January 11, 2018 | Posted by Victoria in Book Reviews | 1 Comment

Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Publication Date: January 2, 2018 by Sourcebooks Fire
Format: eARC
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3.5 Stars
Source: Publisher via Netgalley

Marisa wasn’t planning to be a snoop for hire—until she accidentally caught her best friend’s boyfriend making out with another girl. Now her reputation for sniffing out cheaters has spread all over school, and Marisa finds herself the reluctant queen of busting two-timing boys.

But when ex-frenemy Kendall asks her to spy on her boyfriend, TJ, Marisa quickly discovers the girl TJ might be falling for is Marisa herself. And worse yet? The feelings are quickly becoming mutual. Now, she’s stuck spying on a “mystery girl” and the spoken-for guy who just might be the love of her life…

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Busted follows Marisa, a high school teen who unintentionally gets herself into the business of spying on her classmate’s significant others. She starts off my following her best friend’s boyfriend when she sees him hanging out with a girl that’s not her best friend; word gets around about what she did, and other people are starting to ask her to follow their significant other. As soon as I read the synopsis I knew I HAD to read it, it sounded like so much fun. Once I got into the book, I was surprised that the spying on other people’s boyfriend’s was only a small part of the book and that there is so much more going on in the story!

“I hadn’t realized how much I wanted him to be different from other guys I was asked to investigate. How much I needed him to be the exception to the rule.”

I read reviews were people compare this book to Veronica Mars, but I think it’s more like the book Love, Inc by Yvonne Collins and Sandy Rideout. Three girls find out they’re dating the same guy so they decide get revenge on him and then open up their own business to get revenge/give relationship advice/and become matchmakers for their peers.

This book was such a quick read fore me because it was so entertaining, and there is somewhat of a mystery element which meant I couldn’t put down the book until I figure out what happened. The “mystery” wasn’t difficult to guess, but I was so invested in finding out how everything would be tied together.

My favorite part of the whole book is definitely the relationship Marisa has with her brother Nick. I don’t see many YA books where siblings have a close bond, but in Busted they hang out with each other, stand up for each other, and actually like one another! There is one part of the story where Nick has a crush on one of her friends, and instead of making a big deal about it or treating it like a taboo subject (which happens in SO MANY BOOKS), the siblings talk and laugh about it, and Marisa even tries to give her brother advice.

“I knew you were up to something when Mom told me you were staying home, so I faked sick too.”

Parts of the story were little over dramatic and unrealistic, but it was such a fun book to read, that it was easy for me to put aside these issues and enjoy the book. I do wish there was more parental involvement in the book though. At times I forgot the characters were in high school because there was such a lack of parental figures, and then was surprised when they showed up and did something parent-y.

Overall Busted was a fun book that I definitely recommend if you want something fun and easy to read that won’t take too much time.

Have you read either of Ciocca’s books? If so, what did you think of them?

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