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Palo Duro


Worth reading 😎

A young teen adventure/mystery, this book will keep you guessing until the end.

I went into this book with high expectations. After growing up on mystery/thriller novels, I am always excited to see how authors manipulate the genre to their whims. Marketed as a young adult thriller, I was ready to sink my teeth into this novel.

Let’s talk about the genre for a minute. I would not consider this book a thriller. It is a really fun adventure, and it has some mystery, but I don’t think it has enough elements in the genre to be a thriller. And while I would agree that technically this book falls under young adult, I would recommend this book for younger teens specifically.

As for the plot, there were some timings that I wish were a little different, but otherwise a solid story.  There was some relationship drama that was a little eyeroll-y, but when you break down the plot without that element, the novel has a good premise. I do wish that the book was longer so that we could build the investigative part of this book up. Side note: I think if that was built up, this book probably could have been considered a thriller.

I read this book in a few hours, which is impressive for me. It is definitely a shorter read, but it also has so many elements that will keep you intrigued until the very end. I think that this book is a very good stepping stone for a young teen wanting to get into mystery/thriller novels, and while it did not fulfill my initial expectations, it did also surprise me positively. After a lot of deliberation, I have finally decided to give this book 3 out of 5 stars, with an understanding that I’m giving this rating as an adult and that middle school me is definitely thinking that rating is harsh.

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About the author

Andrew J Brandt is the author of multiple bestsellers, including the #1 young adult thriller The Treehouse. A graduate of West Texas A&M University, Andrew resides in Texas with his wife and children. view profile

Published on May 05, 2020

Published by Caprock Publishing Group

50000 words

Genre: Young Adult

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