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Monday, June 25, 2012

Indie Book Review: Uninvited (South Hills Sidekicks #1) by Leah Spiegel & Meg Summers

Authors: Leah Spiegel and Meg Summers
Series: South Hills Sidekicks
Number in Series: 1
Format: Paperback
Release Date: February 11, 2012
Pages: 302
Publisher: Self-published
Genre: Young Adult/Mystery

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Synopsis from Goodreads

When Alley started her senior year at Upper East High in the South Hills area, it was supposed to be the usual drag of hanging out with people who spent more on one outfit than Alley did on her entire wardrobe. That was until Kirsten, a girl in their clique, suddenly goes missing and the only people who seem to care are her friends. All evidence leads to the new comer Shane, a cocky and self-pretentious person in Alley’s opinion, but the police seem uninterested so she and the rest of the girls start a little investigation of their own. But they are nowhere closer to finding Kirsten than when they started and now they had the police’s attention; just not in the way they expected. The girls have to start over and discover that maybe it wasn’t an outsider who took Kirsten, but someone within their own clique who has something to hide; a secret that just might have gotten Kirsten killed.

   Big thanks to Leah and Meg for providing me with this book. I had a blast reading this. It was a teenage Nancy Drew in thousand dollar heels and the effect was adventurous, funny, and kind of cute. I do like the cover but I really thought I would have to deal with some grade-A bitchiness, but that wasn't the case. Yes, the girls are rich (with the exception of the main character), they were all extremely likable and a lot of fun.

    Our main character Alley is your typical teenage girl except for her friends and her school. She is surrounded by the rich and the popular. Her best friend Val is one of the most popular girls in school, so Alley is indirectly in the know. One day Alley and the gang have to help a friend named Kirsten with her wardrobe for her huge birthday bash. Problem is, everyone shows up except for Kristen. They soon find out Kristen may be in trouble and the new guy Shane may have something to do with her kidnapping.  So Alley and her friends are out investigating for themselves.

     The main character Alley was great. I related to her the most. She knew who she was and was very mature. Given that her dad is barely in the picture, she pretty much raises herself. Her best friend Val was a favorite. She looks like a supermodel and wears high heels even though she is quite the klutz. When we first meet her, we find out just how uncoordinated she is. But she is a great friend. She was the first to figure out there was something wrong with Kirsten and she didn't stop until she got to the bottom of it. She does have her blonde moments and they will make you laugh, but she was relentless. I liked their other friends Libby and Kayla as well. But out of all of them, Libby worried me the most. She was a bit of a doormat when it came to her near nonexistent boyfriend Nate. She just couldn't see it.

     I really enjoyed this story a lot. I love the mystery built around the new guy Shane. He comes to the school and thinks a bit too highly of himself. The girls notice him arguing with Kirsten the day she disappeared, so the girls are on high alert. I love how they chase him to see if he has Kirsten. But Alley for some reason is crushing on him and soon realizes he may not be the one that took Kirsten, but someone close to them may have.

     Don't really have any complaints. I did put some things together way before they were revealed. But that doesn't take away from the story at all. I had a lot fun following these characters. There really wasn't a dull moment with these girls especially with Val. Like I said, she was relentless.

    This is highly recommended to anyone looking for a fun and adventurous read with laughs. I fell in love with Spiegel's work with Foolish Games (click HERE for my review). And I wasn't let down with this book written with her sister, Summers. This is a duo I am definitely loving and I already started book 2. You will finish this book with a smile on your face wanting more. 


*This book belongs to the following challenges*
BCC's Mystery & Suspense Reading Challenge 2012

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