Monday, September 28, 2015

Trouble is a Friend of Mine by Stephanie Tromly

Title: Trouble is a Friend of Mine
Author: Stephanie Tromly
Released August 4, 2015
Received in OwlCrate subscription box
Rating: 4.5/5


Of course I didn’t like Digby when I first met him. No one does.

The first time Philip Digby shows up on Zoe Webster’s doorstep, he’s rude and he treats her like a book he’s already read and knows the ending to.

But before she knows it, Zoe’s allowed Digby—annoying, brilliant, and somehow…attractive? Digby—to drag her into a series of hilarious, dangerous, and only vaguely legal schemes all related to the kidnapping of a local teenage girl. A kidnapping that might be connected to the tragic disappearance of his little sister eight years ago. When it comes to Digby, Zoe just can’t say no.

But is Digby a hero? Or is his manic quest an indication of a desperate attempt to repair his broken family and exorcize his own obsessive-compulsive tendencies? And does she really care anyway?

This is a contemporary debut with razor-sharp dialogue, ridiculously funny action, and a dynamic duo you won’t soon forget (Summary from Goodreads).

The thing you have to know going into this book is that it is a light and comedic read.  It is meant to make fun of the cliche teenager cliques plus add in a crazy mystery that takes the characters on a wild goose chase.  I enjoyed this book sooo much and I think it got me out of my reading slump. I think it was the funny, quirky characters and the light tone that put me in a good mood whenever I picked up this book.

As I've said in one of my past posts, I've read a few Meg Cabot books back in middle school and high school, and the personality of the main character, Zoe, reminded me of Meg Cabot's main female characters.  She's the type that's tough, doesn't care for people's bullshit, and finds herself going on adventures she doesn't care for. Digby is the character that gets Zoe involved in his crazy schemes to find a local missing girl. What a quirky character! He's had some lines that really made me cackle (yes, cackle).  Here are a couple of my favorite lines from the book:
"Henry, man, there's something about your problems..." Digby said. "Maybe it's this weird thing you have with Hestia or maybe it's the way you talk about always sound like a middle-aged accountant."
That one made me laugh as my father is a middle aged accountant and I know exactly what Digby means (I'm also going to school for accounting so...).
Ezekial's gun mainly pointed at Digby, but in case I thought my pumped-up kicks could run faster than his bullet, he waved it in my direction a little too.
Also, you guys know how much I like to ship characters.  Well, I was hardcore shipping Digby and Zoe <33.  I had a couple of feely moments in this book.

What a cute book! It was my first Owlcrate book, and I can say I was not disappointed at all. Considering how long it took me to finish One Good Dragon Deserves Another, I breezed right through this book in just a few days!

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