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It all started out as a game.

Just a way to have fun. We figured as long as we had rules, it wouldn't be a problem.

RULE #1: Only break into one another's houses.

RULE #2: Only take stuff that can be replaced.

It worked for a while. Whoever's turn it was to break in got a rush, and the rest of us laughed over the trophies they brought ba
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Paperback, 240 pages
Published November 5th 2019 by Sourcebooks Fire (first published April 4th 2017)
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Chelsea Humphrey
While experienced readers may find the conclusion predictable, this was still a solid debut from an author that I look forward to following in the future. Teens may find the characters more relatable than I did, although I think this is a fun, light mystery for all ages! If you're searching for a YA caper that feels modern with a captivating cover-look no further.

*Many thanks to the publisher for providing my review copy via NetGalley.
Sarah Joint
Apr 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A 3.5 rounded up to a 4. It's a strong start for a debut novel, and I'm excited to see what the author comes up with next. There were a couple of things that kept me from a higher rating: I occasionally had a hard time keeping track of the characters and their motivations, particularly in the beginning. And I didn't completely buy the ending. It's still a nice quick read that I enjoyed. Good for YA readers, particularly those that love a little mystery.

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Kelly Brigid ♡
I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!

I went into this book with fairly high expectations. The synopsis of it intrigued me, but I'm sad to say that I was left feeling disappointed. This book had such great potential, but it unfortunately couldn't pull through. Although this book is a light murder mystery, there was hardly any suspense at all. People's houses are broken into, friends are murdered, yet, there wasn't any tension. Everything was regarded
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A.V. Geiger
Nov 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This YA mystery is completely binge-able. I received an ARC, and I devoured the whole thing in one gulp. The story follows a group of six bored high-schoolers who rebel against their wealthy parents by robbing each other's homes. The narrator is Harper, a tough, edgy bad-girl. She's not entirely likable at the beginning (and she's not supposed to be), but she has her reasons for acting the way she does. As things go awry and the tension builds, her character is forced to grow and confront her ow ...more
Lindsay♫SingerOfStories♫
I read this book as an ARC provided to me by Edelweiss and the publisher -- all opinions are my own.
This book is set to publish on November 5th, 2019.

Harper and her friends are basically an average group of teenagers until one day they decide to take a little risk. One friend in their group--Paisley--is going out of town for vacation so the rest of the group decides to try their hands at burglarizing her house. They set a list of rules: only steal things that can be replaced (i
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Jennifer
Oct 18, 2019 rated it liked it
I am getting really tired of books with non-endings. Seriously?
J. Taylor
I received this book from the publishers through Netgalley in exchange of an honest review.

2.5 While I liked this book fine I wasn't overly impressed with it. Harper, the main character narrator, was very cold, like her friends are dying around her and she reacts to their death in the coldest manner. There should be a hell of a lot emotion, yet Harper barely reacted. This book is a mystery, yet the characters didn't really think hard about looking for clues, they just had this one suspicion and
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PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps
Thank you to Poison Pen and NetGalley for allowing me to review this complimentary ARC copy of LAST TO DIE in exchange for my honest review.


Harper and her wealthy friends rob each others' homes for fun, following careful rules. Steal nothing that can't be replaced, and nothing personal. When two in their group die under separate, mysterious circumstances, she wonders whether someone is targeting them and if so, is that individual one of their own.

Kelly Garrett creat
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amanda
Sep 05, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was a fine debut but not particularly original or heart-stopping. I was disappointed in a lot of the misogynistic language in the beginning and I'll be honest I had to force myself to continue. I don't think we should encourage that especially if this is geared towards teens, Saying that drinking makes a teen aged girl easy isn't a nice message.

The protagonist sucked point blank. She was crude to the point of being flat out unlikable and made me not care about the story line altogether. Th
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Melanie (TBR and Beyond)
May 16, 2019 marked it as to-read
Shelves: 2019, earcs
Thank you to Sourcebooks Fire and Edelweiss for proving an E-arc in exchange for an honest review.
Sheryl Scarborough
What can go wrong when group of bored, rich kids decide to liven things up by stealing from each other's homes while their families are on vacation? Take an interesting cross-section of bright, but bored high school-aged characters, add in parents in various stages of "don't get it." Apply the pressure of self-destructive competition and then start killing them off one at a time. What you get is The Last to Die by Kelly Garrett. The I-didn't-see-it-coming ending is truly the best part, but getti ...more
Rachel Johnson
Apr 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A quick summary before things get a little more spoiler-y.

