Busted
Marisa wasn’t planning to be a snoop for hire—until she accidentally caught her best friend’s boyfriend making out with another girl. Now her reputation for sniffing out cheaters has spread all over school, and Marisa finds herself the reluctant queen of busting two-timing boys.But when ex-frenemy Kendall asks her to spy on her boyfriend, TJ, Marisa quickly discovers the girl TJ might be falling for is Marisa herself. And worse yet? The feelings are quickly becoming mutual. Now, she’s stuck spying on a “mystery girl” and the spoken-for guy who just might be the love of her life…

Busted Details

TitleBusted
Author
ReleaseJan 2nd, 2018
PublisherSourcebooks Fire
ISBN-139781492654292
Rating
GenreContemporary, Young Adult, Romance

Busted Review

  • Nina
    January 1, 1970
    *Thanks to Sourcebooks Fire for sending me an ARC of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review!* In “Busted”, Gina Ciocca’s newest novel, the main character Marisa coincidentally catches her best friend’s boyfriend making out with another girl. Actually, she didn’t plan on ever catching a cheater again but when her ex-frenemy Kendall asks her to spy on her boyfriend, Marisa just can’t say no. But what happens when she realizes that she’s slowly but surely falling for the guy she’ *Thanks to Sourcebooks Fire for sending me an ARC of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review!* In “Busted”, Gina Ciocca’s newest novel, the main character Marisa coincidentally catches her best friend’s boyfriend making out with another girl. Actually, she didn’t plan on ever catching a cheater again but when her ex-frenemy Kendall asks her to spy on her boyfriend, Marisa just can’t say no. But what happens when she realizes that she’s slowly but surely falling for the guy she’s spying on and that he’s falling for her as well?When I first read the synopsis of ‘Busted’, I was immediately intrigued by it and knew that I definitely had to read this book. It’s a beautiful young adult romance book and if you’re looking for a quick and enjoyable read, you should definitely give this one a try. The novel has a very entertaining plot and there were no unnecessary, protracted parts that could’ve bored me. I also really liked the characters and Gina Ciocca’s writing style. This was the first one of her books I’ve read, but I’m sure it wasn’t the last one. The only “negative” think I can say about “Busted” is that it definitely reminded me of some other young adult books I’ve read and so it’s probably not a book that will absolutely blow your mind. But like I said, I still really enjoyed reading “Busted” and I decided to give it 4 out of 5 stars.
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  • Carlene(Inspired)
    January 1, 1970
    Busted has everything you want from a young adult book; plenty of drama, a bit of swoon-worthy romance, a heaping pile of cuteness and friendship. Gina Ciocca has given readers a unique storyline with Busted, perfectly combining teens over-use of internet and social media with all the angst that comes from dating in high school. Main character and narrator, Marisa, is your quintessential high school student. She's trying to fit in, make good grades, participate in extra activities that will look Busted has everything you want from a young adult book; plenty of drama, a bit of swoon-worthy romance, a heaping pile of cuteness and friendship. Gina Ciocca has given readers a unique storyline with Busted, perfectly combining teens over-use of internet and social media with all the angst that comes from dating in high school. Main character and narrator, Marisa, is your quintessential high school student. She's trying to fit in, make good grades, participate in extra activities that will look good on her transcripts, spend time with friends, and, of course, navigate the tough world of dating. She's sweet, a bit naive, occasionally petty, and an overachiever at everything. Helping protect one friend from relationship disaster has turned into helping every girl from the same fate, but an old friend seeking to insert herself back into Maria's life may be using her for more than she realizes. She didn't plan on becoming her town's very own PI, but she embraces the role and finds herself becoming the center of her very own investigation."I heard you caught her boyfriend cheating."Busted felt so much like my high school experience. At times, Marisa seemed to lack direction and focus, something that could have taken away from the book, but really felt accurate to how teenagers truly are. She placed a very high value on what others think of her, something that leads to her downfall later on and becomes a huge lesson for her. I really enjoyed the sneaking around and loved how much weight relationships had on the characters. We saw old friendships, best-friendships, the wrong kind of friendships, friends becoming something more, exes, boyfriends, siblings, parents, and everything in between. It is obvious Gina Ciocca went to great lengths to give readers a complex, character-driven novel, something I find a lot of YA novels lack. "I only knew that it felt more like a promise than a parting of ways."Busted might require you to write a map to get through it, but otherwise it was one of the best YA novels I have read in a while. It had just the right amount of drama, it didn't blur the lines between YA and NA, and it delivered a couple positive messages that I think youths should hear and we all can appreciate. If you're a fan of fast-paced, contemporary young adult, Busted needs to be on your TBR list. ARC provided via Netgalley.
