In this case, “kind of” is generous. The parents and guardians of these five teenagers want them dead. When the first attempt fails, managing only to bring the kids together and make them realize something nefarious is up, it’s on, baby. The parents have a variety of reasons – fear that a child will die of a horrible disease, feeling like their child is becoming too independent, not liking their sexuality, money, just being a psychopath. Ok, so it’s a little absurd, and there are moments when it’s all just a little too lucky or unlucky, even when you’ve given yourself over to it, but it’s fun in a dark and gripping kind of way.
My first thought after I finished it? “Well, at least I’m not THAT bad at parenting.” My son would never have recommended it to me otherwise, right?