Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Trouble Is a Friend of Mine by Stephanie Tromly

Title: Trouble is a Friend of Mine by Stephanie Tromly

Release Date: August 4, 2015

Publisher: Penguin

Pages: 336

Received: eARC from Publisher

Star Rating: ★ ★ ★  

Preparing to survive a typical day of being Digbys friend wasn't that different from preparing to survive the apocalypse.
Her first day not in school (because she cut) in her new hometown that will soon be her old hometown (because she's getting out of Dodge as fast as she can) Zoe meets Digby. Or rather, Digby decides he's going to meet Zoe and get her to help him find missing teenager. Zoe isn't sure how, but Digby—the odd and brilliant and somehow…attractive?—Digby always gets what he wants, including her help on several illegal ventures. Before she knows it, Zoe has vandalized an office complex with fake snow, pretended to buy drugs alongside a handsome football player dressed like the Hulk, had a throw-down with a possible cult, and, oh yeah, saved her new hometown (which might be worth making her permanent hometown after all.)[goodreads]

My Thoughts

This was a very easy going and pleasant read. I was delighted and impressed with the characters' growth and how the mystery flowed seamlessly. Zoe Webster's parents have divorced and she's moved to a new school. Her first friend she makes if Digby. They are the partners in crime and also very sarcastic about it. Digby gets Zoe in all types of trouble and mind blowing situations. 

Zoe is trying to define who she is, after living farther away from her father and coming to terms with her mother. Digby is the type of person who lives in books and adventure. There were quite the personalities, like Digby's friend Henry who tagged along in some shenanigans. There was also your favorite mean girl present, but she worked well in the story and the climax of it all.

There's this overused phrase "Go Big or Go Home" and Trouble is a Friend of Mine, certainly went big. The plot was fairly fast paced and the comedy was knee slapping-ly hilarious. The crimes committed seemed more funny, than taken seriously. To really enjoy this novel, don't take everything seriously. Zoe and Digby's path full of drug dealers, bullies, cults, and the police livens up the wild plot. The events were neat-fully planted and the troublesome teens were playfully energetic to say the least.

These characters were left in a good place and the novel was great stand alone. I'd definitely recommend this to those who want a light, fluffy read and don't take themselves seriously. I look forward to what else the author has up her sleeve.


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