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  • Olivia (The Candid Cover)
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 StarsBusted is a super cute novel with a hint of mystery. It is all about a girl who spies on her clients’ boyfriends to catch them cheating. I enjoyed the main characters, but there was not enough action, and the book falls a bit flat.This book has a very intriguing concept. It tells the story of a girl who works to catch cheating boyfriends in the act. However, Marisa and one of the accused cheaters start to fall for each other, creating a world of drama. I enjoyed the big theme of friends 3.5 StarsBusted is a super cute novel with a hint of mystery. It is all about a girl who spies on her clients’ boyfriends to catch them cheating. I enjoyed the main characters, but there was not enough action, and the book falls a bit flat.This book has a very intriguing concept. It tells the story of a girl who works to catch cheating boyfriends in the act. However, Marisa and one of the accused cheaters start to fall for each other, creating a world of drama. I enjoyed the big theme of friendship and girls supporting girls in this one. It is a pretty light read with some super cute moments, and I would definitely recommend it to those looking for a more subtle mystery.Marisa is a pretty likeable character. What she does is good and helps her friends out, even if it is borderline stalking. She is very compassionate, and I loved how she gives each person she helps a heart pin. The fact that she is willing to help out complete strangers is so caring, even if she had no say in starting up the business. I also enjoyed TJ’s character, since he is also so thoughtful. He makes accessories out of leather, which I’ve never read in a book before. The two make a great pair, and their interactions are so natural.My main issue with Busted is the pacing. To me, it is very slow paced, and I was expecting more action from a book with a “spy” concept. The book also strays from the original concept, and Marisa trying to find out who is helping others cheat on tests just isn’t as interesting as her busting cheating boyfriends. I feel like all the extra drama is unnecessary, and the story should have stuck to one kind of cheater.Busted is the story of a girl who helps other girls catch their boyfriends cheating. I enjoyed the slight mystery and the kind main characters. However, the story was too slow paced for me, and I would have appreciated more excitement.
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  • Stefani Sloma
    January 1, 1970
    Soooo much fun! You guys have to put this one on your TBR!
  • Kim at Divergent Gryffindor
    January 1, 1970
    3.5It has been a long, loooooong time since I last finished reading a book in one day, and Busted was the one that finally cracked me after a while, even with responsibilities the whole afternoon. Busted was written in such a way that it was addicting and hard to put down, and I couldn't stop even when my brain nagged at me to do homework. I'm not a fan of mysteries, but the hint of a little mystery in this book was just perfect to make the book addicting. Busted is a short and quick read, and I 3.5It has been a long, loooooong time since I last finished reading a book in one day, and Busted was the one that finally cracked me after a while, even with responsibilities the whole afternoon. Busted was written in such a way that it was addicting and hard to put down, and I couldn't stop even when my brain nagged at me to do homework. I'm not a fan of mysteries, but the hint of a little mystery in this book was just perfect to make the book addicting. Busted is a short and quick read, and I loved how invested I was in the story. My absolute favorite things about this book are the friendship and family dynamics. For the friendship, I loved how Marisa and Charlie could talk to each other honestly, to the point that Marisa called out Charlie for being judgemental, and Charlie apologizing instead of getting mad like most people would be. I just loved how they could talk everything out with respect, and not with the tone of blame. For the family, I loved how Charlie could freely talk to her mother about things, and how her brother is actually an accomplice instead of the enemy. On the other hand, I felt like sometimes the story seemed to lack direction and objective because it was just snaking its way through everything without a clear path. Sometimes it felt like reading in circles. It also dragged on a little bit for some of the parts. I don't know why I felt this way towards the book, and I really can't explain it in words, but that was what was on my mind while reading it. The major issue I have with this book is the lack of connection with any of the characters. This is the reason why, although I enjoyed the book, I couldn't give it a rating higher than 3.5 stars. I just didn't feel anything for the characters, and I absolutely dislike the love interest. For me, TJ is sketchy af, and I just didn't really feel that he liked Charlie honestly. Maybe in the start but then towards the end it seemed like he didn't care about Charlie, and even supported her flirting with another guy. Shouldn't he be at least a teeny tiny bit jealous or protective? I don't know, I just didn't like him overall. To wrap things up, I really enjoyed this quick and addicting read, although I couldn't give it a higher rating because I didn't really connect with any of the characters.
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  • Danielle (Life of a Literary Nerd)
    January 1, 1970
    Busted was a fun read. It was cutesy, dramatic, and so easy to read. I was initially drawn into the story because of the PI situation the protagonist, Marisa, finds herself in. And I ended up liking all the spying, scheming, and the tangled web of secrets that starts to come unraveled in a natural way through the story. I really liked Marisa’s jewelry making hobby - it’s something I’ve dabbled in myself and a unique hobby we don’t normally see in YA. But there was also a lot of pettiness and imm Busted was a fun read. It was cutesy, dramatic, and so easy to read. I was initially drawn into the story because of the PI situation the protagonist, Marisa, finds herself in. And I ended up liking all the spying, scheming, and the tangled web of secrets that starts to come unraveled in a natural way through the story. I really liked Marisa’s jewelry making hobby - it’s something I’ve dabbled in myself and a unique hobby we don’t normally see in YA. But there was also a lot of pettiness and immaturity that kept me from really loving the book. Characters were called on their actions, and others apologized for theirs - and I really liked that a lot, but the blatant immaturity and selfishness was a little much. Overall, this was a fun read and was the perfect inbetween book for me to read between 2 SFF stories.I received a copy of the book from Sourcebooks Fire via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Andi (Andi's ABCs)
    January 1, 1970
    That was a lot of fun! It had a vibe of Veronica Mars to it and I loved that. Lots of twists and turns and nothing was what you thought. Gina is quickly becoming a fav author. Review to come.
