Saturday, June 9, 2007

Confessions of a Teen Sleuth: A Parody by Chelsea Cain

I heard about this novel on NPR a month or so ago and thought it sounded pretty funny. It was a pretty funny novel, and a VERY quick read (only took an hour or two).

The premise of this novel is that Nancy Drew was a real teen sleuth in the 1920's. Her story was stolen by her vengeful roommate Carolyn Keene and published with errors. Upon her death She had her manuscript of her real life delivered to Chelsea Cain for publication.

Each chapter is a different mystery and most are set in a different decade or so from the 1920's to the 1990's. The main story of Nancy's life is that her one true love was Frank Hardy and not Ned Nickerson. Ned junior looks like Frank with "Titian" hair :-) Nancy marries and divorces Ned, deciding she'd rather be "special friends." Bess and George are her, Bess with anorexia after becoming known as the "plump" friend and George who is gay, but Nancy never seems to notice. Each adventure is rather outlandish, but picks up some of the main fun of her books.

Other teen sleuths make apearances including Donna Parker, the Dana Girls, Tom Swift, the Bobbsey Twins, Trixie Beldin, etc. I only wish I was familiar with all of their stories.

My favorite line, "They didn't call him Hardy for nothing." LOL

If you are looking for a quick, funny read concerning your favorite teen sleuth, I highly recommend it!

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