Book Review: This Is Our Story

This Is Our Story is a YA contemporary about a hunting trip gone wrong. Basically when it comes to YA contemporary this is the sort of story I’m searching for in my slush. I enjoyed the mix of mystery and romance. I grew up in a small town and found the small town setting of this to be pretty on the nose. Like any book there were a few spots that could be improved, but overall I really enjoyed the mystery ride this book took me on.

This Is Our Story is about five boys who go on a hunting trip only for one of them to end up dead from a gunshot. No one is willing to confess and the boys band together to protect each other. Kate ends up interning with the district attorney and gets caught up in the investigation and finds herself getting a little too close to one of the boys. With the case heading to trial it’s up to her to help prove who is guilty and who is innocent.

I often see books set in small town where it’s obvious to me the author never lived in one and is romanticizing small town life. This book was not like that. This book touched on the issue of everyone knowing everyone else, nothing staying secret in small towns, and the corruption that can be hard to stop. I grew up in a hunting area and the attitude toward hunting struck me as realistic as well. This book had some twists and turns I really enjoyed and the reveals kept me wanting to know more and made me eager to discover who was guilty.

Where the book let me down a bit was I found myself unsure of who all the boys involved were, making it hard to decide who I thought could be guilty. I wanted to get to know the boys a bit more. The reveal of the who did it was something I didn’t see coming and because I didn’t know the guilty party well enough it didn’t have as large an impact as I would have liked. Still it was good to see a few characters vindicated.

Overall this is a good book for anyone looking for a YA murder mystery set in a small town and I would definitely recommend it. Anyone who grew up in a hunting area like me will find this a realistic read that hits close to home.

32333615No one knows what happened that morning at River Point. Five boys went hunting. Four came back. The boys won’t say who fired the shot that killed their friend; the evidence shows it could have been any one of them.

Kate Marino’s senior year internship at the District Attorney’s Office isn’t exactly glamorous—more like an excuse to leave school early that looks good on college applications. Then the DA hands her boss, Mr. Stone, the biggest case her small town of Belle Terre has ever seen. The River Point Boys are all anyone can talk about. Despite their damning toxicology reports the morning of the accident, the DA wants the boys’ case swept under the rug. He owes his political office to their powerful families.

Kate won’t let that happen. Digging up secrets without revealing her own is a dangerous line to walk; Kate has her own reasons for seeking justice for Grant. As she and Stone investigate—the ageing prosecutor relying on Kate to see and hear what he cannot—she realizes that nothing about the case—or the boys—is what it seems. Grant wasn’t who she thought he was, and neither is Stone’s prime suspect. As Kate gets dangerously close to the truth, it becomes clear that the early morning accident might not have been an accident at all—and if Kate doesn’t uncover the true killer, more than one life could be on the line…including her own.



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