Sunday, December 31, 2017

PrePub Review: Busted by Gina Ciocca - 4.5 stars

Posted by HelloJennyReviews at 9:34 PM
Title: Busted
Genre: YA Contemporary
Author: Gina Ciocca
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Publication: January 2nd 2018
Cover Rating: 4/5

Busted is the story of Marisa and how her one 'good' deed to out her best friends boyfriend as a cheater suddenly became a part time job to earn her some money for college. Worried that your man has got a wandering eye? Marisa Palmera is your guy! Erm, gal!

Marisa finds her best friends boyfriend cheating on her and that sparks and entire world of chaos. If Marisa wouldn't have caught Charlie's boyfriend cheating then she wouldn't have known that her ex-best friend and she might have never become close to TJ and she might not have saved Charlie from her fate of being expelled because she was accused of stealing and selling answers for all the work in her Chemistry class. 

But, Marisa did catch him cheating so that lead to people finding out that she is a good detective. Kendall, Marisa's old best friend gets wind that she helped Charlie out so she hires her to follow and befriend her boyfriend to see if he is cheating on her or doing something else because he hasn't wanted to spend much time with her. Something happened at TJ's old school and he had to transfer to Marisa's public school. Charlie happens to go to the school that TJ previously went to as does Kendall. After Kendall hires Marisa, she makes her a website and a lot of other girls try to hire her. It was quite sad that there were so many girls just at Kendall's school that wanted to find out if their boyfriends were cheating. Trust was something this book DID NOT have.

After Marisa agrees to help one other girl, something bigger pops up. Charlie gets accused of stealing the answers to all the work in her Chemistry class and selling it to her fellow students. So Marisa is taking on a lot and she slips up with TJ and Kendall witnesses something that causes her to go psycho bitch on Marisa and ruin her reputation. It was a pretty awesome bitchfest.
I LOVED TJ! Okay, so TJ had some major issues, the biggest one of them being Kendall Keene. She has caused so many problems for him but he still doesn't want to write her off until he gets proof that she is a bad person. Or until another girl takes his eyes away from her. But how much more complicated can his life get? The OTHER girl ends up being Kendall's "best" friend. Aside from his obvious girl trouble, I loved his personality and just the person he was. He wasn't afraid to be himself and he definitely wasn't like most other guys. AND THE FRICKEN WINTER DANCE THINGY!!! OMG!

In the end, I found that I did enjoy the story regardless of the lack of moral code. The ending of this book was definitely Kasie West worthy. But it also had that thriller feeling to it because there was a mystery that was solved and Kasie's books usually are just romance based. I don't, however, think all these girls trying to catch their boyfriends cheating was a good situation at all. If you suspect your significant other of cheating then why are you with them? Obviously there is some trust issues and that makes for a bad relationship. I also didn't approve of the fact that Marisa did what she did. In her mind, SHE THOUGHT he was taken but she still let it happen. No matter what anyone else did, Marisa knew she was wrong but did it anyways and that kind of marred her character for me.

Overall, I gave the book 4.5/5 stars.

*Disclaimer: This book was sent to me in exchange for an honest review.

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