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Adventures in Funeral Crashing: Funeral Crashing Series / A Kait Lenox Mystery Paperback – April 26, 2012
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Milda Harris is a Chicago girl who ran off to Hollywood to pursue her screenwriting dreams. She loves watching John Hughes movies and playing random sports like Dodgeball and Kickball. Between working in production on television shows like Austin & Ally, Hannah Montana, and That's So Raven and playing with her super cute dog Licorice, she writes young adult and chick lit novels.
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Perhaps sparked by the first funeral she went to, her mother's, when Kait was young, Kait has found an emotional release from attention funerals. But little did she know that the college-aged girl's funeral she's attending is the half-sister of her crush, Ethan Ripley. And, we learn in no uncertain terms that Ethan is smart, athletic, popular, and hot. Getting caught in her funeral crashing ways by her crush wasn't what she had envisioned, but it did wind up bringing them together to solve the "if I can't have you no one can" mystery behind the out-of-character drug overdose death of Ethan's half-sister.
The concept of the story was intriguing, making for a quick read, and I feel like it had a lot of potential, but when coupled with the incredibly annoying voice for Kait, I found myself cringing at the "I'm not like most girls" ideal being portrayed through that voice--especially with the heavy-handed Twilight references throughout the text. If it were just that the voice was annoyingly juvenile, I could handle that, but the superiority complex involved when treading in the "I'm not like most girls" realm makes it a no-go for me.
Overall, I'd give it a 2.5 out of 5 stars.
Kait may be a funeral crasher, but that just allows her to meet cute with the heart throb Ethan. It isn't a central preoccupation of the book. Rather, we spend mosy of our time rambling through Kait's head, sleuthing, and crushing on Ethan, more or less in that order.
So, you have to buy in to Kait as a character, and you have to warm up to the world in which she has been placed by the author. I was fine with both. Kait is a little dorky and gushy and awkward, but not to excess and not in some distractingly weird way. She's played a little bit for laughs, and to milk some smiles from her awkwardness, but she's insightful and honest enough that the reader respondes to her appeal. Added to this, she's set in a high school world that touches all of the bases, (mean girls, being an outsider, crushing on unattainable boys, and so on), but doesn't beat the reader over the head or go too far over the line. The mean girls aren't insanely mean, the crushes aren't stupid, the outsiderness isn't pathological. This is light and lively angst, which is right for the character and the plot.
So, it's fun read , (with a surprisingly decent mystery), and it delivers what it promises. A nice find amongst the Kindle freebies.
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A bit of a campy, quick and fun read. A bit out there, but that's half the fun.Read more