Out of It by Michelle Kadarusman | Review

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Out of It Fiction, Young Adult James Lorimer & Company 176 pages

Suri and Lacey have been best friends since kindergarten. Suri, the photographer, has always been the safe, responsible one, afraid to take risks. Now that the pair is in high school, she’s afraid that her more outgoing and adventurous friend will outgrow her.

Then Lacey’s wild, risk-taking personality leads her down a dangerous path―and Suri is afraid of losing her for real. But if she chases Lacey down that same path of drinking, partying, hooking up with older guys, and drugs, will Suri be able to save her friend―or herself?

I received an ARC of this novel from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.


Suri and Lacey have been best friends for most of their lives. Now in High School, the girls are being led into separate directions by their differing personalities. Kadarusman writes two well-rounded characters in this short novel. Suri is shy, guarded, and inexperienced while Lacey is outgoing, experimental, and strong.

Out of It is an easy read and moves along at a satisfying pace as it covers relevant issues such as drugs, sexuality, assault, and peer pressure. Kadarusman illustrates the importance of looking beyond a person’s actions and asks readers to evaluate the meaning of true friendship.

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