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Death Prefers Blondes

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Death Prefers Blondes

Pitched as Ocean’s 8 meets “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” Caleb Roehrig’s newest release, DEATH PREFERS BLONDES, follows Margo Manning and her team of four fierce drag queens as they take on high-stakes heists. When Margo’s personal life takes a dark, rapid turn, she and her crew take on a job that could cost them everything.

Ever since the fall of 2017, I have been a huge fan of Roehrig and his novels. I was highly anticipating DEATH PREFERS BLONDES and, let me tell you, it did not disappoint. I will be honest that this novel did catch me off guard in the beginning because it is very different from Roehrig’s previous two releases on many different levels. Despite the changes made, I found that DEATH PREFERS BLONDES is by far my favorite of his three novels.

"Roehrig is truly phenomenal at developing characters and this novel is no exception to that rule. I hope everyone else who reads this story falls in love with this crew as much as I did."

For one, I love that the audience gets to see a female protagonist at the helm of this story. Margo Manning is such a strong, kickbutt leader who I absolutely adore. Her ability to take charge and take risks to defend her family is highly admirable. Her crew definitely is not left out of the spotlight, though. Each of the drag queens gets their own unique storyline that allows their individual personalities to shine. My favorite thing about Margo and her team is that, regardless of their fun and entertaining nature, they are all still very flawed and complex. They each have their own personal struggles that help make them more three-dimensional, honest and human. Roehrig is truly phenomenal at developing characters and this novel is no exception to that rule. I hope everyone else who reads this story falls in love with this crew as much as I did.

As readers in the young adult community, we strive to make diversity in the stories we read a priority. We want to read about stories different from our own to be more educated and to be more empathetic. DEATH BEFORE BLONDES is the perfect diverse read to help any reader towards this goal. I know that I have very little knowledge on drag queens, but I loved getting to learn more through these characters about this culture and lifestyle that is such an integral part of their identity.

While I don’t want to spoil too much of the plot, I will say that the story in and of itself is very fun and fast-paced. There are constant twists and turns that leave the audience fully immersed in the story and invested in the characters and their stakes. The novel has its lighter moments, but time is devoted to discussing some rather serious issues. I loved getting to see this added dimension to Roehrig’s story as it only helps to make the novel more complex and intriguing for the audience.

I absolutely adore Caleb Roehrig and his novels! If you love for fast-paced, entertaining and diverse thrillers, I could not recommend DEATH BEFORE BLONDES enough! It may just end up being one of my favorite reads of the year!

Reviewed by Gabby B., Teen Board Member on January 29, 2019

Death Prefers Blondes
by Caleb Roehrig