February 22, 2012

Book Review: The Girl In the Park by Mariah Fredericks

Title: The Girl In the Park
Author: Mariah Fredericks
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Genre: YA Contemporary, Crime/Mystery
Release Date: April 24, 2012
Source: paperback, Random Buzzers

When Wendy Geller's body is found in Central Park after the night of a rager, newspaper headlines scream,"Death in the Park: Party Girl Found Strangled." But shy Rain, once Wendy's best friend, knows there was more to Wendy than just "party girl." As she struggles to separate the friend she knew from the tangle of gossip and headlines, Rain becomes determined to discover the truth about the murder. Written in a voice at once immediate, riveting, and utterly convincing, Mariah Frederick's mystery brilliantly exposes the cracks in this exclusive New York City world and the teenagers that move within it.

My Review:
I thought at first, "I'm not sure about this". However, I'm glad I kept reading. This was a very well written crime/mystery young adult novel. I have to say, I'm not really one for those types, because I'm such a softie, and will cry with just about anything, haha. But this was very good and pulls you right into Rain's world.

Rain is shy and conservative and doesn't like conflict, whose best friend is murdered fairly early on in the book. We follow Rain and she tries to find her friend, Wendy's, killer. We follow her through memories of her friendship and of life.

As you continue to read on about this horrific event you start to wonder who did it you can actually place yourself into this wonderful book and watch every thing unfold right in front of you. It's like you are actually there with Rain trying to figure everything out.

I will admit, one of the main reasons I don't like reading books like this is because I can usually assume who the murderer is ahead of time. This one left it open for me and I was torn between two people. But as the story progressed, I was drawn more towards one than the other. The reveal of the killer will shock you in the end.

Final Thoughts:
Very well written, a great read for readers that enjoy a good Young Adult Contemporary mixed with Crime/Mystery.

Star Rating:

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