Wish You Were Dead (Thrillogy Series)

Wish You Were Dead (Thrillogy Series)

by Todd Strasser

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Overview

I'll begin with Lucy. She is definitely first on the list. You can't believe how it feels to be in the cafeteria and turn around and there she is staring at me like I'm some disgusting bug or vermin. Does she really think I WANT to be this way? I hate you, Lucy. I really hate you. You are my #1 pick. I wish you were dead.



The day after anonymous blogger Str-S-d wishes the popular girl would die, Lucy vanishes. The students of Soundview High are scared and worried. Especially frightened and wracked with guilt is Madison Archer, Lucy's friend and the last person to see her the night she disappeared. As days pass with no sign of the missing girl, even the attention of Tyler, an attractive new student, is not enough to distract Madison from her growing sense of foreboding. When two more popular students disappear after their names are mentioned on Str-S-d's blog, the residents of Soundview panic. Meanwhile, Madison receives anonymous notes warning that she could be next. Desperate to solve the mystery before anyone else disappears, Madison turns to Tyler, but can she trust him when it becomes clear that he knows more than he's sharing? The clock is ticking. Madison must uncover the truth behind the mysterious disappearances . . . before her name appears in Str-S-d's blog.



In the spirit of stories like I Know What You Did Last Summer, Todd Strasser updates the teen thriller for the techno age with Wish You Were Dead.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781606840078
Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/22/2009
Series: Todd Strasser's Thrillogy Series
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 5.76(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.88(d)
Lexile: HL650L (what's this?)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Todd Strasser, author of Give a Boy a Gun, Boot Camp, If I Grow Up, and the Help, I’m Trapped . . . series, has written wildly popular middle-grade and teen books of all genres. When he's not speaking at schools and conferences, he makes his home in a suburb of New York City. Todd is active in a number of sports but enjoys surfing most of all. Visit him online at www.toddstrasser.com.

