February 12, 2015

Review: Premeditated by Josin L. McQuein

Premeditated by Josin L. McQuein (2013)
336 pages
Genre: Young Adult
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Source: Ireceivedit as a gift from a friend a long while ago.
Purchase:Barnes & Noble|The Book Depository|Amazon
Goodreads Summary: A week ago, Dinah’s cousin Claire cut her wrists.

Five days ago, Dinah found Claire’s diary and discovered why.

Three days ago, Dinah stopped crying and came up with a plan.

Two days ago, she ditched her piercings and bleached the black dye from her hair.

Yesterday, knee socks and uniform plaid became a predator’s camouflage.

Today, she’ll find the boy who broke Claire.

By tomorrow, he’ll wish he were dead.


Premeditated didn't turn out to be as great as the synopsis lead me to believe it would be so please excuse my very brief review.

What I Liked
  • The first page. My thought after reading it: "Well... s***."
  • There was an interesting family dynamic going on that I couldn't help but be drawn into.
  • I liked the writing.
  • The characters were all pretty good.
  • I did like the dark humor.

What I didn't Like
  • The big ending/reveal was soooo predictable. I figured it out when I couldn't have been more than half way done reading the book, I was actually probably only about 1/4 of the way through the book when I figured it out, I don't remember the exact point.
  • I felt like Dinah was mostly all talk and no action, nothing like what the synopsis implies.

Bottom Line: I don't regret reading Premeditated and it wasn't necessarily a bad book, I just feel that the synopsis was a little misleading.


  1. THIS EXACTLY. So did not live up to my expectations. Was SO predictable and Dinah was ALL TALK. That and the victim of all her abuse didn't deserve it and that pissed me off. But it wasn't a BAD read necessarily. Glad we agree. #bffstatus ;)

    1. When I was writing this review I was thinking of you and remembering that you thought very similar things about this book. lol #defbffstatusduh :D

  2. Oh, it's a shame that this one ended up being so predictable in the end. I hate it when I can guess the ending ahead of time because it cuts out so much suspense, which is really a bit part of reading.


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