Book Buzz: How We Fall Apart by Katie Zhao

“In this page-turning debut, Zhao weaves an exhilarating tale that shimmers with adventure, love, and loyalty.” ―J.C. Cervantes



Nancy Luo is shocked when her former best friend, Jamie Ruan, a top-ranked junior at Sinclair Prep, goes missing and then is found dead. Nancy is even more shocked when word starts to spread that she and her friends―Krystal, Akil, and Alexander―are the prime suspects, thanks to "the Proctor," someone anonymously incriminating them via the school's social media app.


They all used to be Jamie's closest friends, and she knew each of their deepest, darkest secrets. Now, somehow the Proctor knows them, too. The four must uncover the true killer before The Proctor exposes more than they can bear and costs them more than they can afford, like Nancy's full scholarship. Soon, Nancy suspects that her friends may be keeping secrets from her, too.


Katie Zhao's YA debut is an edge-of-your-seat drama set in the pressure-cooker world of academics and image at Sinclair Prep, where the past threatens the future these teens have carefully crafted for themselves. How We Fall Apart is the irresistible, addicting, Asian-American recast of Gossip Girl that we've all been waiting for.

“Through the eyes of her fierce, determined, and morally grey protagonist, Zhao unflinchingly exposes the pressures of elite high schools. This juicy thriller is steeped in secrets, betrayal, and toxic competitiveness--you won't be able to put it down.”
―Diana Urban, author of All Your Twisted Secrets

How We Fall Apart by Katie Zhao

352 pages

ISBN 9781547603978


Katie Zhao is the author of the middle-grade fantasy The Dragon Warrior and its sequel, The Fallen Hero. She grew up in Michigan, where there was little for her to do besides bury her nose in a good book or a writing journal. She graduated from the University of Michigan with a BA in English and a minor in political science; she also completed her master's in accounting there. In her spare time, Katie enjoys reading, singing, dancing (badly), and checking out new photo-worthy restaurants. She now lives in New York City.