Busted by Gina Ciocci
Young Adult Contemporary
Sourcebooks Fire | January 2, 2018
Okay, so, basically I snatched this up only because it said “For fans of Veronica Mars”. I’ve been missing my favorite PI and her bad boy love interest fiercely, and I totally fell for it. Busted was not like Veronica Mars. At all.
Yes, Marissa did stalk cheaters, but it was almost against her will. Not in the cute snarky way Veronica grumbled either. There was seriously something almost oxymoronish about Busted because Marissa is ‘anti-cheater’ yet some may say she’s a borderline cheater herself. Not to mention all of Marissa’s friends are jerks! All of them. I’m not just talking about the few who were supposed to be assholes, because even the ‘nice’ ones were jerks. I’ll award one point strictly on the merit that Marissa did call her friends out on it, but still. They were all vapid. Marissa less than the others, but there was a decent amount of talk about lip gloss, wavy hair, and primping. I wouldn’t say it’s excessive, but it was enough to drive me nuts.
There were a couple things I thought were decently done, like how well the mystery was thought out. I’ll admit to an embarrassing amount of skimming in the middle of the story, but I felt like I’d been surprised in the end. I also enjoyed how Marissa noticed TJ’s artistic ability and personality before she noticed he was attractive. For all the flaws in the story, that made me believe the both of them fell for something more than a pretty face, which is my favorite part of romance. Lastly, I thought the crush Marissa’s brother had on her best friend was super cute. I almost would have preferred reading them as the main story. (Only for the brother, the best friend was annoying.)
Overall, I think Busted is better suited for an actual Young Adult audience, because I’m sure the things that drove me insane are real traits of real teens. This is just one case where my adult perspective pulled me out of the story. I guess I can’t love all YA.
Thank you to Sourcebooks Fire for providing a free copy in exchange for an honest review.