I have recently watched a YouTube video of this girl trying to get her boyfriend to guess the plot of popular books just by showing them the cover. So, I thought it’d be interesting to have my boyfriend do this challenge as well since he isn’t into books all too much. I think he did alright, but some were pretty far off.
Book Title: One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus
His Response: I think the book is about someone, probably a friend, has died/been murdered. Everyone in the friend’s group has a story to tell but none of them exactly align with one another. So someone in the friend’s group had something to do with the death/murder, it could even be more than just one person even though the title says “One of Us is Lying”.
Correct Response: A Breakfast Club meets Pretty Little Liars story, where these five students end up in detention, but in one mishap and one of them dies before the ambulance gets there. It doesn’t stop there, the four left from detention has been posted about their dirty secrets from the boy who died. So, the mystery is about who killed him because it was no accident.
Book Title: Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
His Response: I think this book is about living life dangerously. There is a quote on the top of the cover that says “The greatest risk is not taking one”. The artwork also has small sceneries of things from normally associated with vacations (i.e. airplanes, sea life, birds, tropical plants). So the characters are probably doing some crazy stuff feeling the thrill of any danger that awaits them.
Correct Response: Maddy has a disease where she’s allergic to the outside world, so she’s forced to be locked inside her house all the time. She sees that a family has moved in next door, and she has eye contact with a boy named, Olly. She predicts that she will end up falling in love, but she also feels held back from not being able to leave for the outside world.
Book Title: Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
His Response: I think this book is about a powerful woman, either a queen or a warrior of some kind, who has been corrupted. On the cover, there is a quote that is crossed out saying “My touch is lethal” but then says “My touch is power” after it. So she may have gone from wanting to use her “touch” as a way to show dominance and strike fear, but now she has the thirst for power.
Correct Response: Juliette is locked up because she has dangerous powers; her touch is lethal. She’s ready to escape and get revenge on Warner, the man responsible for her capture. She meets Adam, someone she’s forced to be roommates with, and she realizes that she knew him during school before it was destroyed, so they both plan for freedom.
Book Title: The Wrath and the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh
His Response: Due to the quote on the top of the book saying, “She came for revenge. Will she stay for love?” I want to say that the book is about a woman who is going after someone for revenge but ends up falling in love with them instead. So she is stuck whether she would want to get her revenge (presumably kill the person) or pursue some kind of romantic relationship.
Correct Response: Whomever the Prince marries, she dies the next day. Shahrzad’s friend marries him, and unfortunately dies, and she takes upon the task of marrying the prince to get revenge for her death. Unusually, she wakes up the next morning and realizes that she hasn’t been killed. While she tries to avenge the death of her friend, she finds herself falling in love with the enemy.
Book Title: Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi
His Response: I believe that this book is about someone who is being hunted down and has a very small chance of survival. The quote on the top of the book states, “A million ways to die. One way to live.” so whatever this person got themselves into, could be the end of them.
Correct Response: This is set in different zones, the one where Aria lives, basically inside a bubble, in Reverie. She must face a difficult decision once her mother goes missing. She meets Perry, a savage, living outside her dome in search of someone as well, and as long as they work together, the sooner they’ll find their answers.