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The Last Laugh



by
Mindy McGinnis

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
HarperCollins
Imprint
Katherine Tegen
ISBN
9780062982452
POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Sexual Content: Mild Sexual Content/Themes , Language: Strong Language , Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Drug Use/Abuse , Language: Grotesque/Disturbing Imagery , Crime: Drug Trafficking/Dealing , Violence: General
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Mystery High Plus

In the dark and stunning sequel to The Initial Insult, award-winning author Mindy McGinnis concludes this suspenseful YA duology as long-held family secrets finally come to light . . . changing Amontillado forevermore.

Tress Montor murdered Felicity Turnado—but she might not have to live with the guilt for long. With an infected arm held together by duct tape, the panther who clawed her open on the loose, and the whole town on the hunt for the lost homecoming queen, the odds are stacked against Tress. As her mind slides deeper into delirium, Tress is haunted by the growing sound of Felicity’s heartbeat pulsing from the “best friend” charm around her fevered neck.

Ribbit Usher has been a punchline his whole life—from his nickname to his latest turn as the unwitting star of a humiliating viral video. In the past he’s willingly played the fool, but now it’s time to fulfill his destiny. That means saving the girl, so that Felicity can take her place at his side and Ribbit can exact revenge on all who have done him wrong—which includes his cousin, Tress. Ribbit is held by a pact he made with his mother long ago, a pact that must be delivered upon in four days.

With time ticking down and an enemy she considers a friend lurking in the shadows, Tress’s grip on reality is failing. Can she keep both mind and body together long enough to finally find out what happened to her parents?

POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Sexual Content: Mild Sexual Content/Themes , Language: Strong Language , Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Drug Use/Abuse , Language: Grotesque/Disturbing Imagery , Crime: Drug Trafficking/Dealing , Violence: General

Details

Format

Print

Page Count

384

Trim Size

8 3/10" x 5 1/2"

Dewey

F

AR

5.6: points 11

Genre

Fic

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Jul 2022

Book Genres

Thriller, Mystery

Topics

High school students. Missing persons. Friendship. Family secrets. Revenge. Ohio. Guilt. Edgar Allan Poe.

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Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

Gr 9 Up-The town of Amontillado is reeling. Felicity Turnado is missing. Kermit "Ribbit" Usher has gone viral, after partygoers recorded his drunken shenanigans and livestreamed them. Tress Montor is the only one who knows the truth of last night-that she murdered Felicity-but she's determined to keep the secret for the rest of her life. Which might not be that long, considering she is currently bleeding out due to being attacked by the panther that got loose from the Amontillado Animal Sanctuary. As Tress fights for her life against infection-and the guilt over what she has done-Ribbit is busy exacting twofold revenge: against the classmates who've ruined his life, and a revenge 18 years in the making against his own family. The second book of McGinnis's latest duology picks up hours after The Initial Insult, with alternating perspectives between Tress and Ribbit and verse chapters from the perspective of Rue the orangutan. McGinnis continues drawing inspiration from the works of Edgar Allen Poe, this time more heavily from "The Tell-tale Heart" and "The Fall of the House of Usher." Suspension of disbelief is required a little more this time around-part of the plot revolves around characters willingly setting themselves on fire, with a teacher's permission-but it all serves to deliver a sequel that is just as thrilling and dark, if not as cohesive, as its predecessor. VERDICT A serviceable ending to a dark and twisted tale. Definitely hand over to readers of the first book.-Tyler Hixson

Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

Gr 9 Up-The town of Amontillado is reeling. Felicity Turnado is missing. Kermit "Ribbit" Usher has gone viral, after partygoers recorded his drunken shenanigans and livestreamed them. Tress Montor is the only one who knows the truth of last night-that she murdered Felicity-but she's determined to keep the secret for the rest of her life. Which might not be that long, considering she is currently bleeding out due to being attacked by the panther that got loose from the Amontillado Animal Sanctuary. As Tress fights for her life against infection-and the guilt over what she has done-Ribbit is busy exacting twofold revenge: against the classmates who've ruined his life, and a revenge 18 years in the making against his own family. The second book of McGinnis's latest duology picks up hours after The Initial Insult, with alternating perspectives between Tress and Ribbit and verse chapters from the perspective of Rue the orangutan. McGinnis continues drawing inspiration from the works of Edgar Allen Poe, this time more heavily from "The Tell-tale Heart" and "The Fall of the House of Usher." Suspension of disbelief is required a little more this time around-part of the plot revolves around characters willingly setting themselves on fire, with a teacher's permission-but it all serves to deliver a sequel that is just as thrilling and dark, if not as cohesive, as its predecessor. VERDICT A serviceable ending to a dark and twisted tale. Definitely hand over to readers of the first book.-Tyler Hixson

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