Gone Too Far by Natalie RichardsGone Too Far by Natalie Richards

Gone Too Far

byNatalie Richards

Paperback | January 5, 2015

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Filled with tension and heart-in-your-throat suspense that kept me guessing to the very end."-Jennifer Brown, author of Hate List and Thousand Words on Six Months LaterSend me a name. Make someone pay.Piper Woods can't wait to graduate. To leave high school-and all the annoying cliques-behind. But when she finds a mysterious notebook filled with the sins of her fellow students, Piper's suddenly drowning in their secrets. And she's not the only one watching? An anonymous text invites Piper to choose: the cheater, the bully, the shoplifter. The popular kids with their dirty little secrets. And with one text, Piper can make them pay.But the truth can be dangerous? Praise for Six Months Later: YALSA Teens Top 10 nominee "[A] smart, edgy thriller."-Kirkus "Well paced and beautifully written? This romantic thriller will leave readers on the edge of their seats until the very last page. Recommend it to fans of Gayle Forman's If I Stay (Dutton, 2009) and Lissa Price's Starters (Delacorte, 2012)" , School Library Journal "An intense psychological mystery? has the feel of a high-stakes poker game in which every player has something to hide." ,Publishers Weekly"
After years as a professional paper-pusher, NATALIE D. RICHARDS decided to trade in reality for a life writing YA fiction. She lives in Ohio (Go Bucks!) with her husband, three children, and a ridiculously furry dog named Yeti. This is her second novel. Visit her on Twitter @natdrichards or at nataliedrichards.com.
Title:Gone Too FarFormat:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 14.58 × 9.25 × 0.83 inPublished:January 5, 2015Publisher:SourcebooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:140228554X

ISBN - 13:9781402285547


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gone to Far After buying Natalie D. Richard's Six Month's Later, I knew I had to grab her second book and I'm glad I did, I really enjoyed this, almost as much as her debut novel. I was not disappointed at all, the mystery itself was great and was a great motivator to finish the book. I cannot say that the mystery is completely out of this world or surprising, I had an idea of what happened. But until you, the mystery is solved in the book, you can't wait until the novel proves you right. I think it's a good read.
Date published: 2017-03-06
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Review from This is the Story of My(Reading) Life Piper is usually found to be hidden behind her camera. Which means her classmates see her coming but they also forget she's there. She has her friends but for the most part Piper feels invisible. One morning she finds this notebook full of what appears to be the shady and secretive going on's of the kids in her school. Piper has every intention of turning the note book in and getting as far away from it, but she just can't seem to give it up. Than she's standing at her locker, which happens to be next to the most popular girl, Stella, in schools locker. When Stella starts getting bullied and called out over a sex tape, Piper thinks about stepping in but doesn't. Than the sex tape goes viral and Stella turns up dead. Hit by a train. Piper doesn't believe for a second that it was accidental. She feels like she could have prevented Stella's death. Which is absurd. But when she gets an anonymous text saying she can help get the people back responsible for Stella's death, she eventually coincides and gets herself involved in something that is way over her head. You'd think that this sounds like a decent mystery/revenge type story. I thought so too. But unfortunately Gone Too Far fell really flat. Let's start with Piper. She's a hypocritical wet blanket. She's so torn up about what happened to Stella. Of course it's awful. Stella was bullied over a sex tape that she never gave consent for. When Piper sees the video, it's obvious that Stella had no idea she was being taped. It's terrible and tragic. Piper is completely torn up over Stella's death. Which on one hand is a little understandable, a class mate died well before her time. But Piper and Stella have never been friends. In fact their interactions have only been through a camera lens. Piper is disgusted over the way Stella was treated. She seems to hate the bully behaviour. Which we all should be against. But than Piper is pretty quick to jump into the exact behaviour that she was so against five minutes ago. She's given the chance to pick a name and the anonymous texter will essentially take that person down. So Piper is doing the exact same thing that the kids did to Stella. I can't get on board with that. Sure, I like myself a revenge story. But I didn't see Piper as getting revenge. I saw her getting caught up in a situation she never should have stepped into. Piper is told where to show up with her camera and take pictures of the "destruction". She does and she enjoys it. Piper has absolutely no personality. She's meak and is easy to harp on her friends when they're not living up to expectations. Piper is quick to say her best friend is an asshole, and only she gets him. What? That's the first impression you want to give us of your best friend? Seriously. The "popular" guy Nick starts to take an interest in Piper. She's immediately dismissive of him and a little rude. I really don't understand Nick's interest in her. But he's that misunderstood popular football player, who really has a lot if different and artsy interests. Typical YA romance. I wasn't all that impressed with any of the characters, but even Piper's friends had more personality than her. I got that from the limited interactions we saw. Obviously I was not a fan of Piper's. Truthfully, I did a lot of skimming. I could skip pages at a time and not miss a single plot element. I also felt something was off with the writing. I can't really pin point what exactly. It didn't flow well. The dialogue was all over the place. There'd be a conversation going on and it seemed like a sentence or two was missing. The writing wasn't terrible. It was pretty average. But with it lacking a good flow I wasn't drawn in. Like I mentioned the revenge element was not my thing. I didn't see it as justified. And even the acts of revenge weren't all that special. Usually a revenge story has some pretty soul destroying consequences for the accused. In Gone Too Far only one of the kids that had something done to them took it personally. Everything was pretty tame. Finding out who the anonymous texter was is what kept me reading until the end. I had a theory and I wanted to make sure I was right. I was. I don't think it was very hard to figure out who the texter was. All the clues were laid out for Piper and the reader. Unfortunately Gone Too Far was a pretty sub par read for me. It took a lot not just to DNF. But I did want to find out the mystery. So that was all the kept me reading.
Date published: 2015-08-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Highly enjoyed! This felt a lot like a less intense version of Death Note, with a lot less death. One day, as Piper is late to class, she finds a notebook on the stairwell filled with notes on the sins committed by the people in her school. It's creepy and though she wants to turn it in, she doesn't. Then one day, Stella dies after a sex tape of hers goes viral. Piper starts recieving texts about getting even with the people who lead to Stella's suicide. And then shit spirals out of control from there. For the first 40% of the book, I kept yelling at my ipad, "NO. STOP. BAD CHOICES." Maybe it's because I know the plot of Death Note and how that turned out, but also just the fact that she wasn't very careful with herself when she pulled off her vigilante justice. Also, she put her trust in that mystery texter of hers that pulled off the justice. It wasn't a very smart way to pull it off. However, I liked that by the end, we can clearly contrast the person that Piper is in the beginning and the person that she is in the end. I will admit that I got blindsided as to the true identity of the mystery texter. I totally didn't expect it at all. Only after everything was explained could I see that the mystery texter was that person. I wish there were more super subtle hints as to the texter's identity, but I suppose in a way that it's good to not see any hints, because it's indicative of Piper's "seeing-what-she-wants-to-see" mentality. I really love Nick in all his tall football glory. He's super nice to Piper and he keeps trying with her even when she shuts him down. She's also a super snob to him and I just love that he keeps trying to see the real Piper. It shows that he's not just infatuated with her. I wonder what drew him to her in the first place. Anyways. He's a great book boyfriend. Overall, I would say that GONE TOO FAR is a story about making choices and their consequences. It's a good read and I would definitely reccomend it.
Date published: 2015-01-02