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All You Never Wanted

By Mary Eisenhart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Dark, twisty tale of rich teen girls' sibling rivalry.

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Few of the characters -- Alex and Xander, and the girls' absent mother in better days -- are remotely likable, and it's sometimes difficult to care about many of them. Thea, while somewhat appealing for her brains and snarkiness, drags the reader and all around her deeper and deeper into pathology. As a window on toxic teen scenes amid poor little rich kids, and a study in the way people fail each other, deliberately and otherwise, All You Never Wanted is often intriguing and thought-provoking. But it's also somewhat unsatisfying in its unresolved issues.

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