Happy belated release day!
Thanks to Flatiron Books for the advanced copy in exchange for my honest review.
13 MINUTES by Sarah Pinborough (released October 3rd)
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My Thoughts: 5/5 stars!
“Means Girls for the Instagram age” This is the perfect way to describe 13 MINUTES by Sarah Pinborough. I’ve loved her other twisty and thrilling novels (especially the retellings she’s written), so I was really intrigued when I saw the full title, I WAS DEAD FOR 13 MINUTES NOW I WANT TO KNOW WHY. I would also like to know why she was dead for 13 minutes, please tell me!
Natasha is found dead in ice cold water of a nearby river. She has absolutely no recollection as to what happened to her and how she got there. Now that she is back among the living, she and her old best friend, Becca, rekindle their friendship after a nasty falling out. Becca originally left Tasha for girls that she thought were better, Hayley and Jenny, who are better known as The Barbies. Que the Mean Girls similarities! Why does Tasha trust Becca? Why does she feel the need to be friends with someone she no longer has anything in common with?
I think that my reading and reviewing partner, Chandra, said it perfectly. This is like Mean Girls meets the Heathers. This had the twisty and creepy vibe I was so hoping for in a Sarah Pinborough novel. Even though this is told entirely through the eyes of a couple of 16 year old girls, it didn’t feel too overly YA (for me), but I can see it being something that won’t be for everyone.
We read this through the eyes of both Natasha and Becca, as well as text messages and new articles. I’ll always love that in thrillers, when the author throws in other means of communication or information for the readers. Pinborough does a fantastic job weaving everything together to make for an entirely creepy and psychologically thrilling read!
Overall, don’t let the YA deter you from picking this one up. Despite no giant twists at the end, this book will be one you won’t want to put down. WHY did she die for 13 minutes?? I wanted to know!
Have you read any other books by Sarah Pinborough? I loved her retellings she wrote (and those books were beautiful!)