Emily Arsenault does this thing where she writes humans as they actually are. Which may seem like a strange thing to say, but I don't know how else to put it. Her characters are often well, they aren't glamorous, maybe a bit stunted in growth, or selfish or lazy, but they are so relateable. And I don't mean they are OMG SO AWFUL, either, because that wouldn't fit in with writing humans as they actually are from my perspective!
She also has this really lovely and charming humor that I just get, and enjoy. For instance, here are a few gems from her most recent book:
"I’m sorry," Kyle interrupted me. "I didn’t catch your name."
"Margery." I swallowed. I didn’t want him to associate me with Jeff, whose last name he very likely knew. "Lipinski."
The name had simply fallen out of my mouth. It was obvious where I got the Margery, but where did Lipinski come from? Probably from Tara Lipinski. Figure skaters’ names are often at the tip of my tongue. I’ve always kind of wanted to be one.
"I can’t remember…Are you on Facebook?"
"Kind of," Jeff admitted. "I only go on every couple of months and randomly thumb up shit to make people feel good about themselves…"
Lol I so relate. BUT ANYWAY.
This is a mystery and it's a story about a brother and sister which is fun! It also features a cast of delightful pets and amateur sleuthing. I mean, really, what more could you want in a book?
I very much enjoyed this one and think it makes a perfect summer read!
Review copy received from the publisher!