  • Amanda Hanson
    January 1, 1970
    I flew through this book after being hooked from the start. I love Veronica Mars and the idea for this book so much, and it didn't disappoint. Marisa was relatable, TJ was an excellent love interest, and the supporting characters were all wonderful. I just didn't love the whole mean girl was being everything aspect. It made me feel a little sad. But the writing and the characters made up for the cliche in a big way.Thank you to the publisher and to NetGalley for an early copy of this book in exc I flew through this book after being hooked from the start. I love Veronica Mars and the idea for this book so much, and it didn't disappoint. Marisa was relatable, TJ was an excellent love interest, and the supporting characters were all wonderful. I just didn't love the whole mean girl was being everything aspect. It made me feel a little sad. But the writing and the characters made up for the cliche in a big way.Thank you to the publisher and to NetGalley for an early copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Jennifer
    January 1, 1970
    Frick.
  • Lauren
    January 1, 1970
    I've been dying to read Gina Ciocca's Busted ever since I first saw the Veronica Mars comparison. Veronica Mars is one of my favorite TV shows so any book that could potentially life up to that level of awesomeness is a book I need in my possession. Plus sleuthing in general is just a instant-sell for me. I'll never be a detective, or even a pseudo-detictive like Marisa, so I have to live vicariously. The Result? I liked Busted, but I didn't love it. Maybe I had too high of expectations, but I w I've been dying to read Gina Ciocca's Busted ever since I first saw the Veronica Mars comparison. Veronica Mars is one of my favorite TV shows so any book that could potentially life up to that level of awesomeness is a book I need in my possession. Plus sleuthing in general is just a instant-sell for me. I'll never be a detective, or even a pseudo-detictive like Marisa, so I have to live vicariously. The Result? I liked Busted, but I didn't love it. Maybe I had too high of expectations, but I was left wanting more. I liked Marisa. She was driven, sweet, and a good friend. Seriously, most friends would never go as far as to to climb the lattice of a house to catch a potentially cheating boyfriend in the act. She's someone you'd want on your side for sure! Additionally, I appreciated that she was always willing to give people a second chance. There's no way I would've taken someone like Kendall under my wing again, but Marisa always tried to see the good in everyone, no matter how hard it may have been. I also liked Charlie, Marisa's best friend, and TJ, Kendall's boyfriend and Marisa's potential love interest. I feel as if Charlie was always the one to bring Marisa back to Earth. She's the kind of friend who tells you that you need to calm down and/or take a break. However, I wasn't always fond of the way Marisa called Charlie out for saying inappropriate things. Don't get me wrong I'm all for people speaking up when something isn't right - Charlie did say some things that pushed the limit to the extreme - but I felt like it was done in an incredibly awkward manner. It gave an after-school special feel rather than a casual one. TJ was super sweet. I especially loved when Marisa brought out his nerdy side. Marisa and him also had decent chemistry. I wasn't always fond of the way they came about - Marisa investigating him for Kendall - but I did like them together. For the most part I enjoyed the plot. Busted contains two large mysteries - what TJ's up too as well as a cheating scandal involving Charlie. I'm all for the dramatics, but sometimes I felt that the TJ mystery was just a tad bit too much for me. Kendall often made a mountain out of a molehill when it came to him, growing suspicious about almost everything he did, and honestly, I feel as if you have that little of trust in your boyfriend, you shouldn't be with him. I will admit, however, that it was important for the overall picture so I could see why Gina made it the way it was. I really liked the cheating scandal mystery though. It provided some interesting twists and turns, and while I figured out a solid chunk of it before the big reveal, there were still some surprising details thrown in. My big wish? I wanted more sleuthing. Given the Veronica Mars comparison and the excitement of the opening scene, I expected a decent amount of cases and spying. Other than the two main mysteries, there was one other case that Marisa worked on, and it was mostly underwhelming. Despite my issues, I still recommended Busted to readers who like mystery, romance, and some pretty large twists. I also look forward to reading more by Gina.
