A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder

A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson
Holly Jackson
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Mar 11, 2022

A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder is a thrilling YA mystery about a murder that no one seems to care about - except the main character, Pippa, of course. Every senior at her high school is meant to do a Capstone Project, a big research endeavor that concludes their high school experience. Pippa, always the overachieving journalist, chooses to do hers on the “case-closed” murder that occurred five years ago. The story is a familiar one to the rest of the town: well-loved Andie Bell was murdered by her boyfriend, Sal Singh. Rather than be caught alive, he killed himself in the forest near Pippa’s house. But Pippa doesn’t believe this is the truth - and she’s determined to find out what is. Even if that means disturbing stones that are better left unturned...

In my opinion, this book was alright. Nothing great, nothing absolutely terrible. I liked the basic storyline and the twists were surprising for sure. I was a bit disappointed by the writing itself and the bad jokes inserted into the dialogue. I also thought that some of the twists were a little bit random and could have been supported better. However, I enjoyed the dynamic between Pippa and Sal’s brother regardless of the cringe-inducing dialogue. And regardless of my complaints, the majority of teens who have read this book absolutely adored it and didn’t have issues with the things that I did. I would recommend it to anyone looking for a bit of a scary story with a little romance and a satisfying ending, especially if they like similar books in the genre. I give A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder two stars.

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