Friends Like These
"Sharp, atmospheric, and wildly fast-paced"—Jessica Goodman, New York Times bestselling author of They'll Never Catch Us
From the author of Lies Like Wildfire comes another page-turning thriller about the little lies we all tell before the truth sets us free—perfect for readers of Karen M. McManus and Diana Urban.
Mistake number one . . .
Fun-loving Jake tells his girlfriend, Jessica, that they have to go to Tegan’s end-of-summer party in their tiny California beach town. Jessica doesn’t like parties, and she doesn’t like Tegan, who has an obvious, obsessive crush on Jake. But she agrees to go, to make Jake happy.
Mistake number two . . .
Something awful happens at the party. Something so embarrassing that Jessica doesn’t know if she can ever get over it—and Jake will do whatever it takes to earn her forgiveness. And now a girl is missing. Everyone is a suspect. And Jake seems to have a lot to hide. . . .
When a body is discovered at the beach, friends start turning on friends, and lies start piling upon lies. What happened could destroy their lives. Keep your friends close and your enemies closer? Mistake number three . . .
After a heartless joke goes wrong, a California teenager disappears in this complexly plotted mystery by Alvarez (Lies Like Wildfire). Though Jessica Sanchez, 17, and Tegan Sheffield, 18, constantly butt heads over Jessica's boyfriend Jake Healey, 17, with whom Tegan is in love, Jessica attends Tegan's end-of-summer house party at Jake's urging. But Jessica's security in their romance is shattered when, after she loses track of Jake at the party, TVs throughout the house begin broadcasting a live video feed of him and Tegan having sex. The next morning, Jake wakes up in his own bed with little memory of the party's events. When Tegan is declared missing, it's not his only concern. The sex tape has gone viral overnight, given Jake's status as a minor, prompting the FBI to open an investigation into distribution of child pornography, and other teens have begun mysteriously disappearing. Alvarez keenly divides the narrative into propulsive alternating first-person chapters between Jake, Jessica, her best friend Chloe, and Tegan pre-disappearance to keep readers on their toes while realistic teen dialogue sensitively examines themes of bullying and consent in this jam-packed thriller. Characters default to white. Ages 12–up. Agent: Elizabeth Bewley, Sterling Lord Literistic.