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All These Beautiful Strangers

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Charlie Calloway has a life most people would kill for - a tight-knit family, a loyal set of friends, and top grades a privileged boarding school. But Charlie's never been interested in what most people want. Like all Calloways, she's been taught that she's different, special - better. So when her school's super-exclusive secret society extends a mysterious invitation, Cha ...more
Paperback, 504 pages
Published July 12th 2018 by Penguin (first published July 10th 2018)
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Let me begin this review with LOOK AT THAT COVER! Doesn't it just scream summer? So gorgeous! I actually did spend the day at the beach with my toes in the sand, sun on my shoulders, and this book in my hand. What a glorious day!

Now to the story! Elizabeth Klehfoth has written a clever YA mystery novel. Is it all completely believable? No, it isn't. Is it a fun page turner? Absolutely!

Charlie Calloway is the wealthy daughter of Allistair Calloway who is a highly regarded real estate mogul in N
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A beautiful story about families, love, betrayal, the difference between the rich and poor, and a girl that tries to discover what happened to her missing mother, while discovering herself.

Charlie Calloway has a life most people would kill for – a tight-knit family, a loyal set of friends, and top grades a privileged boarding school. But Charlie’s never been interested in what most people want. Like all Calloways, she’s been taught that she’
Jun 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: edelweiss
All These Beautiful Strangers by Elizabeth Klehfoth is a young adult mystery that is told from multiple points of view and several timelines. Reading this one I had the thought that the author successfully made a book stew, she managed to combine a couple of mysteries and some drama into an interesting story.

First we have seventeen year old Charlie Calloway who is a junior at the prestigious Knollwood and looking forward to joining Knollwood’s secret elite society, the As. Charlie is ready to pu
Jun 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
"No one can really understand the whole of a person. In many ways, the people I was closest to, the people who meant the most to me-were strangers. Beautiful strangers."

4.5 beautiful stars!! It’s honestly the best feeling ever when a book you were hesitant to start ends up in your favourites list and leaves you absolutely stunned. First of all, I would like to thank Penguin NZ for sending me a physical ARC of this book. And let me also tell you first up that I was not expecting to love th
ELLIAS (elliasreads)

Let me just start off that if you like Gossip Girl, Pretty Little Liars, and the dramatic flair for the points of being hella extra.....

.....then look no further folks because we got here the same run-of-the-mill mediocre and somewhat boring (mystery/drama) tale of a pretentious high school student uncovering the buried secrets of the past, all the while getting caught up in a tangle wood of lies and deceit in the present.

Doesn't that sound lik
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Dear All These Beautiful Strangers . . . .

Not even kidding. This was exactly what I was hoping for when my friend Michelle’s Review popped up on my feed. I mean let’s face it, while I would looooooooooooove to be able to say I spend summer break like this . . . . .

If I were every to vacay in the Hamptons I assume it would be more like this . . . .

(Sidenote: I totally read a book that gave me a serious Grey Gardens vibe.
Nov 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-mystery
Ten years ago, when Charlie was seven years old, her mother disappeared. Charlie is now seventeen, and away at boarding school. When she is tapped to join the A’s, the school’s secret society, she’s excited, but a little concerned about the initiation process. As she plays the game the A’s ask of her, she learns they may not be as great as she originally thought. In addition to school life, Charlie starts to think there is more to the story of her mother’s disappearance, and looks into the past ...more
I received a free copy of All These Beautiful Strangers by Elizabeth Klehfoth from Goodreads for my honest review.

Wonderful read, keeps you on the edge of your seat wondering what will happen next. Charlie Calloway has it all, a wonderful family, fantastic friends, money. Charlie finds out about a secret society at her school and is determined to get in it. Little does she know that the secrets are deeper than she can imagine. Charlie always wanted to know about her mother's disappearance and n
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫 / 5

All These Beautiful Strangers by Elizabeth Klehfoth will hook you from the very start and eat up ALL of your free time.

What it's about: Charlie is 7 when her mother disappears from the family lake house never to be seen again. Now at age 17 Charlie is going to a prestigious boarding school called Knollwood Prep where there is an elite group of students called the "A's". The A's have chosen her to be an initiate to their secret club, but to be a part of it she must play a very serio
Alexandra Roselyn
One of the best thrillers I’ve ever read!
Lady Clementina ffinch-ffarowmore
My thanks to NetGalley and Penguin Random House Children’s UK for a review copy of this book.

