Guy Langman is a high school junior with a love of bad jokes, video games, girls, and bubble baths. To help him cope with the recent death of his father, his friend Anoop convinces Guy to join the Forensic Science Club. There, Guy learns the ins and outs of forensic science while checking out hot girls and being. Things heat up when Guy and Anoop discover a body, and it becomes up to the Forensic Science squad to solve the murder, which may relate to his dead father’s secrets.
I wanted to like this book more than I actually did. I love the idea of a slacker kid getting off his butt to try to solve some problems. Guy is fairly likable and entertaining, and he makes a pretty accessible narrator, despite having some unique characters (like an action-heroesque father). I also admit that I enjoyed the terrible puns scattered throughout the book, but, as far as I was concerned, those were the strongest parts of the writing.
Although the book goes quickly, I wasn’t a huge fan of the writing style. It was extremely clunky and simplistic, to the point that I found myself being thrown out of the story constantly. I also think the writing affected my perception of the book, which I thought had some great concepts in principle. However, the writing really turned the story into something more hackneyed. Teens–particularly those who seek a simpler book– might be more tolerant of this story though, so I am not completely willing to write it off.