Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Busted by Gina Ciocca

Cover Art Courtesy of Goodreads
I love a good YA contemporary. They're fun, quick reads with relatable characters and relevant plots. Busted by Gina Ciocca was no exception. Busted follows Marisa, a high school student who catches her best friend's boyfriend cheating. But once word gets around as to what she's done, she accidentally goes from an everyday student to Marisa, cheater buster and sleuth extraordinaire.

When Marisa's old frenemy Kendall solicits Marisa's help in catching a cheater of her own, drama brews as Marisa starts to fall for TJ, the boy Kendall wants her to track. Trouble brews when Kendall discovers that TJ feels the same about Marisa, and sets out to ruin her by exposing her private eye secret. But Kendall doesn't know that Marisa may know a secret about her as well. All this coupled with some additional academic drama makes for a quality contemporary and a really fun read. How far is Marisa willing to go to expose the real truth, and who is she willing to take down with her?

This was a fast-paced story that I devoured quickly. There were never lulls in the plot, and I thought all the characters added something to the story. It also really made me want a leather bracelet like the ones TJ makes! The cover for this book is absolutely gorgeous, but I think it is a little misleading. An image from Marisa's website might have been a better, more fitting option. 

When I read books about high schoolers, I always wonder why everyone has oblivious parents who can't spot an obvious lie. I know when I was in high school, my parents were always ON IT when it came to knowing whether or not I was telling the truth. Aside from a few unrealistic scenes, I really enjoyed this read and think it would be a great choice for any fan of YA contemporary!

Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

Busted by Gina Ciocca hits shelves this coming January, so be sure to pre-order a copy! Thanks so much to SOURCEBOOKS Fire for granting me early digital access to this fantastic read!

10 comments:

Megan | Ginger Mom & the Kindle Quest said...

I have read very little contemporary but it is definitely a genre that is growing on me :) Great review - looks like one I may have to pick up!

Terri said...

Your review makes me want to check out this book. It sounds good.

Nandini Kamat Kunde said...

I’m so into YA right now! Loved the plot

DJ Sakata said...

sounds like a cute and delightful treat

Whispering Stories said...

Sounds like a great read for any YA fans. Great review too.

Sierra Winfield said...

Not sure I've ever read a contemporary but It Sounds like a good read

Abominable BookGirl said...

This book sounds so good! I am excited to read it.

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Norees Gasper said...

great review!

Hoarder of Book Boyfriends said...

A quick, enjoyable review! I think you highlighted some great points!