Monday, February 17, 2014

Review: Premeditated by Josin L. McQuein

Premeditated A week ago, Dinah’s cousin Claire cut her wrists.

Five days ago, Dinah found Claire’s diary and discovered why.

Three days ago, Dinah stopped crying and came up with a plan.

Two days ago, she ditched her piercings and bleached the black dye from her hair.

Yesterday, knee socks and uniform plaid became a predator’s camouflage.

Today, she’ll find the boy who broke Claire.

By tomorrow, he’ll wish he were dead.

My Review:

This book was a gripping story with fascinating characters.  The way Dinah was determined to get revenge was interesting, and it kept me turning the pages to see what would happen next.  There were a few scenes in the book that were really sad, and I liked how well written and emotional they were.


Dinah clearly cares for her cousin, and that is the motivation that is really driving all her actions.  Her methods of revenge involve some things that are pretty extreme, and it seems like she really does want to ruin Brooks' life.  At the beginning of the book, it isn't quite clear what he actually did to Claire, but it becomes clearer as the story progresses.  As Dinah kept getting revenge on him, I was really hoping that he was the guy who hurt Claire, because he seemed really nice, and he didn't seem like the type of guy who would do something like that.  I really hoped that Dinah wasn't hurting the wrong guy.  Dinah did many bad things to him.  She set him up to be tested, and get a false positive, for drug use.  She also got him in trouble for speeding.

From the first time we meet Brooks, I really liked him.  I felt conflicted because I didn't think I was supposed to like him since he was the guy who hurt Claire.  He seemed like a sweet guy when they first met.  When Dinah went over to house, I felt bad for Brooks because it clearly was tough for him to live with his dad.  It didn't help his situation with his dad when Dinah switched his college interview so he'd miss them, since his dad was pretty mad about that.  We find out some stuff in the end about what really happened to Claire.  I wish Dinah hadn't been so quick about going after Brooks as revenge, because she really hurt him.

Though Dinah is on the opposite side of the country from her parents, they still have a part in the story.  I really did not like her mom at all.  She said some really insensitive things about Claire, her niece.  When something happened to Claire, she didn't even go tell her own sister that she was sorry for their loss.  She seemed to just have the attitude that Claire had done it to herself.  She didn't seem to mourn for Claire at all, and I thought she was awful.

If you like YA contemporary, read this book.


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