Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5
What did you like about the book? A very realistic take on a teenage girl who investigates her best friend’s disappearance through a drug and alcohol induced haze. A Good Idea is an atmospheric mystery that brings to light the gritty life in a small Maine town.
Anything you didn’t like about it? This title is very realistic, making it pretty depressing. However, the mystery keeps the reader wanting more.
To whom would you recommend this book? Older teens who like fiction about death, dying and drug addiction. New Adults will also appreciate the well written mystery and it may be more age appropriate for this group.
Who should buy this book? Public libraries serving teens and adults.
Where would you shelve it? Young Adult Fiction
Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? If you like dark mysteries with flawed characters, yes. It’s also good to know what you are recommending to teens with this title. It is for very mature readers.
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Amy Dean, Stoughton Public Library, Stoughton, MA
Date of review: 9/21/17