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  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    **3.5 stars** Entertaining and faced paced, this book was really fun to read. Marisa is lovable and relatable. She's smart and quirky and just slightly geeky, but also very girly - everything she owns is covered in rhinestones. She's creative and she cares about her education, she looks forward to college with true enthusiasm. She has meaningful relationships with her best friend, parents and brother. She's compassionate to people she barely knows, but has no qualms about calling her friend out **3.5 stars** Entertaining and faced paced, this book was really fun to read. Marisa is lovable and relatable. She's smart and quirky and just slightly geeky, but also very girly - everything she owns is covered in rhinestones. She's creative and she cares about her education, she looks forward to college with true enthusiasm. She has meaningful relationships with her best friend, parents and brother. She's compassionate to people she barely knows, but has no qualms about calling her friend out for being bitchy. I loved her.It's YA so of course there's going to be inevitable romances. Since the plot is heavily dependent on some of the characters' relationships, it didn't bother me in this story at all - in fact there are some steamy make-out scenes that are purely delicious. The love interests for both Marisa and her best friend Charlie are well written characters that behave like actual teenage boys would. The plot is solid and told FP-POV by Marisa. She's intelligent and level-headed so it reads smoothly. She realizes at regular intervals that her next move could land her in trouble and weighs her decisions accordingly. I found the entire book satisfying and charming. Shout-out to the publishers, who sent some ARC's to my workplace for us to read!
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  • nick
    January 1, 1970
    This was fun!
  • Kathy - Books & Munches
    January 1, 1970
    The good This novel is so fast-paced you barely have time to catch a breath and sometimes that's exactly what I need. Even though there's some teenage slang used once in a while, it didn't really bother me all that much. I simply was too immersed in the story to think about it.When it comes to the actual story, there are twists and turns you cannot imagine! It made reading this novel much more fun than it otherwise would've been.After the way Jordan had broken my heart, wanting him to secretly The good This novel is so fast-paced you barely have time to catch a breath and sometimes that's exactly what I need. Even though there's some teenage slang used once in a while, it didn't really bother me all that much. I simply was too immersed in the story to think about it.When it comes to the actual story, there are twists and turns you cannot imagine! It made reading this novel much more fun than it otherwise would've been.After the way Jordan had broken my heart, wanting him to secretly pine for me made me human, not weak. At least in my opinion. The bad But maybe there were a bit too many twists and turns? Although they were executed brilliantly, I sometimes started feeling lost and confused. In the second half of the novel so many things happen that I think I might have to reread the whole thing to really grab what happened and how everything fit together. Although it still is a novel filled with teenagers, the teenage drama sometimes overwhelmed me to the point of "When is it going to stop?!" Pretty sure this made some things predictable as well.He was never supposed to enjoy spending time with me. And I sure as hell wasn't supposed to like being with him.Overall I did enjoy this read, but some things just could've made it better for me.3 / 5I received an eARC of this novel through NetGalley. All opinions are entirely my own. I'm not being compensated in any way.
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  • Kris
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 RTC
  • KarenJo Custodio
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 Stars! Adorable and Swoony. Full review to come.
  • Cass - Words on Paper
    January 1, 1970
    Ugh. I hate how much I love this book cover.
  • Scrill
    January 1, 1970
    "Suspect your guy has a roaming eye? Our services are discreet, anonymous, and affordable." After catching her best friend's boyfriend cheating, Marisa finds herself "for hire" by non other than an estranged friend that is trying to rekindle their friendship to spy her her boyfriend too. Except that now that she has gotten to spend some time with the guy, she might be falling for her mark. The Story- So I was really glad I didn’t have to spend a majority of this book sneaking around spying on g "Suspect your guy has a roaming eye? Our services are discreet, anonymous, and affordable." After catching her best friend's boyfriend cheating, Marisa finds herself "for hire" by non other than an estranged friend that is trying to rekindle their friendship to spy her her boyfriend too. Except that now that she has gotten to spend some time with the guy, she might be falling for her mark. The Story- So I was really glad I didn’t have to spend a majority of this book sneaking around spying on guys. As easy of a read this book was I was a little bored until about halfway through when the book resembled that of a reality TV show starring a bunch of people who were ultimately being awful to each other. The only thing that really kept me going was the drama. It was like watching a car crash.I was honestly disappointed by the lack of consequences that seemed to affect the majority of the relationships. I mean here we have a bunch of teenagers go from immature antics to rationalization, forgiveness, and acceptances. In reality, as much as we are set up to hate the girl, I was quite concerned for the well being of the antagonist. The Characters- I was disappointed that the relationship development wasn’t a little deeper, unfortunately the romance aspect stemmed primarily from mutual attraction and similar interests in crafty hobbies. The characters seemed rather shallow and mostly concerned with how good looking someone was and who they had or hadn’t hooked up with.It really bothered me how focused the book was about appearance. The main character was specifically said to be five feet four and a half inches as well as 116...and still hand ample cleavage to distract boys through the book. In this day and age, I would have expected us to have moved past this sort of writing. The Soundtrack- Hailee Steinfeld – You’re Such AI received an ARC from SOURCEBOOKS Fire for a fair review. Publish date: January 1, 2018.Blog |Bookstagram | Instagram | Twitter
