They Wish They Were Us – Audiobook Online

“They Wish They Were Us” by Jessica Goodman is a young adult novel set in the prestigious and competitive world of high school. The story revolves around two main characters, Kayla and Jill, who are both involved in the elite world of high school politics. Kayla is an aspiring journalist who is determined to expose the truth about a series of anonymous texts that have been terrorizing her school. Jill, on the other hand, is a popular girl who is rumored to be involved in the texts.

As the story progresses, the tension between Kayla and Jill intensifies as they both try to uncover the truth behind the texts. The novel explores themes of friendship, loyalty, betrayal, and the pressure to fit in and succeed in high school. The plot is full of twists and turns, leaving readers guessing until the very end.

“A pristine mix of Gossip Girl and Netflix’s Elite, this preschool thriller has it all: plaid dresses, a secret society, and a gripping murder mystery, but with a twist. Expert critique of power and privilege takes place before the fall.” (Elle)

On the Gold Coast, Long Island, everything from the pricey boutiques downtown to the manicured beaches to the pressed uniforms of Jill Newman and her friends, looks perfect. But as Jill discovered three years ago, nothing is what it seems.

Freshman Jill’s best friend, the brilliant, brilliant Shaila Arnold, was killed by her boyfriend. After that dark night on the beach, Graham confessed, the case was closed and Jill tried to move on.

It’s Jill’s senior year and she’s determined to do her best. After all, she’s a senior and a Player – a member of Gold Coast Prep’s exclusive, not-so-secret secret organization. Senior players have the best parties, top grades and the admiration of the entire school. This will be Jill’s year. She is sure about it.

But when Jill starts receiving text messages declaring Graham’s innocence, her dreams of a perfect senior year begin to crumble. If Graham didn’t kill Shaila, who did? Jill vows to find out, but digging deeper could mean putting her friendship and future in danger.

It could be said that Jessica Goodman’s debut novel, “They Wish They Were Us,” set in an exclusive New England community doesn’t really convey the image one should have when reading the book. This complex and fascinating. It is set on Long Island’s Gold Coast, where industrial giants of the late 19th and early 20th centuries built their castles. I recommend Googling “image: villas in Gold Coast, Long Island, NY” to get the right idea.

The book is marketed as a young adult novel, but it is perfectly suitable for any adult who visits Urban Dictionary to look up “beer pong” or “gorpcore outfits.” It’s narrated by Jill Newman, a senior at the exclusive Gold Coast Prep and a member of the even more elite Players, a not-so-secret secret society. Each year, eight freshmen are handpicked to go through the induction process, and they eagerly endure humiliation, embarrassment and even life-threatening “pops” to be considered part of the chosen few.

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