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Easy Prey

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Secrets and revenge run rampant in the Internet age—Easy Prey keeps you guessing until the final reveal


Only three students had access to a teacher’s racy photos before they went viral. There’s Mouse, a brainy overachiever so desperate to escape his father and go to MIT that he would do almost anything, legal or not. Then there’s Drew, the star athlete who can get any girl’
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Hardcover, 352 pages
Published October 16th 2018 by Amulet Books
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Chandra Claypool (wherethereadergrows)
We all remember high school. Everyone is put into some kind of category. In this novel, we have the jock, the nerd and the wholesome girl gone goth. Each of them have their own issues and when put together on a school project, they start learning there's more to each of them than meets the eye.

Here's what I love about a smartly done YA novel. Lo takes hot button topics such as sexting, privacy, the blame game and even parental liability into a high school scene where teenagers think there's noth
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Amitaf0208
Nov 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars - easy and enjoyable read with a satisfying yet predictable ending.
Laurie Flynn
I am a person who reads a lot of psychological thrillers. I love nothing more than a book that messes with my head. But since I read so widely, I can often see the twists and turns coming.
Well, not in EASY PREY.
I don't know how to review this book because I don't want to give away any of its surprises. What I can say is that Catherine Lo is masterful at writing the moral gray area and creating multifaceted characters you can love and hate in the same chapter. This book is smart, sharp, and leg
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Atlas
Jul 09, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, arc-s
"This time I'm ready. I'm not easy prey anymore"

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3 / 5


Easy Prey reminded me a lot of One of Us is Lying, but around the theme of sexual photos being leaked rather than murder. This was a really compelling book, but it was also quite confusing. The characters are complicated, complex, and also despicable and made my skin crawl at different points. I really wasn't sure what to make of this book.

Easy Prey has three main characters:

Jenna, an ex-good girl turned goth/rebel after her nudes were le
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Amber Garabrandt
Summary:

Three students had access to a teacher’s revealing photos before they were posted to the internet. There’s Mouse, the genius level overachiever that will stop at nothing to get into MIT, Jenna, once bubbly and popular now mistrusting miscreant after her own pics found their way onto the internet; and Drew star athlete with more charm than any one boy should have. All three deny posting the pictures, but someone knows what’s going on. This is an interesting who-done-it for the internet-c
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S.M. Parker
Nov 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Catherine Lo’s brilliant latest novel tackles the timely subject of sexting and its consequences. Lo’s dialogue is so crisp and whip smart that I instantly fell in love with all three characters, each telling the story from their point of voice. A masterful storyteller, Lo crafts a plot that ensnares predator and prey and leaves the reader guessing right up until the end. EASY PREY isn’t one you’ll want to miss.
Sarah Glenn Marsh
Pure, twisty goodness!!!

I loved every page!
Jolien
Sep 01, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2018
Review on my blog The Fictional Reader

Listen, I don’t like writing negative reviews on books that haven’t been released yet/review copies. It always makes me feel guilty. But I just couldn’t not write a review for this book. I don’t give 1 star to books often. In fact, I almost never do it. But this book made me so angry I had to stop reading every 2 to 5 pages. It actually managed to give me heartburn, because the anger was riling up my weak stomach.

I want to preface this review by saying I am
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Claire (bookscoffeeandrepeat)
This book isn't what I was expecting. Judging by the premise, the reader would expect that the good girl turned rebel (Jenna) is the easy prey (get it?) but there is so much more to this book than what one may expect.

While I appreciate the author's cautionary tale of sexting and privacy with the added complication of having personal stuff spread in the internet, I don't think this book is without flaws. For starters, this book can be problematic. The premise, for instance, is about a girl who h
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Chiara
Nov 19, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
I thought this was going to be a book about strong women who don’t take shit and call men out on their bullshit, and in a way it was, but the ending and the “collateral damage” surrounding it just f’ed it all up. I have no excuses for this. Nothing in this book is okay.
Marci Curtis
Apr 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
OMG Y'ALL...I can't say a lot here because of spoilers, but HOLY MOTHER OF TWISTY PLOTS. This is an addictive psychologic thriller that keeps you guessing till the very last page. Sharp, unpredictable, and masterfully written, EASY PREY is absolutely brimming with multifaceted, interesting characters that you will love and hate in turns. Perfect for fans of ONE OF US IS LYING.

