Trouble is a Friend of Mine by Stephanie Tromly

3.55 stars

Trouble is a Friend of Mine is crazy.

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Every aspect of this book is totally, unbelievably, ridiculous – The characters, the plot and the mystery – complete outlandish. Which let’s be honest, would normally be the biggest turn off in a book, but for some reason it just working in Trouble is a Friend of Mine! This book is silly and eccentric and ABSOLUTELY HILARIOUS, I had a lot of fun reading it.

Amazingness:

  • The friendship in this book is crazy good. I loved that Zoe, unwittingly became ‘one of the boys’, her Digby and Henry had a silly camaraderie that was a lot of fun to read.
  • Zoe is a relateable protagonist. Instead of reading about a girls who’s beautiful-but-doesn’t-know-it or crazy savvy, or super smart, we’re reading about a girl who’s just like the rest of us. Which I loved!!
  • This book is generally hilarious. I was reading on a peak hour train with my head phones in so engrossed in the story I hadn’t realised I’d started to make this awfully embarrassing giggle/chuckle hybrid sound and I’d become the entertainment for the rest of the bored passengers. This book is so silly that you have to laugh. The witty banter that comes out of Digby’s mouth is so entertaining – he’s such a bullshit artist – he has the best excuses and one liners I loved it!!
  • This book has like a fun feel about it. Trouble is a Friend of Mine is such a quick easy read, it has an out of left field plot and mystery and creative and entertaining characters and the whole time while reading it you’re in a good mood!!

Not-So-Amazingness:

  • So I know I was supposed to like Digby. You can tell while reading this book, Tromly’s aim is for her readers to find Digby eccentric and charming. You’re meant to find all his little quirks bizarrely delightful, but I just couldn’t. Don’t get me wrong, there were times in this book I LOVED Digby, but for the most part with eccentric personality came off – at least to me – as being obnoxious and selfish.
  • The big mystery, wasn’t very big in my eyes. I feel like either, the book needed a bigger atmospheric build up to the ‘Ah-Ha!’ moment or we needed to be completely taken by surprise by the conclusion, because the obvious ending kind of left me a bit meh.

Overall, I really, really enjoyed Trouble is a Friend of Mine, it was so much fun to read! I know this book has been marketed as a standalone, but after that last chapter I’m starting to think that there’s going to be another book – if there is I will definitely be reading it!

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About Amy

I'm an 20 year old uni student who majors in procrastinating. It's wonderful really - many a great read was read because of it.

5 Responses

  1. Love your review! And I love this book so much! It’s definitely totally ridiculous, but so much fun and so hilarious a lot of the time. I was always laughing out loud. That ending though!!! Ugh! There has to be another book, because the way it ended just makes it seem like there is more. I need more!

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      1. So do I! I was rooting for it the entire time and I was so annoyed lol. Maybe if it gets a lot of attention, the author will write a sequel. It ended at a point that there is room for one.

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