White Rabbit

by Caleb Roehrig

3.2 of 5 stars 5 ratings • 3 reviews • 12 shelved
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White Rabbit

by Caleb Roehrig

3.2 of 5 stars 5 ratings • 3 reviews • 12 shelved
Rufus Holt is having the worst night of his life. It begins with the reappearance of his ex-boyfriend, Sebastian - the guy who stomped his heart out like a spent cigarette. Just as Rufus is getting ready to move on, Sebastian turns up out of the blue, saying they need to 'talk.' Things couldn't get worse, right?

Then Rufus gets a call from his sister April, begging for help. He and Sebastian find her, drenched in blood and holding a knife beside the dead body of her boyfriend, Fox Whitney.

April swears she didn't kill Fox. Rufus knows her too well to believe she's telling him the whole truth, but April has something he needs. Her price is his help. Now, with no one to trust but the boy he wants to hate yet can't stop loving, Rufus has one night to clear his sister's name . . . or die trying.
  • ISBN13 9781250294753
  • Publish Date 1 February 2019 (first published 24 April 2018)
  • Publish Status Active
  • Publish Country US
  • Imprint Square Fish
  • Format Paperback
  • Pages 352
  • Language English


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I was really excited to see that Roehrig was releasing another YA mystery-thriller, because I had lots of love for his debut, Last Seen Leaving, and was looking forward to reading more of his work. Here's a round of applause to Roehrig for avoiding the dreaded sophomore slump with White Rabbit, which was a total page turner for me.

•Pro: Rufus was all sorts of good stuff. He was witty and sarcastic, but also slightly damaged due to some unfortunate life events, such as his "half" family making his life miserable, being outed, and his ex-boyfriend forgetting to tell him he broke up with him. He was an underdog I could totally get behind.

•Pro: As far as exes go, Sebastian was one worth fighting for. There was great chemistry between him and Rufus, and their romance was one that made me smile. This Scooby mission revealed a lot about a myriad of characters, but I was most pleased with the personal journey Bash went on and the resolution he reached.

•Pro: Once again, Roehrig blended so many wonderful things together to deliver a great story. The main focus, of course, was the murder mystery, but there was also romance, self discovery, and the exploration of family dynamics. This was one of the things I really enjoyed about his last book, and enjoyed, once again, in this book.

•Pro: The story had a lot of great twists and turns and head shaking moments. I loved the way the whole story was kept just out of reach. I would think I had a handle on the whole situation, and then something would be revealed, which sowed the seeds of doubt in my mind. I also loved how each new piece of information was accompanied by some sordid secret. I am always up for a mystery shrouded in delicious drama.

•Pro: I am not going to pretend that the mystery was my favorite part, because if you know me, you know how much I love romance, and I was shipping Bash and Rufus the whole time. There were these flashbacks, which showed me the beginning of their romance, before Bash betrayed Rufus, and I wanted that back for them so badly. And yeah, there were swoons too.

•Pro: This book was sort of dark, so I really appreciated the way Roehrig gave us some lighter moments as well as some really touching and heartwarming moments too.

•Pro: Me and endings have a love-hate relationship, but I am putting this one in the love column. Lots of answers, lots of closure, and it left me satisfied and with a little bit of a smile on my face.
Overall: A throughly enjoyable mashup of murder, mystery, suspense, romance and family drama, which made me laugh, rage, gasp, and swoon.

*ARC provided in exchange for an honest review.


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Austine (NovelKnight) 2 of 5 stars
This book was provided by the publisher. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

White Rabbit missed the mark for me. Not partially missed, but leaped right over. And it's my fault, to some degree. Young adult? Cool. LGBTQA+ rep? Awesome! Thriller?


I'm just not a huge fan of the genre, but I've heard so many good things about Roehrig's Last Seen Leaving and this book was hyped by some of my close friends so I wanted to give it a go. The result felt much like reading two novels at once. I often flip back and forth between young adult and adult fiction (especially with romances) and I got the same sense here.

We get two stories here, a mystery and a romance. I wouldn't call one a subplot to the other because both were prominent throughout. Some of the character dynamic for the relationships worked. I liked both Rufus and Sebastian working together, but at the same time was bothered by the fact that the portrayal of their relationship was somewhat one-sided and a bit toxic. I'm not a fan of the idea that you have to have a significant other to be "whole" and it felt like Rufus was pining over Sebastian who didn't really care so the whole dynamic there was. . . off.

Added to the up-and-down vibe I got from the relationship, the book flew by and not in the I-must-read-this-in-one-sitting way. In its entirety, White Rabbit spans about 12 hours. That's a lot of pages for a short amount of time. We get some flashbacks and bounce around a bit, and the overall effect is a rushed, choppy story. Certain aspects didn't read as fully realistic either so I was often thrown out of the story and opted to put the book aside.

This book is great for the sexuality rep but ultimately wasn't the book for me.

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