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Death Prefers Blondes

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  831 ratings  ·  254 reviews
Death Prefers Blondes is a high-stakes YA thriller featuring a rebel heiress and butt-kicking, jewel-thieving drag queens from Caleb Roehrig, author of a BuzzFeed Best YA Novel, Last Seen Leaving.

Teenage socialite Margo Manning leads a dangerous double life. By day, she dodges the paparazzi while soaking up California sunshine. By night, however, she dodges security camera
Hardcover, 448 pages
Published January 29th 2019 by Feiwel & Friends
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Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
Nov 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Chelsea by: Madalyn (Novel Ink)
Shelves: queer
This was completely unlike anything else I've ever read and it was SO. MUCH. FUN.
Caleb Roehrig
Mar 11, 2018 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: mine
I'm really going to have to finish writing this now

EDITED TO ADD: I have finished writing it
Rupaul's Drag Race meets Ocean's 8 in Caleb Roehrig's upcoming Death Prefers Blondes . This upcoming YA novel was really fun to read, folks. The non-stop action at times was slightly overwhelming, but overall Death Prefers Blondes is a fun, fast-paced, multidimensional read, that will be perfect for those seeking a light mystery with a little flair.


I'm not going to dive into the plot with this review, because I feel like it's best to go in with no expectations. Margo Manning, the protago
Rec-It Rachel
Oct 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Oceans 8 meets Hamlet with drag queens

Different from Caleb's other books but absolutely a WILD ride and a fantastic epic of heists, revenge, and queer teens taking control where there is none to be found

Madalyn (Novel Ink)
Dec 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This review originally appeared on Novel Ink.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

As soon as I saw Death Prefers Blondes being pitched as Ocean’s 8 meets RuPaul’s Drag Race, I was all in. (Because if there’s one thing I love more than queer YA, it’s queer YA that ALSO involves drag queens). And, friends, this one did NOT disappoint. Not only did the action scenes keep me on the edge of my seat the
Extremely fun and successful at everything it's aiming for - definitely going to be my #1 rec for people who ask for books like Ocean's 11 or 8, which is actually a really common request.
Jay G
Jan 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
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*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review*

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Margo Manning lives a double life. By day, she is a teenage socialite with a reputation for trouble. But by night, with the help of four Drag Queens, she pulls off some of the toughest heists imaginable. But, when bad news regarding Margo's personal life comes to light and a jo
Ivy Moore
Nov 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: came-soon-18-19
Full review:

Overall, I love Caleb Roehrig’s work, and getting to see his writing develop over the years is amazing, this being his third book and his best so far. Death Prefers Blondes knocks the basic idea of a good YA novel out of the park crossing genres and providing a fabulous heist story mixed with the ever-popular themes of found families and reasonable teenage rebellion. Rating: five best friend cat burglars/five.

For Fans Of: Six of Crows by Leigh
Feb 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
A heist-y book with drag queens, I’m here for it.

I liked Margo and her friends. They’re smart and fierce af and absolutely loyal to each other. I enjoyed getting their own stories and that everyone had a specific and different reason for participating. And hooray for all of the representation: queer, bi, non-binary, and POC characters.

Plot wise, it was a bit of a struggle at first. It took some time to get invested in what was happening, but once I was in, I was 100% in. This book starts off w
Logan Fenner
Oh man this book had so much potential. It’s got a great premise! Heists! Drag queens! Elaborate schemes! Revenge! All things I adore! But alas, it didn’t hit the mark. Here’s why:

- The premise was great, but the execution didn’t come off smoothly. I am such a sucker for heists, yall. I love them so much. They just didn’t land here, though. The action was confusing, the tension and pacing were misplaced, I didn’t get that page-turning thrill from any of it.

- I’m very here for canon, on-the-page
So good!!!! This took me a while to read because of my general reading slump but I really did love this. The twists had me genuinely shocked and I honestly love heists so there's nothing to even dislike in this one. All the characters were great and I just loved it.
Forever Young Adult
Graded By: Brian
Cover Story: Kind of a Drag
Drinking Buddy: Hell Yes
MPAA Rating: Intense Action Sequences, Some Violence, Some Sexuality
Talky Talk: Ultimate Heist Book
Bonus Factors: Drag, Heist
Bromance Status: You go, girls!

Read the full book report here.
Samantha (WLABB)
Jan 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book is making the rounds right now, and I keep seeing a bunch of the same comparisons. It's a little RuPaul's Drag Race, a little Ocean's 11/8, a little Hamlet, and a little Bling Ring, and I say, YES! to all of it.

• Pro: I say this EVERY time I finish a Roehrig book. He does such an amazing job blending a myriad of different story elements. This book was a mystery, but it also had a little romance, a bunch of action, lots of family drama, and most importantly, a fantastic friendship.

• P
Darque  Dreamer
Feb 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Coming out of a reading slump, this was the perfect book to read! I found it comedic and exciting, and I couldn't put it down! It not only helped cure my reading slump, but reminded me why I love reading at all!

