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Title: Trouble is a Friend of Mine
Author: Stephanie Tromly
Publisher: Kathy Dawson Books: an imprint of Penguin
Publication Date: August 4, 2015
Summary (from Goodreads): Preparing to survive a typical day of being Digbys friend wasn’t that different from preparing to survive the apocalypse.
Her first day not in school (because she cut) in her new hometown that will soon be her old hometown (because she’s getting out of Dodge as fast as she can) Zoe meets Digby. Or rather, Digby decides he’s going to meet Zoe and get her to help him find missing teenager. Zoe isn’t sure how, but Digby—the odd and brilliant and somehow…attractive?—Digby always gets what he wants, including her help on several illegal ventures. Before she knows it, Zoe has vandalized an office complex with fake snow, pretended to buy drugs alongside a handsome football player dressed like the Hulk, had a throw-down with a possible cult, and, oh yeah, saved her new hometown (which might be worth making her permanent hometown after all.)
A mystery where catching the crook isn’t the only hook, a romance where the leading man is decidedly unromantic, a story about friendship where they aren’t even sure they like each other—Trouble is a Friend of Mine is a YA debut you won’t soon forget.
Trouble is a Friend of Mine is a comical book filled with mystery. It contains an intelligent main character who is a very amusing narrator for the book. However, there are a few parts of the book that made me uncomfortable while reading and made me consider whether to continue reading on.
First of all, Trouble is a Friend of Mine is filled with humour. As the main character, Zoe, and her friend Digby attempt to find a missing teen, they encounter many foes and defeat them in a very entertaining manner. The humour in this book definitely helps distract the reader from the fact that the book is all about a missing person, and really helps move the plot along.
I really liked Zoe as a main character for Trouble is a Friend of Mine. She is very quirky and she and Digby are great at coming up with plans together. Zoe is also a relatable character, as her parents are divorced and she isn’t very close with her mom. Although she isn’t the best role model, she brings a lot of amusement to the book.
I found a few parts of Trouble is a Friend of Mine to be disquieting and made me uncomfortable while reading. Part of the plot consists of a gynecologist who is filming patients secretly, one of whom is Zoe’s mom. I found this to be unnecessary to the book and also pretty disturbing. Due to this scene, I didn’t enjoy this book as much as I might have.
Trouble is a Friend of Mine is a witty book that contains main character who is clever and relatable. There are some disturbing elements in this book that I really did not enjoy, however. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good mystery and can handle content that is more mature in nature.