[Blog Tour Review] Gone Too Far by Natalie D. Richards


Title: Gone Too Far

Author: Natalie D. Richards

Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire

Release Date: January 6th 2015

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Source: e-ARC provided for Blog Tour


Keeping secrets ruined her life. But the truth might just kill her.

Piper Woods can't wait for the purgatory of senior year to end. She skirts the fringes of high school like a pro until the morning she finds a notebook with mutilated photographs and a list of student sins. She's sure the book is too gruesome to be true, until pretty, popular Stella dies after a sex-tape goes viral. Everyone's sure it's suicide, but Piper remembers Stella's name from the book and begins to suspect something much worse.

Drowning in secrets she doesn't want to keep, Piper's fears are confirmed when she receives an anonymous text message daring her to make things right. All she needs to do is choose a name, the name of someone who deserves to be punished...


This felt a lot like a less intense version of Death Note, with a lot less death.

One day, as Piper is late to class, she finds a notebook on the stairwell filled with notes on the sins committed by the people in her school. It's creepy and though she wants to turn it in, she doesn't. Then one day, Stella dies after a sex tape of hers goes viral. Piper starts recieving texts about getting even with the people who lead to Stella's suicide. And then shit spirals out of control from there.

For the first 40% of the book, I kept yelling at my ipad, "NO. STOP. BAD CHOICES." Maybe it's because I know the plot of Death Note and how that turned out, but also just the fact that she wasn't very careful with herself when she pulled off her vigilante justice. Also, she put her trust in that mystery texter of hers that pulled off the justice. It wasn't a very smart way to pull it off. However, I liked that by the end, we can clearly contrast the person that Piper is in the beginning and the person that she is in the end.

I will admit that I got blindsided as to the true identity of the mystery texter. I totally didn't expect it at all. Only after everything was explained could I see that the mystery texter was that person. I wish there were more super subtle hints as to the texter's identity, but I suppose in a way that it's good to not see any hints, because it's indicative of Piper's "seeing-what-she-wants-to-see" mentality.

I really love Nick in all his tall football glory. He's super nice to Piper and he keeps trying with her even when she shuts him down. She's also a super snob to him and I just love that he keeps trying to see the real Piper. It shows that he's not just infatuated with her. I wonder what drew him to her in the first place. Anyways. He's a great book boyfriend.

Overall, I would say that GONE TOO FAR is a story about making choices and their consequences. It's a good read and I would definitely reccomend it.

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Late. So late. I slam the car door behind me and race across the parking lot. My hair is tangled in the strap of my messenger bag, my shoes are untied, and I have no idea how I’m going to get to my locker without getting caught. I have to try because I need those chemistry notes.

Technically I needed them last night when I’d actually had the time to study for my midterm, but I didn’t think it was a big deal. I know the materials and I figured I could do a little last-minute cramming during first period homeroom. It was a decent plan until my phone battery died, taking my morning alarm down with it. Now I’ll be lucky to catch the last ten minutes of first period.

I hop the curb and slow as I slide into the shadow of the ancient brick school. It’s probably not classy to barrel through the door like an escaped convict. Of course, it probably wasn’t classy flying into the parking lot doing Mach 2 either.

I check my barely charged phone for the time as I climb the first step. My foot slips on something halfway up the stairs. It’s like hitting a patch of ice. I lunge gor the handrail and jerk myself upright, glaring down at the thing that tripped me –a dropped notebook.

Nothing special. It’s a plain, spiral-bound pad, the kind you can get at the drugstore for less than a buck. Pretty much worthless, excerpt I know it’s probably chock-full of notes. Notes seomone will need during midterm week.

Oh, fine.

I snatch the notebook off the steps and shove it into my bag. Lost and Found is going to have to wait though. It’s in the student store, which is on the opposite side of the school.


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At seven, Natalie D. Richards wrote about Barbara Frances Bizzlefishes (who wouldn't dare do the dishes.) Now she writes about awesome girls, broody boys, and all things dark and creepy. Natalie lives in Ohio (Go Bucks!) with her techno-wiz husband, three amazing kids, and a seventy pound dust-mop who swears he's the family dog. Her psychological thriller, Six Months Later, will be released in October 1, 2013 by Sourcebooks Fire. Until then, you'll probably find her writing her next book or trying to wade through the towers of dog-eared paperbacks that have taken over her bedroom.

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  1. I need to read this series, especially after you compared it to Deathnote! Awesome review Ri!


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