I’m all for young adult books that have characters that you want to hate, but love anyway. Trouble is a Friend of Mine by Stephanie Tromly is basically that. The book follows Digby, an eccentric boy with a knack for adventure, and Zoe, a girl who just wants to fit in her new town. If you love stories like Paper Towns and Veronica Mars, then this is right up your alley.
Zoe moves to a new town with her mom, after being stuck in between her parents’ bitter divorce. Although she desperately wants to fit in her new school, which doesn’t go well for her, she has her eyes set in moving back with her dad and going to a prestigious private school. But when a strange boy named Digby comes to her door and tries asking her about a missing girl, she gets dragged into his life of mystery solving. Digby is trying to find what happened to his sister, comparing it to the recent disappearance of a well-known girl in their school. This leads to several confrontations, dangerous situations, and plain, crazy mischief.
I do admit, the characters drive you nuts for the first part of the book but you get a weird liking for them once things start to unravel. The book is fast paced in a good way, that’s easy to follow and makes it hard to put the book down because you want to know what happens next. Plus, some parts are just hilarious to read and the mystery aspect keeps your mind wondering. Sometimes the situations make you wonder how teenagers can even make this happen, but will have you completely hooked. Tromly weaves together all the subplots perfectly, giving you a whole view of what the characters were trying to achieve.
I’m giving the book a 4 out of 5 because it’s such a fun read and really entertaining but the book ends right as something good, and something I was hoping, happened and it just leaves you wanting more. Trouble is a Friend of Mine will satisfy your mischievous, adventurous side.
Special thanks to First to Read of Penguin Random House for letting me read a copy. All opinions are my own. Trouble is a Friend of Mine by Stephanie Tromly comes out August 4, 2015.