TJ Burns — October 14, 2016
My daughter and I loved this second book in the Friday Barnes series even more than the first. Friday’s eccentric, quirky personality shines through as she develops more self-confidence and gets used to being in the spotlight. Friday’s extensive vocabulary as she spits out interesting conglomerations of facts and information annoys everyone on her campus, but thoroughly entertained us!
One complaint I do have to make is that girls in this series do not get a good rap. Friday is socially inept and totally nonathletic, Melanie is an airhead who can’t stay focused, doesn’t do her homework, and sleeps in class, and Mirabella and her gang of giggly, silly girls fill their time getting prettied up in case they should meet an escaped convict or swamp yeti with whom they can have a romantic interlude with. The ridiculousness of it all makes it entertaining enough, but I am missing the smart (not necessarily genius-smart), athletic, brave girl that my daughter could see as an example. On the other hand, boys don’t get much of a better rap. Ian and Christopher are good-looking, smart, and athletic — so that’s better, but they both have criminal tendencies, so that’s a definite negative.
The plot is clever and entertaining. Clues are dropped along the way, enough clues to guess the twists, but not enough to make anything too obvious. And all loose ends get tied up in the end — as long as you don’t read the last chapter, which is actually a teaser for the next book! 😀
A fun, entertaining read! I can highly recommend Friday Barnes: Under Suspicion.
Published August 9th 2016 by Roaring Brook Press
I received a copy of this book from Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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