Title: Never Gonna Tell
Author: Sarah M. Ross
Published: February 19, 2015, Sarah M. Ross
My Rating: 5/5 stars
This was the first book that I’ve read by Sarah M. Ross and I’m just sorry I haven’t come across her books sooner! Never Gonna Tell is the story of high school senior Reagan. She’s been going to her current school for two years and tends to blend into the background. That doesn’t bother her one bit, she has a couple friends and her best friend and foster brother Charlie. The fact that no one really notices her is an advantage in her opinion, she is an investigative journalist and is trying her best to revive the school paper. She finds herself running into the school bad boy, Marco Callota, more and more. One night while she’s leaving the library, where she was doing researching for a story, she stumbles across a situation that could lead to the biggest story of her career! Unfortunately, things get complicated when her life is suddenly in danger and despite her growing attraction to Marco she isn’t sure she can trust him at all.
I wasn’t sure what to expect from this book but there were just so many things I loved…The suspense was amazing! Every time I thought things were resolved there was another twist, it was impossible to stop reading once I started. I enjoyed the relationship between Reagan and Marco. From some of the reviews I knew he was the “bad boy” before I started reading and so I had some preconceived notions before I started but found that I enjoyed the dynamic between these two characters. Mostly, I liked that our heroine, Reagan, was a tough chick! When we me her in the beginning she’s a go getter, investigative journalist and I love that she didn’t get weepy and cower away in tough situations. Her reactions to impossible situations were to figure out a way out of them herself and not hope for someone to bail her out and save her.
A lot of reviews I read compared Reagan to Veronica Mars, as a huge fan I only considered this to be a bonus! After I finished reading this I did notice the similarities but I also found it a refreshing new take on the high school investigator idea. Almost like a bad ass Nancy Drew and Veronica Mars combo. I do wonder what the author thinks of the comparison. The reason I mention this is sometimes when I read comments like this I think to myself…”Ugh this is just going to be a rip off of something that has already been done.” I’m glad that I didn’t let those thoughts stop me from trying out this book because it really did feel like something completely new and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a good YA suspense.