You'll Be the Death of Me
Ivy, Mateo, and Cal used to be close. Now all they have in common is Carlton High and the beginning of a very bad day.
Type A Ivy lost a student council election to the class clown, and now she has to face the school, humiliated. Heartthrob Mateo is burned out—he’s been working two jobs since his family’s business failed. And outsider Cal just got stood up . . . again.
So when Cal pulls into campus late for class and runs into Ivy and Mateo, it seems like the perfect opportunity to turn a bad day around. They’ll ditch and go into the city. Just the three of them, like old times. Except they’ve barely left the parking lot before they run out of things to say . . .
. . . until they spot another Carlton High student skipping school—and follow him to the scene of his own murder. In one chance move, their day turns from dull to deadly. And it’s about to get worse.
It turns out Ivy, Mateo, and Cal still have some things in common. They all have a connection to the dead kid. And they’re all hiding something.
Now they’re all wondering—could it be that their chance reconnection wasn’t by chance after all?
Accolades and Reviews
A Junior Library Guild Selection, Fall 2021
A YALSA 2022 Best Fiction for Young Adults Nominee
★“McManus weaves a masterful tale of secrets, lies, and twisted intentions that will be sure to keep readers guessing whodunit, from start to finish” — Booklist, Starred Review
★“A suspenseful day of murder and mayhem” — School Library Journal, Starred Review
“A master of the teen thriller delivers again”— Kirkus Reviews
“A believable, pulse-pounding thriller” — Publishers Weekly
“No one writes YA thrillers quite like Karen M. McManus”— Popsugar