What We Buried || A Road Trip That Will Trip You Up



Title: What We Buried
Author: Kate A. Boorman
Page Count: 304 pages
Genre: Science Fiction // Young Adult
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★
Publisher: Henry & Holt
Release Date: February 26, 2019
Buy It: Chapters Indigo






Siblings Liv and Jory Brewer have grown up resenting one another. Liv—former pageant queen and reality-TV star—was groomed for a life in the spotlight, while her older brother Jory, born with a partial facial paralysis, was left in the shadows. The only thing they have in common is contempt for their parents.

Now Liv is suing her mom and dad for emancipation, and Jory views the whole thing as yet another attention-getting spectacle. But on the day of the hearing, their parents mysteriously vanish, and the siblings are forced to work together. Liv feels certain she knows where they are and suspects that Jory knows more than he’s telling . . . which is true.

What starts as a simple overnight road trip soon takes a turn for the dangerous and surreal. And as the duo speeds through the deserts of Nevada, brother and sister will unearth deep family secrets that force them to relive their pasts as they try to retain a grip on the present.




*cue X-Files music*
That’s the vibe I had while reading What We Buried. I really enjoyed this one! It was different and the underlying family drama worked so well to create the atmosphere. The story centres on Liv and her brother Jory, Liv seeking emancipation from her parents while Jory has a disability that renders him unable to live alone. Amidst the court case their parents disappear when the verdict is due. Liv and Jory are now sent on a wild goose chase to figure out what happened to their parents.
This dual POV worked so well for this YA mystery. I really liked the mirroring of the story-line with each sibling while simultaneously not exhausting us with repetition. While neither character was particularly likeable their intertwined stories and memories worked really well together.
I liked the pacing of the book and the alien-esque vibes! Also, that cover is so freaky, love it!
**Thank you Raincoast Books for sending me this ARC in exchange for an honest review, really enjoyed it!**

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