Trouble is a Friend of Mine – Stephanie Tromly

Trouble is a Friend of Mine by Stephanie Tromly

My rating: 2 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
Published: 2016
Publisher: Speak
Recommended Age: 12+
Pacing: Fast
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Mystery, (Bad) Humor, Romance, DNF


Of course Zoe Webster didn’t like Philip Digby when she first met him. No one does! He’s rude and he treats her like a book he’s already read and knows the ending to. But Zoe is new in town and her options for friends are . . . limited. And before she knows it, Digby–annoying, brilliant, and somehow attractive?–has dragged her into a series of hilarious and dangerous situations all related to the investigation of a missing local teen girl. When it comes to Digby, Zoe just can’t say no. But is Digby’s manic quest really worth all the trouble he’s getting Zoe into?


This story is absolutely ridiculous.

As are the characters. I kept waiting for them to warm up to me, or make me realize that they aren’t just characters from the author’s mind but actually real people that I can connect with and that could potentially, if I were a book jumper, become my friends.

That never happened. Digby is still, at the moment, an annoying and disrespectful son of a b*tch, and I understand Zoe doesn’t have many friends, but she’s letting herself be manipulated one too many times. There’s nothing more frustrating than a character who is aware of the fact that someone is taking advantage of her, but doesn’t have the energy to care for longer than a minute. She waves a lot off.

Hearing Digby and Henry oversexualize the opposite sex and propagate different stereotypes for the hundredth time – in front of Zoe, too – was the last straw for me. I can’t believe I even managed to read half of this story. I admit it was entertaining in the beginning, and the dialog fresh, and although some stuff bothered me, I was hoping it would get better.

I should have trusted my instinct, which said that I’m not the right person to be reading this book. Oh well.


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