Great YA Thriller

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This was one of the better YA thrillers I've read. I originally picked it up because I'm a sucker for secret society type of books. The fact that it was set in high school was a bit of a deterrent, but I'm glad I gave it a try anyway because I was pleasantly surprised.

Jill is a senior at an ultra-wealthy private school in Long Island. Not only is she already wealthy, she's one of the chosen few at the top of the high school food chain. She's a member of "The Players" - the school's (open) secret society. She was tapped to be a Potential Player during her freshman year along with her best friend, Shaila. To prove that they belong, they - along with the other six Potentials - spend the year undergoing a host of demeaning "tests" much like the type of hazing fraternity members are put through. On initiation night, Shaila is murdered. Her boyfriend and fellow Potential, Graham, confesses and is subsequently arrested.

Now, three years later, Jill is hoping to enjoy her senior year with all the perks that come with being a Player, but she starts receiving texts claiming Graham is innocent. Thus, she begins to try and find the truth. The intriguing premise had me hooked from the start, but I did find the ending (and ultimate reveal) a bit predictable. Still, the drama made it an enjoyable read.