This Is Our Story: {ARC Review}

Publication Date: November 15th, 2016
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Series: None
Format: e-ARC
Source: Netgalley

Kate Marino’s senior year internship at the District Attorney’s Office isn’t exactly glamorous—more like an excuse to leave school early that looks good on college applications. Then the DA hands her boss, Mr. Stone, the biggest case her small town of Belle Terre has ever seen. The River Point Boys are all anyone can talk about. Despite their damning toxicology reports the morning of the accident, the DA wants the boys’ case swept under the rug. He owes his political office to their powerful families.

Kate won’t let that happen. Digging up secrets without revealing her own is a dangerous line to walk; Kate has her own reasons for seeking justice for Grant. As she and Stone investigate—the ageing prosecutor relying on Kate to see and hear what he cannot—she realizes that nothing about the case—or the boys—is what it seems. Grant wasn’t who she thought he was, and neither is Stone’s prime suspect. As Kate gets dangerously close to the truth, it becomes clear that the early morning accident might not have been an accident at all—and if Kate doesn’t uncover the true killer, more than one life could be on the line…including her own.

This Is Our Story was one of my most anticipated reads of 2016. I really liked the idea of figuring out a who dun it case.

Ashley’s writing was engaging and flowed quite smoothly. I found that all of the voices matched the age group presented. I really liked Kate straight out of the gate. She is smart, hardworking, and driven to find the truth of what really happened at River Point. I did find some of her actions really questionable, like when she would go off on her own to try and spy on the boys and some shady characters. That seemed really dangerous for a high school girl to do alone. At the very least she should have brought someone with her so that she was not alone. There were also instances where she was threatened a few times, but she kept it to herself and did not involve the police. That was understandable because some of the people in charge were quite corrupt but I’m sure at least one of them would have helped.

The boys were very interesting. We learned a little about each one through the police interrogations and snippets from people they knew. The added mystery was the insertion of an anonymous POV from one of the boys at the end of each chapter. That POV was very dark and creepy, and it added another layer to the story because it was a race to figure out who was speaking.

The ending was the biggest disappoint for me. Based on the synopsis, I thought there was going to be a huge twist at the end and I thought Kate would be in more danger than she really was. Nothing major really happened except the reveal at the last possible second. Kate never seemed to be in a real danger other than the anonymous threats to her and someone else. It just really didn’t feel like the heart pounding thriller that the blurb made it out to be.

I will say that even though I thought I had figured it out, I was wrong. The inclusion of the POV chapter, plus Kate’s relationship with one of the characters really had me guessing the entire time.

This Is Our Story definitely had a unique narration format with police interviews, text messages, the creepy POV, and of course the DA assistant’s inputs.

You might be disappointed in the ending like I was, but the rest of the book was really good. Give it a chance and see what you think.

I have to give a special shoutout to the cover artist, because the cover is initially what made me want to read the book!


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