A Good Idea Review


  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers (February 28, 2017)
  • Language: English
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Can the right kind of boy get away with killing the wrong kind of girl?

Finley and Betty’s close friendship survived Fin’s ninth-grade move from their coastal Maine town to Manhattan. Calls, letters, and summer visits continued to bind them together, and in the fall of their senior year, they both applied to NYU, planning to reunite for good as roommates.

Then Betty disappears. Her ex-boyfriend Calder admits to drowning her, but his confession is thrown out, and soon the entire town believes he was coerced and Betty has simply run away. Fin knows the truth, and she returns to Williston for one final summer, determined to get justice for her friend, even if it means putting her lo
ved ones—and herself—at risk.

But Williston is a town full of secrets, where a delicate framework holds everything together, and Fin is not the only one with an agenda. How much is she willing to damage to get her revenge and learn the truth about Betty’s disappearance, which is more complicated than she ever imagined—and infinitely more devastating?


Tawney’s Review: It’s been a while since I’ve done a review!

I love thrillers so I was very excited to receive this book to review. A huge thank you to Penguin Teen! This was a dark tale of a girl trying to solve her best friend’s murder or what truly happened to her because they never found her body. The cover was so creepy I thought it might be a horror story but it was a thriller set with a good mystery.

Fin with the help of others sets off to solve the mystery. Throughout the book we have flashbacks that can be a little bit confusing. I also found myself liking Betty the most of all the characters. I was rather surprised with the language, sex and drugs.

But overall the description of the setting was vivid and real. I felt like I was in Maine with Fin. It was well written and had thrills. The ending was great because you didn’t know who did it until the end.

Would you recommend it? Yes but this book is dark and may not be easy to read for some.

About the Author:

Photo credit: Craig LaCourtCristina Moracho is a native New Yorker who received her M.F.A in fiction from Brooklyn College, where the first chapter of Althea & Oliver was awarded the Carole and Irwin Lainoff Award by acclaimed author Jim Shepard. She’s been a fellow at the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation in Taos, New Mexico, where she did not hear the Taos Hum but did attend a party at a solar-powered radio station. She writes about bad decisions and does all her own research.

She lives in Red Hook, Brooklyn, where she works as a freelance writer and editor, is teaching herself to play the guitar and writing her next novel. You can find her on Twitter as @cherielecrivain


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