Review: Trouble is a Friend of Mine by Stephanie Tromly

23354047Title: Trouble is a Friend of Mine

Author: Stephanie Tromly

Publication Date: August 4, 2015

Publisher: Kathy Dawson Books

Synopsis: Of course I didn’t like Digby when I first met him. No one does.

The first time Philip Digby shows up on Zoe Webster’s doorstep, he’s rude and he treats her like a book he’s already read and knows the ending to.

But before she knows it, Zoe’s allowed Digby—annoying, brilliant, and somehow…attractive? Digby—to drag her into a series of hilarious, dangerous, and only vaguely legal schemes all related to the kidnapping of a local teenage girl. A kidnapping that might be connected to the tragic disappearance of his little sister eight years ago. When it comes to Digby, Zoe just can’t say no.

But is Digby a hero? Or is his manic quest an indication of a desperate attempt to repair his broken family and exorcize his own obsessive-compulsive tendencies? And does she really care anyway?

This is a contemporary debut with razor-sharp dialogue, ridiculously funny action, and a dynamic duo you won’t soon forget.

I received this book through Goodreads giveaways. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

After her parent’s divorce, Zoe Webster and her mother are in a new house and Zoe is attending a new school. With high hopes of soon attending a boarding school to prepare her for Ivy League colleges, Zoe does not plan on stay where she is for long. That is until she meets Philip Digby. Digby brings out a new side of Zoe that she didn’t even know existed. Zoe soon begins to wonder if the life she has planned for herself is still the life she wants to have.

I feel like Zoe and Digby’s relationship just…happened. One second, Zoe does not know anything about Digby and the next second they are spending time together and committing various crimes. Do people really become friends that quickly? I had some trouble finding their relationship believable. As for the other characters within this story, there are all your favorite clichés. We have the handsome and brave football quarterback and his popular, but jealous girlfriend. You even have your mean girls group and the “nerdy” kid.

Although I did not hate this book, I do not plan on reading the sequel. I never truly became invested in these characters and their stories enough to follow along with their upcoming adventures. While this book wasn’t necessarily a good read, it also wasn’t a bad read. It was entertaining at times and entertaining enough. I never felt the need to dnf this book and there was enough to keep me reading. There have been many mixed reviews on this book. Some people love it, others hate it, and a few just feel “meh” about this book. I am in the “meh” category. Trouble Is a Friend of Mine is one of those books that I will forget about the story and characters within a few months.

2.5 out of 5 stars

Meet The Author


Stephanie Tromly was born in Manila, grew up in Hong Kong, graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, and worked as a screenwriter in Los Angeles. She is the author of Trouble Is a Friend of Mine and lives in Winnipeg with her husband and son.

You can find her on Goodreads and Twitter.


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