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  • Mandi Schneck
    January 1, 1970
    I love a good YA contemporary. They're fun, quick reads with relatable characters and relevant plots. Busted by Gina Ciocca was no exception. Busted follows Marisa, a high school student who catches her best friend's boyfriend cheating. But once word gets around as to what she's done, she accidentally goes from an everyday student to Marisa, cheater buster and sleuth extraordinaire.When Marisa's old frenemy Kendall solicits Marisa's help in catching a cheater of her own, drama brews as Marisa st I love a good YA contemporary. They're fun, quick reads with relatable characters and relevant plots. Busted by Gina Ciocca was no exception. Busted follows Marisa, a high school student who catches her best friend's boyfriend cheating. But once word gets around as to what she's done, she accidentally goes from an everyday student to Marisa, cheater buster and sleuth extraordinaire.When Marisa's old frenemy Kendall solicits Marisa's help in catching a cheater of her own, drama brews as Marisa starts to fall for TJ, the boy Kendall wants her to track. Trouble brews when Kendall discovers that TJ feels the same about Marisa, and sets out to ruin her by exposing her private eye secret. But Kendall doesn't know that Marisa may know a secret about her as well. All this coupled with some additional academic drama makes for a quality contemporary and a really fun read. How far is Marisa willing to go to expose the real truth, and who is she willing to take down with her?This was a fast-paced story that I devoured quickly. There were never lulls in the plot, and I thought all the characters added something to the story. It also really made me want a leather bracelet like the ones TJ makes! The cover for this book is absolutely gorgeous, but I think it is a little misleading. An image from Marisa's website might have been a better, more fitting option. When I read books about high schoolers, I always wonder why everyone has oblivious parents who can't spot an obvious lie. I know when I was in high school, my parents were always ON IT when it came to knowing whether or not I was telling the truth. Aside from a few unrealistic scenes, I really enjoyed this read and think it would be a great choice for any fan of YA contemporary!Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 StarsBusted by Gina Ciocca hits shelves this coming January, so be sure to pre-order a copy! Thanks so much to SOURCEBOOKS Fire for granting me early digital access to this fantastic read!
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  • Sabrina
    January 1, 1970
    Checkout my full review on my blog! http://omgbooksandmorebooks.blogspot....I really like the premise behind this one. I love how sharp and witty the characters are. This is a short read but you won't be disappointed. There is an array of characters you'll love, hate, and adore. My smallest complaint is that I wanted to see more of Marisa snooping out bad boyfriends. The idea is just perfect, in my opinion.
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  • Sue Holmes
    January 1, 1970
    *Review copy received from publisherA light, fun story, great for holiday reading. The story is evenly paced keeping the reader engaged as Marisa untangles the truth behind complicated relationships with unexpected twists.
  • Janina
    January 1, 1970
    Marisa, you are my hero. Good job, girl. Please, keep going.
  • Amber
    January 1, 1970
    Find this review and others like it at The Literary Phoenix.NEED A PRIVATE EYE? CALL MARISA PALMERA.Marissa didn’t ask to be the town’s resident PI, but after she catches her best friend’s boyfriend cheating on her, the title falls comfortably on her shoulders. Presented with a case to spy on a childhood friend’s boyfriend, Marisa quickly learns that not everything is what it appears to me, and sometimes, she can’t even trust her own instincts. She must choose where to lay her loyalties – with a Find this review and others like it at The Literary Phoenix.NEED A PRIVATE EYE? CALL MARISA PALMERA.Marissa didn’t ask to be the town’s resident PI, but after she catches her best friend’s boyfriend cheating on her, the title falls comfortably on her shoulders. Presented with a case to spy on a childhood friend’s boyfriend, Marisa quickly learns that not everything is what it appears to me, and sometimes, she can’t even trust her own instincts. She must choose where to lay her loyalties – with an old friend? Or with the boy she thinks is betraying her?Busted is a quick read, filled with it’s fair share of interesting characters, new love and love lost, and of course… betrayal.I FLEW THROUGH THIS BOOK.I don’t read much contemporary, and silly love stories make me roll my eyes, but the distrust and intrigue in this book reminds me of my childhood. Unfortunately. If you like hysterical girls and shady boys and bitter exes, this is a good book for you.And despite all the drama (and BOY was there drama) I read this in two days. I liked Marisa, even though she was naive, because it was clear that she had a good heart. And you want to root for her, because you quickly realize that most other people in the story are terrible. As for who is on her side, and who is a liar? I’ll let you figure that out yourself.OTHER SMALL, GOOD THINGS?Marisa has two loving, doting parents and a brother who is also her friend. Yay, healthy family dynamics!Even though she is smart, Marisa is limited by her family’s means. I don’t see this frequently in any literature but it’s a very real and very comment state of being.I love how crafty everyone is? As in… creatively inclined, not excellent plotters (although that also).THIS STORY IS INTERESTING, BUT NOT UNIQUE.The summary itself flaunts its similarities to Veronica Mars. The plot of “someone’s boyfriend might be cheating, oh no!” is definitely nothing new. But it was still a fun story to read and I appreciate some of the descriptions used by Ciocco to describe the weather, scenery, and relationships she writes about. Although this story takes place in late autumn, it’s a light, easy read.I think this one would be a perfect quick read with a cup of hot chocolate as the wind gets crisp and the last leaves fall. I’d recommend it.Disclaimer: I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. In no way does this affect my review.
