Genre Guide: Mysteries for Teens

Definition

Image by Wikimedia Commons user Alterego
Image by Wikimedia Commons user Alterego

The definition for teen mysteries seems to be slightly less strictly defined as in comparison to their adult counterparts.  First, there is usually “something” to solve.  Generally, it is a crime, but in some cases it can be a secret that is not necessarily illegal or punishable by law.  For example, why someone killed themselves or discovering that someone is cheating in a contest or academic endeavor.  Also, while adult mystery novels usually have detectives at work at solving mysteries, in teen novels it is often an average teen with an inquisitive nature–someone who is a true amateur.

Teen mysteries are similar to their adult counterparts, however, when it comes to the plot unfolding.  The clues are presented to the main character(s) and to the reader, and steps are taken as to get more information to discover the how, what, why, who, and sometimes even the where and when.  Ultimately, we are given the final reveal at the end of the novel.

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Beta Books: Teens Review Advance Reading Copies

ARCIt’s time for another post from the Beta Books club at my library, which reads, reviews, and generally has a grand time discussing ARCs (Advanced Reading Copies) of upcoming teen books. Our review form includes a cover discussion, space to share thoughts on the book, and 1-5 star rating. Thanks to today’s reviewers for agreeing to share their thoughts on The Hub! SPOILER ALERT: Some reviews mention plot points.

united-we-spy_612x918Reviewer: Julie

Book: United We Spy (Gallagher Girls, #6), by Ally Carter

What did you think of the cover? Matches the other covers in the series — Cam, in her Gallagher girl uniform, with her face — or at least her eyes — hidden. The graduation robe & scroll she has hints this is the last book in the series.

What did you think of the book? It was AWESOME of course. I’ve been waiting for it to come out. My favorite parts of these books are always the parts with Zach — my favorite character. Unfortunately, he’s not in the excerpt I read although he is mentioned. I suppose my favorite part is when they go to rescue Preston. I would recommend this book to a friend. It’s one of my favorite series. :)

How would you rate this book? 5 stars: Unbelievable! I’d rather read this book than sleep!

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