Bound To Stay Bound

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 Good girl's guide to murder (Good girl's guide to murder)
 Author: Jackson, Holly

 Publisher:  Delacorte Press (2020)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 390 p.,  22 cm

 BTSB No: 482748 ISBN: 9781984896360
 Ages: 14-18 Grades: 9-12

 Cold cases (Criminal investigation) -- Fiction
 Homicide -- Fiction
 Mystery fiction
 High schools -- Fiction

Price: $9.01

As her senior capstone project, Pip is determined to find the real killer in a closed, local murder case, that determined Sal Singh killed his popular girlfriend, Andie Bell, and then himself five years ago, but not everyone wants her meddling in the past.

Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: UG
   Reading Level: 5.40
   Points: 16.0   Quiz: 508965

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 12/01/2019 Gr 9 Up—Five years ago, Andie Bell disappeared; she was believed to be murdered and her body hidden by her boyfriend Sal Singh before taking his own life. Pippa (Pip) Fitz-Amobi believes Sal is innocent and that he was murdered, and sets out to prove it for her senior capstone project. The deeper she digs into the truth, the more trouble Pip finds herself in. Somebody out there doesn't want her discovering the truth of what happened to Andie, and it may just be the real person responsible. Jackson's debut is a captivating mystery that will have readers hooked. Some may find the pacing at the beginning a little slow but it doesn't take long for the story to pick up. The majority of the characters, including Pip, are intriguing and well developed, containing flaws that make them more realistic. While Pip herself is white, there is a diverse cast of characters overall, including Sal and his brother Ravi, the latter playing a major role in helping Pip find answers. Pip's capstone project is interwoven with the third-person narration, so readers are allowed access to her thoughts and work even though she isn't directly telling the story. Jackson wonderfully crafts the mystery so that readers can create their own hypotheses as Pip puts the pieces together—but they won't find out the truth until she does. VERDICT A wonderful addition to any library collection, especially where mystery novels like Maureen Johnson's Truly Devious is popular.—Amanda Borgia, Uniondale Public Library, NY - Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

Booklist - 01/01/2020 Fairview has been haunted by the disappearance of popular girl Andie Bell and the unexpected suicide of her alleged killer, Sal Singh. Five years later, high school senior Pippa Fitz-Amobi, who has had serious doubts about the officially circulated version of the story, decides that proving Sal's innocence will be the focus of her capstone project. But with each new discovery, Pip finds herself racing toward danger in ways she could never have expected. Thankfully, she has Sal's brother, Ravi, to help her along the way, and together they just might solve a mystery nobody else was able to unravel. Debut novelist Jackson transforms what could be a routine murder mystery into a critical examination of xenophobia, unfounded bias, and the incredibly complicated motivations that drive us all to act in ways we would never believe possible. This is an engaging narrative, full of twists and turns that will both shock and delight fans of murder, mayhem, and intrigue. - Copyright 2020 Booklist.

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