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  • Kristin
    January 1, 1970
    **A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.**ORIGINAL POST: http://www.nerdprobs.com/books/book-r...As a huge fan of Veronica Mars, when I saw the comparison's from that series to this book I was very interested. Having now read Busted by Gina Ciocca I would say that it's not exactly the same, but it's up the same alley. The story follows Marisa as she becomes popular for hunting down boys that are cheating on their girls. Does she want thi **A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.**ORIGINAL POST: http://www.nerdprobs.com/books/book-r...As a huge fan of Veronica Mars, when I saw the comparison's from that series to this book I was very interested. Having now read Busted by Gina Ciocca I would say that it's not exactly the same, but it's up the same alley. The story follows Marisa as she becomes popular for hunting down boys that are cheating on their girls. Does she want this job? Not really. She just kind of gets suckered into it. However, she is decent at it and she finds herself in one situation she did not thing she would. Falling for a guy that was not hers to fall for and dealing with crazy teenage girls.The first half of the book was good, but didn't move as fast as I'd liked. I felt it drew out and there was a lot going on. But quickly I found that all those things going on slowly started clicking together to form a more cohesive story with a focus. I love Marisa. She was your average teenage girl with boy problems, homework problems, Friday night football games, and parents. While being average, she is nothing but! Accidentally getting wrapped in a spy-for-hire gig to help an old "friend", this book is packed with something for everyone. I loved TJ as well. He was someone I would hang out with. The two of them were instantly a pair I could see getting together. They were such well developed characters, which made this story so much better to read. Ciocca writing style made the story flow well. There were no choppy endings or cliffhangers that weren't story lines welcomed back in the next chapter. All the supporting characters where well developed and added something to the story.I also was pleased with the lack of down time in this story. In many novels you find chapters filled with information that comes across as space fillers. Busted didn't have those. Every chapter had pertinent information that lead to filling in the story and bringing it to a peak and wrapping up at the end. I loved this book and anyone who enjoys easy reads with a bit of mystery and romance should pick up this book. You won't regret it.
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  • Miranda (MrsLeif's Two Fangs About It)
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 / 5 FangsBusted was a fun, quirky, and unique novel! One of my favorite things about this book was how accurate it felt to a typical high school experience. There was a lot of drama involving what people thought of each other, and if that's not true of every high school, then I don't know what is!Marisa, the main character, was a very realistic high school girl. Marisa was a sweet, caring, and spunky character. I admired her dedication to her friends and other girls with trying to find out t 3.5 / 5 FangsBusted was a fun, quirky, and unique novel! One of my favorite things about this book was how accurate it felt to a typical high school experience. There was a lot of drama involving what people thought of each other, and if that's not true of every high school, then I don't know what is!Marisa, the main character, was a very realistic high school girl. Marisa was a sweet, caring, and spunky character. I admired her dedication to her friends and other girls with trying to find out the truth for them. Her dedication to sleuthing was very cute. There were times when she was a bit naive, but I found that to be crucial to her character development throughout the book. She also really cared about what others thought about her, which guided a lot of her decisions. Thankfully, she did learn that getting the approval of others is not the most important thing in life.There were some slower parts of this book and times where it felt like the book lost direction, but the book was fast-paced overall! The parts of this book that were fast-paced usually involved Marisa sleuthing. I really enjoyed the sleuthing elements of this book! I actually would have liked more of detective Marisa moments in the book, because those were my favorite parts! Another thing I enjoyed about this book was the focus on so many different types of relationships. We got to see friendships, romantic relationship, and familial relationships. It was interesting to see so many types of relationships and different types of drama involved in each relationship. Overall, Busted, was an enjoyable YA contemporary book! If you are looking for a YA book with plenty of high school drama, mystery, and romance, then I definitely would recommend checking this book out!3.5 / 5 Fangs *This ebook was given to me in exchange for an honest review. * MrsLeif's Two Fangs About ItFacebookTwitter
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  • Jaime
    January 1, 1970
    I have to say, I really loved this book. Which is surprising to me because lately YA books haven't been doing it for me. The blurb doesn't describe this book all that well. Marisa really only snoops on one boy, TJ, after she catches her friends boyfriend initially and that was done pretty reluctantly. I definitely wouldn't go into this expecting too much of a Veronica Mars type of book. I loved all the characters in this book, even the ones we're meant to hate. Everyone had very dynamic personal I have to say, I really loved this book. Which is surprising to me because lately YA books haven't been doing it for me. The blurb doesn't describe this book all that well. Marisa really only snoops on one boy, TJ, after she catches her friends boyfriend initially and that was done pretty reluctantly. I definitely wouldn't go into this expecting too much of a Veronica Mars type of book. I loved all the characters in this book, even the ones we're meant to hate. Everyone had very dynamic personalities and were well developed- even the secondary characters. Marisa's relationships with her family and friends were very refreshing. She