A Good Idea
Finley is devastated that her best friend from back home has died. When she finds out that Betty was killed by her ex-boyfriend, Calder, Finley knows her priority, her goal, that summer is to make him pay when his testimony doesn’t stick. She finds out quickly that the secret is deeper than death, more involved than drugs, more convoluted than simply a lover’s quarrel. This small town rural setting buries the notion that nothing ever happens in small towns, that, indeed, things can and do go from bad to worse in places where everyone knows you and nothing you do is secret. While Finley is hard-headed and stubborn, she is also fiercely loyal and determined and questions how far you might go to save a loved one. The frequent drug use and multiple sex partners may turn off some readers, but the time frame is just far enough in the past that this behavior may have been commonplace. It’s the kind of book that makes readers think the author has wrapped everything up, even though there are several pages left, only to find out that the holes were just covered in bandages, to be ripped off and more thoroughly examined. Darkly enjoyable.
Viking Books for Young Readers