Trouble is a Friend of Mine

I finished Trouble is a Friend of Mine by Stephanie Tromly.  I received a copy from the publisher for review.

Summary (from Goodreads):

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.)

A mystery where catching the crook isn’t the only hook, a romance where the leading man is decidedly unromantic, a story about friendship where they aren’t even sure they like each other—Trouble is a Friend of Mine is a YA debut you won’t soon forget.”

This was compared to Veronica Mars, and that’s a really apt comparison.  If Veronica’s first case wasn’t the death of her best friend and if her dad didn’t run a detective agency, she’d probably be a lot like Zoe.

Because honestly, Zoe had no plan to get into the mystery-solving business—pretty much the entire time, actually, which is pretty interesting because she turns out to be pretty good at it.

Digby is a complete genius but he’s also really obnoxious—to the point where I’m actually really surprised that he has survived to be in high school. ;)

This is a really fun book, and I’m guessing there’s a chance there will be a follow up.  I hope so; I would like more Zoe.

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