If You're Out There

If You're Out There

Katy Loutzenhiser / May 21, 2019

If You re Out There After Zan s best friend moves to California she is baffled and crushed when Priya suddenly ghosts Worse Priya s social media has turned into a stream of ungrammatical posts chronicling a sunny vapi

  • Title: If You're Out There
  • Author: Katy Loutzenhiser
  • ISBN: 0062865676
  • Page: 257
  • Format: Hardcover
  • After Zan s best friend moves to California, she is baffled and crushed when Priya suddenly ghosts Worse, Priya s social media has turned into a stream of ungrammatical posts chronicling a sunny, vapid new life that doesn t sound like her at all.Everyone tells Zan not to be an idiot Let Priya do her reinvention thing and move on But until Zan hears Priya say it, she won After Zan s best friend moves to California, she is baffled and crushed when Priya suddenly ghosts Worse, Priya s social media has turned into a stream of ungrammatical posts chronicling a sunny, vapid new life that doesn t sound like her at all.Everyone tells Zan not to be an idiot Let Priya do her reinvention thing and move on But until Zan hears Priya say it, she won t be able to admit that their friendship is finished.It s only when she meets Logan, the compelling new guy in Spanish class, that Zan begins to open up about her sadness, her insecurity, her sense of total betrayal And he s just as willing as she is to throw himself into the investigation when everyone else thinks her suspicions are crazy.Then a clue hidden in Priya s latest selfie introduces a new, deeply disturbing possibility Maybe Priya isn t just not answering Zan s emails.Maybe she can t Get A Copy Kindle Store StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksApple BooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryIndigoAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Or buy for Hardcover, 320 pages Expected publication March 5th 2019 by Balzer Bray More Details ISBN 0062865676 ISBN13 9780062865670 Other Editions 6 All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail edit details Win a Copy of This Book If Youre Out There by Katy Loutzenhiser Author Release date Mar 05, 2019 After Zan s best friend moves to California, she is baffled and crushed when Priya suddenly ghosts Then, a clue hidden in Priya s latest selfie intro After Zan s best friend moves to California, she is baffled and crushed when Priya suddenly ghosts Then, a clue hidden in Priya s latest selfie introduces a new, deeply disturbing possibility Maybe Priya isn t just not answering Zan s emails.Maybe she can t.Enter to win an advance copy of IF YOU RE OUT THERE by Katy Loutzenhiser Enter Giveaway Format Print book

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flag See 1 question about If Youre Out There Lists with This Book Most Anticipated Books of 2019 414 books 390 voters Books You Have Advanced Reader Copies Of 85 books 14 voters More lists with this book Community Reviews Showing 1 30 Rating details Sort Default Filter Jan 05, 2019 Tucker TuckerTheReader rated it really liked it Recommended to Tucker by Harper Shelves owned physical, arc physical, adventure, contemporary, coming of age, diversity, friendship, from publisher, happy ending, highschool Doctor Ma am I m sorry Tucker didn t make it.Ma am What happened Doctor I m afraid His mind was blown.You guys, this book was so good It s about a girl named Zan, who s friend moves to California and ten out of nowhere ghosts The word ghosting is relatively new It came about a little after 2010 It basically refers to when someone stops all online contact with you.When Priya begins to ghost Zan, Zan does what any friend would do She investigates And what a wild ride it was Every Doctor Ma am I m sorry Tucker didn t make it.Ma am What happened Doctor I m afraid His mind was blown.You guys, this book was so good It s about a girl named Zan, who s friend moves to California and ten out of nowhere ghosts The word ghosting is relatively new It came about a little after 2010 It basically refers to when someone stops all online contact with you.When Priya begins to ghost Zan, Zan does what any friend would do She investigates And what a wild ride it was Every page had me hooked and I just wanted to keep reading By the end, my heart was literally pounding in anticipation Bottom Line 4 5 StarsAge Recommendation 13 Swearing, some violence, scary themes Cover 3.5 5 It is good but I feel like it could be better A little detailed Plot 3.5.5 Occasionally slow at times but usually fast and amazing Characters 4 5 Funny, real and emotional The characters were all so amazingly written Thank you to HarperTeen for sending me an Advanced Reader Copy flag 36 likesLike see review View all 9 comments Jul 29, 2018 Gail Shepherd rated it it was amazing Shelves y a, comic, contemporary This is one of the most heartfelt testaments to female friendship I ve ever read it plunged me back to a time when indeed ladies before mateys was the way we lived In Katy Loutzenhiser s YA debut, Zan s best friend Priya ghosts her, but the story of their long and close friendship is told in flashback, with moments of intense sweetness and humor If you come away with any one lesson from this novel, it s that true friends really do have your back they don t give up on you no matter what This is one of the most heartfelt testaments to female friendship I ve ever read it plunged me back to a time when indeed ladies before mateys was the way we lived In Katy Loutzenhiser s YA debut, Zan s best friend Priya ghosts her, but the story of their long and close friendship is told in flashback, with moments of intense sweetness and humor If you come away with any one lesson from this novel, it s that true friends really do have your back they don t give up on you no matter what What I loved most the depictions of shared memories, shared language, and the easy way girls of a certain age have with each other the feet in your lap confidences, the way they can know things about each other without being told Remembering how they watched Beaches together at age 12 huddled up under blankets , Zan says, We were still getting to know each other