If You’re Out There was kind of adorable! It was more of a low-key mystery than a full on thriller, but I enjoyed it nonetheless. I’m really glad I decided to pick it up, which I did because the ghosting thing seemed relatable and I was intrigued.
I feel like I have to talk about the relationship between Zan and Priya first, because really it’s the main point and the core of the book. The pair have been best friends for ages, and even though Priya wasn’t around for most of the novel, I loved it whenever Zan thought about her, even if it was quite painful. It was a lovely relationship, and it reminded me of a few of my own.
I found If You’re Out There to be very relatable, as something similar happened to me. I felt Zan’s pain when her friend drifted away and cut off all contact. It was emotional and raw, and Zan even fell into a slight depression there for a bit. It was written so well, and I have to applaud the author for that.
The other main relationships in If You’re Out There were between Zan and her family (yassss, I loved it), and Zan and the love interest. The romance didn’t detract from the story at all, and the whole thing was still about Zan finding Priya, but it was a nice addition. I’d have liked to have seen more of Logan’s problems, but I’m not complaining.
Something also worth noting was that Zan’s mother was in a relationship with another woman! And they’re raising Zan and her brother together! It’s not said whether or not she’s gay or bi or otherwise, but she does mention that sexuality is fluid.
The mystery itself was a bit meh, but at least it wasn’t bad? I just thought that the other parts of the book were more important, and the mystery was really just a way for the author to explore the many different relationships in this book.
I’d recommend picking this one up if you get the chance!