Easy Prey | 4 star review

I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Easy Prey | 4 star reviewEasy Prey by Catherine Lo
four-stars
Source: Netgalley
Genres: YA
Published by Amulet Books

Only three students had access to a teacher’s racy photos before they went viral. There’s Mouse, a brainy overachiever so desperate to escape his father and go to MIT that he would do almost anything, legal or not. Then there’s Drew, the star athlete who can get any girl’s number—and private photos—with his charm but has a history of passing those photos around. And finally there’s Jenna, a good girl turned rebel after her own shocking photos made the rounds at school last year, who is still waiting for justice. All three deny leaking the photos, but someone has to take the fall. This edgy whodunit tackles hot-button issues of sexting and gossip and will have readers tearing through the pages to reach the final reveal.

I made the mistake of reading the reviews on Goodreads before jumping into Easy Prey. I will say that the description of psychological thriller was pushing it, and I would say that it raised my expectations of this book, and the thriller aspect just wasn’t what I thought it was going to be! However Easy Prey still manages a 4-star rating because of how much I enjoyed the story and how good the ending was. I definitely think there was an interesting conversation going on in this story, especially around victim blaming, and the way society looks at men and boys within the crime.

I will say I was expecting to agree with the ending but I actually struggled with it. I thought it was a little over the top and I actually didn’t agree with the punishment level. But I won’t say too much more because I don’t want to give the whole story away, but that was one of the best things about the book. I didn’t see the ending coming and it challenged me in a way that I didn’t think it would. Which is one of the reasons I have rated it so high! I love it when a book challenges me in surprising ways. 

The different point of views within Easy Prey each have their strengths and flaws, and I definitely think it was playing on the different stereotypes in high school and the different personalities that come into play during those teenage years. It was a good look at how different people compliment each other and work in a group and how the dynamics changed when they were taken out of the comfort zones and groups. I also think the way the story was framed with the subject matter was really important and well integrated. 

Easy Prey overall was a really good look at society and the blame culture we live in. I do feel a little let down by the ending and I think it would have been better if something else had happened or there was a better way to end. I think it undermined the entire message of the book. But I think it was a good way to open up a discussion about the way we view this type of crime and behaviour.

I would definitely recommend this book, if you’re looking for something a little different from the usual romance tropes that YA is saturated with. I enjoyed the notion and the message that was behind the plot.

Is Easy Prey on your list of books to read or new releases to look out for? Let me know in the comments!

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