Friday, January 17, 2014


Title: Premeditated
Author: Josin L. McQuein
Number of Pages: 324
Date Read: 1/16/14
Genre: Realistic Fiction, Mystery

Synopsis (Found on

A week ago, Dinah’s cousin Claire cut her wrists.

Five days ago, Dinah found Claire’s diary and discovered why.

Three days ago, Dinah stopped crying and came up with a plan.

Two days ago, she ditched her piercings and bleached the black dye from her hair.

Yesterday, knee socks and uniform plaid became a predator’s camouflage.

Today, she’ll find the boy who broke Claire.

By tomorrow, he’ll wish he were dead

My Review:

This book was ok. It wasn't over the moon good but it was entertaining. 

The basic plot is that Dinah is out to get and ruin Brooks Waldens life. She is doing this because she believes that he is the reason for her cousin's suicide attempt which landed her in the hospital in a coma. Dinah goes to extreme lengths to avenge her cousin. She completely makes over her self~ she was what I guess you call punk with black hair, tats and piercings and turns herself into a barbie doll prep school "drone". Armed with her cousin's letters outting Brooks she goes to his prep school with intent to destroy him. Of course nothing ever goes to plan and there's a slight mystery to who Brooks actually is. 

I like Dinah. She is determined, spunky, rude and focused. She seems angry all the time but really she is just trying to make sense of what happened to her cousin who she loves dearly and she is trying to avenge her by obliterating the cause of her pain. I must say the things Dinah and her friends come up with to ruin Brooks were funny and things I never would of though of. Whereas I would have gone to Brooks and punched him in the face and kill him outright, Dinah settles for subtle little tortures that will cause a lasting effect on his life and will make him suffer. Dinah wants Brooks to suffer like her cousin did. Of course Dinah is not patient with waiting for her little tricks to work but she forces herself to. Dinah has hard a kind of weird life with her mother. Her father is a great guy but her mother is a class A crazy. I wanted to punch that women because she was nuts and self-absorbed. Dinah is not just a heartless soul but actually has remorse when she does these things to Brooks because she gets to know him. She has a constant battle inside her, wondering if what she's doing is right because the Brooks she gets to know is completely different from the Brooks Claire knew. Hence the small mystery. 

Just wanted to throw it out there that every time I read Dinah's name all I could think of is the song~ "Dinah won't you blow your horn!. Someone's in the kitchen with Dinah!"

I liked Brooks also. He was a great guy who genuinely cared about Dinah. Even though he is supposed to be the bad guy, he grows on you. Throughout the book you can see how good of a friend he is to Dex and Chandi by talking care of Chandi through her hard time and by being able to control Dex's wild behavior. Brooks has his own problems as well. Hi smother passed away and his father is very strict, hard and unbending when it comes to Brooks holding up the family name and honor. Brooks is a very caring guy and tries to help people as much as he can. He becomes freaked out when all the things Dinah does to him starts happening because he doesn't know who is doing it. He is there for Dinah in her worst moments even when she turns of him. If you really think about it all Dinah is going on is her cousin's letters and has already decided that Brooks is guilty without ever having speaking to him and getting his side. Which is technically not fair. 

The other characters were good also. Tabs is Dinah's friend and she is hilarious with her drug cupcakes and spunkiness. Dinah's other friend Brucey is hilarious with his old movie quips and his super geniusness (is that a word lol?) at computers, which causes Brooks a lot of trouble). Dinah's uncle Paul is nice guy, who loves and treats Dinah like a daughter. 

Then there is Dex. He's the guy you can;t help but like even though he does shitty things. He is not a trust fund baby and is in the prep school because of a scholarship so you can say he resents the other kids in the school who come from money. He is sweet to Dinah and is funny. He can be considered the class clown. He also has a nasty streak when it comes to Chandi and can be physical with girls, including Dinah. 

There was a subtle romance in the book that in no way took center stage over the plot. Most of the story had to do with Dinah's revenge and her inner turmoil at whether she's doing the right thing. 


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