Welcome to St Jude's Academy, the elite boarding school where the students are beautiful, talented and dangerously out of control . . .
New girl Alyssa is on a scholarship and feels like an outsider - she's not even that smart, apart from her freaky photographic memory. Then one day her roommate Lily is found dead. It looks like suicide, but, torn apart by guilt and grief, Alyssa is convinced that things aren't as they seem . Soon a jolted memory puts her on the trail of a sinister secret that might hold the clues to Lily's suspicious death.
But Alyssa is in too deep, and she's about to find out that some things are better forgotten . . .
On the whole, I enjoyed reading Young, Gifted & Dead by Lucy Carver, which I received from Macmillan for review. Young Gifted & Dead is divided up into two sections, before Lily's death and after, which are mixed together throughout the book. Alyssa's memories, in the form of flashbacks, introduced the reader to Lily, some of the other students, and helped to build up the world of St Jude's Academy, before Lily's death; however, sometimes the flashbacks felt as though they weren't at quite the right place within the story. I like the cover of Young, Gifted & Dead by Lucy Carver, as it portrays the plot in a subtle way, that would grab your attention if it was on a bookstore shelf. I would certainly recommend Young, Gifted & Dead, especially for those, like myself, who enjoyed reading and watching Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard.