Book Reviews of Confessions of a Teen Sleuth: A Parody

Confessions of a Teen Sleuth: A Parody
Confessions of a Teen Sleuth A Parody
Author: Chelsea Cain
ISBN-13: 9781596911215
ISBN-10: 1596911212
Publication Date: 10/16/2007
Pages: 176
Rating:
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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3.9 stars, based on 12 ratings
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 3
Chelsea Cain has done a wonderful job of taking my favorite characters from my youth--Nancy Drew, Ned Nickerson, the Hardy Boys (Joe & Frank), the Bobbsey Twins, and several more--and turning them into a 21st-century novel that had me laughing out loud throughout the entire story.

Granted, THIS story is probably not for the teen-set, unless your son or daughter is more mature. The Nancy and friends of THIS book drink and smoke, make out, have sex and even an affair, and in general aren't as perfect as their former counterparts. That said, however, CONFESSIONS OF A TEEN SLEUTH is a thoroughly enjoyable book that reads as a series of mysteries solved, of course, by the aging Nancy Drew. She starts out as the teen sleuth of the 1920's, and ends up an octogenarian in her 80's in the 1990's.

Very funny and amusing, I'm glad I picked up a copy of this book!
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Helpful Score: 2
I absolutely loved this witty, satirical and fun book! If you grew up loving Nancy Drew novels and have a sense of humor, I bet you'll get a kick out of this book. I guess it's not important that I point out you'll only "get" this book if you've read the old Nancy Drew novels, as I doubt someone who hasn't wouldn't be interested in this book. It also helps if you have at least cursory knowledge of The Hardy Boys and Cherry Ames.This follows the "true" adventures of Nancy Drew, from her golden teen sleuth years to the twilight of her life. Here, Carolyn Keene isn't a small army of writers but Nancy's annoying college roommate :) A quick, fun read that includes pictures exactly like those in the original series.
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Helpful Score: 1
When I was younger, I loved Nancy Drew books and also enjoyed many other mystery series (The Hardy Boys and Trixie Belden especially). This book was a fun look at the "real" Nancy Drew, including what happened to her as she got older. I loved all of the allusions to the books - and not only Nancy Drews - so many others as well! Some of the stories didn't completely work for me, but overall I enjoyed them.
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Helpful Score: 1
Ah, Nancy Drew. We only thought we knew you. Now she is setting the record straight and we'll know what was really going on with her and Ned.
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Helpful Score: 1
Chelsea Cain has done a wonderful job of taking my favorite characters from my youth--Nancy Drew, Ned Nickerson, the Hardy Boys (Joe & Frank), the Bobbsey Twins, and several more--and turning them into a 21st-century novel that had me laughing out loud throughout the entire story.

Granted, THIS story is probably not for the teen-set, unless your son or daughter is more mature. The Nancy and friends of THIS book drink and smoke, make out, have sex and even an affair, and in general aren't as perfect as their former counterparts. That said, however, CONFESSIONS OF A TEEN SLEUTH is a thoroughly enjoyable book that reads as a series of mysteries solved, of course, by the aging Nancy Drew. She starts out as the teen sleuth of the 1920's, and ends up an octogenarian in her 80's in the 1990's.

Very funny and amusing, I'm glad I picked up a copy of this book!
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Helpful Score: 1
This is the real Nancy Drew, writing her own story. She confesses her true love (not Ned Nickerson!) and implies the actions taken. Other sleuths show up from time to time, including Cherry Ames, the Bobsey Twins, and the Hardy Boys. Campy from time to time, the main character still takes herself, and her sleuthing, seriously. Each chapter is presented as a mystery to be solved. Fun reading!
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Eh. It was okay. Just not what I was expecting. I thought it was going to be a "behind the scenes with Nancy as a bad girl and what really happened" during some of my favorite mysteries. Instead, it was about what happened to Nancy as she grew older, and while some of the short stories were good, it was just so-so.
I did like that she added in a lot of my favorite girl sleuths like Kim Aldrich and Donna Parker, etc. It was written in the same style as Carolyn Keene, and did have a campy air about it. Definitely worth a credit, but I was a tad disappointed, in that it wasn't what I was hoping for.
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This book certainly has its moments, but even taken as a parody I was disappointed with it. The premise: Carolyn Keene takes copious notes of her roommate Nancy Drew's stories and makes a fortune off the books she writes, and Nancy wants to set the record straight. The problem is that she didn't write summaries of the cases in the Nancy Drew books, it was a memoir of her later years. Some of the stories were hilarious, and also the fact that she always carries a magnifying glass, but the whole thing was Nancy Drew - Good girl gone "bad". It was worth a read, but I found it just a bit disappointing.
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I loved Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys and had a desperate wish that Frank and Nancy would get together. This book, while completely nostalgic and totally brought me back to my childhood, kind of made me not like Nancy. I waited on the wishlist forever for this book and was sort of disappointed by it.