Death and the Girl Next Door

Death and the Girl Next Door - Darynda Jones This book was a random audio pick from my library. I hadn't heard of the author before, but it looked interesting, so I gave it a shot. Let me just give a big "YAY" for the lack of love triangle in the book! I think that made me love it all the more. Imagine, a YA novel with no angsty love triangle.

Death and the Girl Next Door was a pretty fun book. The characters were fun and believable. They are teens who acted and actually spoke like teens. The dialogue seemed very genuine and comfortable. I loved the relationship that Lorelei has with her two best friends, Brooklyn and Glitch. The banter between them was fun and had me laughing at times. Jared is mysterious, brooding and sexy. Cameron is the outcast, loner who seems to hate him and is always trying to protect Lorelei.

There is a genuine mystery as to who Jared and Cameron are and the role they play in Lorelei's life. I liked that the reader finds out right along with Lorelei. The tendency to keep things from Loelei did get a bit frustrating at times. But in the end, I could see why things were kept from her. There are a few twists toward the end that should prove to make the next book interesting.