I was hooked from chapter one! The plot was fast paced and intense. It was a little unbelievable at times because it seemed more like an unrealistic daydream, but, behind the facade of teenage dreams and fantasies was the struggle of rebellion, hormones, coming to terms with one's identit
I had positives and negatives about this book (including what I felt was a pretty major plothole), but for the most part, I really enjoyed this and thought it delivered what I was expecting from it.
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Feb 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, arc
Margo Manning is a teenage socialite who acts like Lindsay Lohan by day and James Bond by night. To most people she’s just another useless spoiled and entitled rich kid. But what only a select few know is that Margo is also a thief—and a damn good one. She may have started small, just looking for something to distract her from the monotony of her privileged (but somehow dull) life. But now, with help from a small crew of friends—who all happen to be drag queens—she’s pulling off big jobs, steali ...more
Dec 25, 2018 rated it it was ok
So many stereotypes, so little time. Death Prefers Blondes is yet another promising premise failing to live up to its potential. There are a few things that are great about this book but they aren’t enough to lift it out of the morass. Drag queens, socialites, robbery, and revenge should be a winning combination, a fresh twist on a tired genre, but Roehrig fails to deliver. Switching POV from one paragraph to the next is only one of several major faults in this work, jarring the reader out of th ...more
Feb 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book is fabulous from start to finish, and it's exactly what I hoped for (and more)! There's a diverse, all-queer cast of characters, all of which have a clearly developed back story, and the plot itself is incredibly well-paced. I was expecting this to be a fun action-packed story (Ocean's 8 meets RuPaul's Drag Race is NOT overselling it, I promise!), but there was plenty of emotional depth as well. I could hardly put it down! I'm really rooting for a sequel here!!
Feb 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Modern genderbent Hamlet retelling with heists and drag queens? Yes please.
Oct 07, 2019 rated it it was ok
I really wanted to like it, but unfortunately this wasn’t the book for me.
I've been trying to think of something to say about this for the past week other than just 'it's good, I liked it' but's good ...and I liked it. I mean it's a fun heist book filled with diverse characters, what's not to like? I would definitely recommend it and I can't wait for the next one!
Adam Sass
Dec 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This. Was. So. Exciting. Bored teen socialite Margo gets her bb drag queen friends together to protect her family's company from a literal Bond villain. It's elegant spy fiction for young readers. All the fabulous globe-hopping Margo does, and the book is essentially a love letter to the city of Los Angeles. I want to reread this by pool in an enormous, bejeweled pair of sunglasses!
Phil Stamper
Jan 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book has so much heart. The whole cast is BEAUTIFUL and QUEER—I love every single character. AND none of the storylines are about queer pain. He also honors origins of drag & the kickass trans WOC who paved the way. So much care and thought was put into every page of this book and it shows.

There's so much action and drama—I never wanted it to end. 😭
Nov 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
i fucking loved this. drag queen rights.
kelly {BookCrushin}
Feb 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Unabashedly queer and diverse, full of the importance of found familes, and a little bit about stealing from the rich to give to the poor!

Death Prefer Blondes was a hell of a ride! Drag queens, art heists, found families, and of course some drama. The high stakes, and thrilling adventure is reason enough to read, but the exploration of themes of finding yourself within your community and being accepted for who you are and not just who your parents might have been really seal the deal.

Ok l
Jan 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
FINISHED: 1/24/19

Thank you to Macmillan for an advanced reading copy! I was a big fan of Caleb’s White Rabbit (I’m still meaning to read Last Seen Leaving), so Death Prefers Blondes was something I’ve been looking forward to. And, I mean, with a title like that, who isn’t intrigued?! This one took a while for me to get immersed in, and I think that’s because it’s plot driven, whereas Caleb’s other novels are debatably character driven. The characters in DPB are all extremely colorful and diverse
Jamie Canaves
If Robin Hood Were A Rich Teen Girl With A Crew Of Drag Queens! (TW addiction)

This novel is a heist thriller with a murder mystery starring Robin Hood–if Robin Hood were a rich teenage girl with a crew of drag queens. I adored it! Margo Manning is a socialite whose father has more money then a person can spend in a lifetime so naturally she steals from the rich. And I mean she has a full-on operation with a fence, and help with gadgets, and a crew of teenage drag queens. The heist scenes are kic
Andrea Gadberry Johnson
Take a feisty socialite heiress, add a handful of drag queens, sprinkle in a bit of jewel thievery, a hefty dose of Ocean's Eleven, a diverse cast, bi and gay romance subplots, and some Hamlet allusions, and you've got yourself DEATH PREFERS BLONDES.

The pacing is a touch uneven at times, with a few action sequences seeming to be in a different voice than the rest of the narration, and awkward use of phrases like "the man," "the girl," and the like instead of names or pronouns making some passag
Sep 16, 2019 rated it liked it
2.5/3 stars.

I struggled so hard to get into this story. It had the premise of everything I love - espionage and drag queens - and yet, it fell short for me. I picked up and put this book down over and over again, if it hadn't been perfect for a readathon prompt, I may not have tried to pick it up again until next year.

I can see this being far more engaging if it were made perhaps into a cheesy movie, or a tv series. It just didn't do it for me, the writing tone at times was so juvenile, and it
Feb 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another win for Caleb. Loved it, the story, the characters, the plans, the twists, EVERYTHING! I love how they were obviously all paired up but I didn't mind it, not one bit. They were all lethal cinnamon rolls and I love them all!
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