Wednesday, April 23, 2014

BOOKANISTAS REVIEW: THE THOUSAND-DOLLAR TAN LINE (Veronica Mars #1) by Rob Thomas and Jennifer Graham


Yeah. I’m a fan. I’ve watched all three seasons more than a few times and when the movie came out I paid to watch it at my house not once but TWICE! I was a tad bit skeptical about the book but, yeah, I loved that too.

Here's what Goodreads has to say:

Ten years after graduating from high school in Neptune, California, Veronica Mars is back in the land of sun, sand, crime, and corruption. She’s traded in her law degree for her old private investigating license, struggling to keep Mars Investigations afloat on the scant cash earned by catching cheating spouses until she can score her first big case.

Now it’s spring break, and college students descend on Neptune, transforming the beaches and boardwalks into a frenzied, week-long rave. When a girl disappears from a party, Veronica is called in to investigate. But this is no simple missing person’s case; the house the girl vanished from belongs to a man with serious criminal ties, and soon Veronica is plunged into a dangerous underworld of drugs and organized crime. And when a major break in the investigation has a shocking connection to Veronica’s past, the case hits closer to home than she ever imagined.

For those of you who need the full Veronica-authentic-effect I suggest you download the audio version where — YES IT'S TRUE — Kristen Bell is the narrator. And she does an awesome job seeing as she has all those years of Gossip Girl under her belt.
This book was just as fun and intense and suspenseful as the show and the movie. But if you’re a true marshmallow you will notice there is something missing: Veronica’s personal soliloquies. This book is written in third person, which feels a bit odd in the beginning for those of us who are used to the first person aspect of the show, but ultimately it didn't keep me from loving it. Nope. Not one bit.
I was still completely caught up in the story. I’m still thinking about it weeks later. And for those of us who have seen Mars Investigations for years on our TV screens it was a fun treat to read about it.  I’ve never really thought about what it smells like when you walk down the hallway or how it feels being there. Books make everything so much more personal. Don't you think?

Even though the book is written in third person I still feel like Veronica’s voice was present as well as her witty dialogue.