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If You're Out There

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  1,925 ratings  ·  340 reviews
After Zan’s best friend moves to California, she is baffled and crushed when Priya suddenly ghosts. Worse, Priya’s social media has turned into a stream of ungrammatical posts chronicling a sunny, vapid new life that doesn’t sound like her at all.

Everyone tells Zan not to be an idiot: Let Priya do her reinvention thing and move on. But until Zan hears Priya say it, she won
Hardcover, 307 pages
Published March 5th 2019 by Balzer + Bray
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Katy Loutzenhiser Weirdly enough, an IRL ghosting inspired the question that ultimately led to this book. I started asking myself: What would it take for someone to bel…moreWeirdly enough, an IRL ghosting inspired the question that ultimately led to this book. I started asking myself: What would it take for someone to believe they'd been ghosted by one of life's tried and true friends? Because there are people in my life who, if they ever stopped talking to me, I would have to assume were trapped under a boulder. What would it take to give up on someone like that? (less)
Kelsey there's minor/subtle cursing but no explicit scenes so you're safe :). …morethere's minor/subtle cursing but no explicit scenes so you're safe :). (less)

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This was totally not what I expected.

Well, that’s not quite accurate. This is exactly what I expected, but I have learned to expect the opposite of my expectations.

When I hear “young adult contemporary mystery,” I want to expect exactly what it sounds like - a mystery for young adult readers set in a contemporary time.

But I am well-versed in the marketing language of young adult books, and I know I am way more likely to get a YA romance with a lot of high school drama and a little bit of mystery
Tucker  (TuckerTheReader)
Edit: I read this in the height of the my depression. If I have the time, I will re read and review it again. ❤
Tucker: 1. How long did it take you to write If You're Out There?
Katy: Drafting the book took a little over a year. (I'm a slow writer; I wish I could change that but I can't!) Once I got an agent...[Read more]

Doctor: Ma'am. I'm sorry. Tucker didn't make it.
Ma'am: What happened?
Doctor: I'm afraid... His mind was blown.

You guys, this book was so good.

It's abou
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Over quarantine, my friends and I have been exchanging bags of books. IF YOU'RE OUT THERE was one of the titles I got in my bag. I am such a sucker for thrillers of all kinds and the premise of this one really hooked me. Zan and Priya are best friends, but when Priya moves from Chicago to California, she suddenly ghosts Zan on all of her accounts and starts Instagramming like she's Queen of the Basic Bitches, with captions like "live, la
Jul 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library-3
This one caught my attention from the moment I read the blurb. Your best friend moves away. But you still have phones, social media, etc, so it’s not like she’s disappearing off the face of the earth, right? But when Priya seems to do just that, breaking up with her boyfriend, telling her bestie Zan that she needs space and refusing to call, posting random social media pictures of trees and scenery that frankly anyone could have found and don’t exactly say “proof of life”, Zan starts to worry. W ...more
Gail Shepherd
Jul 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: y-a, comic, contemporary
This is one of the most heartfelt testaments to female friendship I've ever read--it plunged me back to a time when indeed "ladies before mateys" was the way we lived. In Katy Loutzenhiser's YA debut, Zan's best friend Priya ghosts her, but the story of their long and close friendship is told in flashback, with moments of intense sweetness and humor. If you come away with any one lesson from this novel, it's that true friends really do have your back--they don't give up on you *no matter what.* ...more
Jananie (thisstoryaintover)
Jun 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
wow I really enjoyed this! way more than I thought I would. loved the friendship and the romance SO much.
Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)
You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight

This was such a fun, yet heartfelt book!
I'll admit, I wasn't quite sure what to expect going in. The premise was great, but I could also see how it could get cheesy? Well, good news friends! It was unequivocally not cheesy, and instead full of fabulous! We meet Zan, who has a real case of the sads cause her best friend Priya has moved away. And that is not a fun situation, as I am sure
Samantha (WLABB)
Zan was beside herself, when her best friend, Priya, moved to California, but they promised to keep in touch, write, text, Skype, and visit on breaks. That was the plan, but then Priya ghosted her. Zan's texts, emails, and phone calls went unanswered. She couldn't believe Priya would do that to her, but she was going to give up on her.

• Pro: Fierce female friendship for the win. Yes! I loved that Pryia and Zan were a bestie-second-generation (their mom's were best friends), and they knew and und
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
Having been ghosted by one of my closest friends last year, If You're Out There was a deeply personal read. There's a lot about this book that I probably liked more because of that experience, and there's also a lot that I like less for that same reason.

If you've never had someone ghost you who you thought cared, you might spend this book yelling at Zan to get over it already. Pretty much everyone in her life is telling her to move on. That's what I heard too, but it's difficult to move on witho
Naomi Milliner
Sep 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a must-read for anyone who likes: rom-coms; mysteries; adorable little siblings; compelling and tremendously sympathetic MCs; and just plain old-fashioned (yet contemporary) storytelling. Just clear your calendar, because you won't wan to put it down! ...more
Jessica (The Psychotic Nerd)
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Admittedly, the cover was the first thing that drew me into this book, but this book also seemed to focus on a normal topic that we hardly see in YA novels. This novel shows us a character whose best friend has moved and is not responding to her emails, something many readers likely have experienced. Yet, it combines the sadness of missing a friend and the ordinary life with the mystery of a friend si
Jun 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2019
My review for If You’re Out There is up on my blog now!

