The Murder of Bindy Mackenzie
Author : Jaclyn Moriarty
Another outstanding YA novel from author Jaclyn Moriarty, continuing in her loosely connected Ashbury/Brookfield series that revolve around two schools. Bindy Mackenzie is at the top of her class. The high-strung, ambitious, precocious high school student’s academic excellence sets her a notch higher than her classmates, or at least she thinks it does. When Bindy finds herself slipping in her classes, and becomes the target of detestation from her fellow students, her life quickly starts to spiral downwards. Is it the pressure of being a teenager, or perhaps, something more sinister? Moriarty retains her unique style as we glimpse into Bindy’s life through diary entries, notes, and memos. She’s the singular most unique character I have ever read – passionate, egotistical, intelligent, and humorously clueless. Her development is fertile ground for an interesting character arc. In fact, the reader will be so caught up in the everyday confusing matters of Bindy’s life that even without the plot twist in the story it would still make a fantastic read. It takes a while for the novel to get moving, but readers who stick with the book through the first chapters will be rewarded in the end.
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
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