then, but it felt like something miraculous was happening It was easy, and natural, like we already knew how to be friends Which makes Priya s total disappearance all the baffling.This book is about love in many forms, love that endures and love that doesn t New love Zan s mom is head over heels for her new girlfriend, Zan is getting to know the hunky and loyal Logan , family love Zan and Logan both have much younger siblings , parental love missing parents, missing in action parents, hovering parents Love that gets renewed after a long hiatus Love that endures even after death.And throughout this tightly woven mystery, the thread of hilarity that had me laughing out loud on nearly every page Loutzenhiser was trained at Second City in Chicago and it shows her dialogue snaps, her comic timing is impeccable, and the repartee between Logan and Zan has the feel of great improv I loved this novel and I know you will too Highly recommended note I read the ARC provided by the publisher flag 7 likesLike see review Sep 07, 2018 Malanie rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves young adult, hilarious, contemporary, friendship Once again I m fawning over the female protagonist My reviews are now trademarked hero worship And if you re a female WITH A BEST FRIEND WHO YOU ADORE AND ARE PASSIONATELY LOYAL TO ksdjfksk get outta here drag me away i m too weak to move She couldn t invade my space because she belonged in it.Zan, our MC, is a special tulip who I relate to SO MUCH Because when her best friend, Priya, moves away and ghosts her, what does Zane do The only reasonable solution SHE STALKS THAT GIRL BECAU Once again I m fawning over the female protagonist My reviews are now trademarked hero worship And if you re a female WITH A BEST FRIEND WHO YOU ADORE AND ARE PASSIONATELY LOYAL TO ksdjfksk get outta here drag me away i m too weak to move She couldn t invade my space because she belonged in it.Zan, our MC, is a special tulip who I relate to SO MUCH Because when her best friend, Priya, moves away and ghosts her, what does Zane do The only reasonable solution SHE STALKS THAT GIRL BECAUSE BEST FRIENDS DON T GET AWAY WITH THAT GHOSTING SH T I mean If you ve had a best friend you already know, realistically, you re not going to believe the whole politely moving on thing Either you re friends until you die, or there s some dramatic fight which turns you into eternal enemies And since there was no boss battle, Zan is left to go Brooklyn Nine Nine AND GOD SHE DOES NOT GIVE UP ON BOO This was such a wonderful, sweet story about friendship Zan, my sarcastic, grumpy, swearing butterfly thinks of her best friend as the love of her life And the plot maintains that, even while Zan falls in love with Logan A mysterious, hilarious, emotional guide that should be titled How To Somewhat Quickly Locate Your Best Friend When She Mysteriously Stops Texting You, With The Somewhat Useful Help Of Your Boyfriend Sidekick ARC provided by Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.Blog Twitter flag 6 likesLike see review Sep 20, 2018 Naomi Milliner rated it it was amazing review of another edition This is a must read for anyone who likes rom coms mysteries adorable little siblings compelling and tremendously sympathetic MCs and just plain old fashioned yet contemporary storytelling Just clear your calendar, because you won t wan to put it down flag 7 likesLike see review Jul 28, 2018 Katie Zhao rated it it was amazing review of another edition I just finished this amazing book in the span of one day, and wow World, look out Katy is such a fresh voice in contemporary YA There are so many things to love about this book the mystery and intrigue, the diverse cast, the hilarious and gritty voice, the adorable love interest, and I could seriously go on and on forever I m not kidding when I say that some of the lines in this book had me laughing out loud so hard that I choked on my water I also love that the heart of the story I just finished this amazing book in the span of one day, and wow World, look out Katy is such a fresh voice in contemporary YA There are so many things to love about this book the mystery and intrigue, the diverse cast, the hilarious and gritty voice, the adorable love interest, and I could seriously go on and on forever I m not kidding when I say that some of the lines in this book had me laughing out loud so hard that I choked on my water I also love that the heart of the story is about a girl who wants to find her friend, who believes in the strength of friendship to the end, and never gives up on Priya I love that although there is romance, it s a backseat to a strong friendship story the kind of friendship I experienced in my teen years and didn t see as much reflected in YA contemporary Give me books like Katy s Give me the books with girls who lift each other up and whose friendship rises above all.If you re a fan of Becky Albertalli s works, I honestly think you re going to adore IF YOU RE OUT THERE If you re a fan of heartwarming, hilarious, thought provoking, and suspenseful and fast paced books then boy are you going to devour this I feel so lucky to have met the author and read an early copy, and I can t wait for this book to debut in 2019 and make a splash in YA contemporary flag 4 likesLike see review View 1 comment Sep 25, 2018 Rachel Strolle rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves 2018 reads, 2019 releases aw i really enjoyed that flag 4 likesLike see review Sep 18, 2018 Bridget Tyler rated it it was amazing review of another edition Once upon a time I read THE FACE ON THE MILK CARTOON approximately 753 times and this book makes me feel warm and fuzzy inside for those days of fun and addictive teen thrillers Fresh, funny, emotional, and compulsively readable You won t be sorry you picked this one up flag 3 likesLike see review Dec 23, 2018 Kat rated it it was amazing Shelves arc review book, 2019 releases Thank you to HCC Frenzy for an ARC copy in exchange for an honest review ACTUAL 4.5 5 starsThis contemporary with a suspenseful flair was much better than expected The characters, especially Zan, were relatable, and easy to connect with I