They Wish They Were Us (Hardcover)

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Jill Newman is under pressure. It's senior year and she is on scholarship at her fancy private school. Jill must maintain top grades to keep it, so that she doesn't disappoint or further financially burden her parents. Being part of the secret society "The Players" helps. She has access to the answer keys to all the tests at school, and very accurate study guides to the SAT and ACT. However, to get to this point she had to complete several deadly challenges her freshman year. But this year, the first year with the girls in charge of the selection of newbies, Jill vows that things will be different. She has to do all this while still grappling with the loss of her bestfriend Shaila, who was murdered by her boyfriend Graham during their freshman initiation. She had known both of them since middle school, which is why when she gets texts claiming Graham's innocence she risks everything to investigate. She soon learns that nothing in her town of Gold Coast is as it seems.

This book was gripping—it had me staying up way too late to see how it ended. I feel like the author Jess Goodman really understands the stress and feelings of high school students. I would recommend this book mostly to readers who love romantic and dramatic books.

— Anna S.


Gossip Girl meets One of Us Is Lying with a dash of The Secret History in this slick, taut murder mystery set against the backdrop of an exclusive prep school on Long Island.

In Gold Coast, Long Island, everything from the expensive downtown shops to the manicured beaches, to the pressed uniforms of Jill Newman and her friends, looks perfect. But as Jill found out three years ago, nothing is as it seems.

Freshman year Jill's best friend, the brilliant, dazzling Shaila Arnold, was killed by her boyfriend. After that dark night on the beach, Graham confessed, the case was closed, and Jill tried to move on.

Now, it's Jill's senior year and she's determined to make it her best yet. After all, she's a senior and a Player--a member of Gold Coast Prep's exclusive, not-so-secret secret society. Senior Players have the best parties, highest grades and the admiration of the entire school. This is going to be Jill's year. She's sure of it.

But when Jill starts getting texts proclaiming Graham's innocence, her dreams of the perfect senior year start to crumble. If Graham didn't kill Shaila, who did? Jill vows to find out, but digging deeper could mean putting her friendships, and her future, in jeopardy.

About the Author

Jessica Goodman is a senior editor at Cosmopolitan. They Wish They Were Us is her debut novel.

Follow Jessica on Twitter @jessgood and on Instagram @jessicagoodman.

Praise For…

"Goodman deftly explores the complex nature of friendship, privilege, grief, and the often crushing expectations placed on teens, all of which dovetails neatly with a twisty murder mystery...A sophisticated and suspenseful debut."—Kirkus Reviews 

"This debut murder mystery is filled with twistsand turns that will keep its pages turning."—Booklist 

“Seductive and slick, They Wish They Were Us is a searing novel about power, privilege, and the dangerous pursuit of perfection. You’ll remember the girls of Gold Coast Prep Long after the last page.”—Jessica Knoll, New York Times bestselling author of The Luckiest Girl Alive and The Favorite Sister

“Fast-paced and completely consuming—I was swept into this riveting mystery from beginning to end. They Wish They Were Us smartly explores the complexities of friendship, the secrets and lies buried under the picturesque façade, and the ultimate cost of perfection.”—Megan Miranda, New York Times bestselling author of All the Missing Girls, The Perfect Stranger, and The Last Guest House

"A whip-smart mystery with a pitch-perfect voice." — Kara Thomas, author of The Cheerleaders, Little Monsters, and The Darkest Corners

"A juicy, fast-paced, addictive tale that's more than a mystery—it's a timely exploration of ambition, loyalty, and how far we'll go to belong. I couldn't put it down." — Andrea Bartz, author of The Lost Night and The Herd

Product Details
ISBN: 9780593114292
ISBN-10: 0593114299
Publisher: Razorbill
Publication Date: August 4th, 2020
Pages: 336