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A Good Idea by Cristina Moracho

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Can the right kind of boy get away with killing the wrong kind of girl?

Fin 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 loved 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?

Goodreads Summary

This book was fascinating on multiple levels. I know that socioeconomic status, attractivity level, charisma, and intelligence are all factors in how we are perceived, but I never considered those factors on a criminal level. Fin and Betty are a strange pair. Their personalities were a little at odds with each other. When Fin hears that Betty has been murdered and that there was a confession by her ex, Calder, she knows that she has to return to discover the truth. She teams up with Serena and the pair develop something a little more than friendship. As Fin gets knee deep in the tumultuous truth her new relationship with Serena becomes evermore confusing. 

Fin's character was so-so for me. She was pushy and obnoxious to a fault. However, I admired her dedication to her friend and how much she cared for her despite Betty's demise. Serena's character was definitely not a favorite of mine. Her mouthy ways and inextricable ability to get Fin to do things that I found extremely questionable made me think she wasn't good for Fin. In a strange and ironic way, Calder's character was perfect. Kind, loving, and charismatic, one would never suspect him even when he did claim to have killed Betty. The delicate overlay of he-said, she said and what really happened on that fatal day when Betty died was handled very well by the author. I was both surprised and a little sad at the ending, but this book really made me think.

4 Stars

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