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Lulu Dark Can See Through Walls (Lulu Dark #1)

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3.58 of 5 stars 3.58  ·  rating details  ·  656 ratings  ·  72 reviews
Lulu Dark is the anti-Nancy—a chic, tough-talking city girl who never meant to get involved in a mystery.

But when her favorite purse is stolen during a Many Handsomes concert, Lulu knows she has to get it back. After all, it was one of a kind—and the lead singer's phone number was stashed inside! Lulu dives deep into the fray along with her friends Daisy and Charlie, and d
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Paperback, 256 pages
Published May 18th 2006 by Razorbill (first published May 19th 2005)
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Heather
Lulu Dark is a reluctant detective. Normally, she wouldn’t have the patience for sleuthing, but her favorite purse, a horribly ugly pick and yellow flowered knock off, has been swiped and she’s going to get it back no matter what! While trying to dig up information on her purse, she finds out that there is another mystery brewing. When there are reports of her partying hard at nightclubs when she was safely tucked in bed makes Lulu wonder if her total identity been stolen along with her purse. S ...more
Erin
Lulu Dark may be able to see through walls, but I saw through this book in a chapter. And the more I thought about it, the more the book made absolutely no sense.

How could her rich, socialite NOT NOT NOT NOT NOT NOT boyfriend (...yeah. I bought that.) have like a billion and a half ex-girlfriends and still be, in Lulu's own words, oblivious?

How could she and her aforementioned completely not totally definitely not boyfriend order wine at a restaurant when they're still in high school?

And how on
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Jess
Just the thing to read when your brain needs a vacation. Which is not to say that it's total brain candy - there's actually a nicely puzzling mystery and some substance to the characters - but it's the kind of book that pulls you into another world for some fun.

Since Lulu doesn't want to play the girl detective, it's understandable when it takes her a while to piece together the clues (I guessed a few things before she did, but not enough to make it annoying), but along the way she actually kin
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Sierra
An ordinary teenager, Lulu Dark, goes to the "Many Handsomes" concert with her two friends. When the concert was over, she noticed that her purse was gone. Lulu Dark was tenacious on finding out who took her purse; she was fractious while trying to find out who took it, then another mystery came up. Lulu Dark was a repertoire sleuth; although it seems silly to quibble over losing a purse, her purse made her feel assuage, and she needed it back. Lulu Dark Can See Through Walls was like an amateur ...more
Neha
I read this book a long time ago, but I've read this book many times. I think I just have something for really overtly unlikeable female protagonists. I fall in love with them way too easily, it's like I have a type.

While I agree with most, this is a plot pulled right from that Pretty Lilly Little Game whatever show before that show was even a thing. I still really loved it. I'm also a sucker for a mystery plot (yeah, does not have to be good.)It was predictable as heck, but I loved it anyway.
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Orchid
Aug 17, 2011 Orchid rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: own
Review taken from my blog, The Haunting of Orchid Forsythia

First Sentence:

My name is Lulu Dark.


I actually bought Lulu Dark Can See Through Walls on a whim. It sounded like a great summertime read, plus it was on sale and only cost me $1. Am I glad that I bought it, yes; yes I am because it was a delightful summer read.

Lulu Can See Through Walls pretty much pulled me in from page one because you just kind of jump right into the story, thankfully it never feels like you have picked up a book tha
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Sammy
I like the mystery books I read to make me think. This one... well, sort of did the thinking for me. I predicted events before they happened and then waited as they explained out what I already knew. The book was still all right though.

It's very "poppy." Full of trendy hotspots, descriptions of vintage "crazy-cool" fashionistas, and "Look it's trendy!" the book got a little too fluffy at points. The book is definitely geared more towards tweens and teens. If Lulu Dark becomes a series, I think s
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Brianna
I am a fan of confident, bold heroines. So, I thought I would love Lulu Dark. I did not. She was self-absorbed, spoiled, and paranoid. I think that Madison was trying to create a sexy, urban sophisticate vibe and instead ended up creating something that was completely not relatable to me as a reader. I liked that Lulu was an eccentric, quirky teen girl with fun parents and great friends, but that's about the extent of my enjoyment of this book. And the mystery wasn't even that exciting! Plus, wh ...more
Lady Entropy
I always had a thing for Detective Girls (except I never liked Nancy Drew) maybe because when I was 10, I started reading Agatha Christie and I never stopped. I wound up discovering these Girl Detectives genre much later in life, but I still got a kick out of it.