This young adult mystery is the story of Charlotte ‘Charlie’ Calloway, the daughter of a real estate mogul who attends a posh prep school, Knollwood Preparatory. She has just received an invitation to be inducted into the very secret club, the ‘A’s’ at the school for which she (and other initiates) will be given three difficult challenges which will get them to push many boundaries. But Charlie’s life is
Jul 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: stand-alones, arcs
This felt like a very interesting YA/adult novel hybrid, with it's focus on both Charlie Calloway (in 2017) and her parents (in the 1990s). With Charlie's mother's disappearance, and the mysterious death of a boy on campus, there are more than a few secrets hidden by the Calloways, and as the book slowly unfolds, you get all the answers. The three POVs and different time periods means there's often dramatic irony in the relaying of information, so mostly I was waiting for Charlie to catch up on ...more
Iryna *Book and Sword*
4.25/5 stars

I am quite surprised that this books isn't talked about more, on Goodreads specifically. It is the epitome of a perfect summer read - I ate it up in one day (and this book isn't small - 448 pages).

Also, I had no expectations whatsoever when I started reading it, so I think that contributed to me being very pleasantly surprised by this debut.

The beginning of the book has very strong Pretty Little Liars vibes, but much, much better executed. However, as the book progressed I started
Aug 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This had everything I love in a YA mystery.

The summer Charlie Calloway was seven years-old her mother, Grace, vanished without a trace from their lake house. Due to her luggage being missing, and a large cash withdrawal by her the day before she disappeared, it is believed Grace left of her own accord. Consequently, Charlie has grown up hating her mother for abandoning not only her, but her father and younger sister as well. Ten years on, she’s enjoying a privileged life at an elite boarding sch
Anja H.
Nov 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley

"Every great tragedy started with love.”

Don't you just love it when a lesser known book surprises you in the best way?
If you're into young adult murder/suspense mysteries similar to One Of Us Is Lying, with a little bit of Gossip Girl and Pretty Little Liars thrown into the mix, you'll love this one!

I honestly didn't expect to enjoy this novel as much as I ended up doing! I wouldn't say the ending came as a complete surprise, and some things just weren't believable at all
Charlie Calloway is a 17-year old with everything. She’s heir to a family fortune and attends an elite private school, Knollwood Augustus Prep. What’s more, she’s just been invited to join Knollwood’s most exclusive club, a secretive group known as the A’s. (Yes, that's how it’s punctuated in the book and yes, that bloody apostrophe took a few minutes off my life every time I had to look at it.) But Charlie is haunted by the disappearance, and possibly death, of her mother Grace ten years earlie ...more
Apr 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
I loved this book, though I wasn’t sure exactly into which genre the author intended it be placed. On one hand, this is adolescent lit, as it tells the story of high school junior Charlotte (Charlie) Calloway as she comes of age in a prep school environment. On the other hand, however, I felt like much of the subject matter (suicide, murder, sex, drugs, etc.) were handled in a way that would demand a certain amount of maturity in order to appreciate.

The plot that drives the novel is actually tw
May 27, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
All these beautiful strangers is a story about a wealthy family filled with lies. Charlie doesnt know what happened to her mother. Did she really disappear from her life? Did her father have something to do with her disappearance? Not only is she dealing with that but she has been invited into the secret elite society the "A's" which she has to complete difficult challenges to be a part of the society. Filled with mystery and secrets this book is told in alternating years and characters. ...more
Aahana ♥
Dec 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: buddy-read
The only other mystery I have read is One of Us Is Lying, so I don't really know what is the usual standard for books like this.
But what I can say is...
This book scared the sh*t out of me! And when you're reading a thriller... I'm pretty sure that's something you want!
Anyway, I have basically implied that I don't know how to review mysteries, which is very true, so don't expect too much from this review, but I'm just going to start to cause oh well, my reviews are for me, myself and I so-

Gare Billings
Jul 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
ALL THESE BEAUTIFUL STRANGERS is a paragon of the perfect summer read. Klehfoth has a voice that dazzles, intrigues, and intimidates. Her writing is razor-sharp and sensational. The plot to this novel is spectacular and inviting. Combine that with dangerously well-written characters, a gorgeous setting, and a novel that teeters on the brink of different genres and you have one hell of a winner in my eyes.

