Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Ivy's Review on Sketchy Behavior

Sketchy Behavior
Author: Erynn Mangum
Publisher: Zonderkidz
Release Date: August 16, 2011
Format: ARC
Pages: 214
Source: Goodreads First Reads
Challenge: None
Seek: Amazon, Goodreads
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?

You Should... Burrow it

Reason for Reading – Prize

Judge the Cover – Love how simple the cover is and how it actually relates to the story.

A Little Teaser  My heart was racing like crazy. I couldn’t get a full breathe in. Someone had been shot, and they’d been shot because I wasn’t sitting where I was supposed to be sitting.

Review – Surprisingly this was a very easy book to read. It was a light mystery, with a surprise ending that I didn’t even see coming. I love solving mysteries before the characters, I'm pretty much a regular Sherlock Holmes. So, I love it win an author throws a curve-ball that I didn't see coming. Especially in such a short book!

Kate had a pretty average life, but she wanted more. Every day for her seemed to be the same thing over and over again. She gets up, eat cereal, go to school, and come home, eat dinner at exactly 5:32. Even hanging out with her friend Maddy, Kate is able to predict what they going to end up doing. Everything changes for her when she turns in an assignment of sketch of a criminal.

Now, her life is unpredictable. She is protected by police 24/7 and media is crazy to find out things about her. She goes from invisible to a possible target. Things happen and she is rethinking everything about her life. She doesn't go to school in fear for everyone's protection! (Well, also because who would want to go to school when parents are taking there kids out because your a big target for a serial killer.)

One thing I enjoyed about this book was that the parents weren't in the background. They were actually present in the book. And like a regular teenager, Kate likes things about her parents, and dislikes some things. 

Another thing like about the book, is Kate. She had a balance emotion towards things, like she's able to make jokes about some things, but knows when to be serious. However even in some serious situations, she was able to make conversation light.

A few things I am still curious about. One Kate had some passed relationship that ended badly but we never get to find out what happened. Also, Mike, her brother, didn't seem to care for his family so his character was just in the background as well. And finally, we never get to find out what happens to DJ. If you read the book, you know what I mean by that last statement.

A very decent read, and I suggest to anyone who wants a light mystery read.

Author/Book News – Nothing to report...


  1. Great review! This sounds like my kind of read - I'll have to check it out. Thank you for sharing! :)

  2. This sounds like an interesting book. I do like mysteries, but it sounds like a lot of stuff is still missing in this book. I might give it a shot though. It sounds good enough. Thanks for the great review!