Book 46, I really don’t know what to say about this book. The title is First We Were IV. I don’t know what exactly the author was trying to portray to her audience but I am hoping that it’s “be careful because everything has consequences”. I honestly don’t know if I hate this book because of the stupidity of the characters or love it for the lesson that I hope the author is trying to portray.
So if you read the synopsis, you know very little about the book, which makes it appealing. You know that there are 4 friends and something happens to one of them because of the whole “first we were IV”. If there is a first, it is followed by at least a second. So you can conclude something happens and it is tragic. You know others are involved and that it is a secret society. That’s it. You don’t know about stupidity of the teens or their original motives. Now I will admit that they had good intentions, trying to get the police to solve the murder of girl that no one did anything for 5 years ago, but they made stupid and reckless decisions that in the end cost them. If you don’t want to read more or any spoilers, I suggest stop reading now.
First and formost, the Order of IV was created to make a bond between the 4 best friends so that after high school ended. Izzy, the narrator, was afraid that once everyone went to different colleges, they would stop talking and hanging around each other as much. So her brilliant idea was to create a secret society so they would do things to keep their bond strong…not exactly the best idea. It started out as mischief, taking pictures of a vice principal leering at girls and posting around the school. When the vice principal was suspended for inappropriate behavior, the 4 figured out they could make people see the indifference of their society towards crime. Make things that the adults want to keep secret come to light. SO this starts the campaign to bring the cold case of the murdered girl that Izzy found near the area the 4 of them always played back to the attention of the public. This leads to more and more rash decision that brought attention to the 4 friends from the popular crowd at their school. The same crowd that enjoyed making these 4 miserable. Instead of toning down their exploits for a little while, let the attention pass, one of them come up with the not so brilliant idea of initiating these bullies into their “order” so they could mess with them a little and control them. Hindsight is twenty- twenty. At this point, the 4 lost control of their order and themselves. It became bigger then they wanted and their new recruits had no problem going off script. Can’t control those that are used to being in control.
So there is something else that kind of bothered me. Izzy starts to have feeling for her friend Harry while her oldest friend of the 4, Graham, is in love with her. This love triangle feels like it wasn’t that genuine as it is meant to be. Well at least Izzy’s feelings. She is so unsure of how she feels, until Harry makes a move. When Harry and Izzy actually kiss, then it was like that had this deeper connection that didn’t have the build up that it should. When Harry accused Izzy of trying to have another girl hit on him to test his loyalty, she acted like he broke her heart. And then instead of trying to make up with Izzy, Harry then breaks up with her and tries to convince her to go out with Graham. It was all kind of unbelievable.
So the ending. I knew there had to be quip quo pro for the deaths of the innocent animals that were killed by the 4 and their followers. I was so upset that 3 innocent animals were sacrificed for these kids to get a high doing illegal activity. So when one of the 4 died in the end, the irony was very real. Not only did the innocent get retribution, but the 4 lost the heart of their group, the most innocent of their group. I think that is what upset me the most. The one person who deserved a good ending was the one that was cheated. Not only that, but because of this secret group Izzy did the exact opposite of what she planned. In the end, none of them really stayed together because the hurt of their friend’s death was just too much for them.
So in conclusion, I don’t know if I hate this book or loved it. I would love to use this book in my class to show my students that, though something looks like a good idea at the time, everything has consequences. If Izzy and her friends wanted to make a secret group, fine. But when that group then starts to do things that are illegal, just that only could end all of their lives. And the add on top of that with more thoughtless decisions all for their own stupid agendas. The only one who really had anything to want vengeance for personally is Harry, because of the attack on his dad by students at the school. An attack that left his disabled. So…That is it for this book. I meant to read it all in one day but then an animal was scarified and I had to put it down. I HATE animal abuse. See you next book.
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