BOOK REVIEW: No Accident by Laura Bates


Title: No Accident
Author: Laura Bates
Publication: December 6, 2022
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Genre: YA Fiction
Pages: 237


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Synopsis: (From Goodreads)

After a plane crash sees a group of seven teens washed up on a desert island, their first thought is survival. But a terrible secret from a party the night before has followed them ashore. Facing deadly threats and the fear of being stranded forever, they quickly discover that being the most popular kid in High School doesn’t help when you’re fighting to stay alive. As the island deals each of them a dangerous blow, it’s clear that someone is looking for justice. Now survival depends on facing the truth about that party: who was hurt that night, and who let it happen?

From multi-award-winning author and gender equality activist, Laura Bates, this thought-provoking drama will start an important conversation and keep you guessing to the end.


**A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.**

I’m not usually one to be interested in a survival story such as this, but I selected it to change up my reading. The story follows a group of teens traveling for a cheer competition who are in a plane crash and are trying to survive on a deserted island. There are a lot of characters in this book. Not one is the primary and all are suspicious at some point. I strongly disliked most of them except for Elijah. He was probably my least disliked. The characters were whiney and immature, which is probably how they were suppose to be because these were teenagers. However, even though I didn’t like the characters I found the plot interesting and the guessing game of who was behind the terrible accidents

The story did jump around a bit from points of view, but it flowed nicely. My only complaint was that it wasn’t like a typical mystery where the pieces slowly fell into place. We learn a lot about what is happening but not who it might be. It isn’t until the end when the big reveal happens that we even really have an inkling in the matter. Also, the ending was abrupt. We found out the answer and then the ending was kind of a cliffhanger. We kind of know what is happening, but no real conclusion. I was hoping for a lot more than that.

Overall I enjoyed the book, but just wanted a little bit more satisfaction in the end. I will definitely check out more books by Laura Bates and see how those play out.

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