When Marisa happens to catch her best friend’s boyfriend cheating on her, she had no idea that her moment of being a private eye would give her the reputation for catching cheaters. She begrudgingly takes on a case from her frenemy, Kendall, who is convinced her boyfriend TJ is being unfaithful. She convinces Marisa to get close to him to find out what he’s hiding but what she discovers about Kendall and TJ goes beyond what she thought she was getting into.
I really enjoyed this book! I flew through it in a couple of days, not being able to put it down. I’m a big fan of Veronica Mars and Busted reminded me a lot of the cult fave show starring Kristen Bell – down to the mystery-solving, small-town school life. It’s a fairly quick read full of high school drama, relationships and friendships with a detective element to it.
I also loved how Ciocca explored the friendship dynamics. Marissa wasn’t afraid to call out her friends for being mean and while it may have been a few small moments in the book, I thought it was really important to show. Hopefully it illustrated to readers that the cycle of bullying can be stopped when one friend refuses to participate in the mean spirited actions. And good friends don’t stop being friends because of it. It was really refreshing to see both healthy and toxic female friendships depicted, as well as great sibling camaraderie.
Overall Busted was an entertaining weekend read for fans of contemporary YA and Veronica Mars. I do wish there was a bit more, different, sleuthing – maybe more cases for a future sequel? A really great start to 2018!