Book Review: Sketchy Behavior by Erynn Mangum

Author: Erynn Mangum

Publisher: Zonderkidz

Pages: 220

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Summary: Drawing Conclusions or Drafting Disaster? Other than harboring a somewhat obsessive fondness for Crispix and completely swearing-off boys after a bad date (don’t ask), sixteen-year-old Kate Carter is about as ordinary as they come, except for her two notable talents: art and sarcasm. After an introduction to forensic sketching in her elective art class, Kate discovers a third and most unexpected gift: criminal profiling. Her photo-quality sketch helps the police catch a wanted murderer and earns her celebrity status in South Woodhaven Falls. But when that murderer appears to be using his friends to exact revenge, Kate goes from local hero to possible target. Will she manage to survive? Will life ever be normal again? And will local news anchor Ted Deffle ever stop sending her flowers?
This was a fast, easy read but with good plot twists.
Kate was mellow despite the turmoil around her. Her parents seemed a little high strung, and cliche, what with the father walking around with a gun, and the mother yelling about her mental well-being.
I thought the talk about God and religion can be a little disconcerting for the reader. I’m not sure if the story really needed that element specially because it wasn’t fully explored.
I enjoyed this book, and hope there will be more to Kate’s story.
My rating: 4 stars out of 5


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