loved the concept of the story, and the social media use was a clever touch in this novel The writing style was simple to read and despite starting slow, the story picked up quickly.Logan was probably my favourite character in this one, the way he interacte Thank you to HCC Frenzy for an ARC copy in exchange for an honest review ACTUAL 4.5 5 starsThis contemporary with a suspenseful flair was much better than expected The characters, especially Zan, were relatable, and easy to connect with I loved the concept of the story, and the social media use was a clever touch in this novel The writing style was simple to read and despite starting slow, the story picked up quickly.Logan was probably my favourite character in this one, the way he interacted with is family and Zan was heartwarming I liked his story line, in terms of his past, and his personality Zan s family was also enjoyable to read about, and the diverse elements were well written The mystery solving elements I liked most, it kept the story engaging The ending was intense and wrapped up nicely Overall, it was much better than I expected, and for fans of bold contemporary novels, I recommend this one flag 2 likesLike see review Oct 20, 2018 Kiki Cole rated it really liked it This was an epic joy ride of mystery and missing I was not expecting a thriller when I started reading this Where you see thrillers as dark and grungy, this was light and filled with comedy I thought it was so enjoyable I m very thankful for winning a copy of this If You re Out There shows how powerful friendship and connections can be especially when the other is in danger because we just know when something is wrong and we can t trust many people outside of our circle flag 2 likesLike see review Dec 09, 2018 Allyson Bogie rated it it was amazing review of another edition I loved this book The most important thing about it to me is that it s a book I could recommend to a reader who likes I Am Princess X, which is an awesome and unique story flag 2 likesLike see review Aug 29, 2018 Victoria Lee rated it it was amazing Shelves young adult, contemporary Have you ever been ghosted Have you ever wondered if there might be a darker, nefarious reason why That s the premise behind Katy Loutzenhiser s stunning debut, IF YOU RE OUT THERE The main character, Zan, is trying to adjust to life in her hometown of Chicago after her best friend Priya moved to California Priya s instagram feed is full of gorgeous sunny photos and captioned with inspirational quotes But the thing isglorious perfect insta photos and inspirational quotes are not very Have you ever been ghosted Have you ever wondered if there might be a darker, nefarious reason why That s the premise behind Katy Loutzenhiser s stunning debut, IF YOU RE OUT THERE The main character, Zan, is trying to adjust to life in her hometown of Chicago after her best friend Priya moved to California Priya s instagram feed is full of gorgeous sunny photos and captioned with inspirational quotes But the thing isglorious perfect insta photos and inspirational quotes are not very Priya Like, at all And the longer Zan stalks Priya s feed, the she starts to wonder if there s a dangerous reason why Priya isn t responding to her emails.This is a book that will keep you guessing til the very end I literally couldn t decide if I thought Zan was losing it or if she was right and there was some kind of conspiracy going on Loutzenhiser elegantly ties together so many different story threads to create a tapestry that only makes sense once once you see it in full And it s a gorgeous tapestry I fell in love with these characters especially Zan and her snarky humor Loutzenhiser has a history as a comedian, and that definitely shows I wanted to be best friends with Zan and Priya and Logan I wanted to eat quinoa burgers and polenta fries from the vegan restaurant where Zan works I even wanted some blueberries Don t miss this book I have a feeling it s gonna be big flag 2 likesLike see review View 1 comment Oct 25, 2018 Kara J McDowell rated it it was amazing review of another edition Have you ever scrolled through someone s Instagram feed and thought This is a little too glossy or This can t be real What if that person is your best friend, and they ve recently stopped answering all emails, texts, and phone calls, so you can t know for sure IF YOU RE OUT THERE is one of my absolute favorite types of Contemporary YA a little bit of mystery, an adorable romance, an intriguing plot, and a great ending I devoured this book in just over a day because I was SO intrigued I also Have you ever scrolled through someone s Instagram feed and thought This is a little too glossy or This can t be real What if that person is your best friend, and they ve recently stopped answering all emails, texts, and phone calls, so you can t know for sure IF YOU RE OUT THERE is one of my absolute favorite types of Contemporary YA a little bit of mystery, an adorable romance, an intriguing plot, and a great ending I devoured this book in just over a day because I was SO intrigued I also loved Zan, the main character She s awkward and bad with feelings and reminded me so much of myself at that age Oh And her family is great Her little brother is adorable and her parents are both rockstar YA parents They re struggling with Zan, but at least they re trying hard Five stars Definitely recommend flag 2 likesLike see review Jan 24, 2019 Kal Reader Voracious rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves e arc, debut author, contemporary, standalone, strong female characters, mystery, young adult, friendship We would always be friends Because some love can t dissolve, or fall apart, or get complicated Some love just is. Friends, this was such a beautiful book that touched and captivated me I don t read a lot of contemporary but this story and mystery sounded so interesting to me that I requested it months ago on Edelweiss And I am so happy I was approved for a review copy and have the opportunity to scream about this book with you all You should read this book I never re read the synopsis on We would always be friends Because some love can t dissolve, or fall