This novel is like Cruel Intentions meets Pretty Little Liars meets Gillian Flynn. I absolut
Jul 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed All These Beautiful Strangers! I was immediately hooked by the prologue, and looked forward to finding out what the mystery was.

Part of this book is set at a boarding school, and part of it is set at a family lakehouse. I loved both settings. They were tense, intriguing, and it was very easy to get lost in the story. There's also a secret society, which is such a fun aspect of the story. All These Beautiful Strangers has a lot of mysterious flashbacks, and I liked figuring out
This book was phenomenal and I still cannot believe it is Klehfoth's debut!!

All These Beautiful Strangers follows Charlie Calloway, a 17-year-old privileged, rich teen. Her father, Alistair Calloway, comes from a very wealthy upper-class family who bring all the classic rich stereotypes to life. They are stuck up and full of secrets.
Her mother disappeared ten years before the book starts, leaving a lot of unanswered questions and brewing up scandalous rumours.
In a short summary, we follow Charl
Jul 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: physical-arcs

I have a rocky relationship with YA mystery/thrillers, I actually quit reading them over a year ago because I found the ones I picked up to be predictable and not suitable for an avid reader of thrillers like myself. But as soon as I saw the cover of this I did a double take, it’s stunning! Then I read the description and got a Gossip Girl meets The Skulls vibe so I said, to hell with my self imposed YA thriller ban and added it to my TBR. I’m SO glad that I did, while this most assuredly i
Apr 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: release-2018
All These Beautiful Strangers is super intriguing with lots of suspense. I’m a sucker for a good mystery. Right from the get go this one did not disappoint. 4 ☆
Frank Phillips
Jan 31, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Such a wonderful YA read! A solid 4 stars from me here!! this book had characters that were so richly developed I really found myself emotionally invested in them and really caring about what happened to them, how their stories ended. So wonderfully written, I cannot wait to see what else comes out next from this author! In case you all don't realize this is a chunker of a book, 438 pages! Yet, it reads like 300 tops! I can't believe I put reading this one off for so long. I recommend anyone rem ...more
Lisa-Books Smiles
Nov 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.25 stars
Sarah Swann
Nov 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars! Wow, this was a good one! The characters are so complex and some are straight up cruel. I could never decide if I liked the main character or not, she kept me on my toes. So much mystery and the secret society was crazy. Loved it!
๏  Highlights ๏

Young Adult Contemporary
Pretty Little Liars Vibe
Boarding School Secret Society
Multi-Layered Mystery
Psychological Thriller
Three different Narrators

With Narration performed by
Caitlin Kelley, Xe Sands, and Greg Tremblay

๏  My Thoughts ๏ 

A cleverly written mystery that has the vibe of Pretty Little Liars complete with those moments where you think... "that only happens on TV". Despite that, it was a compelling read/listen.  Told in alternating POV's between Charlie, her Mo
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So this boook is deemed Gossip Girl Meets Pretty Little Liars. Eh let’s break this down. This is a mixture of a lot of idea’s that are already done; A pretty dramatic elite people school, a secret club and oh a mystery.

Charlie was a very weird MC. She was mostly like a robot with weird emotions tbh. I didn’t get her. And after being so weird she than goes and forgives a boy who did her pretty wrong like how?! I hate girls like that! 🙄

The story is set around a privileged high school where Charlie
Jan 20, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2-star
DNF @ 12%. Nothing particularly bad about this, but it feels like a book trying to imitate successful thrillers and only half succeeding. It feels distinctively less sophisticated than the adult thrillers I've read recently, but since this is a debut, I think the writing has good qualities that could be built upon in future books. I definitely see the Gossip Girl comparison. I hate that show, but if you like it you may have better luck with this book. Recommended if you enjoy YA thrillers. ...more
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Elizabeth Klehfoth grew up in Elkhart, Indiana. She received her BFA in creative writing from Chapman University and her MFA in creative writing from Indiana University, where she taught fiction writing and composition. She currently lives in Los Angeles. All These Beautiful Strangers is her first novel.

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“If my investigation into my mother’s past had taught me anything, it was that no one can really understand the whole of a person. In many ways, my mother, my father—the people I was closest to, the people who meant the most to me—were strangers. Beautiful strangers.” 7 likes
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