Author: Gina Ciocca
Publication: January 2, 2018
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Genre: Teens, Romance
SYNOPSIS: (From Goodreads)
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…
**A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.**
As a huge fan of Veronica Mars, when I saw the comparison’s from that series to this book I was very interested. Having now read Busted by Gina Ciocca I would say that it’s not exactly the same, but it’s up the same alley.
The story follows Marisa as she becomes popular for hunting down boys that are cheating on their girls. Does she want this job? Not really. She just kind of gets suckered into it. However, she is decent at it and she finds herself in one situation she did not thing she would. Falling for a guy that was not hers to fall for and dealing with crazy teenage girls.
The first half of the book was good, but didn’t move as fast as I’d liked. I felt it drew out and there was a lot going on. But quickly I found that all those things going on slowly started clicking together to form a more cohesive story with a focus. I love Marisa. She was your average teenage girl with boy problems, homework problems, Friday night football games, and parents. While being average, she is nothing but! Accidentally getting wrapped in a spy-for-hire gig to help an old “friend”, this book is packed with something for everyone. I loved TJ as well. He was someone I would hang out with. The two of them were instantly a pair I could see getting together. They were such well developed characters, which made this story so much better to read. Ciocca writing style made the story flow well. There were no choppy endings or cliffhangers that weren’t story lines welcomed back in the next chapter. All the supporting characters where well developed and added something to the story.
I also was pleased with the lack of down time in this story. In many novels you find chapters filled with information that comes across as space fillers. Busted didn’t have those. Every chapter had pertinent information that lead to filling in the story and bringing it to a peak and wrapping up at the end. I loved this book and anyone who enjoys easy reads with a bit of mystery and romance should pick up this book. You won’t regret it.
STAR RATING: 5/5
Busted by Gina Ciocca will be available for purchase on January 2nd from Amazon and Barnes and Noble. It is currently available for pre-order. You can also look for it at your local book store. Make sure to add Busted to your To Reads list on Goodreads and leave feedback for the author when you are done reading. Also make sure to check out author Gina Ciocca’s other books Last Years Mistake and A Kiss in the Dark.