Guy Langman joins the school Forensics Squad shortly after his father dies. It’s only because his best friend has talked him into it…that and the fact that the girl he fancies is going to be there too. He soon learns that his father had been keeping secrets. Can he use his new found skills to discover the truth?
Guy is an awkward boy, he tries to be funny but doesn’t quite make it. He knows that and so do those around him. It can be a bit annoying but he is a much more realistic portrayal of a teenage boy than some in young adult fiction. He’s not going to sweep anyone off their feet but he’s good deep down. Under the apathy he has for life.
If you’re wary of a teenage crime-fighter, don’t worry, this is not that book. He isn’t going to be taking over from the police any time soon. It is much more about him coming to terms with the loss of his father as well as learning that purpose in life isn’t such a bad thing. Neither is it a book to be taken too seriously. Some of the characters are a little stereotypical and I think it will appeal much more to a teen reader than an adult.
Guy Langman, Crime Scene Procrastinator will be published by Alfred A. Knopf, an imprint of Random House, on 13th March in hardback and ebook formats. Thanks go to the publisher for providing me with a copy to review via NetGalley.