Parents' Guide to

Buzz Kill

By Andrea Beach, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Teen murder mystery is fun, flighty, formulaic.

Buzz Kill Poster Image

A Lot or a Little?

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

Community Reviews

There aren't any parent reviews yet. Be the first to review this title.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: Not yet rated
Kids say: Not yet rated

BUZZ KILL is an enjoyable, if a bit frivolous, teen murder mystery with a structure and formula that follows in the comfortable footsteps laid by Agatha Christie and Carolyn Keene. The heroine, Millie, is smart and quirky, a worthy heiress to her favorite teen sleuth Nancy Drew, who provides the inspiration for her pluck, determination, and resolve.

Teens will easily relate to Millie's struggles with feeling like an outsider. Veteran mystery readers may stay a step or two ahead of Millie, but even those who can spot the red herrings will enjoy author Beth Fantaskey's lively, engaging writing and root for Millie to solve the crime and get the guy.

Book Details

Did we miss something on diversity?

Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

See how we rate