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Wish You Were Dead 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 44 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i loved this book i read and my friends would come up behind me and scare me and i would scream and at the real intense chapters my heart was beating as if i was madison i read this book in 1 and a half days because i could'nt put it down another good book by todd strasser
HarkiQuinn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
2.5 starsWish You Were Dead tells about the strange coincidence of a mysterious bloggers wish for all the mean popular kids and the sudden disappearance of well...mean popular kids. This book...this book. I wanted to like it so bad but I just did not care about anything. The premise was something right up my alley. A mysterious bloggers wish comes true and a bunch of nasty kids get killed? Yes please! Sadly the execution fell flat. My main issue with the novel is that all of the characters are stereotypes except for the main character who is popular and as sweet as they come. She's perfect. Which is annoying when she is the only one who defies a stereotype. We have the rich bitch, the typical jock, the goth/punk/whatever and the angry lesbian. NONE OF THEM HAD PERSONALITIES. Which I partially blame on the use of the first person. The novel opens during a course of actions. Madison the main character and her goth crush are dropping off "rich bitch" Lucy when she is kidnapped. And from there the story develops. The main character does not give adequate background on characters, all we know is that "Character A" and "Character B" are friends but no longer. Why? What was the explosion that ended the relationship. My brain needs more information!Also there are so many gaping plot holes. It's like the author had an idea, got bored with it, and expected us to forget as well. The plot itself was decent. Although a bit predictable, it didn't keep me from guessing. The ending is what rose my final rating from a 2 start to a 2 and a half star. It was clever and entertaining, but that doesn't make up for the other 200 pages I struggled through.
missnickynack on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The day afetr anonymous blogger Str-S-d wishes popular girl Lucy Cunningham would die, she vanishes. The students of Soundview High are scared and worried. Especially frightened and wracked with quilt is Madison Archer, Lucy's friend and the last person to see her the night she disssppeared. As days pass with no sign of the missing girl, even the attention of Tyler, an attractive, but mysterious, new student, is not enough to distract MAdison. When two more popular students disappear after their names are mentioned on Str-S-d's blog, the residents of SOundview panic. Meanwhile, Madison recieves anonymous notes warning that she could be next. The clock is ticking. Madison must uncover the truth behind the mysterious disappearences...before her name appears in Str-S-d's blog.
ewyatt on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This one is definitely going on the 2012 Caudill/Lincoln list at Highland. Maddie gets a series of suspicious notes as her friends disappear one by one from their extremely affluent community. The story is interwoven with blog posts, the voice of the perpetrator, first person, and third person narration. A quick, engrossing read.
christieb on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Besides a great book to booktalk, it could be a wonderful discussion tool in examining the effects of bullying.
jewelknits on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Todd Strasser is known as a writer of juvenile fiction (some of his books are sitting in my son's bookshelf as we speak), but this book is geared more toward the teen/young adult reader. Since I'm just a kid-at-heart, that means me too :).Madison is a popular high school student. Most of the teens at Soundview HIgh School come from well-to-do families, and she hangs with the "in" crowd, some of whom might fit right into the movie "Mean Girls". Madison's friend Lucy is one of them.Madison is a volunteer at "Safe Rides", which is a place teens call if they need a safe ride home. One evening, Madison and a mysterious new guy in town named Tyler pick Lucy up and drop her at home after Lucy and her boyfriend Adam have an argument at a party. Lucy insists that they go on without waiting for her to go inside. The next morning, Madison finds that Lucy never made it inside the house. She has gone missing and no one has any idea why or how.Meanwhile, an anonymous blogger named Str-S-d posts THIS the day before Lucy goes missing:Str-S-d:I¿ll begin with Lucy. She is definitely first on the list. You can¿t believe how it feels to be in the cafeteria and turn around and there she is staring at me like I¿m some disgusting bug or vermin. Does she really think I WANT to be this way? I hate you, Lucy. I really hate you. You are my #1 pick. I wish you were dead.Madison feels a lot of guilt for not following the Safe Rides rules, one of which is to ALWAYS make certain that the rider makes it into their house. She is also troubled by a cyberstalker who goes by the name PBleeker, who continually leaves messages criticizing her for hanging out with only the "popular crowd". Then two more of her friends go missing in the space of one week, right after being mentioned on Str-S-d's blog.Who is Str-S-d? Who is PBleeker? Why does Madison keep receiving warnings that she may be next? And who is Tyler? Where does he really come from and what does HE know about the disappearances? Who will be the next to disappear?This book is a great, fast, read. It is full of twists and turns and will keep you guessing almost until the very end. Once you start, you will quickly be pulled into the story and it's characters, as we've all been one or the other in high school. I lent this book to a friend, and SHE also couldn't put it down. She (an admittedly slow reader) finished the book within the space of a week and wanted to know what other books were available by Todd Strasser. As this is the first in a trilogy, you'll want to get in on the ride at the beginning.
ChristianR on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Madison's friends begin to disappear without a clue. Fairly typical story where there's a few red herrings, the protagonist tries to solve the mystery on her own (or, in this instance, with a homeless guy who breaks into her house but whose story she believes once they talk), she then gets caught by the killer also, and it all comes down to the wire before she defeats the crazy and evil person. The parents in the town are very caring, but are only involved from time to time when convenient and they don't seem to curtail the kids' freedoms much. From my reading there's a lot of holes in the story, but I think teens who like this sort of thing will get caught up in it. A little scary and gory for younger YA readers, but they may disagree.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When i read blood on my hands, kill you last,fallout,wish you where dead, and boot camp i couldnt stop reading all of his book. I like the way he explain things and how he wrights his books. His books became my favorite!
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Cool but kinda boring at surtain parts of the book
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ButterfliesAndBowties More than 1 year ago
I loved this book, and I couldn't put it down. I cannot wait to get the next book, Blood On My Hands.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is so a ten! So suspensful! Couldnt put it down, and Im a very avid reader... :-)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is definetly a ten i read it so fast its a real page turner
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This is not the best, but average-level good thriller.
Shopaholic72 More than 1 year ago
This is a very very thrilling book. You just have to get past the beginning like you have to do with Most books. Once you get past the beginning you just keep turning the pages until your finished. It is a fantastic book and I highly recommend it.
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Ranousha More than 1 year ago
The cover: One of two reasons for me deciding to give this book a try was the cover. It looks creepy and indeed the story is too. One of my favorite covers although it's simple :). The storyline: This is where the mystery lies. At first, I had no idea what was going on or who the narrator was. After, almost 50% thru the book, I started getting my grip on the story and the characters and from then, I fell in love with this book. Just so you know, this book is only suitable for 18+ readers because it contains murder, drinking mentioned, gruesome images and it's so scary, and I mean so scary! Now back to the book. This read is definitely one of my favorites. I can't tell you how the story progresses or who the narrator is or the blogger is because I'll be spoiling this review, so I'll just do a bullet list :). What I loved: The characters were so unusual. They were cruel, rude and mysterious all the time. The story developed from being boring to completely exiting and breath taking. I loved the horror and the gruesome aspect of this story, it kept me on the edge and expecting the worse to happen, guess what? It exceeded my expectations!! *_* The story itself was interesting in so many ways and it was realistic (maybe?!). Tyler and Madison no questions asked! What I hated (mostly disliked only): The beginning of the story was awkward. When I started reading it at first, I felt lost, there's no introduction to what's going on and you find yourself directly in the middle of the story! The characters: Str-S-d: The poor girl had no bad intentions, but things end up badly for those she wrote about on her blog. With that being said, she's a very nice and shy girl :). Madison: The nicest popular girl in the school. Everybody loves her and think she's cool. When her best friends start disappearing and two of them die, we find how smart and courageous she is. Tyler: He's one new mysterious guy. Madison totally likes him, but is he trustworthy? You'll find out when you read the book ;). Favorite quotes: There are hardly any quotable passages in this book, it's full of dialogues that would spoil the story or give a hint on who is who. "No--I mean, yes. It's just that some of us, the harder we try, the less cool we are. The problem is, if we don't try, we're not cool, either. In fact, no matter what we do, we're not cool." --- Chapter 15. "But we all stereotype, don't we?" Mr. Osmond asked. "How many of you have been in an airport and saw someone who looked Middle Eastern and felt nervous that this person might be a terrorist? Or walked down a block at night and saw a black man approaching? Or saw some guy come to school wearing a long black trench coat?" --- Chapter 18. "So? Better this than just wait here to die. There's no way she's just going to leave us behind." "How do you know?" "Because they're called serial killers, not serial leave-victims-behind-to-help-testify-against-them. Keep an eye on the door." --- Chapter 21. Conclusion: This is one of my favorite Horror/Thriller/Mystery books ever. I plan on reading more like this book in the future. If you're into serial killers' stories, horror books or just thrillers, you'll love this. One more advice, don't read it at night or you'll end up checking the doors and windows every 5 minutes ;).
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Keroppi227 More than 1 year ago
Im almost finished reading this book, I only got a few ore chapters