Rating – 4.13 out of 5
In A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson, Pippa (Pip) Fitz-Amobi has a hunch. For her senior project, she looks into a closed murder-suicide of her classmates because of something amiss. As she digs deeper, it becomes obvious that someone does not want her to find the truth. Pip keeps pushing even through danger and intrigue all the way to the final explosive end.
“The people you love weren’t algebra: to be calculated, subtracted, or held at arm’s length across a decimal point.” ― Holly Jackson, A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder
I read A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson for my YA book club and was surprised to find that I enjoyed it. As an avid listening of True Crime podcasts, I found many similarities to Serial and other real crime murder stories. Especially in presentation, it echoed many of the same beats. I liked the way that there were documents and other evidence as well as write-ups from Pip to break up the narrative. It was a welcome inclusion which I found delightful.
There is an unexpected twist at the end as well. While this book is written at a high school level the subject matter was on the more mature side. That should be evident from the fact that the crime is a murder-suicide but it is an important note for younger readers.
I recommend this book if you are interested in true-crime, like high school narratives and suspense.
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