Title: The Invitation
Author: Diane Hoh
Publisher: Open Road Media
Available: Barnes and Noble
From the Publisher: For the high schoolers of Greenhaven, Cass Rockham’s fall party is the social event of the year. Each October, students wait by their mailboxes, praying for the gilt-edged invitation that grants entry into theinner circle of the most popular crowd. And now Cass has planned her finestparty yet, with a new sauna, a hot band, and no parents for miles. But to make this party really killer, Cass tops it all off with a sinister twist.
Nerdy Sarah Drew is shocked when she and her friends receive invitations to Cass’s affair. For years she’s steered clear of the popular kids, and now they want her to come to their party? Sarah is wary, but her friends talk her into coming with them. But she regrets it quickly, for at Cass Rockham’s mansion, the only party favor is death.
Ever read a book blurb and think that sounds really interesting, only to read the book and be grossly underwhelmed?
That’s this book.
I was blissfully unaware that this is a re-release of a 1993 MG book – turning things into e-books is all the rage these days – but honestly, it needs to stay in 1993.
The idea is a fabulous one. But the execution? The execution of this book was painful to read. There was zero character development, the “twist” was truly silly, and the dialogue was shallow and banal.
The only reason I give it 2 stars instead of 1 is because it had so much potential. The plot was good. The writing was not.
Skip this one guys and gals.
And one final nitpick… I got an uncorrected proof via NetGalley. Yes, I understand it’s an uncorrected proof, but the sheer volume of typos was astounding. I couldn’t go a page without finding nearly undecipherable words (for some unknown reason, every time the word “friend” was supposed to be used, it said “Mend”. With a capital M). Not to mention the gigantic UNCORRECTED PROOF watermark splashed on every single page (Take note publishers: you don’t want to make reading the galley more difficult for us).