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WELCOME TO WHO WANTS TO BE A PAINIAC?, the latest reality TV show on the hunt for the next big-hit serial killer. But don't worry—no one is actually going to murder anyone, as real as the fake gore and pretend murder may appear . . . uh, right? Seventeen-year-old Becca Martinello is about to find out. When her perfectly normal soccer mom dies in a car crash, a strange girl named Stef appears and lets Becca know that her deceased mom was none other than one of Alcatraz 2.0's most popular serial killers—Molly Mauler. Soon, Becca ends up on Who Wants to Be a Painiac? to learn the truth about her mom's connection to Molly Mauler, but things turn sinister when people are murdered IRL. Will Becca uncover dark secrets and make it out of the deadly reality show alive? Or will she get cut?
Publisher: 2019
ISBN: 9781368043892
Branch Call Number: OVERDRIVE
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: Overdrive, Inc

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Mar 28, 2020

I did really like this book. It is kind of confusing if you haven't read the first one, so make sure to do that. It's set after #murdertrending was, but only a few chapters were told by Dee. The main character, Becca, and the main supporting character, Stef, are both trying to discover Molly Mauler's true identity. In order to do that, they both audition for a game show called "Who wants to be a paniac" where the producers promise no actual death. Contestants are dying though, and Becca and Stef are both in danger. Although this book was good, I felt like the first one was way better. This one didn't have the same fast pace as the first, and introduced characters a little too fast for my liking. I found myself flipping back to the introduction chapter going wait, who is this again? Overall it was a good book though, and it was nice to see characters from the previous book back again. I do recommend reading it and seeing for yourself if you like it!

vpl_teens Sep 25, 2019

Reviewed by Joseph S. for Teens Read it First

#Murderfunding is an action-packed dystopian story with loads of suspense and ominous foreshadowing that would give any reader chills. I love the idea of the Who wants to be a Panic? Show, and find it gives the story a new level of uniqueness. The idea of a Painiac was extremely well thought out. It gives the idea of exacting justices a new question: Is it right to murder people in the most horrendous fashion simply because they have committed a crime? Is the death penalty justified, if exacted upon a murderer? The story presents these questions in a new exciting way.

Another thing I like about the story is Becca’s interaction with Stef. Despite Becca’s mom, being Molly Mauler, one of the Painiacs, Stef still finds the goodness in Becca’s heart. I find Stef’s death, even though it was a depressing turn of events, very well concludes the story.

The story ends with a twist I really love. After witnessing all the death and destruction caused as the “New Painiacs” tried again and again to kill Becca and her friends, the story ends with Becca mourning for Stef. There, Becca promises to avenge Stef’s death, since she was “Molly Mauler’s daughter.” I loved the conclusion, and find it sets #Murderfunding to a dark turn.

4/5 stars

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