apart, or get complicated Some love just is. Friends, this was such a beautiful book that touched and captivated me I don t read a lot of contemporary but this story and mystery sounded so interesting to me that I requested it months ago on Edelweiss And I am so happy I was approved for a review copy and have the opportunity to scream about this book with you all You should read this book I never re read the synopsis once I decide to add a book to my TBR, I am not sure what I was expecting when I picked this up but I was drawn to it when trying to decide which review copy to read next But this book blew me away and sucked in me from the author s note thanking me for reading the galley FROM AUTHOR S NOTE What would it take for someone to believe they d been ghosted by one of life s tried and true friends Because there are people in my life who, if they ever stopped talking to me, I would have to assume were trapped under a boulder I honestly got obsessed with this thought What would it take to give up on that person like that a trapped under a boulder person Once I read this I too became consumed with this because social media is so ubiquitous and in my experience has enabled friendships to for lack of a better word last beyond their time People kind of come and go and growing apart from friends is a part of growing up, but when you feel constantly connected to a person on IG and FB does that change Zan is the main character in If You re Out There and the book opens with her unanswered emails to best friend Priya, who recently had moved to California from Chicago and stopped all communications July, August, and multiple click bait emails roll on by with no response, and September 4 rolls around with the start of school The characters are all so vivid and relatable, and I absolutely adored their witty banter with one another I loved how supported and loved Zan is even though she has been isolating herself since Priya moved how they encourage her to come out of her shell but are careful to not push her too hard My senses have become duller lately Like it s not quite me who s doing the seeing, the smelling, the tasting. Logan s introduction to the story breathed life into the book and Zan s life The beginning of the book she was definitely wallowing a bit with her depression and trying to process the loss of her best friend, especially without any word People never tell you What Her eyes grow glossy, but she smiles How much it hurts to lose a friend Honestly this mystery is plotted so incredibly well and despite my being a very close reader I found myself constantly gasping when tidbits were revealed As Zan and Logan go deeper and deeper, things get weirder I like that even though everyone thinks she is just seeing a person trapped under a boulder as a way to try and make sense of being left behind, no one makes her feel stupid, and Logan even goes along with it Their friends to romance arc is so precious and me, a girl that rarely swoons, have a couple of KISS HIM notes on my Kindle.I did find the narrative style a little difficult to follow until I settled into the story the story kind of bounces around between past and present and doesn t show every single detail of Zan s day These jumps are notated in the eARC with just a double spaced paragraph break, but I quickly overcame the jarring feelings The main reason that this was a 4 star read was because I don t understand how we suddenly have journals that provide exposition in the last third of the book Don t get me wrong, I liked the addition exposition and watching the pieces kind of slide into place, but I found it a little out of place and I am not sure where the reader gets them from because the rest of the story is told in the first person perspective of Zan This is such an important story about friendships fading and how social media can make that harder, but it is also about love and never giving up on people I went from being on pins and needles I honestly stayed up until 1 a.m to finish this book yawn to laughing out loud Loutzenhiser does a great job of cutting the tension with the character s dialog and sarcastic humor Also I just need to say that Logan s little sister Bee is an icon That s a good name, is she a princess No, she says, somewhat scandalized She s a senator The book is strong and feminist I loved how Zan was a strong female character that isn t made up of rough edges and it handles how one processes loss and how one might process being ghosted by the one person you are sure would never I honestly cannot recommend this book enough If I were going to straight up classify this I would say it is contemporary than a mystery as it is as much about growing up, trying to figure out your place in the world, processing loss, and handling first likes as it is about uncovering a mystery REPRESENTATION lgbtqiap f f relationship, sexuality being explained as being on a spectrum , Indian characters not OV , possible depressionCONTENT TRIGGER WARNINGS abandonment, divorce, loss of a loved one, loss of a parent, misogyny challenged , drug abuse referenced Many thanks to the publisher for sending me an eARC via NetGalley for review All opinions are my own Quotations are taken from an uncorrected proof and may change upon publication.Blog Twitter Pinterest flag 1 likeLike see review Nov 18, 2018 Meg Eden rated it liked it review of another edition The plot itself is interesting and engaging But the book is too busy there s all these other characters who aren t relevant, and sidelines that are distracting It feels like an earlier draft that needs some editing down flag 2 likesLike see review Jan 09, 2019 Madison rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves mystery thriller, young adult If You re Out There is an ode to the power of friendship And while this YA title s focus is on the friendship between two girls, there is the added bonus of sweet romance, diverse characters, and interesting and complex family dynamics, as well as the thread of mystery that weaves throughout the story All in all, If You re Out There is unique and delightful.When Zan s best friend Priya moved away she expected some changes but not to