Thank you to Ballantine Books for sending me an advanced reader copy of Tell Me Everything by Cambria Brockman.
“In her first weeks at Hawthorne College, Malin is swept up into a tight-knit circle that will stick together through all four years. There’s Gemma, an insecure theater major from London; John, a tall, handsome, and wealthy New Englander; Max, John’s cousin and a shy pre-med major; Khaled, a wise-cracking prince from Abu Dhabi; and Ruby, a beautiful art history major. But Malin isn’t quite like the rest of her friends. She’s an expert at hiding her troubling past. She acts as if she is concerned with the preoccupations of those around her – boys, partying – all while using her extraordinary insight to detect their deepest vulnerabilities and weaknesses.
By Senior Day, on the cusp of graduation, Malin’s secrets – and those of her friends – are revealed. While she scrambles to maintain her artfully curated image, her missteps set in motion a devastating chain of events that ends in a murder. And as their fragile relationships hang in the balance and close alliances start shifting, Malin will test the limits of what she’s capable of to stop the truth from coming out.” – Goodreads
What I enjoyed about this book: It definitely kept my attention through the entire storyline. I wanted to know which one of them had died and what the circumstances were surrounding that characters death. I had my suspicions as to who the person was that died but I was surprised to find out that I was completely wrong on that guess; which I love when a book is able to surprise me.
I also enjoyed the way that the author, Cambria Brockman, was able to tell the intricacies of the personalities that converge together on a college campus. There are countless circumstances that go into the relationships that form while in college and this story did a marvelous job of depicting how friendships can form, strengthen, weaken and end in the four short years of college.
What didn’t work for me: While I appreciate that there is a lot to fit into a book that covers four years of college; I was left feeling that some of the aspects of the “freshmen year” chapters could’ve been spread out to include the characters entire time in college. The main areas that the author highlights are Freshmen year and then Senior year; I wanted to know what happened in the years in between.
In all honesty, I would have rated this book a 5 star had it not been for the scenes involving Malin’s childhood dog, Bo. I have a very hard time with books that depict animal cruelty. It’s actually one of the first things that I ask someone when considering reading a new book or watching a movie that may involve animals, “does anything happen to the dog? Are any children harmed?” So, much to my chagrin when I began this book, I knew the direction that the author was going and when it came time to read the chapter surrounding Bo (chapter 39, by the way), I skipped the chapter entirely. I knew what happened and I didn’t need to read the details. So after that chapter, I was rather annoyed with the book and felt that the author could have eluded to what happened to Bo and not gone into such graphic detail. Again, that is just my opinion. I know some people aren’t bothered by this BUT I do know that I am not the only one out there who feels this way so I had to give a warning to all my fellow animal lover out there.
All in all, I did enjoy reading this book and found that it kept my attention. I think I was able to finish it in just under two days. It is fast-paced and filled with all the drama that surrounds the college years.
Tell Me Everything is scheduled to be published on July 16, 2019.
Thank you, again, to Ballantine Books and Cambria Brockman for gifting me the advanced copy of this book.