Easy Prey, Catherine Lo


 “This time I’m ready. I’m not easy prey anymore”

Only three students had access to a teacher’s racy photos before they went viral. All three deny leaking the photos, but someone has to take the fall. 

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3 / 5

Easy Prey reminded me a lot of One of Us is Lying, but around the theme of sexual photos being leaked rather than murder. This was a really compelling book, but it was also quite confusing. The characters are complicated, complex, and also despicable and made my skin crawl at different points. I really wasn’t sure what to make of this book.

Easy Prey has three main characters:

  • Jenna, an ex-good girl turned goth/rebel after her nudes were leaked online and she didn’t get enough support
  • Mouse, a boy desperate to escape his father with dreams of attending MIT
  • Drew, a boy who wants to be seen as more than some dumb jock, a boy with mistakes in his past

These characters are clearly play-on stereotypes – the goth, the nerd, and the jock – but they each have their own clear points of view and complex problems. There’s more to each of them than meets the eye. The three characters are drawn together when they are put in a group for a class; they are given a topic with history for the group: online privacy and sexual photos.

“I can’t even swallow, my throat is so full of all the things I want to say but can’t”

Suddenly, it’s not just a topic of the past when their teacher’s nudes are leaked on an online blog. But there’s only three people that had access to these photos and they all seem to have motive. The mystery of the book was high compelling, there’s all these theories floating around, all this suspense that made me frantically press that forward button on my Kindle. But the narrative was also quite confusing; the text flips between the present and the past, between characters, and there’s all these secrets that I struggled to keep straight in my head.

“I wasn’t about to leave my fate in someone else’s hands, especially not with dreams as big as mine”

Easy Prey is a current book that really tackles some contemporary issues. I thought the ending was easily guessed, but the delivery was fantastic; this book gave me seriously mixed feelings.

My thanks to Netgalley for an ARC of this book.

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