be cut out of her life all together Everyone tells Zan she If You re Out There is an ode to the power of friendship And while this YA title s focus is on the friendship between two girls, there is the added bonus of sweet romance, diverse characters, and interesting and complex family dynamics, as well as the thread of mystery that weaves throughout the story All in all, If You re Out There is unique and delightful.When Zan s best friend Priya moved away she expected some changes but not to be cut out of her life all together Everyone tells Zan she should give Priya some space, but something seems off With the help of the cute new boy in town, Logan, who has his own secrets, Zan sets out to reconnect with Priya.Zan is literally a kick butt character She can than take care of herself and she isn t afraid to put herself in harm s way to find out what s going on with Priya Through snippets of Priya s journal, it is confirmed for the readers that Zan is on the right track, but Zan s quest for clues is thrilling The only thing missing from the end was an I told you so moment, but Zan probably would have been too nice to do that.Zan s family is lots of fun, but also brings some complications that she must work through Her relationship with her dad is strained after the breakdown of her parents marriage, and though she gets on well with her little brother, mother and mother s girlfriend, her emotions swing wildly when no one believes her about her concerns for Priya Logan s family is also realistically complex and brings further depth to his character and relationship with Zan.Logan and Zan make a cute pair I loved Logan s support for Zan, even if it places him in a precarious position I also loved Logan s little sister possibly than Logan himself, but shhhh, don t tell If You re Out There is a fun mystery thriller, perfect for readers who are looking for something that s not too dark and is fun and engaging.The publishers provided an advanced readers copy of this book for reviewing purposes All opinions are my own.Find reviews, reading age guides, content advisory, and recommendations on my blog Madison s Library flag 1 likeLike see review Dec 07, 2018 Lindsay rated it did not like it review of another edition Shelves arcs, dissapointed This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Every character even the adults acted like middle school girls, Zan manipulated Logan from day one to help her, she regularly treated him like dirt and referred to his face as stupid when he wouldn t help her, there was no chemistry or anything these two talked about except Zan s missing BFF Priya so how did they fall in love, this was filled with lots of ya cliches average semi loner girl instantly grabs attention of new hot guy at school who has a criminal record but don t worry, he didn Every character even the adults acted like middle school girls, Zan manipulated Logan from day one to help her, she regularly treated him like dirt and referred to his face as stupid when he wouldn t help her, there was no chemistry or anything these two talked about except Zan s missing BFF Priya so how did they fall in love, this was filled with lots of ya cliches average semi loner girl instantly grabs attention of new hot guy at school who has a criminal record but don t worry, he didn t do anything wrong, he was protecting someone else and took the blame and the reveal was a letdown The last chapter was rushed and didn t fit with the story, but I was thrilled when it finished This wasn t about Zan and her life This was about Priya Priya Priya Even though she wasn t the narrator Thanks Edelweiss for the ARC flag 1 likeLike see review Oct 18, 2018 Andi Andis ABCs rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves 2019 mar, not yet released 2019, edelweiss, debut 2019, kindle archive, to be reviewed, would recommend These 2019 debuts I m reading are so impressive I really loved the easy feel of this story with some swoons and romance The friendship factor was A Plus Add this to your TBR Review to come flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 25, 2019 Lillian Clark rated it it was amazing review of another edition Wow, I loved this book Funny, fast paced, full of twists and mystery, wrapped up in a vividly real friendship with all of the highs and lows and complexities I adore Zan and Logan and Priya Can I get a companion told from Priya s POV now Please LOVED flag 1 likeLike see review Nov 24, 2018 Sonia Hartl rated it it was amazing review of another edition This book was so incredible and addictive I loved Zan s voice so much, her unending belief in Priya, and her very sweet relationship with Logan There is a mystery in this story which was so beautifully crafted and had me second guessing so many things, but mostly it s about the power of friendships and how you can truly know someone like no one else And it s also about learning to be okay without that person, while still loving and valuing them It was a fun, fast paced read, an absolute deli This book was so incredible and addictive I loved Zan s voice so much, her unending belief in Priya, and her very sweet relationship with Logan There is a mystery in this story which was so beautifully crafted and had me second guessing so many things, but mostly it s about the power of friendships and how you can truly know someone like no one else And it s also about learning to be okay without that person, while still loving and valuing them It was a fun, fast paced read, an absolute delight, and Zan was such a funny, relatable protagonist flag 1 likeLike see review Nov 25, 2018 Audrey Graser rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves 2018 Book Review A few months ago I found out that malapropsbookstore has a shelf full of ARCs for those who spend than 50 in a visit cue literally the best day of the year for me I pulled this copy from the shelf and I m glad I did This was close to a 4 star read for me Main Characters 4 5 Zan is our main character a girl whose best friend, Priya, suddenly ghosts after moving away Zan is hurt, but what does she do She decides that foul play must be involved and decides to investiga Book Review A