Saturday, July 2, 2011

Review: Favorite by Karen McQuestion


Author: Karen McQuestion
Pages: 170
Publisher: Amazon Encore
Genre: YA Mystery
Reading Level: 12 years old+

Sixteen-year-old Angie Favorite's life so far has been defined by the disappearance of her mother on her eleventh birthday. Since then, she and her older brother Jason have been raised by their grandmother, while their father tours with his rock band. When Angie is attacked by a complete stranger, the crime seems random, until she meets her attacker's wealthy mother, Lillian Bittner, and discovers nefarious connections between the Bittners and the mother no one has heard from in five years.

Favorite was a good novel, though better suited for a younger teen audience. This was my first venture into Karen’s work, and I was very eager to read Favorite after reading the description. This book was nothing like I was expecting at all, but in a good way. I was expecting a much lighter read, but what I got was a dark thrilling mystery that changes the entire life of a 16 year old girl forever.

Karen McQuestion has a particular way of writing that is crisp and fresh, and very into the teenage mind. The main character, Angie, had a way of thinking that was very young adult, which wasn’t always a good thing because it got her into a dangerous and sticky situation that could have cost her life.

The entire time I was reading Favorite, I had a pretty good sense of what was going to happen next. Karen created a brisk moving plot that never lagged and kept me wanting to know what happened next. Her writing style was crisp and refreshing not overly descriptive, but just descriptive enough to paint a clear picture.

None of the characters really stood out to me, but in general they were a good cast of characters. It was just such a quick read, only 170 pages, that I didn’t get too emotionally invested with them. I give this novel 3 out of 5 stars.

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