Josin L. McQuein’s sophomore novel, PREMEDITATED, is neither shy nor elusive about its revenge-centered storyline. With a synopsis as diabolical and appealing as PREMEDITATED’s, it’s no wonder the novel itself delivers a heart-racing, surprisingly sentimental story about Dinah, the teenage protagonist who formulates a plan to go undercover at her cousin's school after she uncovers the real reason for her attempted suicide: a privileged boy named Brooks Walden who broke her heart the previous summer.
"PREMEDITATED is not for the weak of heart, but McQuein maneuvers the risqué topics of suicide, rape, and teenage angst with a prose that is both relatable and compelling."
PREMEDITATED is not for the weak of heart, but McQuein maneuvers the risqué topics of suicide, rape, and teenage angst with a prose that is both relatable and compelling. Although it advertises a plot driven explicitly by Dinah’s revenge on Brooks, PREMEDITATED is actually a thought-provoking tale of unexpected relationships and the lengths we’ll go to protect those we love. Adding an extra punch to the power of its plot, PREMEDITATED also boasts an enigmatic cast of characters, from the richly developed heroine, Dinah, to the popular prep school girl, Chandi, with a closet full of secrets. Although the plot is at times predictable, McQuein’s expertly crafted protagonist is so complex that her actions and reactions are never what the reader expects but are ultimately what will keep the pages turning.
Reviewed by Heather Sieve on October 21, 2013