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Busted by Gina Ciocca
Published by Sourcebooks Fire on January 2, 2018
Genres: Young Adult
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Marisa wasn’t planning to be a snoop for hire—until she accidentally caught her best friend’s boyfriend making out with another girl. Now her reputation for sniffing out cheaters has spread all over school, and Marisa finds herself the reluctant queen of busting two-timing boys.
But when ex-frenemy Kendall asks her to spy on her boyfriend, TJ, Marisa quickly discovers the girl TJ might be falling for is Marisa herself. And worse yet? The feelings are quickly becoming mutual. Now, she’s stuck spying on a “mystery girl” and the spoken-for guy who just might be the love of her life…
I don’t read much young adult or stories about high school. And my issues here are why. The drama, the gossip, the back-stabbing, the endless manipulations, the wild emotions and the all-or-nothing attitudes all annoy me. For a town big enough to have multiple schools, the insularity of high school made it feel small town.
Busted is a really cute, quick read about Marisa who unwillingly becomes a spy to hunt down guys who cheat. Marisa and her best friend, Charlie, are good kids; they are easy to like. Some of the other kids, not so much. The character development beyond Marisa is limited; the villains are somewhat stereotypical.
Overall this was fun. It is very modern with technology and its pitfalls. I enjoyed the story with its twists and the banter between the friends.
Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
- 2018 New Release Challenge
- COYER Winter Switch