The other week, I went into Sainsbury’s and saw that they had a load of big YA titles for £3.99, so of course, I stocked up on all of the books that I had been unsure of whether to buy or not.

I’d heard a lot about A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder, especially near its release, but I’d never taken the plunge because I’m not usually a fan of crime novels. I enjoyed One of Us is Lying, but not enough to warrant buying another YA crime novel. However, at £3.99, it was worth the risk. And I’m so glad I finally bought it.

I never, ever, ever expected it to be one of my favourite reads of this year.

Book nerds, this was truly a journey of emotions for me.

I never realised that the book would be based on writing an EPQ. As someone who was given the freedom to completely nerd out about Alice in Wonderland for her EPQ, I was excited to see where Pip’s EPQ would lead us.

The story jumped straight into the action – no lazing around here! Straight off, it starts with Pip deciding to base her EPQ on the disappearance of Andie Bell – a schoolgirl who went missing five years ago, and the police presumed her to be dead.

I’m so used to most of the YA I read being based in the US, I found it hard to actually imagine this taking place in the UK. The storyline did seem very American, but the EPQ brought it back home.

I’ve just realised I’m saying EPQ a lot, so time to shut up about that.

Anyway, I loved Pip so much. She’s very determined, and won’t even let threats put her off investigating what happened to Andie. She is a strong and genuine protagonist, and I loved her straight away.

Throughout the book, I was constantly guessing who could have murdered Andie, and one name stuck in my head from about halfway through. I was certain everything led to this one person. How wrong I was!

There are so many twists and turns in this that it keeps you guessing right up until the end – and then even the reveal was unexpected!

I’ve been in a bit of a reading slump for a while, but this book has really helped! It’s definitely one of my top reads of the year, and it’s left me wanting to read more YA crime novels.

If you have any recommendations of YA crime, please comment with them! I’m desperate for more!

Until my next read nerds!

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