JUST READ IT, ALREADY.
YOU CAN THANK ME LATER.
Catherine Bukowski
THIS BOOK!!! Following the story of these three teenagers from different time points leading to a huge scandal had me hooked. The ending threw me for a loop and I can honestly say I didn't see it coming. Gotta love a good twist. Overall this was such an entertaining read but also a very stressful one because I almost feel attached to the characters and I found myself worrying for them.
Jessica
Oct 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: partner-read
Thanks to Amulet Books for the free copy in exchange for my honest review.

Leaked photos are a big issue in recent years. People’s personal photos taken and shared with the world which creates big controversies. However, when it takes place in a high school and the owner of the photos is a teacher, that causes alarm. When only three students have access to these photos before they go viral, they have to figure out which one of them did it.

We have three very different characters that could be to
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Michelle
Jul 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My full review can be found on the Epilie Aspie Chick blog!

These three start their project and quickly end up playing a game with their teacher Miss Bailey by pretending to be a guy on her dating site. Things escalate (you'll find out when you read!) and suddenly nude pictures of their law teacher end up in their hands. Everyone promises to delete the photos and move on, but when they appear on a blog and the school is notified - who will end up being the one who leaked the photos of Miss Bail
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Jessica Lyn
It started off great, but it fell short towards the end.

I figured out some things pretty quickly especially the ending, and the way it was executed was brilliant. But something felt off for me. I wasn’t as invested into it like I was when I first started reading. I don’t know if it was the characters or the story itself.

I need a little more time to think about it.
Barbara
Although I saw the ending in this well-plotted YA novel coming, it took me several pages before my suspicions were raised. I loved how the book could have been torn from the pages of current events as it tackles nude photos, sexting, blaming, friendship, family dynamics, and privacy, all issues that are preoccupying many of us. And honestly, I could see just about any of the events described in this book actually happening. Moving back and worth in time, the story revolves around three friends-- ...more
Andrew
Easy Prey is, in a short sentence, a digital feminist mystery thriller. Narrated by three students back and forth throughout the course of a month, there are compromising pictures of students, a contest between the jocks of who can get the most photos, and a database created for them to store everything on. Easy Prey gradually becomes more intense the further you venture, and ultimate twists that will astound you in the best kind of way. I devoured it, thrilled not just from the story but from t ...more
Nicole Sweeney
Sep 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Review originally posted on The Bibliophile Chronicles.

Easy Prey is a perfect autumn read – it’s dark, mysterious and absolutely unputdownable.

The story follows three students who are accused of leaking racy photos of a teacher on Twitter. The three students are completely different – the geeky brainiac who is whizz with computers, the popular athlete and the good girl turned rebel after her own racy photos were leaked online. They all claim their innocent, but if they didn’t do it who did?

The
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Haley Shaffer
Yikes. As a teacher, this was a cringe-worthy read. After a teacher’s racy photos go viral, three students, with seemingly little in common, suddenly have a big secret to keep. Who released the photos? Was it Jenna-who was involved in her own sexting scandal just a year before? How about Drew, the charming athlete known for collecting photos of scantily clad females. Or was it Mouse? The school’s resident nerd who is trying to prove himself worthy of this father’s attention.

I couldn’t figure ou
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Elizabeth
Jul 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
Oh this book made me so mad but I loved it. Three alternating viewpoints on the consequences of posting indecent photos of girls on the internet. I was a huge fan of Mouse and despised Jenna since the very beginning. Perfect read!
Clare Bird
Thank you netgalley for the free advanced copy in exchange for my honest review!

