First she blamed herself. Now she doesn’t know who to trust.
When Kit disappeared at a party and was found drowned in the quarry the next day, Clem knew who to point the finger at: herself. She was the last person to see him alive, the last person who could have helped. If she had just kept a closer eye on him instead of her crush, Jake, maybe Kit would still be here. She knows she made a mistake, and wishes she could just forget about it — but Clem’s friend Ellie says she’ll expose Clem’s secret if she doesn’t play along with Ellie’s lies.
Jake seems to have his own difficult secrets, and when he and Clem start to talk, they make a plan to help themselves move on. But when an unexpected discovery at the quarry makes everyone question what they thought they knew, Clem and Jake decide it’s up to them to uncover the truth.
Four months ago, sophomore Clem went to a field party where she believes she was the last person to see Kit, an autistic classmate who was found drowned in the quarry the next day. Clem s best friend Ellie dragged Clem to the bash, so Ellie could hook up with her crush, Mac. Clem didn t reveal any information about the night to the police, and only Ellie knows Clem let Kit wander off alone; she uses this secret to manipulate Clem into covering for her when she sneaks around with hot-headed Mac. Now, Kit s mother is seeking closure and pressuring students to step forward with any information about her son s death. Clem feels very alone until Jake, a friend turned crush, opens up about his own connections to Kit and the party, leading to further revelations. Loughead (Rise of the Zombie Scarecrows) is less successful in passages that compare Clem s guilt to that of Macbeth, or that get preachy regarding digital addiction. Clem s lingering guilt makes her a compelling narrator but most of the other characters are not given much depth. Ages 12 up.