ARC Review | A Good Idea: Cristina Moracho

Posted March 3, 2017 by Erica || 6 Comments

ARC Review | A Good Idea: Cristina MorachoA Good Idea by Cristina Moracho
Published by Viking Books for Young Readers on February 28th 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Mystery, Thrillers
Pages: 368
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher
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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?

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

TRIGGER WARNING: DRUG ABUSE/DRUG USE

A Good Idea was a decent book. I enjoyed it from beginning to end but it didn’t blow me away. The beginning was, which is odd for me, better than the end. I got into it really quick and wasn’t wanting to put it down, but after I read for a while…I had to stop. It kind of took a weird pace for me and I was just meh about it. I’m not sure if that was actually the books doing or me just being me at this time of my reading slump, but either way, it took a toll on my enjoyment.

Now, the pacing was good in the sense of all books ever (if that makes any sense). I think the beginning really drew you in, the middle got juicy and super interesting and the ending was good, but it was a bit lack luster for me. I know I said the pacing, after I had read the book for awhile, was weird for me, but that doesn’t take away from the fact it was super intriguing. I know my mind is all over the pace, but that’s just how I felt while reading.

Overall, I did enjoy this book, but when I try to sit down and actual talk about what I liked and disliked nothing is jumping towards me. Maybe that’s because the book may have been a bit forgettable even though I have just finished it…or I just feel nothing towards it even though it was good. Either way, I want to talk about the ending just a tad bit more. I know I said it was lack-luster, which it was for me, but it actually was quite intense. But, for me it was so intense that it was quite anti-climatic. I don’t know if that makes sense, hell, I don’t know if any of my review makes sense at all, but it’s hard to write a cohesive review about a 3 star book (for me at least).

Anyway, the book was a good read, it didn’t put me deeper into my slump, which is amazing. It also didn’t bring me out of my slump. I think if you do enjoy thrillers you should give it a go because I think it overall was a great thriller. It kept you on your toes and I enjoyed that aspect. Oh, and one thing before I go, it was set in the 90s and the author handled that really well. If it weren’t set in the 90s the book would have been a lot different and I wouldn’t have enjoyed it much at all. Time time period definitely added a spark to the novel.

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  • shootingstarsmag

    Nice review! It’s hard to review books you feel kind of “meh” about. I do like a good thriller, so I’m a bit curious about this one. It sounds like something I’d get from the library though as opposed to paying a lot to read it. Thanks for sharing.

    -Lauren
    http://www.letsgetbeyondtolerance.blogspot.com

  • Oooh sadness that this was just so-so. I was really looking forward to this one. I am glad it didn’t dig you further into your slump, but it is also never any fun when the beginning is better than the end. I do love the idea of the 90s setting though! I am glad that worked well!

  • This book seems quite interesting and it’s been a while since I’ve read a bit of a thriller! Thanks for sharing Erica!

    xx Anisha @ Sprinkled Pages

  • I was quite looking forward to this one because I love thrillers and it’s been a long time since I read a good one. But I’ve seen really mixed reviews recently and I’m just not sure I’ll end up picking it up. It just seems like it’ll be kind of ‘meh’. I’d rather read a book I’m more sure I’m going to enjoy! Great review <3

  • I hadn’t heard of this one before today, but it sounds very intriguing. A shame it wasn’t more fleshed out in some areas though. It sucks when a book with potential is a little lack-luster.
    Great review, Erica!

  • I’ve been keen for this book ever since I read about it! I have read two reviews for it now, though, and neither have been glowing. I think I will still pick it up because I am an avid mystery/thriller reader, and I’ve also heard that the MC is bi, and we need more bi girls in books (especially books that aren’t contemporary). I’ll keep an eye out for that pacing you mentioned, though!

    I hope you can get out of your reading slump soon, Erica. I know how horrible they are 🙁