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They Wish They Were Us

Narrated by: Kristen Sieh
Length: 9 hrs and 47 mins
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Summary

TV adaptation The Players' Table starring Sydney Sweeney and Halsey currently in development 

Gossip Girl meets One of Us Is Lying with a dash of The Secret History in this slick, taut murder mystery set against the backdrop of an exclusive prep school on Long Island.

In Gold Coast, Long Island, everything from the expensive downtown shops to the manicured beaches, to the pressed uniforms of Jill Newman and her friends, looks perfect. But as Jill found out three years ago, nothing is as it seems. 

Freshman year Jill's best friend, the brilliant, dazzling Shaila Arnold, was killed by her boyfriend. After that dark night on the beach, Graham confessed, the case was closed, and Jill tried to move on. 

Now, it's Jill's senior year, and she's determined to make it her best yet. After all, she's a senior and a Player - a member of Gold Coast Prep's exclusive, not-so-secret secret society. Senior Players have the best parties, highest grades and the admiration of the entire school. This is going to be Jill's year. She's sure of it. 

But when Jill starts getting texts proclaiming Graham's innocence, her dreams of the perfect senior year start to crumble. If Graham didn't kill Shaila, who did? Jill vows to find out, but digging deeper could mean putting her friendships, and her future, in jeopardy.

©2020 Jessica Goodman (P)2020 Listening Library

Critic reviews

"Goodman deftly explores the complex nature of friendship, privilege, grief, and the often crushing expectations placed on teens, all of which dovetails neatly with a twisty murder mystery...A sophisticated and suspenseful debut." (Kirkus Reviews

"This debut murder mystery is filled with twists and turns that will keep its pages turning." (Booklist)

“Seductive and slick, They Wish They Were Us is a searing novel about power, privilege, and the dangerous pursuit of perfection. You’ll remember the girls of Gold Coast Prep Long after the last page.” (Jessica Knoll, New York Times best-selling author of The Luckiest Girl Alive and The Favorite Sister)

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  • Lisa
  • 03-09-20

I really liked it! 🙂

YA is much different these days. I work at a hospital and it's been quite a stressful Spring/Summer. This was able to make my commute and days better. Kept me interested.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 24-10-20

Cheesy but still fun

Super cheesy, and easy to predict the ending, but still fun. Pretty on par with YA genre

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  • Stefanov
  • 14-10-20

B plus

A pleasant listen overall. The story is a bit worn out and the characters were not relatable to me. However there were some plotlines throughout that kept me intrested. The performance was solid.

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  • H. Divis
  • 07-10-20

All the HS prep school drama

This was an entertaining listen. The story was fun & twisty, and the narration was good. I’ll look for more from Jessica Goodman.

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  • Melissa
  • 27-09-20

Great YA Thriller

Story was very interesting and had my attention from start to finish. It definitely had a few twists I was not ready for! Great listen! The narrator wasn’t boring at all and did a great job bringing the story to life.

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  • Jacqueline
  • 12-09-20

Addicting

Easy to listen and become addicted! Great book and I can’t wait for the series!

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  • Kyle W.
  • 02-09-20

Not just for girls!

As a male I was skeptical that “They Wish They Were Us” would pique my interest. Boy was I mistaken. This coherently crafted drama can appeal to anyone who attended high school, no matter your gender. Goodman displays her young talent as a writer by masterfully guiding the reader through an immersive world she artfully curates page by page. I read this book cover to cover in 2 days. Highly recommend.

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  • Kindle Reader
  • 18-08-20

Great writing!

I really enjoyed this book. Couldn’t wait to find out how it was going to end. Jessica Goodman is a great writer. Can’t wait to read her next book!