A Good Girl's Guide to Murder, Book 1

Book review by Lucinda Dyer, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 13+

Teen detective "unsolves" murder in riveting thriller.

Parents say

age 14+

Based on 6 reviews

Kids say

age 13+

Based on 94 reviews

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age 17+
I am a little shocked at the review from common sense media saying there are a few kisses exchanged and nothing else. There is an affair between a high school teacher and a student, a girl is raped after being drugged and a few other sexual encounters are mentioned as well. None are described graphically but they are still an important part of the story.. There are two murders of people, one by a teacher of one of his top students to cover up his own crimes and another by the younger sister of the victim. A dog is also killed. There is cyber bullying, drug use, and extremely poor and stupid decisions made by the main character who is supposedly very smart. The writing is not great, plot is weak, and basically seems to combine several other books, including “I know what you did last summer”. The end is really disappointing and leaves you wishing the story had concluded another way. I don’t recommend.

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age 13+
Definitely one of the best books I've ever read. The plot twists were great and always keep you on your toes. I wouldn't recommend it for younger readers. It dealt with some pretty heavy themes: Drugs, Murder, Rape, Suicide, and Alcohol. But it was such a well-written book.

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