SUPER-CONNECTED DEBUT AUTHOR: Jessica Goodman is a senior editor at Cosmopolitan and has previously worked at Entertainment Weekly and HuffPost. She’s extremely connected in the media space, very personable, and eager to build buzz for her debut novel.
CROSS-OVER APPEAL: This sophisticated page-turner will appeal to fans of YA hits like ONE OF US IS LYING by Karen M. McManus and PANIC by Lauren Oliver, as well as readers of adult thrillers like THE LUCIKEST GIRL ALIVE by Jessica Knoll and ALL THE MISSING GIRLS by Megan Miranda.
SLEEK, SOAPY SUSPENSE: With a twisty plot, a picturesque seaside setting, and a shocking ending you won’t see coming, this is the perfect pulpy summer beach read.
IMMERSIVE, AUTHENTIC VOICE: Jessica Goodman’s vivid, accessible writing grabs the reader from the first page and never lets go. Seventeen-year-old Jill is full of witty one-liners and poignant observations, making her feel totally real and instantly relatable.
BUZZY BOOK: We won this book in a tight auction, we have World Rights, and another stand-alone thriller signed up with Jessica. We’re so excited to have this well-connected, talented new author here at PYR!
An Instant Indiebound Bestseller
“[A]n engrossing story of evil, upscale Long Island teens.” – Variety
“The chilling murder mystery is an irresistible hook, but it’s the careful building of each character’s fraught, internal conflicts that really digs in, elevating the work from a high society whodunit to a knowing mission to not just uncover one’s own identity, but to build it.” – Esquire, Best Books of 2020
“Gossip Girl but make it a juicy murder mystery.” – E! Online
“A pristine infusion of Gossip Girl and Netflix’s Elite, this prep-school thriller has it all: plaid skirts, secret societies, and a gripping murder mystery, but paired with an adept critique of the powers and privileges that goeth before the fall.” – Elle
“Jessica Goodman’s thrilling debut is a modern-day Gossip Girl—but darker.” – Marie Claire, The Best Fiction by Women in 2020
“One of this summer’s buzziest reads.” – Entertainment Weekly
“Jessica Goodman’s debut mystery is a true page-turner, but it’s her exploration of Gold Coast’s high-achieving, socioeconomically stratified culture that sets They Wish They Were Us apart on the shelf.” – BookPage, Most Anticipated YA Books of the Summer
“Goodman deftly explores the complex nature of friendship, privilege, grief, and the often crushing expectations placed on teens, all of which dovetails neatly with a twisty murder mystery….A sophisticated and suspenseful debut.” – Kirkus
“This debut murder mystery is filled with twists and turns that will keep its pages turning.” – Booklist
“Fast-paced and completely consuming—I was swept into this riveting mystery from beginning to end. They Wish They Were Us smartly explores the complexities of friendship, the secrets and lies buried under the picturesque façade, and the ultimate cost of perfection.”
—Megan Miranda, New York Times bestselling author of All the Missing Girls, The Perfect Stranger, and The Last Guest House
“A whip-smart mystery with a pitch-perfect voice.”
— Kara Thomas, author of The Cheerleaders, Little Monsters and The Darkest Corners
“A juicy, fast-paced, addictive tale that’s more than a mystery—it’s a timely exploration of ambition, loyalty, and how far we’ll go to belong. I couldn’t put it down.”
— Andrea Bartz, author of The Lost Night
“Seductive and slick, They Wish They Were Us is a searing novel about power, privilege, and the dangerous pursuit of perfection. You’ll remember the girls of Gold Coast Prep Long after the last page.”—Jessica Knoll, New York Times bestselling author of The Luckiest Girl Alive and The Favorite Sister
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