had a best friend who never back stabbed or doubted her, she had a brother who annoyed her but she loved anyway and who loved her in return, and she had parents that were always 100% supportive. It's nice to read all that in a YA book because I think it sets a better example for younger kids. The progression of Marisa and TJ's friendship was perfectly done. It felt right for the age range they are supposed to be in and it didn't feel overly mature. I liked that it took Marisa a while to get over Jordan and that she didn't always make the right choices in regards to him. Most 17 year olds learn the hard way that exes can be manipulative when they think you've moved on, so it's nice to see Marisa make similar mistakes. Kendall was a bitch and I liked the Marisa and her friends didn't always buy into her antics. They did sometimes, but not every time. One of the biggest things I can say in the book is that the maturity levels were very realistic. The kids weren't overly mature and they weren't overly immature. I definitely liked the twist at the end of this book. I kind of saw it coming, but there was a bit of it I wasn't entirely expecting.Overall, I do recommend this book. If you're in the market for a really cute, really engaging YA book, this is definitely a book to pick up. I will read more of Gina Ciocca's books if they're all like this. ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review
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  • Sionna
    January 1, 1970
    *I received this book through Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review*I was pleasantly surprised with this book. While I don't think it adds anything unique or extraordinary to the genre, it was a fun and entertaining read. I did guess pretty much everything that would happen, but what I didn't guess did make the book more of a mystery and intriguing. This isn't just about catching cheating boyfriends.That being said, I loved the concept of this book. I'm a huge fan of teen PIs, like Veronic *I received this book through Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review*I was pleasantly surprised with this book. While I don't think it adds anything unique or extraordinary to the genre, it was a fun and entertaining read. I did guess pretty much everything that would happen, but what I didn't guess did make the book more of a mystery and intriguing. This isn't just about catching cheating boyfriends.That being said, I loved the concept of this book. I'm a huge fan of teen PIs, like Veronica Mars. Now, Marisa isn't that into the detective thing and it seems like most of her work just falls into her lap, but she does do work, she tries, branches out from just catching cheaters. Honestly, I would have loved to see more spying and case-solving, but that isn't really what the book is about. I really liked some of the characters and felt that they worked well together. Nick, as a younger brother character, is charming and I love how they don't hate each other. He is a cutie. Although, he did have a few quirks I disliked. I really liked TJ and thought he and Marisa made an awesome pair. So, on to the romance. It totally worked for me. There is even plausible reasons and time for the couples to come to like each other. It was delightful to read. ALL THE POINTS FOR A BOOK WITH REASONS FOR A COUPLE TO LIKE EACH OTHER! The relationships were good too. Marisa isn't jealous of Mindy and Charlie's relationship and she calls Charlie out on her behavior, and she accepts it. Marisa trusts her friends (and brother) and so healthy. I loved it. Maybe it felt awkward at times but *shrug* for the most part it felt pretty real to me. One part I didn't like so much was how someone would say something and everyone would laugh like it was funny... when I didn't see how it was funny. Those are moments when I feel more confused or am pulled out of the book. Besides that, the writing is pretty well done.
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  • Courtney
    January 1, 1970
    Gina Ciocca creates a captivating narrative that will entice readers and leave them desperate for more. She writes believable, realistic characters and I absolutely couldn't put this book down. Marisa is an awesome lead character. She's strong, resourceful, and realistic all at the same time. I love the lengths she goes to in order to protect her friends and those she cares about, and overall she has a great story arc; I loved reading the story through her point of view. Her conflicting emotions Gina Ciocca creates a captivating narrative that will entice readers and leave them desperate for more. She writes believable, realistic characters and I absolutely couldn't put this book down. Marisa is an awesome lead character. She's strong, resourceful, and realistic all at the same time. I love the lengths she goes to in order to protect her friends and those she cares about, and overall she has a great story arc; I loved reading the story through her point of view. Her conflicting emotions about whether to welcome her former friend Kendall back into her life with open arms is something that I could relate to, and I'm sure other readers will be able to as well. I liked the relationship she had with her younger brother, Nick, and how supportive they both were of each other. I also really liked her dynamic with her best friend Charlie; it was really cool to see how strong their friendship was even though they attended different schools. I appreciated the mention of college and the price of it in the book; I'm about to start my freshman year of college, and trust me, it's not cheap! I also felt that the pace at which her friendship with TJ progressed was nice. Once again, it was something that felt realistic. Of all the things they had in common, I loved the jewelry making the best! It is so unique. (And I might just desperately want one of those leather bracelets.....) Kendall, TJ's girlfriend and Jordan, Marisa's ex were both dynamic characters and had complicated relationships with Marisa due to their pasts, and I thought that the way all of those relationships play out was surprising, yet believable. There's a few plot twists that I never saw coming that I absolutely loved!! Overall, this book is a must read for teens who like the perfect mix of romance, mystery, and friendship. Since it won't be released until January 2nd 2018, preorder it now!
