Parents' Guide to

A Good Girl's Guide to Murder, Book 1

By Lucinda Dyer, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Teen detective "unsolves" murder in riveting thriller.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this book.

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age 12+

Based on 7 parent reviews

age 14+


OMG THIS BOOK IS EVERYTHING. YOU NEVER KNOW WHAT DO EXPECT WHEN TURNING THE PAGE. A REAL NAIL BITER, THE MOST CONFUSINGLY MESSED UP BEST BOOK YOU'LL EVER READ!! Ok now moving on to what parents should keep an eye for (I read this when I was 12, if you're a mature teen around 12/13, you can handle it): Violence: The whole story centers around murders, so there is detailed scenes of how a guy killed himself, and how a girl died in a bit of graphic detail. Rape is also talked about. (SPOILER: Becca tries to choke Pip to death by drugging her tea, but is stopped) Sex: A lot of sexual jokes (sl*t, daughter of a p*rn star, etc) and talks alot about being sexually active and sleeping with someone. Talks about rape. LANGUAGE: Many uses of sh*t, f**k, sl*t, d*ck, a*s, smart**s, stupid bi*ch, b*tch. Drugs/drinking: Teenagers take lots of drugs and a drug dealer sells to minors. Drinks are spiked. Pip is a smart, brave role model who never lets challenges get in her way.

This title has:

Great role models
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
2 people found this helpful.
age 12+

Read it with my tween; perfect

A good girls guide to murder is a tween & teen thriller that has a mixture of heart, love and comedy. It doesn’t feel hard and complicated, but it feels lighthearted, fun and funny. Parents should know that there is a brief mention of rape, plus a dead body that’s mildly described; some blood is also mentioned. Characters swear (s—t, f—k) and there is some drinking at parties with a result of getting drunk, but the characters don’t model dangerous behavior. Mixed with all the funny moments, this book is fun and heartwarming that’s for (overall) all tween ages.

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
2 people found this helpful.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (7 ):
Kids say (132 ):

This smart page-turner of a thriller brims with unexpected suspects and head-spinning twists and turns that will keep readers guessing until the very end. Rather than depending solely on the text to tell the story, A Good Girl's Guide to Murder includes revealing journal entries and transcripts of Pip's interviews with police that worked on Andie's case, a reporter who covered it, and Andie and Sal's friends and family -- interviews that sometimes lead to that person being put on the suspect list.

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