*I loved this book
*I read it in a night- super bingable!
*I loved that it included a deaf character and EXTENSIVE talk about ASL, learning to sign, her life at school vs. home. etc.
*This book is about complicated teens. They aren't nice, and I think that comes across as cold or bratty to some, but I thought it was incredibly realistic. Fans of "The Female of the Species" and "The Secret History" will love this book
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Heaven
Jun 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First off, thank you Netgalley and the awesome publishers for my copy of this new YA thriller.

I was hooked from the beginning. A bunch of rich teenagers get bored and decide to rob each others houses, what a wonderful idea, nothing could go wrong(insert eye roll).

The story is told in Harper's POV and I must admit I had a love hate relationship with. Yes, her character was sarcastic and at times extremely annoying but I believe the author really captured the way teenagers can be. ...more
Allison
Apr 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is certainly not for those looking for happy books with happy endings. I enjoyed the intrigue of the story and the dark elements of theft and murder. I liked that the mystery kept me guessing. The main characters are believable, and the ending is suitable, I thought, to the story. Won't tell you what happens, though. That would take away the fun!
Kristin
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**A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.**

Everything about The Last to Die by Kelly Garrett intrigued me. The cover was catching at first glance and the description of the book sounded great. So I knew I had to read it.

The story follows Harper and her group of friends, high schoolers from well off families. They have decided to burglarize each others houses when the families are out of town. The
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DelAnne Frazee
Jun 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
Title: The Last to Die
Author: Kelly Garrett
Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press
Published: 4-4-2017
Pages: 157
Genre: Mystery, Thrillers & Suspense
Sub-Genre: Detectives; Teen & Young Adults; Literature and Fiction
ISBN: 9781929345304
ASIN: B01MV75WPA
Reviewed For NetGalley and Poisoned Pen Press
Reviewer: DelAnne
Rating: 4.5 Starts


Thinking it was of no consequence 16 year old Harper Jacobs and a group of her friends bre
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Lyn
Sixteen-year-old Harper Jacobs’ life looks pretty great from the outside. She’s popular at school, a starter on her soccer team, and a good student without working really hard. At home she’s the daughter of an alcoholic mother, takes care of her hearing-impaired little sister, avoids her workaholic dad, and tries not to think of her druggie older brother who is in rehab again.

Brash, sarcastic and often outspoken, Harper is always up for a challenge. When Alex suggests a way to have some fun and
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Elizabeth
Sep 14, 2019 rated it liked it
I had a hard time getting into this one. I don’t really know what made it so hard for me to connect with it. Overall, I just had a hard time really clicking with any of the characters. They weren’t necessarily unlikable; I just didn’t really care about what happened to them.

This was also another example of the problem I have had with so many books lately in that the storyline flowed and went well and then the ending just spun out of nowhere and I was like what the crap? And it’s over when it re
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Amy
Nov 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A binge-worthy read that was well written, nicely paced, and best of all--fun!

In reading through other reviews, I feel that the Harper character was harshly criticized. I think I get what the author was doing with this character. She's has a tumultuous home life with a mom who drowns her troubles in wine, an indifferent father, and an older brother that she looked up to in rehab. Kids handle that one of two ways, acting out or acting in. Harper acts out. She's impulsive and looses her words and
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Susan
Oct 28, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
This has a wonderful premise and was a good start to what could have been a great book! The main characters in Ms. Garrett's mystery about a group of teenagers who break into each other's homes for fun was well done. And the story line was off to a terrific start; however, I felt like it needed to be fleshed out more. At no point, until the climax, did I feel any sense of suspense. No one but the main character, Harper, seemed worried at all, and Ms. Garrett really gave Harper no time to sleuth ...more
Paula
Aug 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The synopsis is what intrigued me about The Last To Die by Kelly Garrett. The story fell a bit flat, however, as I was hoping for more of a suspenseful murder mystery. I did like the younger sister, Maggie, but had a hard time connecting or liking the other characters. They seemed shallow, and their behaviors were irritating, especially Alex (which I know is typical of some teenagers). I know it’s intended to be their character development, but their actions and behaviors were a bit much.
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Nina
Oct 23, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is actually a 3.5 read.

