Tromly, Stephanie Trouble is a Friend of Mine, 334 pgs. Kathy Dawson Books, 2015 (Penguin). $17.99 Content: Language: PG-13 (40 swears); Mature Content: PG-13; Violence: PG-13.
Zoe has just moved because of her parents’ divorce. She is having trouble finding friends, but a boy named Digby has latched onto her and started involving her in his quirky schemes. Digby’s sister disappeared when she was four and it has destroyed Digby’s family, but Digby has set his attention on a recently missing girl from their class. Zoe finds herself doing all sorts of daring and crazy things to help Digby follow his leads.
This book made me laugh out loud at times. The dialogue is hilarious. The mystery is two part and Digby and Zoe have funny chemistry. My only complaint would be that the characters weren’t easy to relate to -but it didn’t stop me from enjoying the book. The book wraps up one mystery, but leaves an overall mystery that makes me guess this will have a sequel. The mature content is drug use, talk of going to a gynecologist and reference to sexting.
HS-ADVISABLE. Reviewer, C. Peterson.