A novel of deception and obsession, Unnatural Deeds will leave you wondering who you can trust and who’s obsessed with who. Victoria Zell is the new kid at St. Ann’s. She talks to no one at school and no one talks to her, but's she's fine with that . . . until the alluring and magnetic Z enters her English class. He calls her Vic (her preferred nickname) without her having to ask, offers her a piece of her favorite gum, and drags her off to cut second period with him. Vic and Z grow close over time. Not only is Vic no longer the new kid ignored by most, but in Z’s presence, Vic is finally being noticed and even admired by the other students. The popular girls begin talking to her, and the most beautiful girl in the school even asks her to hang out. Thanks to Z, Vic overcomes her severe anxiety and auditions for a role of Lady Macbeth in the school’s production of Macbeth.

Z makes Vic feel invincible, but there’s just one problem. Vic has an a boyfriend. 

An incredibly shy, agoraphobic boyfriend named Andrew--a "boy-next-door" she’s known since she was little. Vic does not want to hurt Andrew, but she's been hopelessly swept away by the appeal of Z and his secrets. Z tells her she's perfect, but Vic struggles with that. Why? She has her own secrets too.
Told from the point of view of Vic as she details the whole story for Andrew (via recording on her phone), the novel ends with a twist that I definitely didn’t see coming.
Similar YA mysteries include We Were Liars by E. Lockhart and Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

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