A Long Time Ago...

Mr. Kiss and Tell - Jennifer Graham, Rob Thomas

...we used to be friends, but i haven't lost my love for Veronica Mars one bit. From sassy dialogue to the addictive LoVe scenes, Rob Thomas' fantastic screen writing is a pleasure to watch, and surprisingly, palatable in fiction form. Although the writing isn't anything ground-breaking, and the plot in this particular novel wasn't stunning or suspenseful, the characters are so true to canon and well-developed that any true Veronica Mars fan will appreciate (and devour) this.

 

Unlike the first novel, this one read a lot more like an episode of VMars - there was the usual Neptune setting, the usual characters of Mac, Keith and Cliff prowling the offices of Mars Investigations, and the typical drama involving the incompetent and corrupt sheriff's office. There was extended scenes with Wallace which brought a host of awesome banter to the read, and more than a mere mention of other ancillary characters from the series including the Manning's, Weevil and Duncan Kane. 

 

LoVe fanatics will also be pleasantly surprised to find that Logan isn't invisible in this book - although his presence is temporary, it's nice because the relationship is built upon and evolves during the prose, instead of falling apart by Veronica jumping ship when things get hard. Its clear that Thomas and Graham have tried to show Veronica's maturity and adulthood consolidating her as a person who knows what she wants, and is willing to take some (albeit limited) risks and make some moral sacrifices, in order to keep those whom she truly cares for around her. 

 

Overall, marshmallows will adore this book. Although I would have liked it more if there were more twists and turns (I felt the story line was somewhat predictable), the characters are strong as always and there is that extra bit of Logan-time to sweeten the pot. For those that haven't seen Veronica Mars 1) See it - it's the best TV show ever to grace the silver screen, and 2) You may want to put off reading these books until you have a basic background knowledge of the characters. This book is certainly enjoyable as a stand-alone, but it will make a lot more sense and be a lot more explanatory if you already know the back-story.