Trouble is a Friend of Mine – Stephanie Tromley


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.


This book had some bizarre, quirky moments and witty one-liners, but as a whole, I wasn’t engaged with the story at all. I was quite disappointed by it, in fact.

I feel like a lot of it was too ridiculous to seem realistic at all. Come on, the religious cult thing? Dumpster fires? Complete obliviousness by adult figures? Marina? There were just too many crazy things going on without anyone paying attention.

The characters were all pretty flat and one-dimensional. Digby was like a male “manicpixiedreamgirl.” Henry was your classic jock/heartthrob. Sloane was a mean girl, Felix was the nerd, and Zoe/Bill were the angsty “guys’ girls.” Heck, this story was self-aware enough to point all of this out. But that didn’t make it any less stereotypical and flat.

I wish I cared about the characters more! The romp and mystery was fun at times, but this wasn’t a story I felt invested in, to say the least.

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Rating: 1/5


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