Lulu Dark is just perfect for me: she's snarky, stylish, and imperfect, and the mystery itself was well-crafted (even if she was a little slow on the uptake). I'm definitely picking up the next book and I'm sorry there just seem to be tw
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Meagan
Lulu Dark is the daughter of a famous B-list actress, has a quirky sense of fashion, a lifelong sworn enemy, and the two coolest best friends ever. When her favorite purse, a hideous pink and yellow Kate Spade knockoff, is stolen she has no choice but to find out who took it. She'll be the first to inform you, however, that she is not, not, a girl detective. (Even though she interrogates suspects, performs searches in rooms and apartments, and even holds a garbage bin stakeout.) She just wants h ...more
Phoebe
Mar 28, 2011 Phoebe rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Deborah, Nancy
This energetic, humorous, and offbeat mystery does a fine job of hooking readers from the start. Lulu is outspoken and tough-skinned with a daring sense of fashion. Her two sidekicks, Daisy and Charlie, are loyal through thick and thin, though Lulu can't quite see that Charlie has feelings beyond friendship for her. Everyone's mettle is tested when a new girl disappears, a body with a similar tattoo is found in the harbor, and someone begins impersonating Lulu all over town, creating a new and u ...more
Obuchi
Sep 25, 2012 Obuchi rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: lol
Lulu comes off as a sharp tongued, clever, strong, individual. The trouble didn't start because she was being particularly nosy, like in most girl detective books. Trouble came just because Lulu was being Lulu and criminals seem to be trying to insult her personally.

After having her favorite purse spirited away at a Many Handsomes concert, Lulu decides to take a stand against. She resolves to track down her beloved purse with her friends Daisy and Charlie and make the thief who took it pay- dea
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Ratforce
For a light-hearted, funny mystery that’s as much about the characters as it is about the mystery, try this Lulu Dark novel, which is the first of two.

Fans of funny and truly mysterious mysteries should find a lot to like in the Lulu Dark books. Lulu is sharp and funny, and even when the case of her stolen purse ends up being bigger than she bargained for, she’s determined to see the case through to the end.

If you’d like to try a mystery, Lulu Dark Can See Through Walls is a good bet. Lulu is sh
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Snorkle
I was not impressed with this book. The main character, Lulu always talked about how she was different from the snobby people she loathed, but she would often stoop to their level. I didn't appreciate the language in the story either. There were a couple parts that I thought were dark and inappropriate for a tween-wannabe-teen book. And the ending? What was up with that? It felt rushed and unoriginal. I wouldn't recommend this book, it was a waste of time and had several flaws that hindered it f ...more
Talie
I've read this twice. Super easy light read, kind of entertaining
Monica Norton
At first, I wasn't sure if I would like this, as my favorite stories usually have characters that I like. However, Lulu Dark is intriguing and I couldn't help but be drawn into the mystery of her missing bag, cringing as her sarcastic comments pushed away people who could possibly help her. I enjoyed watching the mystery unfold and get more and more bizarre, as Lulu gets a phone call from--Lulu(!), accusing her of stealing her cell phone. This is a great book to read for fun, and I would especia ...more
Mel Raschke
Lulu Dark Can See Through Walls was an intriguing mystery of a girl who claims she is not the stereotypical girl detective. But she is forced to do some sleuthing when her favorite knock-off purse is stolen, and nothing seems to add up. Lulu knows this isn't just your normal theft, and therefore she investigates and gets tangled in with all the unexpected chaos. A schoolmate is found dead, her identity is stolen (or rather copied), and with the help of her two best friends, she solves her myster ...more
Julia Gallagher
Overall amazing book! Very impressed!
Kathryn
Lulu Dark is rich, beautiful and has it all, that is until her favorite purse gets stolen at a club in Halo City. Now Lulu is going to catch the witch who stole her knock-off and maybe solve a murder along the way.

