

The Unfortunates is the second novel I’ve read by Kim Liggett, which I was excited to read after how much I enjoyed The Last Harvest even though on the surface it didn’t appear to have as much of a horror bent. The story follows Grant Franklin Tavish V, the son of a wealthy and prominent US senator. As a result, Grant never wanted for anything growing up, and his future was secure. He would go to the right schools, make th
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Sara (A Gingerly Review)
This was not exactly what I though it would be but it was a quick read.

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Full review can be found here: https://agingerlyreview.wordpress.com...

**I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.**


I am a reader that can be (and usually is) drawn to a book by the cover alone. Just take this book for example: it screams something deadly happened and there has to be a delicious story behind it. Well, sadly, the cover does not match th
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Kelly Hager
Jul 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I am not a fan of nature and I'm very claustrophobic. I'm also not huge on heights and being in the dark in unfamiliar places. I mention that to say that The Unfortunates is basically every nightmare I have in one 220 page piece of absolute Kelly-hell. 

Obviously I loved it.

(When I wasn't completely freaking out and being terrified for Grant and the four teens he's stuck in the cave with. Because guys, I didn't know what was happening but I knew that I wanted no part of it and that I wanted all o
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Logan
Aug 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed The Unfortunates by Kim Liggett, when I first started the book I thought that it would be about a boy who is trying to get punished for something wrong that he did. But what this book is really about is a High School kid who is the son of the Senator in Virginia. In this book at the beginning, you find out that Grant Tavish V had just undergone a traumatic experience months ago. All you know is that it is the weekend and he has a court date on Monday, but his family has a rite ...more
Beth
A huge thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for a copy of this book! I am a big fan of hers!!!

I really enjoyed this book! Let's start with the cover. How cool is that cover? Of course I was going to read the book because it was by Kim Liggett, but even if it wasn't, the cover would have sold it for me! It was a very quick read, but that was probably because I could not put it down. It kept me guessing and in suspense the entire time. I know the teens at my library are going to devour this bo
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Erikka
Sep 26, 2018 rated it it was ok
Predictable as all hell and a very beat-you-over-the-head anti-affluenza story, this book would be a perfect read for a spoiled brat with no sense of right and wrong and even less of an ability to notice foreshadowing. The cover is cool...so that's something.
Angelica
Mar 24, 2018 rated it liked it
So first I want to say, the cover totally did not go with what this book was about.. When it said for fans of Riverdale and Pretty Little Liars, I was expecting something completely different. I was actually really let down by this book. I could have seen this going in a different direction and being a lot better. It also didn't help that I figured out what was going on half way through the story. It was an okay story and a super fast read.
linnea h.
This was 100% interesting with like...40% too much Telling Me What Was Going On. where are all my 400+ page YA horror novels.
Myron Brown
Jul 09, 2018 rated it it was ok
Grant Franklin Tavish V got a slap on the wrist for causing a fatal car accident. He goes spelunking intending to die but when he is trapped with four teens from a nearby public school he tries to help them get out but something is after them. It takes awhile for this title to get going. The first several chapters reads more like a realistic fiction title where Grant ruminates about his guilt for the accident he caused. Based on these first few chapters readers would expect a fairly grounded sto ...more
Tammy
Jul 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The nitty-gritty: A short, sharp gut punch of a story that will keep you guessing and jumping at shadows. Read after dark at your own risk!

This is the third book I’ve read by Kim Liggett, and I can honestly say she’s getting better with each book. And that’s not to say I didn’t enjoy her first two books! But this is my favorite so far and it s
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Kristen
Every once in a while, I get flashes, shadows in my peripheral, making me think there's someone behind me. I know it's not real. It can't be. I'm the last one in line.

