Title: Dead To You
Author: Lisa McMann
Genre: YA, Mystery, Contemporary
First published: February 7th 2010
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Finished reading: August 21st 2016
Pages: 243
Rating 3,5qqq

“Because if you don’t have at least one person believing in you, then there’s not much reason to give a shit about anything.”


Dead To You was another of the selected Riveted reads in August, and as I was browsing the page the description kind of caught my eye. When I saw I had actually added this novel by Lisa McMann to my wishlist already last year, I decided to take this opportunity to read it for free. Thanks again Riveted! The story itself turned out to be both fast-paced and intriguing, although the ending kind of came out of nowhere. I really would have liked to see a different ending to Dead To You, or at least one that would have felt less like a mayor cliffhanger. The fact that I wasn’t a fan of the insta-like between Cami and Ethan OR the way Blake behaves didn’t really help me connecting to the story either. That said, Dead To You is still a quite entertaining and interesting read, and Gracie’s character is adorable. Not as good as I would have hoped, but still recommended for those who enjoy the genre.


When Ethan was just seven years old, he was abducted right from his own front yard. Now, at the age of sixteen, a small miracle happened and he has returned to his family. But things aren’t easy. Ethan doesn’t seem to remember his past life with his real family, and his reintroduction to his old life isn’t going well. Tensions are starting to build and the family is starting to tear apart all over again. If only Ethan could remember something about his life before, he might be able to put the pieces back together, but there is something that is keeping his memory blocked. And some memories are just better left untouched…


The story itself is without doubt intriguing and the prose reads easily, but the cliffhanger ending spoiled things slightly for me. I wasn’t able to connect to all the characters and some of their actions started to annoy me. That said, Gracie is simply adorable! In short Dead To You is without doubt an entertaining YA realistic fiction/mystery read with some minor flaws. If you like the genre, you might want to give it a go.