Get a Clue: A Bookish Boyfriends #4
January 21, 2021
The game’s afoot in the next book of the Bookish Boyfriends series—this time starring Huck and Winston! After Ms. Gregoire assigns the works of Sherlock Holmes in English class, a mystery deepens at Reginald R. Hero High. Huck and Win—Curtis’s younger brother—team up to solve the case . . . and while the sleuths gather clues, another swoon-worthy romance blooms in the school halls. Perfect for younger readers of YA or older readers of middle grade, this squeaky-clean series is sure to charm any reader who’s ever had a book boyfriend of their own.
This had a lot more clues and detection than the other books in this series, and embraces a new type of mystery that is becoming popular-- cyber mystery. There are some strong middle grade titles that cover various aspects of this, like Skovron's more spy related The Hacker's Key or Korman's social media heavy Linked. This is more along the lines of Calonita's The Retake, and I loved that technology is portrayed as something that can be useful (like exposing the sexism in the classroom) but can also be problematic. Since technology and social media is such a big part of students' lives these days, it's great to see it incorporated into the literature.
Huck and Win are both very appealing characters. The two share a lot of awkward moments at first, and it's interesting to see Huck's insecurity. The two start a relationship and learn each other's preferences and habits, and slowly get closer. This reminded me a bit of Barakiva's One Man Guy, and is a great addition to a slowly growing genre of romances with LGBTQIA+ characters. I did appreciate that the characters were in high school, but there wasn't a lot of hard partying of other details that would be challenging for middle school students. The best part of this was that this wasn't a coming out story; the romance was just woven into the plot.
The Sherlock Holmes stories are woven into the plot nicely, and there's the touch of Ms. Gregoire's magic that hovers over all of the activities. This series can be read independently, but I like the idea of reads who start with this book being intrigued and going back to pick up the others.
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