Seventeen-year-old Grant Tavish, the fifth, comes from old money. His family is well-known and respected in the Richmond community, and due to his father's position as the senator, quite powerful as well. And when Grant finds himself the cause of a devastating accident, he knows that the worst he'll get is a slap on the wrist. Th
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Teenreadsdotcom
THE UNFORTUNATES is the newest release from Kim Liggett. She is also the author of BLOOD AND SALT, HEART AND ASH and THE LAST HARVEST. THE UNFORTUNATES is the story of 17-year-old Grant Tavish, a senator’s son who was involved in a fatal accident. He is quickly consumed by guilt when it becomes clear that his father’s connections will insure that he never faces consequences for the accident. With his graduation trip approaching, Grant plans to stage an accident for himself in a cave system along ...more
Stefanie Merrifield
Jul 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Grant Franklin Tavish the Fifth - yep, the fifth - the rich son of a senator, get's in a car wreck that kills 4 people. Instead of getting arrested he's told by his lawyer to simply say, "You don't remember anything," and given next to no punishment. Angry over being unable to take responsibility for his crime, Grant takes advantage of a traditional rock climbing trip to plan an "accident" to permanently solve his problem. Before he can follow-thru, a cave-in leaves him stranded in a cave with 4 ...more
Kacey
Oct 13, 2018 rated it liked it
This is a tough one for me to rate. There are some parts of this that would appeal to me, like the whole survival parts. But it was hard for me to get engaged in the story and I only finished it because it was so short.

I think a big issue that myself and a lot of others have is that the twist/ending is pretty obvious. So obvious, in fact, that the narrative goes right out and tells you about it. Maybe that's one reason why it was hard for me to engage: I knew what was happening, so I struggled t
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Lydia Timpson
May 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Grant Tavish is the son of a senator and feels everyone is ignoring what happened in favour of letting him off scott-free because of who his father is.
It's obvious that his conscience is bothering him and he struggles with how his friend and family just gloss over everything.
He decides that, if the public opinion won't judge him then he'll take matters into his own hands.
He tells his family that he is completing an old family tradition and completing a cave excursion on the Appalachian trail. Wh
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Hana
Aug 13, 2018 rated it it was ok
I almost DNF this but I had a theory and I wanted to see if I was right but I wasn't halfway done yet and it already was a struggle to not just skip to the last chapter and get it done and over with. I might have gone into this with the wrong mindset. I read they were stuck in a cave and monsters start coming after them and I immediately thought of that movie The Descent which I really enjoyed. I was expecting to get something like that and I got something completely different.

My biggest problem
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Erin Arkin
May 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Unfortunates is the new YA horror story by Kim Liggett and if you haven’t read any of her books yet, you should definitely fix that!  I loved Blood and Salt by her so when I heard about this book, and then saw it at ALA, I grabbed it.

Grant Tavish is the son of a senator and after being involved in a fatal accident, he really just wants to face the consequences he believes he deserves.  Unfortunately for him, because of who his father is, he won’t have to face anything, and he is going to get
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Brin Murray
Jun 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
I can imagine that teens with a penchant for horror would enjoy this story: five teens trapped down a cave system, in the dark, where hostile unseen monsters or something lives… It’s gruesome enough for the bloodthirstiest ghoul or even young adult. Plus there are some real life dilemmas/issues thrown in, in the shape of our hero Grant Tavish who is a senator’s son and wrestling with guilt. He was the irresponsible cause of a fatal accident, and his affluent family and friends have just brushed ...more
Rachel
Sep 29, 2018 rated it did not like it
If I could give this zero stars or even a negative star, I totally would. I don't know if these may be considered spoilers so be warned. Generally speaking, JUST AVOID THIS NOVEL!

This is a novel about an affluent kid who got away with murder (because of his affluence) and he 'redeems' himself by going on this essentially spiritual type journey that changes his mind... (gag me, blech). It's like this novel was written to try to say people with affluenza can become better people! Except, thus far,
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Xing Zhi
Sep 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mb-ok
"I don't remember anything."

These are the magic words Grant Franklin Tavish the Fifth, son of Senator Grant Tavish the Fourth needs to say at his court appearance. These magic words will make everything go away. Grant will get off scot-free on several counts of manslaughter.

