Monday, 24 August 2015

Trouble is a Friend of Mine by Stephanie Tromly

Synopsis (from Goodreads

Pages: 314
Publisher: Hot Key Books
Released: 6th of August 2015

After her parents get divorced, high school junior Zoe Webster moves with her mother from Brooklyn to upstate New York, determined to get back to the city and transfer to the elite private school her father insists on. But then she meets Philip Digby--the odd and brilliant and somehow attractive?--Digby, and soon finds herself in a series of hilarious and dangerous situations all centered on his search for the kidnapper of a local teenage girl who may know something about the tragic disappearance of his kid sister eight years ago. Before she knows it, Zoe has vandalized an office complex with fake snow, pretended to buy drugs alongside a handsome football star dressed like the Hulk, had a serious throw down with a possible religious cult, challenged her controlling father, and, oh yeah, saved her new hometown.

What I Have To Say 

If you want a really fun read with hi-jinks, crime and friendship then this is definitely the one you should choose. Digby was an excellent character. I loved the way he disregarded all of Zoe's protests that she didn't want any part of his schemes because he knew she would always come along anyway. 

I loved the way Stephanie Tromly wrote, setting up all the threads of the story from the cult across the road to Digby's missing sister to Zoe's plan to transfer to a private school. There was a lot going on in this book and it all worked really well together. I loved how easily the friendships formed between Zoe and Digby and Henry. Though the way that they became friends was unusual, it felt easy and natural that they did. 

Even the serious threads of missing persons and drug dealing running through the story, the lightness and levity that the author has managed to create in the story makes it a really fun and enjoyable book to read. 

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