Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Dirty Laundry-- Daniel Ehrenhaft

Boarding school. Kidnapping mystery. Undercover Hollywood actress. High School musical production of "Grease". That about sums it up.

Actually, it really doesn't. While Dirty Laundry doesn't tell a new or innovative story, it was still a fairly engaging read. Beautiful senior Darcy Novak goes missing during the first week of school while she is walking to the on-campus laundromat. The Winchester School is a collection of freaks and geeks who have been kicked out of every other boarding school on the east coast. When their lone "normal" girl, Darcy, goes missing, the whole school is in an uproar. Enter Carli, a teen Hollywood actress who is going undercover to study for a role, and FUN (short for Fellini Udall Newport) who is on his third strike for his fabulous art-erm-graffiti that covers the school walls. Together, with the help their roommates, Carli and FUN aim to solve the mystery of Dary's disappearance before her kidnapper snatches another victim.

Honestly, the best thing about this book was that it's a relatively tame mystery. I know some teens really like mysteries, but don't like the violence or murder that often accompanies them. I would easily recommend this book to older or younger teens. It's fairly light, has a bit of comedy, and the characters are engaging enough to keep you reading, even though they are slightly stereotypical and maybe a little flat. I'll bet the same type of reader who enjoys Ally Carter's I'd Tell You I Love You, but Then I'd Have to Kill You would enjoy this book too.

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