Grant doesn't want it to all go away. He knows that he caused all those people to die, and he wants to be responsible for that. He decides to use his family tradition of spelunking in the caves as a way to disappear for good.
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Leslee
Aug 23, 2018 rated it liked it
This was a fun YA read hovering somewhere around 3 and 4 stars for me. First 25% of the book really felt like a Catcher in the Rye wannabe and all the bougie whining about how hard life can be for a rich white boy got kind of annoying, not gonna lie. Once we get into the caving system, the action picks up but the ending felt really telegraphed for me. This wasn't helped by the fact that I just read We Were Liars like a month ago which has pretty much the exact same plot but I felt was more deft ...more
Kate (Beyond Bookish)
Thank you to Tor Teen and Netgalley for a free review copy! All opinions are my own.

4-4.25 stars.

This is a story that was definitely out of my comfort zone, but it was quite good! I originally requested this for review (via Netgalley) because I thought it would be a title that my students would love! the cover while kind of gross is incredible and would really capture their attention (especially the reluctant readers of the bunch) but the pacing, characters and suspense really kept me turning t
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Ellen
Aug 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: creepy, ya, best-brightest
Thrilling, horrifying and twisted...
Grant Franklin Tavish V is consumed with guilt after "getting away with murder" . Knowing that his privilege makes him untouchable, he decides to face consequences the only way he can- by going on a cave excursion with no plan to return, or survive. I don't want to give anything away, but everything goes terribly wrong ( ⚆ _ ⚆ ) I read this on a cool evening and I was sweating the whole time- the writing is fast paced and intense. In terms of tone, this one i
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Kim
Mar 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
The book was provided to me free of charge. I am giving my review voluntarily.

Kim Liggett chose the absolute best setting for this book. Nothing is more terrifying than the thought of being buried alive, and, in my opinion, being lost in a cave is a very close second. The author kept the adrenaline amped from the moment Grant dropped into the cave until the very end. There is a nice, but pretty predictable, twist at the end. My only major complaint about the book is the title. "The Unfortunates"
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Fred Baerkircher
Aug 17, 2018 rated it it was ok
First off, it's written from the POV of a teen boy, but the narrator is completely unconvincing as a teen boy. He sounds entirely like the adult woman who wrote the book.

But conceptually, I had a really hard time empathizing with Grant. Like, he did something awful and escaped consequences. So, to set things right, he seeks to fake an accident to get away from all the people making him feel bad? That's sort of the opposite of owning up to the mistake.
Michelle
Jul 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book was not entirely what I was expecting from the cover. I am very guilty of choosing to read it based on the cover. I think I read the summary when I first looked at, but by the time I read it I had forgotten what it was about. I was thinking it was going to be more of a murder mystery rather than a survival tale. That is certainly what the cover suggested to me anyways. But that said, it was still a really good story that was hard to put down.
Nicole
Jun 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018-releases, arcs
Grant Franklin Tavish the fifth is the privileged son of a senator. After the accident, Grant was bailed out of jail and didn't have to pay the consequences. However, he lives in guilt of what happened that day in December. Money can't buy everything and Grant conscience gets the best of him.

When Grant decides to embark on a Tavish tradition where the males go on a caving expedition solely, things go array. Grant lives in guilt and was about to end is life until he hears another voice. He ends u
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Andrienne
Jun 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Awesome read. The main character was interesting to follow. Gruesome but well-executed. One of those books that you want to go back to the beginning and read again. Best not to think about what this book is similar to (another reviewer mentioned Riverdale and Pretty Little Liars) and just focus on the main character.

Thanks to the publisher for access to the review copy.
Leah
Jul 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a quick, easy, enjoyable read. The characters and story are fairly simple but kept me engaged and wanting to know what was going to happen next. The ending is a good twist, I was not expecting it. I recommend!
Lynda
Jun 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
great quick read. a little boring during the middle (come on, do something) but picked up and held my interest. i even had to stay up late and finish reading the last 100 pages. this book had a great surprise twist ending that i never saw coming.
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At sixteen, Kim Liggett left her rural midwestern town for New York City to pursue a career in music. Along with lending her voice to hundreds of studio recordings, she was a backup singer for some of the biggest rock bands in the 80's.
Kim spends her free time studying the tarot and scouring Manhattan for vials of rare perfume and the perfect egg white cocktail.