Synopsis from Macmillan Publishers:
Perfect for fans of One of Us is Lying and We Were Liars, All Eyes on Her by L.E. Flynn is a gripping young adult thriller told from the perspective of everyone except the alleged killer—a seventeen-year-old girl.
You heard the story on the news. A girl and a boy went into the woods. The girl carried a picnic basket. The boy wore bright yellow running shoes. The girl found her way out, but the boy never did…
Everyone thinks they know what happened. Some say Tabby pushed him off that cliff— she didn’t even like hiking. She was jealous. She had more than her share of demons. Others think he fell accidentally—she loved Mark. She would never hurt him…even if he hurt her.
But what’s the real story? All Eyes On Her is told from everyone but Tabby herself as the people in her life string together the events that led Tabby to that cliff. Her best friend. Her sister. Her enemy. Her ex-boyfriend. Because everybody thinks they know a girl better than she knows herself.
What do you think is the truth?
About: All Eyes on Her is a young adult thriller written by L.E. Flynn. It will be published on 6/2/2020 by Imprint, an imprint of Macmillan Children’s Publishing, 320 pages. The genres are young adult, mystery thriller, and fiction. This book is intended for readers ages 14 to 18. According to the publisher’s website, “Imprint is a publishing home for authors, illustrators and brands that fosters collaboration, finds ideas in unexpected places, and looks ahead to the future. Our goal is to work with our creators to make their mark in the world and in the lives of readers. Imprint publishes commercial fiction for ages 0-18, develops new intellectual property, and partners with existing brands to develop quality, original content. Imprint is a part of Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group.” Please see below for more information about the author and publisher.
My Experience: I started reading All Eyes on Her on 4/10/2020 and finished it on 4/26/2020. This book has the easy fast paced teenage voice, though at times I’m tired of their bad mouthing of one another. I like how the story is organized with newspaper clippings, chat messages, diary excepts, etc. Teen relationships are so rocky. I do like one advice during the story was to enjoy more in life than letting the relationships get in the way. In the end, I don’t favor any character because they all do something mean to one another.
This book started with Tabby, 17, giving an interview to a highest bidder telling viewers not to believe everything they hear/read. She is accused of killing her boyfriend Mark, 20. The book let you, readers, reading through different views and deciding for yourself if she’s guilty or not. Then the story begins, told in the first person point of view following Elle, Tabby’s best friend. Elle’s view recalled that Tabby, beautiful & popular, called her in the middle of the night to cry over how Mark, the town’s golden boy, died. The second view is Bridget, 15. Bridget said her big sister, Tabby went out to hike at the lookout known as the Split with Mark and didn’t come home until late. The third view is Keegan, Mark’s best friend. He felt mad that Mark died and believed Tabby is guilty. The fourth view is Beck, Tabby’s ex and Lou’s current beau, told via police interrogations. The fifth view is Lou who disliked Tabby since 10th grade’s school play. There are other individual views to give their opinions as well. This book is divided into 4 parts.
All Eyes on Her is well written and easy to read because reading this book feels like the characters are talking to us. I like the bits about how girls have to say sorry often and how they have to scream to be heard. Little by little, new evidences are being revealed. I like that I couldn’t guess the cause of death. As much as I enjoyed the modern technology usage in this story with news article posted and comments from online trolls, I find the newspaper clippings often repeat the who and the what. I laughed at Tabby for monetizing her experiences because I see that happening all over with book deals and movie deals. I like how the author worded Tabby’s reasons for writing her book.
Pro: fast paced, suspense, modern technology
I rate it 4 stars!
About the Author:
L.E. Flynn is the author of Firsts, a YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults pick, and Last Girl Lied To. Flynn is a former model who worked in Tokyo, Athens, and Paris. Flynn now lives in London, Ontario with her husband, daughter, and the world’s most spoiled Chihuahua. When she’s not writing, you can likely find her hiking in the woods, perusing thrift stores for vintage dresses, or binging on reality TV. (Photo and info obtained from Macmillan’s website).