26 Sep 2015

Review: Cooper Bartholomew Is Dead by Rebecca James

Goodreads Synopsis:

Cooper Bartholomew's body is found at the foot of a cliff.


That's the official finding, that's what everyone believes. Cooper's girlfriend, Libby, has her doubts. They'd been happy, in love. Why would he take his own life?

As Libby searches for answers, and probes more deeply into what really happened the day Cooper died, she and her friends unravel a web of deception and betrayal. Are those friends – and enemies – what they seem? Who is hiding a dangerous secret? And will the truth set them all free?

My experience with Cooper Bartholomew Is Dead:

I didn't know what I would think off this book when I saw it in The Warehouse's bargain bin, my fiance was meeting me for dinner and I needed a book to read for the hour I had to wait. I'd seen it on the shelves before and I have to say that I found the cover extremely beautiful, but I didn't expect to enjoy the story inside as much as I did.

The book focuses on two groups of University students in Australia who are very different from each other, and how Cooper, from one group, and Libby, from another, fall in love. Well, half of the book does that anyway. The other half consists of a bit of a mystery!

Personally, I'm not really a fan of books that jump back and forth in time or ones that change character POVs, and this book did both. I have to say that I fell in love. The main characters, Cooper and Libby, are written in 1st person and the two other characters, Sebastian and Claire, are written in 3rd person. I felt instantly intrigued by this writing style, it helped me feel a better connection to Libby and Cooper, while being able to see through the other characters more clearly.

Libby was definitely my favourite character, but I think that that was because it was really her story, as I followed her uncovering secrets and getting to know Cooper. As the title already gives away, Cooper is dead for half the book (this is not a spoiler, I promise!) and I think that that made it a little harder to connect with him and easier to imagine Libby as the main character, even though that might not necessarily be the case. One thing I really loved about the book was that of the four characters that had dedicated POVs I didn't find any of them weak, and I definitely didn't groan when the POV changed, I was actually excited to visit each character and their experiences. I couldn't get enough of the drama.

The plot of this book was far more interesting that I could have imagined, the lies and secrets all built up into this amazing story-line that I enjoyed immensely. I did, however, wish that it would have ended differently, I wanted the ending to be more vicious and cruel, but it was a more understandable ending. I wanted more drama and more lies than I got, but that was only because I tried to predict the outcome of the story and was wrong.

I really loved this book, it is definitely one of my favourite reads of 2015. I would recommend this book for any lover of a contemporary YA love story, but also to those who like a bit of crime/mystery thrown in! I'd give this book 4 out of 5 stars. (★★★★☆)

Where you can find the book:

Book Depository // Amazon US // Amazon Australia

About the author:

Rebecca James is the author of BEAUTIFUL MALICE, SWEET DAMAGE and the forthcoming COOPER BARTHOLOMEW IS DEAD. She has worked as a waitress, a kitchen designer, an English teacher in both Indonesia and Japan, a barmaid, and (most memorably) a mini-cab telephone-operator in London. Rebecca lives in Canberra, Australia, with her partner and their four sons.

Keeping up with the author: 

Website // Goodreads

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