I laughed, I cringed and I loved every minute of Lulu's adventure. This book does have a little older audience in mind, so if you're only looking for an updated Nancy Drew, you might want to try something else. But if you're a little old for Nancy or want something a little more hip,
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Sarah
I have a little trouble with a book about a girl who is upset because someone took her purse. I think most girls are a little insulted by the entire premise. [return][return]Having little interest in being one of the so-called popular crowd, Lulu Dark steps to the beat of her own drummer, but when her purse is stolen during a concert, Lulu's city-smart attitude transforms her into detective-extraordinaire as she hunts down clues to find out who took it in order to get back the important contents ...more
Kat E.
I liked this book. I didn't immediately figure out the answer like a normally do in teen mystery books, and the main character (and her friends) were like able. I can't say that it was my favorite book in the world, but I do think that it was like able enough that I want to read the second book and I have plans on doing just that. All in all I'd definitely recommend it if you're looking for an interesting mystery, and a few good one liners, as this book had both in spades.
Marya
The copy I got from the library says "Gossip Girl fans will enjoy the almost campy narrative", and really, that says it all. It is a Gossip Girl-like pink book for teen girls, with a mystery attached to the plot. Older readers will probably find the story campy, and thus, funny, while younger readers will take it seriously and enjoy it just as much.


Jenny
Lulu Dark isn't into the whole girl sleuth thing, but when her purse is stolen, she wants it back. With friends Daisy and Charlie, she sets out to get it back. But the more she searches, the more questions she finds. Embroiled with a rock star, socialite, looney landlord, and an impersonator, will Lulu solve the mystery in time to save her reputation?
Allison
This book is about a girl named LuLu Dark. She went to a party with her friends and lost her purse. Inside that purse she had this boy's number. So she goes on a hunt to find the stealer. this book wasn't that great in my opinion because it doesn't make me want to continue reading and it gives out clues easily. Unlike mystery it takes time.
Forever Young Adult
Graded By: Meghan
BFF Charm: Yay!
Swoonworthy Scale: 6
Talky Talk: Cosmo Short Story With a Smartypants Twist
Bonus Factors: Nancy Drew, Coffee
Relationship Status: Sidekick

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dearlittledeer
this book is an entire bag of reese's pieces delicious. and it was written by a boy my age! and for once i don't hate him! (you know, in the way i hate that opal mehta chick even though she got her just desserts.) first of all, lulu dark = great name. and a well-played mystery, although i have to say i solved it right as our heroine did.
Kimmyh
I was a bit conflicted on how to rate this one. It was good, not great, (I will freely admit, however, that I'm not a fan of these types of characters/settings), but, there was a darkness to it that I hadn't been expecting, as well as some unexpected Pop Culture references that pushed it from a 3 to a 4 star rating.
Meredith
This book is silly. It's insubstantial. And yet, I read it in a few hours, laughed out loud a lot, and enjoyed myself immensely the entire time. It's definitely a junk food book, but sometimes that's what you want. It hit the spot, and I'm looking forward to the other book about Lulu.
Alicia
This was a cute little YA book about a rich girl who gets caught up in a mystery. She and her friends are fun characters, and most of the YA-type drama feels true enough. It wraps up neatly, and I liked it well enough to give it a B+ and to put its sequel on hold at the library.
Susan P
Had been wanting to read this one for ages, so was happy when it appeared on the SSBRC cart. Unfortunately, it wasn't as great as I thought it would be. Lulu is actually a bit annoying. Just an OK mystery with a fairly transparent plot.
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Bennett Madison is the author of several books for young people, including SEPTEMBER GIRLS and THE BLONDE OF THE JOKE. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.
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