The Murder of Bindy Mackenzie


Author : Jaclyn Moriarty

Another outstanding YA novel from author Jaclyn Moriarty, continuing in her loosely connected Ashbury/Brookfield series that revolve around two schools. Bindy Mackenzie is at the top of her class. The high-strung, ambitious, precocious high school student’s academic excellence sets her a notch higher than her classmates, or at least she thinks it does. When Bindy finds herself slipping in her classes, and becomes the target of detestation from her fellow students, her life quickly starts to spiral downwards. Is it the pressure of being a teenager, or perhaps, something more sinister? Moriarty retains her unique style as we glimpse into Bindy’s life through diary entries, notes, and memos. She’s the singular most unique character I have ever read – passionate, egotistical, intelligent, and humorously clueless. Her development is fertile ground for an interesting character arc. In fact, the reader will be so caught up in the everyday confusing matters of Bindy’s life that even without the plot twist in the story it would still make a fantastic read. It takes a while for the novel to get moving, but readers who stick with the book through the first chapters will be rewarded in the end.

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary


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About Cassandra Hsiao

Cassandra Hsiao is a senior at OCSA (Orange County School of the Arts). Her work has been nationally recognized by the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards and National Student Poets Program. She has been chosen as finalists of playwriting competitions held by California Young Playwrights, The Blank Theatre, Writopia Labs, and Princeton University. Her poetry, essays and reviews have appeared in TeenReads, Jet Fuel Review, Feminine Inquiry, Aerie International and more. She also conducts print and on-camera interviews as a Star Reporter and Film Critic for multiple online outlets. She won a National Gracie Award in Student Online Video Host Category by The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation .

Posted on October 31, 2013, in Books Review, Star Rapture Blog. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. I love when you write book reviews! Great job! :D

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