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Siblings Liv and Jory Brewer have grown up resenting one another. Liv—former pageant queen and reality-TV star—was groomed for a life in the spotlight, while her older brother Jory, born with a partial facial paralysis, was left in the shadows. The only thing they have in common is contempt for their parents.

Now Liv is suing her mom and dad for emancipation, and Jory views
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    Told from the split viewpoints of Liv and Jory, Kate A. Boorman's What We Buried is a psychological thrill ride that deftly explores how memories can ...more

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    Carrie
    Jan 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: netgalley
    What We Buried by Kate A. Boorman is a young adult mystery that made me want to have some Twilight Zone music playing in the background while reading. Told from the siblings, Liv and Jory Brewer, dual point of view we follow them as they try to find their missing parents.

    Liv and Jory couldn’t be more different from one another if they tried. Liv is the beautiful child, raised to compete in competitions and be in the spotlight always pushed to be and do more. Jory is a bit of a recluse, the total
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    megs_bookrack
    Jan 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: arcs-read
    Jory and Liv Brewer are as opposite as siblings can get.



    The one thing they seem to have in common: horrible parents.

    Liv: Paraded through the kiddie pageant circuit by their domineering mother, Liv is known to be spoiled and full of rage. Once followed everywhere by cameras as part of a reality television show, now Liv's star seems to be dimming.



    Jory: Older brother, Jory, has been pushed into the background of the 'Princess Liv' show his whole life. Jory suffers from Moebius Syndrome which displa
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    Chelsea Humphrey
    I'm somewhere between a 3-3.5 star rating on this one.

    If you're interested in reading this one, please do yourself a favor and don't read the synopsis close to when you're picking this up. Go in as blind as possible. The comparisons that the publisher has made to other books in the description here tip the reader off to what the big twist will be (if you've read said books), and while it didn't take away all the enjoyment in reading this one, I still wished I had been more out of the loop going
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    Kendall
    Jan 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    What We Buried is such a spooky and fun YA mystery!!!

    Let me tell you... YA has really started to become one of my favorite genres! AND WOW absolute cover adoration for this one!!

    This story is told from the perspectives of siblings Liv and Jory Brewer who we follow as they try to find their missing parents.

    The pair together on this journey become truly fascinating finding out what enfolds their past. The story becomes addictive and wondering what truly happened to their parents.

    Although, eithe
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    Elle's Book Blog
    Release Date: February 26, 2019
    Genre: Young Adult Mystery
    Actual Rating: 2 stars

    I have to be honest, this book did not work for me. I don't know why I even continued to read it knowing I wasn't into it at all. I guess I needed to see what REALLY happened. Unfortunately, I felt more confused about the book AFTER reading the ending than I did when I started it. This book will work for some readers as evidenced by other reviews it just wasn't my cup of tea. I will tell you why below but it wil
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    Stacee
    Unreliable narrator is one of my favorite things to read, so as I was reading this and realizing that’s sort of what it was turning into, I was even more excited. And I can honestly say that I have no idea what I just read.

    I liked the dynamic between Liv and Rory. I didn’t really like either one of them, but their relationship plus their toxic parents really intrigued me. This is quite a character driven story, all about the two of them.

    Plot wise...I’m not sure what to say. It was a thrilling
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    Kate
    Oct 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
    Shelves: read-in-2018, arc
    I wish this book was already out because I need to discuss it! It reminded me a bit of Christopher Pike's Road to Nowhere. Loved how complex Liv and Jory were, and their tangled, twisted memories. Child beauty queens, Mask movie references (Cher and Eric Stoltz), disappearances, sibling feuds, blackout rages, road trips and a nightmarish landscapes.
    Christy
    Aug 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    A wild ride, taking the unreliable narrator to the next level. What We Buried has an ending you won't see coming or easily forget.

    Told in alternating POV - an important concept in the story - What We Buried is a look at two siblings who grew up in the same household yet experience things completely differently thanks to nature and nurture. Pay attention to the details and read this book twice. You won't be able to turn the pages fast enough on this one.



    (the comp to OOUL originally lead me to no
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    Bethany
    Aug 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Creepy psychological thriller meets twisted family drama, What We Buried plays with notions of time-linearity while deconstructing the lives of an estranged brother and sister with abusive parents. Liv spent her childhood in the spotlight competing in beauty pageants and appearing on reality TV, but she was also under the thumb of her controlling mother who would do anything to win. Her big brother Jory was born with Moebius syndrome, causing partial paralysis of his face. While Liv was lauded f ...more
    Sam
    Nov 19, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
    You can find this review and others on my blog SleepySamReads!

