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Genre: YA Contemporary, Mystery
Published: February 11, 2012
Series: #1 (South Hills Sidekicks)
Length: 302 pages
Source: (author) review copy
“When Alley started her senior year at Upper East High in the South Hills area, it was supposed to be the usual drag of hanging out with people who spent more on one outfit than Alley did on her entire wardrobe. That was until Kirsten, a girl in their clique, suddenly goes missing and the only people who seem to care are her friends. All evidence leads to the new comer Shane, a cocky and self-pretentious person in Alley’s opinion, but the police seem uninterested so she and the rest of the girls start a little investigation of their own. But they are nowhere closer to finding Kirsten than when they started and now they had the police’s attention; just not in the way they expected. The girls have to start over and discover that maybe it wasn’t an outsider who took Kirsten, but someone within their own clique who has something to hide; a secret that just might have gotten Kirsten killed.“
There are lots of cliques in the school, but there are 2 particular cliques that are always mentioned in the book. There is Val’s clique (Kirsten, Alley, Kayla and Libby) and Taylor’s clique. This book is written in Alley’s perspective and at first, I thought that it was going to be about how Alley struggles being liked by the popular girls. It was mentioned that the only reason why the rest of the girls in Val’s clique hangs out with Alley is that because Val & Alley are best friends. Alley was given “Val’s shadow” as her nickname so I thought this book was definitely going to be about our MC getting bullied. I was wrong and I’m so glad I was!
This book was epic and just hilarious! I love, love, loved it! From start to finish, my nose was glued on the text. The writing style was very good; the pacing was smooth and wasn’t choppy at all. First off, a big round of applause for the authors. I could NOT stop laughing (I literally LOL-ed). The characters were just hilarious especially Val! Oh Val (Valerie) I freaking LOVE her personality and all the silly mistakes she made (she pepper sprayed herself xD ). There’s a lot of characters in this book, but you could all tell them apart. The author did an amazing job on giving their characters their own voice. So if you’re worried you’ll get them mixed up, I’m pretty sure you won’t. All of the characters were just witty which I think is one of the reasons why you’ll keep on reading. They are characters you’ll just instantly click with and love.
There’s a lot of suspense and mystery in this book which I also loved! It made me keep turning the pages till the very last. There’s a bunch of twists which makes the story unpredictable. Overall I definitely enjoyed it & I can’t wait to read the sequel. If you’re up for a read with 4 hilarious high school girls on a journey to solve a mystery, then I suggest you pick this up now! If you’re looking for a light, funny, fast-paced read then this one is definitely for you.
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