Title: Death By Society
Author: Sierra Elmore
Pages: 292 Pages
Publisher: Elm Street Publishing
MEAN GIRLS meets IT’S KIND OF A FUNNY STORY when two teenage girls’ worlds collide when one attempts suicide to avoid toxic popularity.
Carter Harper may have created an award-winning app and have a 3.93 GPA, but her successes are overshadowed by brutal bullying, depression, and loneliness. Tired of being treated as the popular girls’ plaything, Carter thinks her only choice is to die by suicide.
Abby Wallace is one of the most popular girls in school, subordinate only to Kelsey, her best friend with benefits. The ambitious poet destroys reputations without care to prove how cool, cruel, and strong she is, all while pushing down her past trauma and secret guilt.
Carter and Abby’s tumultuous relationship comes to a boiling point when Abby stops Carter from attempting suicide. But what happens when they have to protect one another from Kelsey’s harmful antics? If Carter and Abby can stand each other for more than three minutes, they can stop Kelsey from hurting more girls—and maybe become friends in the process.
In the tradition of Courtney Summers and Laurie Halse Anderson, DEATH BY SOCIETY questions how far we’ll go to gain power over our lives—and what happens when we use our voices for both good and to harm others.
I’m sad to say but me and Death by Society didn’t get along. The premise of the story seems good and I know that this will resonate with a lot of people but it just wasn’t for me. I’m not sure if it is a cultural gap (British vs American) or if it is because I work with teenagers who are often marginalised and suffer with mental health problems but the way the story was told just didn’t mesh with my lived experience. As I say this book will be for someone that person just isn’t me.
Death by Society by Sierra Elmore is out now.