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Trouble Is A Friend Of Mine
by Stephanie Tromly
What The Teen Press Corps Is Saying
“Trouble is a Friend of Mine kept me on my toes, but in a humorous way rather than a suspenseful one. Digby and Zoe’s antics were hilarious, and there was no way of predicting what they were going to do next. Every single one of the characters, even the minor ones, had their own special quirks and were interesting to read about. The emotions weren’t very deep, but if you really think about it it just fits Zoe’s personality as the narrator and the lighthearted tone of the book. Even the dramatic parts had a kind of airy feeling to them, if that makes sense. All in all, this is a great mystery/slice of life book and I’m really, really hoping that Stephanie Tromly will write a sequel.”
–Eden, Teen Press Corps
About the Book
When Philip Digby first shows up on her doorstep, Zoe Webster is not impressed. He’s rude and he treats her like a book he’s already read and knows the ending to. But before she knows it, Digby — annoying, brilliant and somehow attractive? — has dragged her into a series of hilarious and dangerous situations all related to an investigation into the kidnapping of a local teenage girl. A kidnapping that may be connected to the tragic disappearance of his own sister eight years ago.
When it comes to Digby, Zoe just can’t say no. Digby “gets” her, even though she barely gets herself. But is Digby a hero, or is his manic quest an indication of a desperate attempt to repair his broken family and exercise his own obsessive compulsive tendencies?
A romance where the leading man is decidedly unromantic, a crime novel where catching the crook isn’t the only hook, a friendship story where they aren’t even sure they like each other — this is a contemporary debut with razor-sharp dialogue, ridiculously funny action, and the most charismatic dynamic duo you’ve ever met.
“In what reads like a combination of Veronica Mars and The Breakfast Club, debut author Tromly creates a screwball mystery with powerful crossover appeal.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review
“This debut novel sparkles. Absolutely nothing slows down the pace of this outrageous romp. The dialogue is snappy, the plot fresh, and the characters unconventional and unique. It will delight readers with its hilarious twists and turns . . . This is one of those rare books that promises something unique and actually delivers beyond expectation. At least one copy belongs in every young adult collection.” — VOYA, starred review
“A fast-paced story . . . Readers will find a sharply drawn character in the irrepressible Zoe, who’s as dubious about Digby’s methods as she is curious about whether or not she can live up to his daredevilry.” — School Library Journal
“With acerbic banter and a healthy dose of high-school high jinks, screenwriter Tromly weaves together traditional elements of teen stories to create a Breakfast Club for a new century.” — Booklist