I received this book for free from First To Read in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Trouble is a Friend of Mine by Stephanie Tromly
Genres: Contemporary, YA, Mystery
Published by Kathy Dawson Books Pages: 336
Source: First To Read
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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.
Of course I didn’t like Digby when I first met him. No one does.
What I thought of this book
Trouble is a Friend of Mine was a cute contemporary story about Zoe who didn’t want to move to a new school but because her parents divorced she had no choice. She meets a boy name Digby and he is really strange and a bit rude. He drags her into doing things that will get her into trouble, but for some reason she just keeps doing it.
Zoe doesn’t have any friends and so hanging with Digby even though at times he is rude was better than nothing. Digby is sort of a Sherlock Holmes type because he is sort of manic and very observant. Zoe finds out that his sister was kidnapped when he was seven and it tore his family apart. They even thought he might have had something to do with his little sisters disappearance. Because of this he is not well liked and sort of pitied by those around him.
There is a missing girl and Digby’s been working on trying to solve the case and he has some suspects. This leads him to dragging Zoe into all sorts of trouble. The break into clinics, follow drug deals and survive an explosion. Some times during all of this Zoe actually starts to like Digby.
Trouble is a Friend of Mine is a very appropriate title for this book as Digby is always getting Zoe in some sort of trouble. Zoe is a pretty cool character, she is trying to survive her parents divorce in a place she didn’t want to be. She has no friends and nobody seems to want to be friends, only Digby. Some of her antics dealing with the mean girl of the school does score her a couple of other friends and she is friends with Henry who is Digby’s friend.
Digby is a little complicated but a lot of fun. The more you know about how he is living the more sorry I felt for him. He was branded an outcast because of what happened to his sister, his mother is crazy and his father doesn’t even know that he is or isn’t around. He has learned how to deal with things and though he has a strange way of doing things he gets things done.
I enjoyed it and if you like contemporary YA novels with a bit of mystery then I think you might like this one. It ended okay but it also leaves it open for a sequel if the author wanted to and I kind of hope she does.