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Such a Bad Influence (Hardcover)

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A USA Today Best Seller
A Good Morning America "Sizzling Summer Read"

“A fascinating exploration of the dangers of social media . . . smart and timely.”—Carola Lovering, author of Tell Me Lies and Bye, Baby

For fans of Ashley Winstead, Jessica Knoll, and Jo Piazza, an electric debut thriller about what happens when one of the first child stars of the social media age grows up . . . and goes missing.

Hazel Davis is drifting: she’s stalled in her career, living in a city she hates, and less successful than her younger sister, @evelyn, a mega-popular lifestyle influencer. Evie came of age online, having gone viral at five years old for a heart-tugging daddy-daughter dance. Ten years older and spotlight-averse, Hazel managed to dodge the family YouTube channel—so although she can barely afford her apartment, at least she made her own way.

Evie is eighteen now, with a multimillion-dollar career and unlimited opportunities, but Hazel is still protective of her little sister and skeptical of the way everyone seems to want a piece of her: Evie’s followers, her YouTuber boyfriend and influencer frenemies, and their opportunistic mother. So when Evie disappears one day—during an unsettling live stream that cuts out midsentence—Hazel is horrified to have her worst instincts proven right.

As theories about Evie’s disappearance tear through the internet, inspiring hashtags, Reddit threads, podcast episodes, and scorn, Hazel throws herself into the darkest parts of her sister’s world to untangle the threads of truth. After all, Hazel knows Evie better than anyone else . . . doesn’t she?

About the Author

Olivia Muenter is a writer and cohost of Bad on Paper, a weekly podcast about books, life, and everything in between. Previously she was a senior fashion and beauty editor at Olivia's work has appeared in Refinery 29, HuffPost,, Philadelphia magazine, Byrdie, Apartment Therapy, and more. This is her first novel.

Praise For…

An Instant USA Today Best Seller
A Good Morning America Sizzling Summer Reads Roundup Pick
A Crime Reads Best Psychological Thriller of June 2024
An Apple Books Best Books Pick of June 2024
One of Electric Literature’s Best Books of Spring 2024, According to Indie Booksellers

“A smart and intelligent thriller that is a not-to-be-missed page-turner. Buy multiples because this one has the making of a big best seller.”—Library Journal, starred review

“Packed with trenchant critiques of internet celebrity and topped off by a satisfyingly nasty finale, this leaves readers wanting more from Muenter.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Clever, cutting, and utterly unputdownable, Muenter’s ice pick–sharp tale is a thoroughly modern page-turner.”—Apple Books

“This unsettling plot is delivered with a sense of humor and is filled with twists and turns that are sure to inspire a buzz within the thriller community. The shocking ending will leave readers wanting more. Muenter is a fresh new voice with a compelling perspective.”—Jayme Oldham, Booklist
“Timely, riveting. . . . This story is as addictive as scrolling Instagram, and marks the launch of a talented new writer.”—Ashley Winstead, author of Midnight Is the Darkest Hour

“An addictive psychological thriller that will totally immerse you in the terrifying, overexposed world of child social media stars. Muenter’s debut will have you rethinking everything about your Instagram scroll as you inhale this book in a single sitting.”—Jo Piazza, author of The Sicilian Inheritance and host of the Under the Influence podcast 

Such a Bad Influence is as addictive as Instagram. Woven into its twisty, propulsive story of a missing influencer are complicated questions about the cost of mining one’s life for content. I was riveted the whole way through.”—Ana Reyes, author of The House in the Pines

“A fascinating exploration of the dangers of social media . . . smart and timely.”—Carola Lovering, author of Tell Me Lies and Bye, Baby
Product Details
ISBN: 9781683694014
ISBN-10: 1683694015
Publisher: Quirk Books
Publication Date: June 4th, 2024
Pages: 336
Language: English