few months ago I found out that malapropsbookstore has a shelf full of ARCs for those who spend than 50 in a visit cue literally the best day of the year for me I pulled this copy from the shelf and I m glad I did This was close to a 4 star read for me Main Characters 4 5 Zan is our main character a girl whose best friend, Priya, suddenly ghosts after moving away Zan is hurt, but what does she do She decides that foul play must be involved and decides to investigate Zan, although a bit kooky and maybe unrealistic, is a well characterized MC who is entertaining Secondary Characters 5 5 One of my favorite parts was Loutzenhiser s secondary character development She developed these characters so neatly and expertly you just love them almost as much as you love the main characters Writing Style 2 5 I struggled with the pacing in the beginning middle and was getting bored there for a bit, but that also could have just been the fact that the nerdy guys behind me playing Dungeons and Dragons at the cafe I was reading at were having a fascinating game Plot 3 5 The premise was a little odd to me at first a play on ghosting , Zan is confused and concerned when best friend Priya ghosts on her after she moves Zan struggles to understand why Priya would do this, and begins to wonder if there isn t something sinister going on Overall, even though there were some mystery and thriller elements, If You re Out There still had that good summer beach read feeling with a great romance element Ending 3 5 If you can put aside some sense of realism, this was a really great ending Clearly I found it a little unrealistic, but it ended on a sweet note and wrapped up really nicely Total 17 25 3 Stars Summary view spoiler Zan and Priya have been best friends since middle school, and why not Their moms were college roommates and long distance friends until Priya s mom passed away and Priya moved to Chicago with her step dad Ben, where Zan and Priya instantly re connected But when Priya moves to California and ghosts Zan, Zan is devastated She throws herself into work and ignores everything else to try and hide her pain However, a new boy in school named Logan begins breaking through some of her walls and the two become friends As Zan sees Priya s social media and gets increasingly upset, she starts to notice some weird things Priya doesn t sound like herself, she s posting old pictures, and she starts emailing gibberish to Zan Zan starts to suspect that something is wrong, even though no one else believes her Zan and Logan break into Priya s old house and even clues turn up something is definitely not right In the midst of this mystery, Zan and Logan have a falling out when Zan pushes Logan s past too hard The two make up when Logan admits that something weird is happening with Priya and tells Zan about his addict mother who he took the fall for before moving to Chicago All the pieces start coming together when Logan mentions how often blueberries come up in Priya s posts that was the girls secret codeword for something going on Zan and Logan find out that Ben and Priya never did move to California, but went to Indiana to stay with Ben s mom They find Priya but Ben who had gone off the deep end , attacks Zan Zan discovers that Ben was in a financial scheme through Priya s mom s charity, and when he cut out his partner in India, they started threatening his life, so he took Priya against her will and ran With the help of Logan and Priya s long lost dad, Priya and Zan take down Ben and call the police Months later, Zan is taking a gap year in India working with the charity, Ben is at college, and Priya is living with Zan s mom The two continue to stay in touch and promise to always be there for each other hide spoiler flag 1 likeLike see review View 1 comment Jan 03, 2019 Erin Stewart rated it it was amazing review of another edition Definitely a page turning read about the power of friendship Don t miss this one flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 02, 2019 Just Reading Everything rated it it was amazing review of another edition I read this book in one sitting because I found the mystery of Priya and what had happened to her so compelling The voice and humor are excellent Definitely a must read of 2019 flag 1 likeLike see review Dec 12, 2018 Laura Namey rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves ya stars This book is a solid YES Sparkling, witty, funny, and poignant prose plus rich, interesting characters, plus a mystery that sucked me in from page one and kept me turning pages until I d run out of them Katy is a brilliant debut author and I can t wait for from her flag 1 likeLike see review Sep 22, 2018 Gillian rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves 2019, ya This book is a breath of fresh air Katy Loutzenhiser weaves together threads of family, friendship, growing up, and making sense of the world I am not going to spoil the plot but I will say that as you go along it becomes a page turner and you won t be able to put it down Unique and engaging And tiny side note that I loved the restaurant scenes, which felt very realistic flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 31, 2019 Christina A Reader of Fictions rated it liked it Shelves egalley Having been ghosted by one of my closest friends last year, If You re Out There was a deeply personal read There s a lot about this book that I probably liked because of that experience, and there s also a lot that I like less for that same reason.If you ve never had someone ghost you who you thought cared, you might spend this book yelling at Zan to get over it already Pretty much everyone in her life is telling her to move on That s what I heard too, but it s difficult to move on witho Having been ghosted by one of my closest friends last year, If You re Out There was a deeply personal read There s a lot about this book that I probably liked because of that experience, and there s also a lot that I like less for that same reason.If you ve never had someone ghost you who you thought cared, you might spend this book yelling at Zan to get over it already Pretty much everyone in her life is telling her to move