The Outliers by Kimberly McCreight (The Outliers #1) | REVIEW

The OutliersThe Outliers by Kimberly McCreight (The Outliers #1)
Published by HarperCollins on May 3rd, 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Mystery, Thriller
Pages: 352
Format: Hardcover

LINKS: Good Reads | Amazon | Indigo | Book Depository

It all starts with a text: Please, Wylie, I need your help. Wylie hasn’t heard from Cassie in over a week, not since their last fight. But that doesn’t matter. Cassie’s in trouble, so Wylie decides to do what she has done so many times before: save her best friend from herself.

This time it’s different, though. Instead of telling Wylie where she is, Cassie sends cryptic clues. And instead of having Wylie come by herself, Jasper shows up saying Cassie sent him to help. Trusting the guy who sent Cassie off the rails doesn’t feel right, but Wylie has no choice but to ignore her gut instinct and go with him.

But figuring out where Cassie is goes from difficult to dangerous, fast. As Wylie and Jasper head farther and farther north into the dense woods of Maine, Wylie struggles to control her growing sense that something is really wrong. What isn’t Cassie telling them? And could finding her be only the beginning?


4 Stars

First Line:

Why are the bad things always so much easier to believe?


COVER 🌟🌟🌟                PLOT 🌟🌟🌟

CHARACTERS 🌟🌟🌟🌟            ROMANCE 🌟🌟

WRITING 🌟🌟🌟🌟             THRILL 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

The Good

  • The Outliers was equal parts confusing and thrilling. There was never a portion of the book that didn’t leave you questioning your trust with the characters. “Is she in trouble? Can you trust him? Why is this happening???” At one point during the novel when while they were on the road, I was on the edge of my seat. My senses were heightened and my anxiety going through the roof. Something didn’t feel right. And I loved every second of it!
  • I liked Wylie as a main character. She was equal parts cautious and curious. Where Jasper lacked common sense she made up for it. And vice versa, where Wylie lacked confidence, Jasper was there to take over the situation. They made a great duo on this crazy ride of a story.
  • The writing was a strong point. Although after reading, a couple aspects of the science and foundation were a bit inaccurate (thanks, Jenna) I still rather enjoyed it. If you’re not knowledgeable in the science field this novel and writing will fascinate you.

The Bad

  • I dislike this cover a lot. The UK/AUS cover is 10x better then this one.
  • The plot was a bit dry when their was no action going on. Midpoint when they’ve arrived at their destination I found to be quite bland and uninteresting. I kind of wish the novel could have carried through on a high note. At least the ending made up for the middle portion!
  • I can how there may be a romance blossoming between our main characters Wylie and Jasper in the future. But this book lacked in that department. Mostly because Wylie hates Jasper’s guts and doesn’t want to give him the time of day, and Jasper is moping around for the first portion of the book. But who knows what the next books have in store!

So if you guys are looking for a thrilling YA experience, find the science behind emotions interesting, or like when you can’t trust any of the characters, then this book is just for you!

Let me know what you guys thought of The Outliers by Kimberly McCreight! I would love to hear your opinions as well!

Until next time,

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Kimberly McCreightKimberly McCreight is the New York Times bestselling author of Reconstructing Amelia, which was nominated for an Edgar, Anthony and Alex award. She attended Vassar College and graduated cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two daughters. You can find her on Facebook, Twitter and at



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Jesse Nicholas lives in Toronto, Canada. He is an aspiring writer and one day wishes to have a novel published. Along with writing, Jesse enjoys music, travel, trashy TV, and is an avid reader of anything in the Young Adult and Fantasy/Sci-Fi genres. He is currently posts reviews on the novels he reads on his blog, and spends hours upon hours coming up with ideas for a future stories.

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