Adventures in Funeral Crashing (Funeral Crashing Mysteries #1) by Milda Harris
Adventures In Funeral Crashing: (Funeral Crashing Mysteries #1)
Kait Lenox has a reputation as the weird girl in her high school, mostly because of her ex-best friend turned mean popular girl, Ariel, but maybe it has a little to do with the fact that Kait has a hobby crashing funerals. At one of these, Kait is outted by the most popular guy in school, Ethan Ripley. Yet, instead of humiliating her for all the world to see, he asks for her help, and Kait finds herself entangled in a murder mystery. Not only is the thrill of the mystery exciting, but more importantly Ethan knows her name! A little sleuthing is well worth that!
Wow Adventures in Funeral Crashing was a really annoying book for me to read. Maybe if I were younger I wouldn't have minded so much, but Kait annoyed me to no end. Really quickly I just wanted her to shut up and stop talking. I know, that is bad, especially since the entire book is just her ramblings. So definitely not the book for me.
Kait is the weird girl at school. Her mom died, and ever since her funeral she has been crashing other peoples funerals. She likes to hear the stories and nice words people say about the person who passed. One night at one funeral she is crashing she sees Ethan. Ethan the super amazingly good looking guy who Kait has a crush on. Cue her freaking out about how gorgeous Ethan is, how he is so amazingly hot, how he would never actually like someone like her, etc. The way it is written is just...way too all over the place and on and on about every little thing and yeah. It is also quite repetitive. I mean I will probably always remember that Kait loves the peanut butter banana milkshakes at Wired. I mean she loves them. She brings it up all the freaking time how amazing the peanut butter banana milkshakes at Wired are. They are so good. She loves them. The peanut butter banana milkshakes at Wired are just so amazing. I get it. It just felt like she went on about them way too much. Maybe it is just me. But everything was like that.
Then Ethan's sister is the one who's funeral Kait is crashing, and Ethan thinks she might have been murdered. So Ethan and Kait team up to solve the case since the cops won't. Yep, they are just amazing it at...not really. They are positive it is this one guy, when even from the beginning it doesn't make sense. It is obvious it will be this other person, but they just kind of blow that off. They really don't think it can be anyone but the guy they think, even though he has no motive. It doesn't make sense! That and they were just kind of stupid kids. They just...at one point Kait is internally complaining about how the cops won't listen to them because they are kids. Haven't the cops every watched Scooby Doo or Veronica Mars? Kids knows stuff and can solve crimes! Then immediately after that she goes on to say how she knows this isn't tv, and how she is no Veronica Mars, but she hopes she can solve the case. Well...I don't know I didn't believe they would be able to. The whole way it was written bugged me. I did not like it. I was so annoyed by Kait's internal ramblings I just didn't enjoy the book.
The other main problem? The overabundance of references to popular things. Books, movies, singers, whatever. It was just like Kait was trying way too hard to include these things. Like she was trying too hard to be like see! I know what is popular now! This book is going to be sooo dated very soon. It's okay to put some references in there, but this was a bit of overkill for me. It was kind of the like Josie and the Pussycats movie where they go way overboard on purpose in a ridiculous way with the product placement. This was similar in the name dropping to the extreme. I didn't like it and ended up rolling my eyes at most of it. It just was not the book for me.