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  • Adiba Jaigridar
    January 1, 1970
    This wasn't exactly what I expected it to be going in. I did enjoy it overall, despite some setbacks.----I kind of went into Busted expecting it to be Veronica Mars meets YA. It wasn’t exactly that. There are obviously the Veronica Mars overlaps in that Marissa is taking sneaky photos, following people around, and going on stakeouts. But if I’m honest, Marissa is just not a very good detective. By the end of the novel, didn’t feel like she had really figured much out on her own. Sure, she finds This wasn't exactly what I expected it to be going in. I did enjoy it overall, despite some setbacks.----I kind of went into Busted expecting it to be Veronica Mars meets YA. It wasn’t exactly that. There are obviously the Veronica Mars overlaps in that Marissa is taking sneaky photos, following people around, and going on stakeouts. But if I’m honest, Marissa is just not a very good detective. By the end of the novel, didn’t feel like she had really figured much out on her own. Sure, she finds out her best friend’s boyfriend is cheating on her during the first chapter. But that’s about the extent of it. Whatever is discovered throughout the rest of the novel is less to Marissa’s credit, and much more to other people’s credit. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not that Marissa does nothing, but she just didn’t feel pro-active enough in the mystery for anyone to give Veronica Mars a run for her money.I did like Marissa overall as a character. She was a good balance between compassionate and ‘doesn’t-take-any-crap.’ That being said, sometimes it felt like Ciocca wasn’t sure where Marissa stood on things. She would change her mind about a character or situation within the space of a few sentences. While I understood what Ciocca was trying to achieve – Marissa’s own confusion about said character or situation – I don’t think it was done with a lot of depth. The writing was fine, but a bit annoying at times. Ciocca had a habit of recapping things that had just happened. Or asking way too many rhetorical questions that were supposed to make us go – look, Marissa is detecting! – but just made me feel annoyed. Overall, Busted was a fun read. I’d recommend it if you’re looking to read something quick and light.
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  • Olivia Farr
    January 1, 1970
    "Busted" is a really fun YA detective fiction. Marisa is a budding journalist and high schooler who is hoping to get into a great college (although they are often expensive). When she is out and sees her BFF's canceled date buying ice cream her BFF (Charlie) would hate, she follows him and catches him making out with another girl. As the story gets around, a former friend, Kendall, asks for her help to figure out what her boyfriend is up to. Thus begins the tale of Busted. The comparison to Vero "Busted" is a really fun YA detective fiction. Marisa is a budding journalist and high schooler who is hoping to get into a great college (although they are often expensive). When she is out and sees her BFF's canceled date buying ice cream her BFF (Charlie) would hate, she follows him and catches him making out with another girl. As the story gets around, a former friend, Kendall, asks for her help to figure out what her boyfriend is up to. Thus begins the tale of Busted. The comparison to Veronica Mars felt particularly apt, as Marisa doesn't just tail potential cheaters, but she also is investigating a cheating scandal at Charlie's school to clear Charlie's name.Things spiral out of control as the investigations and mysteries heat up- and the book becomes impossible to put down. The high school drama (with relationships, budding friendships, etc.) is also top-notch in this book, and I found it all delightful. This was a delicious read that I absolutely devoured quickly- I could definitely see this becoming a must-watch TV series and/or movie. The characters were all so fun and mostly easy to like (Charlie and Marisa's brother were stand-out side characters), and I really hope this book gets a sequel or two. I'd love to follow more of Marisa's investigations!Overall, this was a delightful and fast-paced detective-style novel with plenty of drama and clues/steps to keep the reader guessing the whole way through. I absolutely recommend it to any fans of Veronica Mars and YA fiction! Please note that I received an ARC from the publisher through netgalley. All opinions are my own.
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  • Tammy
    January 1, 1970
    "Keep your friends close and your enemies closer"By chance, Marisa happens to spot her best friends boyfriend on a date with another girl. So what does she do, she takes a picture for proof, of course. This is the one event that spirals her high school life out of control. Word travels fast and when an old "friend," Kendall, from the past wants to hire her to spy on her emotional absent boyfriend TJ, Marisa may have more to deal with than she ever imagined. Marisa is still hurting from her break "Keep your friends close and your enemies closer"By chance, Marisa happens to spot her best friends boyfriend on a date with another girl. So what does she do, she takes a picture for proof, of course. This is the one event that spirals her high school life out of control. Word travels fast and when an old "friend," Kendall, from the past wants to hire her to spy on her emotional absent boyfriend TJ, Marisa may have more to deal with than she ever imagined. Marisa is still hurting from her breakup with her ex boyfriend, while still trying to be friends with him while he is dating someone else. Her best friend, Charlie is about to be expelled from school for something she had nothing to do with. To make matters worse, Marisa may be falling for one of the guys she is supposed to be spying on. This is high school drama at its finest. It shows you how mean girls and boys can really be to each other and the lengths they will go to cover their tracks. Just when you think you have figured it out, it will surprise you!This is one book I read in one night. A very quick, fun read that you can't put down until you find out what happens at the end. I love the Marisa character but she needs to mind her own business and stop trying to make things right with her old friend, Kendall. There is a reason they quit being friends and she needs to remember this. She can be a pushover at times. All in all a well written book that I will recommend for many days to come. Thank you to Netgalley and Sourcefire Books for providing me with an advanced copy of this book for a fair and honest review. I receive no compensation. All thoughts are my own.
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