    Special thanks to Netgalley and the publishers for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

    ...I don't know what I just read. I try to keep this blog as PG as possible, but I'm going to have to make a small excuse for this review. This book was a total mindfuck. For the most part, I think I enjoyed it. 

    I love books/movies that make you think hard. Inception is one of my favorite movies, simply because it makes you think. What
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    Roxanne
    Jan 21, 2019 rated it liked it
    Thanks to Henry Holt & Co and Netgalley for a copy of the eARC in exchange for a fair review.


    Liv and Jory are on the verge of life changing news. Liv has sued their parents for emancipation and everyone knows they are going to win. But just as Jory is heading up the stairs with their parents everything changes in the blink of an eye. They just disappear.


    Soon Liv and Jory are heading to a remote cabin to figure out what their parents are up and what is going on.



    One weird tripping ride later
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    Kat
    Jan 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    * Thank you Raincoast books for the advanced review copy in exchange for my honest opinion *

    This novel follows Livy - a former beauty pageant queen and reality TV star, and her brother Jory - who was born with a partial facial paralysis, in alternating perspectives throughout a fast paced mystery. After suing her parents for emancipation, Livy is vying for justice against her parents. Jory is just trying to make it through without drawing too much attention, and then he can have some freedom. Ne
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    Amber
    A twisted ride involving siblings and duel timelines. The ending, however, is unclear enough to bring this down a star.

    I received an ecopy of this through netgalley; however, all opinions are my own.
    Jay G
    Feb 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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    *I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review*

    4.5/5 Stars

    Siblings Liv and Jory are complete opposites, the only thing they have in common is their resentment for their parents. Liv was a child beauty pageant queen, paraded around the circuit by their mother. Jory has a partial facial paralysis and has always felt that he is in Princess Liv's shadow
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    Stacey Kondla
    Jul 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
    I received an ARC for this book and am very happy I did!! If you are looking for a story similar to Winterkill, you will not find in Kate Boorman’s newest book. What you will find is a fast paced, pot-boiler, psychological thriller with just a hint of the paranormal. The two main characters, Jory and Liv, are interesting, well fleshed out individuals that are compelling singularly and in their warped sibling dynamic.
    Read it - you’ll find yourself wanting to read it a second time.
    USOM
    Oct 31, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    (Disclaimer: I received this free book from the publisher. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)

    Dual perspective novels that feature siblings will always be my kryptonite. Seriously. There's nothing I love more than seeing a story play out from two different perspectives when they're siblings. But besides the fact that I adored the way What We Buried was written, I loved how Boorman constantly keeps us on our toes to figure out what's really happening. What We Buried was
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    Brittany
    Oct 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    What We Buried was a really well-paced, thoughtful book about the complexities of sibling relationships. For Jory and Liv, growing up in the same house with the same set of parents provided two totally contrasting upbringings. Jory, a brainy, surly young man with Moebius syndrome grew up virtually ignored while Liv, the beauty queen, grew up with an audience (literally). When their parents go missing the day of a fateful decision, Jory and Liv must set aside their difference to find them . . . b ...more
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    Sandra
    Dec 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Please note: I read this as a free eARC from Netgalley. Psychological thriller centering siblings Livania and Jory. Livania has been stared at most of her life working the beauty pageant circuit. Jory has been stared at due to Moebius Syndrome characterized by facial paralysis and the inability to move the eyes from side to side. As they begin an overnight road trip to find their missing parents, time moves them through back country areas sparking memories long ago suppressed. Enjoyable read wit ...more
    Sarah
    Jan 13, 2019 rated it liked it
    Shelves: netgalley
    I read this book quickly because the premise grabbed me and sucked me in. Joey and Liv had an interesting dynamic. I found them to complicated and it was a very creative road trip that they took. I'm feeling confused and maybe need to re-read this story but over all, it was a good thriller that my studies will enjoy. Thank you netgally for this arc in exchange for my honest opinion.
    Anita Chomenko
    Jan 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
    This book kept me guessing as the story unfolded. I felt it was a fast read in the beginning and then I hit a point where it felt a little slower but I'm glad I didn't give up on this book. Overall a good read but would not read again.
    Kait
    Sep 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: arcs
    Creepy, twisty, super compelling! Full review TK.
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    Feb 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    What We Buried by Kate A Boorman
    BLURB~“Told from the split viewpoints of Liv and Jory, Kate A. Boorman's What We Buried is a psychological thrill ride that deftly explores how memories can lie, how time can bend, and how reconciling the truth can be a matter of life or death.“Do you ever just want to be believed?”Siblings Liv and Jory Brewer have grown up resenting each another. Liv—former pageant queen and reality TV star—was groomed for a life in the spotlight, while her older brother, Jory, b
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