Review: Buzz Kill by Beth Fantaskey

Buzz Kill - Beth FantaskeyPublisher: HMH Books for Young Readers (May 6th 2014)
Hardcover: 304 pages
Source: Netgalley
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Rating: 3 of 5 Stars

In this fresh and funny teen mystery, seventeen-year-old Millie joins forces with her classmate, gorgeous but mysterious Chase Albright, to try to find out who murdered Coach Killdare.

Putting the dead in deadline
To Bee or not to Bee? When the widely disliked Honeywell Stingers football coach is found murdered, 17-year-old Millie is determined to investigate. She is chasing a lead for the school newspaper – and looking to clear her father, the assistant coach, and prime suspect.

Millie’s partner is gorgeous, smart-and keeping secrets
Millie joins forces with her mysterious classmate Chase who seems to want to help her even while covering up secrets of his own.

She’s starting to get a reputation…without any of the benefits.
Drama-and bodies-pile up around Millie and she chases clues, snuggles Baxter the so-ugly-he’s-adorable bassett hound, and storms out of the world’s most awkward school dance/memorial mash-up. At least she gets to eat a lot of pie.


This book was strange for me. It was both a hit and miss.

Millie could really frustrate me at times, she just seemed so immature in her way of thought that I really wondered how she was such a good reporter. I think Millie wanted to be a rebel, except she doesn’t execute it very well. That being said, at the same time there’s just these moments that make me really love her.

“Someday, I aspire to be Sir Millie,” I added wistfully. “Sir Millie, the seventeeth Earl of Porterhouse.”

Why you ask, does Millie aspire to be Sir Millie? (Though really don’t we all want to be a Sir?) Well that’s because you get to be dubbed sire for consuming a sixty-ounce steak at Sir Loin’s Steakhouse, and that is a (legit) goal in life for Millie (and for me, I totally would try).

Chase, is the love interesting, and basically a perfect one at that. He has a mysterious background, is almost perfect at everything (including being the quarterback and is fantastic at french), is super good-looking, and likes to watch old foreign films at the theater that no one goes to except for the old widow Mrs. Murphy. He’s almost a bit boring, but he’s really too cute to actually dislike.

“Mrs. Murphy sits with me sometimes.” Chase confided. “I tease her that she’s my girlfriend, and she brings me cookies.” He dug into the popcorn. “She’s been widowed for eight years, but always worries that I’m lonely.”

That was quite possibly the geekiest, saddest, most embarrassing ritual that I’d ever heard a teenage boy admit to, but the fact that Chase told his story without shame somehow made him seem even hotter, if that was possible.

Surprisingly, it felt very middle-school detective murder mystery feel, despite the story being about a high school senior (note: this is under my assumption that that book was a YA – leaning more to the adult-ish part, rather than YA – leaning towards young). Despite dealing with a murder, it seems to skirt around the deeper, darker aspects that Fantaskey easily could have delved in. It’s not necessarily a bad thing, just that it lacks a bit of depth. Oh, many of the side characters annoyed me, they seemed to be just caricatures (i.e. the queen bee rival, the semi-useless “rival” detective, etc.).

Overall, it was a cute read if not always super engaging (considering it’s a murder mystery).  The perks of this book was that there was lots of little cute moments to make up for it. Easy and fluffy, it’s a nice relaxed read.

{Thanks to HMH Books & Netgalley for providing an eARC in exchange for an honest review.

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0 Replies to “Review: Buzz Kill by Beth Fantaskey”

  1. Glad to hear it was a fluffy read and there were some great cute moments. I’m surprised to hear they could make a murder mystery that way. It does kind of seem like it lacks depth too as you said. Great review though lovely!

    1. I know right! haha. Yeah, unfortunately it went with too much fluff for a murder mystery and lost it’s depth. Oh well, otherwise a cute read!

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