A Good Idea
Fin and Betty’s close friendship survived Fin’s ninth-grade move from their coastal Maine town to Manhattan. Calls, letters, and summer visits continued to bind them together, and in the fall of their senior year, they both applied to NYU, planning to reunite for good as roommates.
Then Betty disappears. ...more
I remembered those childhood assemblies in the auditorium of Willingston Elementary, the principal onstage explaining that the solution to any problem was to tell a grown-up. But he never told us what to do when the grown-ups were incompetent or had their own problems or just didn’t fucking care.
This is a fundamentally strange book. I know it’s being marketed as a mystery and a thriller, but to be honest, I don’t think that’s what this is. To me, A Good Idea was an exploration of how anyone c ...more
This book starts up with Fin returning to her father’s house from Manhattan after her best friend Betty had disappeared during their senior year. We jump into the story right as Fin is sitting at graduation awaiting Betty’s name to be mentioned and when it i ...more
Fin returns to Williston, her hometown, to seek revenge for the murder of her best friend Betty whose ex-boyfriend is the m ...more
Finley and Betty have been best friends since they were little but when Finley moves away after her parents separation, they agree that they will meet again as roommates in college. A year before this is meant to happen, Betty is murdered by her boyfriend Calder. The only evidence for the case is Calder's confession, which everyone believes to be coerced and soon thrown out. Now, seekin ...more
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"A Good Idea" is about Finley, who comes back to her hometown the summer after her best friend, Betty, disappears. She is determined to find out what exactly happened and who is responsible for Betty's disappearance. Overall, I thought the book just okay. It's labeled as YA but to me, the book veers more towards New Adul ...more
TRIGGER WARNING: DRUG ABUSE/DRUG USE
A Good Idea was a decent book. I enjoyed it from beginning to end but it didn't blow me away. The beginning was, which is odd for me, better than the end. I got into it really quick and wasn't wanting to put it down, but after I read for a while...I had to stop. It kind of took a weird pace for me and I was just meh about it. I'm not sure if that was actually the books doing or me just being me at this time of...more
A GOOD IDEA was interesting from start to finish but my passion for it sort of went in waves. The beginning was interesting but I wasn’t sure where it was going yet. The middle was thrilling and I tore through the book (well, I would have it I wasn’t listening to an audiobook and was forced to read at a level pace). The ending culminated well but got a little out there in regard ...more
Also, when I peeked at the ending to see if it would be worth it to stick around, it turned out in exactly the same manner as a true crime doc I watched recently.
PLUS- well-defined characters odd as some are...
MINUS- dark and somewhat disturbing
Makes me think the author has some some deep-seated issues or an incredible imagination. I just wish the story pulled itself together quicker with fewer offshoots.
" Before you seek revenge, dig two graves."
**Actual Rating: 3.5 Stars**
As someone who would read pretty much every thriller in existence if I had the time, when a copy of A Good Idea showed up in my mailbox (a huge thank you to Penguin Teen!), I was incredibly excited - especially by that really creepy looking cover, and a synopsis that said I probably shouldn't start this book at night before I went to sleep.
I guess I was honestly expecting a bit of ho ...more
It was well written and the main character was believable. I'm a little confused about the setting. I thought it was the mid-late 90's, but then she mentioned a book that was published in 2003. Anyway, it's still pretty timely with the whole town having an opioid crisis.
One thing that would have justified it's rating would be (view spoiler)[Serena killing Betty in a ...more
La portada es super rara, me da no sé qué de solo verla pero también me gusta. La historia se sitúa en 1998, en un pueblo de mala muerte, donde los jóvenes se drogan y tienen sexo con todo mundo. En serio, en este libro hay muchísimas drogas y cigarros.
Todo comienza con la desaparición de Betty: una chi ...more
Well written and entertaining in its own right but should probably be marketed quite differently in order to reach its targ ...more
This book is total cover bait. I thought I was going to get a creepy, horror-type book, but this was NOTHIN ...more
Full review to come.
* Fin knows who did it and she's right.
* it was intentional--not some kind of misunderstanding or tragic accident.
* although the person responsible is not an evil caricature, there's also no sad attempts to make us feel sorry for him.
* Fin does not have any secret affection or fall in love with the man responsible.
* in fact, Fin does not fall in love with any bo ...more
Hmmm...this one is tough to rate. On one hand, it was dark and twisted and I love those kinds of stories. I was never really sure what the real story was and I turned pages, holding my breath, as Finley stumbled around the town shoving everyone and lighting fires. I loved how utterly devastated she was - torn down to her very core - it gave her personality real fire and grit and made her feel very flawed and very real. She was angry and ready for revenge and she ...more
I think the main issue this book is facing is that it’s marketed at the Teen/YA crowd, but it is definitely more an older YA/Adult story. While the subject matter is definitely more on the mature side, it’s really the writing style and pace of the book that make it better suited for a slightly older audience.
I loved that the mystery slowly unfolded throughout the book, inst ...more