on That s what I heard too, but it s difficult to move on without closure I ve had quite a few friends dump me in my life, and it sucks huge balls, but being ghosted was so much worse, because you don t know why it s happened Deep down, it hits you in this place where you wonder why you re so easy to leave, even for someone who claimed to love you and had always had your back Plus, because nothing went wrong that you re aware of, it s hard to really write the person off as an asshole and take that closure.So yeah, I identified hardcore with Zan in this situation, who is being told to accept that Priya doesn t want to be in her life any but is instead checking her Instagram trying to understand, hoping that one day Priya will reach out and love her again It s pretty heartbreaking, though I do wonder if anyone who hasn t experienced this will understand why she s been upset for so long TBH, it s the year anniversary of my friend ghosting me and I m only just beginning to find my closure, and it still fucking hurts, so I ll just say that Zan s behavior is totally believable and realistic The things she says and thinks about it are so on point for how I ve felt over the last year And I get Zan s trust issues, because she had only this one super close friend who has disappeared without a word.Outside of the ghosting aspect of the book, I was engaged, but I didn t connect as strongly with the rest of it The romance with Logan was okay, but I feel like there needed to be with him to really make it work They become close randomly, and I don t really understand why she initially let him, nor why he was so determined to be her friend initially His arc feels half assed merely because Zan s so focused on her own shit I do love Zan s psychiatrist mother and her girlfriend wish there d been of them , and her relationship with her dad has a nice arc, though again very minor Zan s brother Harr comes up a lot but I could not tell you one thing about this kid other than that he doesn t like bad words.Personally, I didn t care for the mystery plot line or the way it resolved Zan begins investigating Priya, feeling like something bad has happened to her to cause her to have changed so much The rest goes in the spoiler tags, but I will say part of why I m unhappy with this part is because of what I ve been through view spoiler In the end, it turns out that Priya has been abducted by her step father who stole money from the charity Priya s mom founded before her death Honestly, I wanted the resolution to be that nothing like that actually happened, that Priya just moved on or couldn t cope with something so she cut Zan out It sucks obviously, but that s absolutely what happened to me, and there s no creepy guy holding that person hostage to keep them from reaching out And, while that may not make as exciting of a book, I hate to think of teens this happens to who find it that much harder to find closure because MAYBE this is the case where their friend really couldn t make contact Also, Zan did a lot of really creepy stuff in her investigation breaking in to Priya s old house, tracking down Priya s ex boyfriend Zan s never met, calling various people and lying to get information about Priya, and hanging evidence on her wall like something out of a serial killer film , and that s all fine and justified because Priya was actually in danger But in most cases, that will not be true, and when you re ghosted you really should not obsessively stalk the person who ghosted you hide spoiler My feelings are super duper mixed on this one, and it s all so personal to my own life that I suspect this book could be 100% different for other readers I will say that I would absolutely read another book by Loutzenhiser flag Like see review Jan 04, 2019 Amy rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves edelweiss, multicultural, mystery thriller, realistic fiction, ya Many thanks to Edelweiss Plus and the publisher for providing me with an eARC of this title for review All opinions are my own.I really liked this one While it was not really a mystery thriller even though there IS a mystery within the storyline the relationships, the characters, and the sweet, while still being attainable, relationship in the story all made me adore it That being said, if you were to order this book and most YA collections should it s a toss up about where to classify it Many thanks to Edelweiss Plus and the publisher for providing me with an eARC of this title for review All opinions are my own.I really liked this one While it was not really a mystery thriller even though there IS a mystery within the storyline the relationships, the characters, and the sweet, while still being attainable, relationship in the story all made me adore it That being said, if you were to order this book and most YA collections should it s a toss up about where to classify it and if you should put it in your mystery suspense genres OR realistic It has of a relationship contemporary feel to me at times But, it s ultimately up to you.Zan and Priya are best friends The type of friend who could live at your house and no one would think anything was weird The friend you call first thing in the morning, and last thing at night The one you do everything with The one that most people confuse for your sister And then Priya moves At first, Zan tries to keep in touch, sending emails, texts, and calling But there is nothing Priya has cut her off and ghosted Everyone in Zan s life is telling her to move on it s her senior year, she has to get over it She tried to keep in touch over the summer, but now she has to face the facts Priya is gone and doesn t seem worried about staying friends But Zan can t let it go She starts to wonder if something happened to Priya and what she would have to do to help her The only person willing to entertain Zan s paranoia about Priya is Logan, the new boy at school with a bad reputation and a past filled with rumors But he s sweet and kind to Zan and willing to help her out So, they start digging Overall, this was a great read Highly recommend flag Like see review Jan 28, 2019 Stacie rated it really liked it review of another