My rating: 


(3.75 stars)

Hello, everyone! I hope you’ve all had a restful weekend! 🙂 I’m back with another review, this one being on Trouble is a Friend of Mine by Stephanie Tromly. I actually read this book a while ago, but I’ve been meaning to review it, especially since I plan on reading its sequel… It’s about Zoe, who recently moved to your run-of-the-mill town after her mom’s divorce. It might have derailed her plan for getting into Princeton, but as long as she got out of town into a prestigious boarding school, she should have no trouble  getting back on track. But then she met Digby, amateur detective, who had a knack for getting her into a lot of trouble. Together, they investigate and discover secrets that might have been best left alone.

Well, first of all, I’ve got to say that this book reminded me a lot of Sherlock. Probably because when I read this book, I was anticipating the BBC version Sherlock by watching the episodes over and over again until it came on. In fact, the day I finished reading this book was the day before Sherlock was coming on. And I was anticipating season 4 most anxiously… That being said, I saw lots of parallels between Digby and Sherlock that made me think that this book was inspired by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic. But that wasn’t the only enjoyable thing about the book. I really liked how suspenseful it was. I literally felt myself panicking for a character because I got to relate with her. Now, this didn’t always happen, with her being less relatable in the beginning, but by the end, I felt as if I knew and liked Zoe as a character.

But God, I liked Digby a whole lot more. He was basically the whole interesting side of the story. Her life was pretty much uneventful until she moved with her mom after the divorce to where Digby showed up. He was witty, made solid arguments, had this whole reckless thing down to a T and then there was the mystery surrounding him and his family. Due to the ending involving both these characters, I felt as if the first book was setting up the scene, and that hopefully the second book, Trouble Makes a Comeback, will be much more exciting. My only problem with this book was that it had a slow start in being exciting. Sure, there were a few good moments here and there in the beginning, but once it got to the nitty gritty of the situation, I got really invested. So that’s why I’d give this book a 3.75 star rating.

There are so many unanswered questions that I’m hoping to return to once I start reading Trouble Makes a Comeback, the sequel to Trouble is a Friend of Mine! Hopefully, Zoe’s character development will grow even more within it! Well, that’s all I have to say about Trouble is a Friend of Mine by Stephanie Tromly. If you have any comments or questions, feel free to leave them in the Comments Section below. Take care, and keep reading!

– Sumaya