What Happened to Rachel Riley? by Claire Swinarski

Rachel Riley was incredibly popular at East Middle School less than a year ago. Now, she sits alone at lunch, and people are scared to hear her name.

Anna, a new student, is determined to find out what happened to Rachel, especially since nobody will talk to her about it. What starts as a relatively harmless investigation soon spirals off into a rabbit hole of questions. And as Anna uncovers what ostracized Rachel in the first place, she realizes that it is still going on at East Middle School, and that she and Rachel might be the only ones brave enough to stop it.

This story is conveyed through interviews, notes, and text conversations, which is interesting because it lets you figure out what happened yourself. The parts that are written in prose are well-written and sometimes funny. The characters are also really well-formed. 

This is a powerful book about individuality, advocating for yourself, and how there’s always more than one side to a story. I would definitely recommend this book to fans of mysteries and realistic fiction.

By Teen Reviewer, Oola