20 April 2012

Just finished reading...

Trail of the Spellmans (Docment #5) by Lisa Lutz.*

Things are stranger than usual in the Spellman family. Isabel's mother, Olivia, has suddenly signed up for a lot of evening classes. Her father, Albert has some kind of secret.  Her siblings (David, older and Rae, younger) are suddenly not speaking to each other.  And David's toddler daughter calls everything a banana (except bananas).
Isabel is the first to admit that she's not very good at relationships.  Rather than just ask her family members what's going on, she investigates: tailing, eavesdropping and snooping.  (Granted, this is not atypical for the Spellmans, who go on "disappearances" instead of vacations.)   Instead of talking to her boyfriend Henry about their future, she starts going out drinking with Henry's mother.

Still, Izzy is perturbed about her family's apparent unravelling, and resolves to do something about it.  Is Izzy finally growing up?

Lutz has included all the ingredients of her winning Spellman series recipe:  copious footnotes and appendices, plus.this time,  "copies" of  school assignments created by her siblings.  It's not as laugh-out-loud funny as the first book in the series, but you might still find yourself giggling to yourself.

*Many thanks to the publisher for the Advance Reading Copy.

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