Buzz Kill - YA Review by Maryn J

Reader: Maryn J.
Age: 13
Title: Buzz Kill
Author: Beth Fantaskey
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Pub Date: 05/06/14
Galley: Yes
Top 25: Yes
Convince us to read the book: Wow. That's all I could really say when I set down Buzz Kill after spending my whole day finishing it. In the beginning, I thought it was absolutely cliché. After I kept reading, I realized it was much more than that. Millie, the narrator, is extremely relatable. And Chase is your typical high school quarterback, except for the fact that he watches foreign films and doesn't have any friends. The romance between the two is supremely frustrating but it's an innocent touching thing. Many chapters ended with cliffhangers, and often they ended up being funny or completely surprising. So many people are to be suspected, and as each one get crossed off the list I became more and more confused. Just when you think nothing is around the corner, it's there, waiting to jump on you. A great read for a yucky weather weekend that you can finish in one sitting.
Memorable or Forgettable: This book was unforgettable. The characters were full of life and you got to really understand what they've been through. There were a lot of funny undertones to the story and that made it compelling. Chase's personality is absolutely perfect; he's totally jock-dork cute, which you almost never see in a book. Overall, very thought provoking.
Cover: The cover and title were ironically funny, and though pretty simple, the cover was bright and sparked interest. It reflected the contents but just barely, going with a less important plot point in this story. In the end, I liked the cover.
Age Range: 12 through 17
Quality:  4Q Better than most
Popularity: 4P Broad general teen appeal
Annotation: Millie Ostermeyer decides to make a list on who would want Coach Killdare, a hated but talented coach, dead. One year later, Coach Killdare is murdered. Millie takes it upon herself to solve the crime, and along the way she might just fall in love with the seemingly perfect and most puzzling jock ever, Chase Albright. In this fast-paced story, you'll fall into the town of Honeywell and never want to fall out of it.

tags:  mystery / suspense / romance / ya lit

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