Out of Order
The Survivor’s Club #1
By: Casey Lawrence
Published by: Harmony Ink Press
LGBTQIA, Teens & YA
Pub Date: 21 May 2015
Corinna “Corey” Nguyen is living a seemingly normal life for a senior in high school. Her biggest concerns are being valedictorian, a closet bisexual and making sure her friends are all there for each other. Everything seems to be going well until prom night where she witnesses her three best friends murdered. With graduation a few days away, Corina is feeling the weight of delivering a speech to the remainder of her senior class and trying to find out who killed her friends.
Out of order is a collection of beautiful words formed together to tell a horrifying story that had me until the very end. I read this story in mere hours unable to put it down. Casey Lawrence did an eloquent job of creating a cast of characters that were lovable and easy to identify with. For anyone that’s ever been to high school, there is someone in this story that you can relate to.
While I usually find plots that skip around to different time lines difficult to follow, Out of Order was written so well that the story flowed effortlessly. I particularly enjoyed the back story of Corina and her “leap” into discovering her own sexuality.
I find that I’m more critical of books that are LGBT friendly because too often they resemble this sort of coming out story with melodramatic characters. I am quite pleased with Casey Lawrence’s ability to tell a coming out story without the characters actually “coming out”.
I can honestly say I’m looking forward to book number two in this series.