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Girl Squad

3.33  ·  Rating details ·  9 ratings  ·  8 reviews
A lazy small town summer in 1970s Texas turns treacherous when Cal Long’s mother goes missing. Cal and her best friend Rachel, along with sophisticated new friend Jane, use every trick in their teenage arsenal to get to the bottom of the mystery.
Along the way, Cal is drawn to Jane in ways she’s never felt before while Rachel struggles to understand her best friend’s new at
Paperback, 240 pages
Published May 15th 2019 by Bella Books
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Lex Kent
Apr 18, 2019 rated it liked it
2.75 Stars. This was a different read. It’s a debut by Hoover and is a YA mystery-romance. I thought the book was readable, it just wasn’t really a story for me. I think if I was a teenager, I would have enjoyed this more. Growing up reading Nancy Drew books, I wish there would have been books like this to transition to.

This book takes place in the 1970’s and I thought Hoover did a good job or portraying that. From the Schwinn bicycles to the wonders of new TV dinners, I felt like I was in the
Apr 30, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: bella, cozy-mystery, ya-na
I hate to say this, but I had trouble with this read. I would put this one solidly in the YA cozy mystery / romance category. It wasn't a bad story, but just not my favorite type of novel. I think that I would have enjoyed this more if I had read it while growing up, not as an adult.

It was startling to see a book with the town Dumas, TX in it. Dumas is a town that I have driven through fairly often since it's the exact halfway point between my home in the Dallas area and my parent's home in Colo
Colleen Corgel
May 24, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult, lgbt
I thought it was okay. Like just fine. As a debut novel, it's a great start. There are some pacing issues and some issues with the kids getting away with a ton of stuff solely to make it through the mystery of the book. It is a bit of that old school style Scooby-Gang type mystery, but with a little higher stakes. I kind of had fun with that. The best part of the book, though, was the very sweet romance between Cal, our lead and narrator, and the beautiful Jane, our mysterious California girl. B ...more
May 23, 2019 rated it it was ok
There was so much potential here! The story takes place in the early 70s with the backdrop of OPEC and gas shortages across the country, yet that only sets up the B-plot (which is probably supposed to be the A-plot? maybe?) of an oil-gang siphoning gas to...resell at a nominal cost...? With a title like "Girl Squad" along with the time period, I was hoping for something along the lines of Now and Then or a female-led Stand by Me. Instead, this is more like a Nancy Drew/pirate mash up--but not th ...more
Karen Barber
Jun 01, 2019 rated it liked it
A definite Nancy Drew feel to this as our trio of girl detectives try to help solve the mystery of Cal’s missing mother.
The late 1970s setting made sense for some of the attitudes expressed here. The small-town setting also explained some of the less open-minded views expressed towards Cal and her girlfriend, Jane.
The plot was definitely one to suspend disbelief on, but it was an entertaining enough read.
Thanks to NetGalley for the chance to read this.
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May 11, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya-teen-mcs
This one is somewhere between The Five Find-Outers and Nancy Drew. The MCs are 15 and 16, so the target audience is not exactly YA. Given this context, it has the same simplistic approach and easy overcoming of impossibilities that those early detective novels had (which makes us wonder whether adults reviewing this novel is really a good idea).

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Jun 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book had an interesting premise and the start of it was a good hook. I would recommend it for middle grade readers but not to any body above that level.
Heather Bennett
May 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Girl Squad is a YA novel and is interesting. The characters are well developed and the book has a different storyline. I would read more by this author even though YA is not near my age.
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Kim Hoover is a lawyer by training, a real estate entrepreneur by experience and a writer by nature. Raised in Texas, she spent three decades in Washington, DC, where she built her career and her family. She and her wife of twenty years raised two daughters there and now split their time between Miami and New York City. In her spare time, Kim is most likely curled up with a cup of coffee and her l ...more
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