This book was a super quick read, suspense and even though i didn’t see the twist (who done it) I was hoping it was someone else. 😂

The characters are well written, completely believable and I loved the sarcasm of the main character Harper. She would say the most rude and inappropriate things at the more inappropriate time but what snarky teenage girl who doesn’t. I was envious of her no nonsense attitude and wish at 16 I could have dealt with my peers the
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Kat
Thank you to Edelweiss and Sourcebooks for the opportunity to read and review the E-Arc copy of The Last to Die.
I found myself reading this one in two sittings. It is a quick, read about a group of rich arrogant teens that don't understand how fortunate they are in the beginning of the book. The suspense and mystery that unfolds will have teens turning the page late into the night. It does have some issues that older teens will relate to such as mental illness, suicide, and theft. The narr
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Paula
Aug 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
The synopsis is what intrigued me about The Last To Die by Kelly Garrett. The story fell a bit flat, however, as I was hoping for more of a suspenseful murder mystery. I did like the younger sister, Maggie, but had a hard time connecting or liking the other characters. They seemed shallow, and their behaviors were irritating, especially Alex (which I know is typical of some teenagers). I know it’s intended to be their character development, but their actions and behaviors were a bit much.
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Deanna
Nov 01, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. The book started off mid story with not a lot of back story. The main character was not relatable for me and I did not feel connected with her. She may appeal to a younger audience and my age may be why I just couldn’t connect with her. The concept of the story was interesting and I did not guess what was going to happen in the end. I definitely did not figure out the culprit behind everything. I didn’t hate this ...more
DJ
Sep 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Copy provided by the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

3.5 stars

The Last to Die is a fast paced mystery. I enjoyed the premise for the most part but had a hard time liking the characters. It's hard to root for spoiled kids who steal for fun. I know they had rules and they stole from rich people but it was just hard to like them after that. The story is a really quick read and the writing is great. If I would have connected with one of the characters it would ha
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Courtney Pate
Oct 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and feelings are my own.

This was such an intriguing book! It’s a ya murder mystery done right! I read this book in less than a day, which is saying something since I worked a 10 hour day and have a sick two year old at home. I just could not put this book down.

I did guess who it was, but I think it was a lucky guess. And it took me a while to arrive at that conclusion. Honestly,
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F.M.
May 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Rich kids decide to liven up their dull lives by stealing from each other... only things that can be replaced, that no one will miss... what could possibly go wrong?!

Well, you've read the title. Clearly, many, many things. This is a binge-worthy read that's honestly perfect for sitting outside on a blanket or a deck chair with an iced tea and a snack, and reading straight through.

If you love mystery/suspense and stories about teens with tons of interpersonal drama, this will be righ
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Courtney Pate
Oct 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and feelings are my own.

This was such an intriguing book! It’s a ya murder mystery done right! I read this book in less than a day, which is saying something since I worked a 10 hour day and have a sick two year old at home. I just could not put this book down.

I did guess who it was, but I think it was a lucky guess. And it took me a while to arrive at that conclusion. Honestly,
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Claudio Rodrigo
This was a book that i recieved as an e-arc through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

I fairly enjoyed it! Mainly due to how the narrator was so insensitive towards others and how she was so flawed. Didn't rate it higher due to a few reasons. The novel's too short for me to care about anybody else except for the narrator. Also didn't see the point of them robbing houses? Also wanted it to talk more about her brother and how her mom was basically absent during the entirety of
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Kelly Garrett is a writer based in Portland, Oregon. Her YA mystery THE LAST TO DIE (Poisoned Pen Press, 2017) was a 2018 Oregon Book Awards finalist and will be republished by Sourcebooks Fire in November 2019.