Review: Gone Too Far

Gone Too Far
Gone Too Far by Natalie D. Richards
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Keeping secrets ruined her life. But the truth might just kill her.

Piper Woods can’t wait for the purgatory of senior year to end. She skirts the fringes of high school like a pro until the morning she finds a notebook with mutilated photographs and a list of student sins. She’s sure the book is too gruesome to be true, until pretty, popular Stella dies after a sex-tape goes viral. Everyone’s sure it’s suicide, but Piper remembers Stella’s name from the book and begins to suspect something much worse.

Drowning in secrets she doesn’t want to keep, Piper’s fears are confirmed when she receives an anonymous text message daring her to make things right. All she needs to do is choose a name, the name of someone who deserves to be punished…

Gone too Far is a story of good intentions on a bad path. Piper finds a dirt diary, which basically is a compilation of almost every wrong thing that someone did in the school. It is basically a walking time bomb, and just when she decides to bury it, she finds that investigating Stella’s suicide through the book would give some hints to the person who caused her death. But someone else knows about her possessing the book, and wants her to use it to exact justice on the wrongdoers. So Piper, with the conviction that she is setting wrongs right, supplies name to the anonymous person and that person would then cause the downfall of the wrongdoer.

However, when Piper starts to realize that she is basically ruining lives, even if they deserved it, she also sees that she is stooping to that level too. Add to that her growing romance with Nick, a boy whom she initially misunderstands because of him being popular – she sees how the things she is doing make her feel guilty. Partly, he is the conscience-like presence in her life, and ultimately, she sets out to right the wrongs she did.

Part mystery and part introspective, Gone Too Far emphasizes on looking beyond a person’s apparent personality, to dig deeper and to empathize. Granted, the people whom she targeted were no saints, but her trying to tip the balance by humiliating them wasn’t a great approach on her part. It draws in between grey lines, this book, and opens a little more into morality and things being black-and-white. I found the writing concise and beautiful – with ample attention towards character development and background storytelling. Good contemporary book.

Received an ARC from Sourcebooks Fire via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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