23354047Trouble Is a Friend of Mine by Stephanie Tromly
Release Date: August 4, 2015
Publisher: Kathy Dawson Books
Source: ALAMW2015
Rating: starstarblank_starblank_starblank_star
Buy It: Amazon | IndieBound

Preparing to survive a typical day of being Digby’s friend wasn’t that different from preparing to survive the apocalypse.

Her first day not in school (because she cut) in her new hometown that will soon be her old hometown (because she’s getting out of Dodge as fast as she can) Zoe meets Digby. Or rather, Digby decides he’s going to meet Zoe and get her to help him find missing teenager. Zoe isn’t sure how, but Digby—the odd and brilliant and somehow…attractive?—Digby always gets what he wants, including her help on several illegal ventures. Before she knows it, Zoe has vandalized an office complex with fake snow, pretended to buy drugs alongside a handsome football player dressed like the Hulk, had a throw-down with a possible cult, and, oh yeah, saved her new hometown (which might be worth making her permanent hometown after all.)

A mystery where catching the crook isn’t the only hook, a romance where the leading man is decidedly unromantic, a story about friendship where they aren’t even sure they like each other—Trouble is a Friend of Mine is a YA debut you won’t soon forget. – Goodreads

Review:

Trouble is a Friend of Mine is the story of Zoe, and her friend Digby who is a ton of trouble. Zoe’s life in her her town has been boring and monotonous which works for her because she plans on going to a private school ASAP to get into an A++ college. Then her paths cross with Digby, who essentially finds Zoe via stalking?  Digby talks people into doing anything for him and that includes Zoe doing things she’s never done before: cutting class, buying drugs, breaking into an office complex. All normal friendship things right? I’m not saying everything has to be a strong! friendship! Normal friendships are also okay; however, I did not find this friendship to be normal.

I spent a good portion of the book confused to why Zoe didn’t just tell Digby to leave her alone. I get that high school sucks, and friends help but not once did I find Digby to be a friend. I understand he had a point to the novel besides annoying me, but I had problems seeing it. From the mystery (and I love cozies!) to shenanigans throughout Trouble is a Friend of Mine I was just…bored.

Ultimately there was one line that stuck with me and that’s because it reminded me of a period of my life with my mom.

Left out. She’d felt left out. I knew because I remember leaving her out. It wasn’t exactly on purpose, but I’d known Dad and I were doing it. — pg 94, ARC

Books I wanted to like: this one! Books I, sadly, did not like: this one! I found this to be a slow read, it was tedious and unfortunately fell flat for me.