Trouble Is a Friend of Mine

"Preparing to survive a typical day of being Digby's 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 landed loudly in my inbox a few weeks ago, and I would like to give a shout-out to Rachel Lodi, Digital Associate Publicist at Penguin Young Readers, for sending it my way (you are awesome, Rachel). 

If you know me then you know I LOVE characters who talk too much. I really love when dialogue drives a story, because I feel like I really get to know characters from what they say. I don't really know more about a character just because a writer has described the dresser in their Great Aunt Florence's room. I also really love writing dialogue, so that might be another reason I'm so fond of it. However, if I were to complain about one thing in this story it's that there might have been too much talking from minor characters who didn't progress the story. I only wish that there had been a little more description because this story reads like a screenplay. Which was really fun for me but it might not be the right story for some readers. I also believe this story is meant to be read in book format; I think it's really difficult to get the right affect if you're reading this on an iPad or Kindle. 

But the dialogue is so witty and entertaining! Stephanie Tromly has written so many great moments between these characters. I really just loved everything about Digby, and he's very different from most YA characters. I would agree with most readers that he is an exasperating version of Sherlock. He's quite strange and passionate and adorable even when he's wearing a tutu. I'm not fond of characters who have emotional issues but don't show them at all, and readers will be able to see all of Digby's awkwardness and anxiety in his dialogue. It's pretty difficult to not get swept up in his charisma. 

What I enjoyed about this story is the pacing. I felt like I could have read this book in a day had I not been in the middle of moving to Florida, but I've been so caught up in packing and unpacking and crying over my loss of internet until next Tuesday that I haven't been able to pick up this book and really sit down and finish it in one sitting. 

That being said, I believe this is a perfect book for readers who want a quick and hilarious read with a lot of dialogue and a hero who is impossible to not like.