Fake Plastic World

Holt. Jun. 2020. 304p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781250156310.
Gr 10 Up–This sequel to Fake Plastic Girl picks up right where the first left off, but easily stands alone. Child star Eva-Kate Kelly’s death was as dramatic as her life: a single stab wound with a dagger and a tumble into the canal was her final act. Justine Childs has only known Eva-Kate for a few weeks, but the relationship (friends, plus a little more) was intense, and Justine was living with Eva-Kate when she died. When she finds out her mother has been Eva-Kate’s therapist for years, Justine suspects she knows more than she is letting on about the murder. A guess at a password to her mother’s filing cabinet works, and Justine is horrified. But before she can investigate further, a witness comes forward who puts Justine at the scene, and her fingerprints on the dagger. She’s arrested, and the book takes an able turn from unrealistic teen fluff to riveting courtroom drama. Undeveloped minor characters abound, giving the mystery texture as well as red herrings; all of them drink, take drugs, and party with abandon, and all of them have the means and motive to murder Eva-Kate.
VERDICT A fast-moving plot with a fun twist that will appeal to fans of series like “Pretty Little Liars.” Teens will gobble this up—it’s suspenseful, funny, and disturbing.

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