Bridget Tyler
Sep 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Once upon a time I read THE FACE ON THE MILK CARTOON approximately 753 times and this book makes me feel warm and fuzzy inside for those days of fun and addictive teen thrillers. Fresh, funny, emotional, and compulsively readable. You won't be sorry you picked this one up. ...more
Blodeuedd Finland
Ehm, didn't I start this one yesterday!? Ha, I sure listened fast! I really got into it and wanted to know wtf was wrong with Priya.

Zan had the best BFF. And then she got ghosted. All while Priya shows sunny pics on instagram and talks to everyone else.

So I had a hundred ideas. Priya was a bitch. Priya and Zan had a lover's quarrel. Priya was taken? This one was the darkest. I needed to know. And no one believed Zan, they just said that besties grow apart.

Logan was the best! Everyone should have
Katie Zhao
Jul 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I just finished this amazing book in the span of one day, and wow. World, look out. Katy is such a fresh voice in contemporary YA. There are so many things to love about this book - the mystery and intrigue, the diverse cast, the hilarious and gritty voice, the adorable love interest, and more!!! I could seriously go on and on forever. I'm not kidding when I say that some of the lines in this book had me laughing out loud so hard that I choked on my water!

I also love that the heart of the story
Melanie  Brinkman
Hey, are you there?

Ever since Zan's best friend moved, it's like she's a whole new person. Zan tries everything to reach out to her, but suddenly Priya ghosts her. Everyone tells Zan to relax, that Priya's just reinventing herself, but Zan can't accept that things are over. Zan knows something isn't right and with the help of a boy from school, she investigates all the "clues" Priya's been leaving her through odd social media posts. What they uncover might be something far worse than the end of
There is not a lot I can say about this book. It's cute, it's nice, it's easy to read, but not overwhelming. Not amazing, but not bad. ...more
Apr 27, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: three-stars, diverse
Every time I looked at this book I had John Legend’s “If you’re out there” stuck in my head and I do now while writing this review. It’s a good song but I’m going crazy with it constantly being in my head.

I digress, this book made me miss my favorite city and Lincoln Park immensely. It was cool to read a book where I knew the locations and really have a real life visual even though it’s a fictional book. But I loved Logan even though Zan and Priya got on my nerves. It is a great story for YA an
May 18, 2019 rated it liked it

Very very readable. Had much more mystery/thriller then I was expecting. Not complaining there.
Heather *Undercover Summer Goth*
While this book didn't quite have me hooked from page 1, it didn't take long. I thought Zan's grief at her friend break-up was well-done, and the love interest was sweet. The story didn't turn out quite the way I expected, but it did keep me turning pages before bed until I could no longer keep my eyes open. ...more
Mar 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I really loved this book! It had amazing characters and a fantastic story. I loved how cute Logan and Zan was. AHHH so cute! I'll give a review soon. ...more
Megan Perez
Aug 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jenny Brown
Apr 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh my gosh, nice one Katy
Andi (Andi's ABCs)
This review was originally posted on Andi's ABCs
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. I’m a sucker for a book with a good friendship aspect. I under the draw of writing the frienemy, but I love a good female friendship that has its ups and downs but still can withstand the test of time. And I love a story that deals with the possibility of losing that friendship and how that affects one
Kara McDowell
Have you ever scrolled through someone's Instagram feed and thought:

This is a little too glossy? or This can't be real?

What if that person is your best friend, and they've recently stopped answering all emails, texts, and phone calls, so you can't know for sure?

IF YOU'RE OUT THERE is one of my absolute favorite types of Contemporary YA: a little bit of mystery, an adorable romance, an intriguing plot, and a great ending. I devoured this book in just over a day because I was SO intrigued. I also
Dec 07, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs, dissapointed
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Mar 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: march-2021, 2021
*4.5 stars*

this book is VERY underrated, but i really loved it <3 if you like fun ya mystery contemporaries, then this book is for u! it’s a quick read that i was able to finish in one sitting 😅

i loved the aspects of family & friendship in this book. it wasn’t a super dark or thrilling mystery, it was actually pretty heartfelt. there was a good amount of romance and humor that i really enjoyed. there weren’t a lot of surprises and the end was a little predictable, but the plot was still fun to m
Kristi Housman Confessions of a YA Reader
I really hope that my best friends are like Zan and never give up on me.

Zan and Priya were best friends.  Their moms were friends until Priya's mom died.  They did everything together.  Zan had other people she would talk to, but not a real friend like Priya.  So it was killing her that not only did Priya move to California, but she also stopped talking to her.  Priya left with her step-dad, Ben.  Zan stayed behind in Chicago, living with her mom, her mom's girlfriend, and her little brother.  S
Aug 27, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I didn't expect to enjoy this book as much as I did! I really did.

- Not too much drama, yaya. Not too many overwhelming emotions explained horribly 🤔
- Very interesting booc
- The love interest, thank you for being the subplot :D

~Dislikes 😔~
- The characters all felt kind of...same. Lol. Everyone had the same amount of snarkiness and everyone was snarky. But I really loved Whit though. Go Whit.
- I do understand that Zan didn't have that much going on, but I would have liked to
Dec 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to HCC Frenzy for an ARC copy in exchange for an honest review!

ACTUAL: 4.5/5 stars

This contemporary with a suspenseful flair was much better than expected! The characters, especially Zan, were relatable, and easy to connect with. I loved the concept of the story, and the social media use was a clever touch in this novel. The writing style was simple to read and despite starting slow, the story picked up quickly.

Logan was probably my favourite character in this one, the way he interacte
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Katy grew up in Cambridge, Massachusetts, dabbling in many art forms and watching age-inappropriate movies. After college, she found an unlikely home in the Chicago comedy scene and regularly sang improvised musicals in public. Now she writes YA books in Brooklyn.

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