Things I Did Enjoy:
Wow. This book sucked me in, probably because I am really into the cyber world and how it's changing our world. I loved the point of views, details, and real world application. It did a pretty good job at keeping me on my toes.

The Things I Didn’t Enjoy: 
There were two things that I disliked about this book. I thought the timeline was kind of jumpy- throwing me back and fourth. Which I am usually o
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Tina
Jul 09, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
Where to start?

I had a hard time rating this book because at times it felt like a 4 star and others a 3 star. I decided on 3 stars because this book lacked depth.

While there are 3 main characters throughout the book, you don't get a chance to discover who they really are. Considering the topic of the book, I would have loved more backstory on Jenna and while we do get a bit of an idea what Mouse's life is like at home, we don't know who he is. Drew is probably the least fleshed out character, wh
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Read InAGarden
Jun 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jenna hasn't been the same since a racy photo of her was posted online a year prior to the narrative - by her boyfriend no less. Mouse just wants to be seen as someone other than a mouse. He's good at writing code and he's been Jenna's best friend for years. Drew thinks Jenna is hotter now than she was a year ago and he would love for people to see him as more than a dumb jock. Into this mix comes an opportunity comes to debate the case digital privacy and the chance to get back at a much dislik ...more
Dee Price
4.5

When nude pictures of Jenna are posted, her school brushes the incident under the rug and her star-athlete ex-boyfriend gets off with a slap on the wrist. A year later, when a similar incident happens to a teacher, the tables are turned and the school wants answers. As the investigation winds down, the three main suspects are Jenna, Mouse - her ex-boyfriend's cousin, and Drew - her ex-boyfriend's best friend, who just happened to be partners in a group project for the teacher's class. Coincid
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Terina Atkins
Jul 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Easy Prey by Catherine Lo...Oof! This is one of those YA books that would make an awesome book club book. Class beauty Jenna sends athletic king-of-the-school boyfriend nudes. Those pictures are then plastered all over social media. You'd think the guilty party would be punished, arrested, suspended or something. Nope. Jenna gets all the blame; she should have known better; she's such a tramp; she should be ashamed. And she is...so much so she changes her apperance and is angry with the world. F ...more
Kate (Reading Through Infinity)
3.5 stars
Easy Prey is a YA high school mystery about Jenna, Mouse, and Drew, three teens who must work on a law project together. But as they work on their project they begin a dangerous endeavour of catfishing all the while dealing with their own issues; Jenna is trying to find out who leaked nude photos of her the previous year, Mouse is trying to get into MIT, and Drew is trying to get back his basketball skills. I was pleasantly surprised by this book, with it's morally grey main characters
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Cindy
Dec 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a sharp, well-written book. I admit that it did seem to drag in bits and I don't personally like switching from one character to another each chapter. But the pace with which the ending starts to build, and the ending itself which I did NOT see coming absolutely makes up for it. I read....a lot....and either I was asleep or Lo really had a us all fooled.

As a teacher, I would recommend this book to a high school student looking for something current and relevant and suspenseful.

As a li
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Sonya Mukherjee
Jun 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There's so much I want to say, and it's so hard to do without spoilers! Easy Prey defied my expectations in wonderful ways, in its plot, its characters, its warnings and its demands. It kept me invested in all of its characters and their stories, even at times when I was simultaneously outraged and horrified. And all of the characters felt utterly real and convincing. This is a timely story, and one that's hard to put down.
Fran Clarke
Aug 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a great book tackling a difficult topic. I liked all three of the characters and also the way in which they were so complex, with real human faults. It really kept you guessing right until the last page as to what had happened and that kept me really compelled to keep reading. Jenna was my favourite, it takes a lot to dust yourself off and keep going after something big as happened and I feel like her character grew the most as a person
Rachael
Nov 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I definitely enjoyed this book. I did not expect the plot twist. There were some times when I wanted to put down the book but when I continued, I was thrown into some unexpected twists. There were times when I did have to put down the book because I was too shocked to continue and I needed some time to process what was happening. It was an enjoyable read and I would recommend it to anyone.
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