edition I was super excited to win an ARC of this book from The premise was super interestingthe main character, Zan, has a best friend, Priya, who moves away and goes total radio silence on her She still posts on social media, but the posts just aren t her very vapid and and silly Zan knows that something is fishy but no one will believe her, until she meets the new kid in school, Logan, who helps her track down the truth There were some great funny parts, and I really enjoyed all t I was super excited to win an ARC of this book from The premise was super interestingthe main character, Zan, has a best friend, Priya, who moves away and goes total radio silence on her She still posts on social media, but the posts just aren t her very vapid and and silly Zan knows that something is fishy but no one will believe her, until she meets the new kid in school, Logan, who helps her track down the truth There were some great funny parts, and I really enjoyed all the characters I felt for Zan who knew something was wrong but who no one would take seriously It was interesting trying to figure out the truth of what happened to Priya, although I had an inkling from the beginning that turned out to be semi true It was just a solid contemporary palate cleanser for me and I truthfully really enjoyed it The only negative I will mention is that what happened to Priya seemed a bit glossed over and not taken as seriously as it should have been Despite the subject matter the book was pretty upbeat and so I felt that wasn t quite up to par for the conclusion of the book Hence, 4 stars instead of 5 I would still definitely recommend reading this book especially if you like contemporary novels flag Like see review Nov 16, 2018 Basia rated it it was amazing review of another edition Wow I love books like this that use a mix of thriller and contemporary elements If You re Out There maintains the main plot, that Zan s best friend Priya moves away and begins to leave clues on Instagram to why she can t contact Zan, while establishing emotional connections between the characters Reading this books was gave me mood swings between investment in Zan s interactions with friends and family, but also anticipation to solving the mystery to Priya s ghosting flag Like see review Sep 09, 2018 Jamie rated it really liked it review of another edition This is really strong It s funny even when it s serious, and Zan is a pretty compelling and normal No one is ever just an average normal kid any character even though she can be annoying again that s so refreshingly normal I also love a good Chicago set book where it s recognizably Chicago flag Like see review Jan 30, 2019 Eva rated it liked it Would ve been 4 stars if not for the last few chapters The author tried to wrap the story up too fast in my opinion, and I felt like the whole book we were getting hyped up for the exciting resolution of Priya s disappearance that just never really came flag Like see review previous 1 2 3 next new topicDiscuss This Book There are no discussion topics on this book yet Be the first to start one Share Recommend It Stats Recent Status Updates Readers Also Enjoyed

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        Katy grew up in Cambridge, Massachusetts, dabbling in many art forms and watching age inappropriate movies After college, she found an unlikely home in the Chicago comedy scene and regularly sang improvised musicals in public Now she writes YA books in Brooklyn.


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    1. Doctor Ma am I m sorry Tucker didn t make it.Ma am What happened Doctor I m afraid His mind was blown.You guys, this book was so good It s about a girl named Zan, who s friend moves to California and ten out of nowhere ghosts The word ghosting is relatively new It came about a little after 2010 It basically refers to when someone stops all online contact with you.When Priya begins to ghost Zan, Zan does what any friend would do She investigates And what a wild ride it was Every Doctor Ma am I m [...]


    2. This is one of the most heartfelt testaments to female friendship I ve ever read it plunged me back to a time when indeed ladies before mateys was the way we lived In Katy Loutzenhiser s YA debut, Zan s best friend Priya ghosts her, but the story of their long and close friendship is told in flashback, with moments of intense sweetness and humor If you come away with any one lesson from this novel, it s that true friends really do have your back they don t give up on you no matter what This is o [...]


    3. Once again I m fawning over the female protagonist My reviews are now trademarked hero worship And if you re a female WITH A BEST FRIEND WHO YOU ADORE AND ARE PASSIONATELY LOYAL TO ksdjfksk get outta here drag me away i m too weak to move She couldn t invade my space because she belonged in it.Zan, our MC, is a special tulip who I relate to SO MUCH Because when her best friend, Priya, moves away and ghosts her, what does Zane do The only reasonable solution SHE STALKS THAT GIRL BECAU Once again [...]


    4. This is a must read for anyone who likes rom coms mysteries adorable little siblings compelling and tremendously sympathetic MCs and just plain old fashioned yet contemporary storytelling Just clear your calendar, because you won t wan to put it down


    5. I just finished this amazing book in the span of one day, and wow World, look out Katy is such a fresh voice in contemporary YA There are so many things to love about this book the mystery and intrigue, the diverse cast, the hilarious and gritty voice, the adorable love interest, and I could seriously go on and on forever I m not kidding when I say that some of the lines in this book had me laughing out loud so hard that I choked on my water I also love that the heart of the story I just finish [...]



    6. Once upon a time I read THE FACE ON THE MILK CARTOON approximately 753 times and this book makes me feel warm and fuzzy inside for those days of fun and addictive teen thrillers Fresh, funny, emotional, and compulsively readable You won t be sorry you picked this one up.


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