Book: Five Total Strangers
Author: Natalie D. Richards
Reviewer: Prabhjot Kaur, 10th Grade
In this book, a teenage girl, Mira, is desperate to get home for the holidays, but an approaching blizzard leads to the cancellation of her second flight home. A fellow plane passenger, Harper, is planning to ride home with her friends and asks Mira if she wants to come along since their destinations are in the same region. Mira’s desperation causes her to accept Harper’s invitation. Not long after they start the road trip, the blizzard hits and things begin rapidly going downhill. It becomes clear to Mira that Harper’s so-called friends do not actually know Harper or each other. Suspicions and tensions rise as it becomes apparent that someone is taking other people’s stuff and possibly trying to ruin the road trip. It was fun trying to figure out who the saboteur was, and the story is well paced. It would have been nice to know more about Harper and her “friends”, but on the other hand, it helps the reader perceive them as strangers like Mira did. Overall, it was an interesting read that highlights the importance of safety, and I think teens who like mysteries and thrillers will enjoy this book.