As mentioned in an earlier post, Gina Ciocca’s Busted was my most anticipated YA title from the Raincoast Teen Reads Preview back in September. Fortunately I was able to snag an ARC of it last year.
The synopsis of Busted somehow had me thinking that it was going to be light, fluffy read where the girl falls for her “mark”. However, in reality it was far from an adorable read though what do you expect when a book is compared to the show, Veronica Mars? Still, there wasn’t much actual investigating either, which made Busted and interesting novel that was somewhere between your lighter contemporary YA fare and a YA thriller.
Personally I felt that overall the novel is well balanced as it was overall a gripping read that was neither too light or too dark. My favourite thing about Busted is actually the characters, and their relationships. And by relationships I don’t necessarily mean the romantic ones which honestly weren’t that well-developed. Instead the friendships and sinking relationships felt more fleshed out. Marisa, herself is definitely a relatable character in that she’s geeky and quirky yet down to earth and doesn’t take any crap from those in her life. I loved that her brother was her occasional albeit reluctant accomplice and that he wasn’t her best friend or her enemy, which I found to be a fairly realistic portrayal of the brother-sister dynamic in real life. I also enjoyed the portrayal of female friendships and how the book showed how people remain friends even if they don’t go to the same school. Also, I admired how the friendships had several layers, and that Charlie and Marisa weren’t just about blindly and superficially supporting everything the other does.
Busted was not as fluffy as I thought it would be, however I still found it mostly enjoyable. Recommended for those who like a quick read with a bit of high school drama, a pinch of darkness, and a dash of romance.
Regardless of how this book came into my possession, the above review consists of my honest opinion of the book and my opinion only.