Trouble is a Friend of Mine by Stephanie Tromly has lots of different layers that move in and out of sync with each other. Zoe is a believable, nuanced character who is experiencing frustration with her family, her school, and with the quirky boy who shows up on her doorstep. It’s kind of a story about friendship, kind of a story about romantic tensions, and kind of a story about a missing girl and her possible connection to another missing girl. It’s sort of a realistic fiction story, but it has enough twists and turns to keep readers guessing!
Zoe Webster is a 16-year-old girl who was living a normal life in Brooklyn until her parents got divorced, and then she and her mother had to move to a small city in upstate New York. She had to leave her friends and her school behind, and then start her life over again feeling completely alone. Except she wasn’t alone for long, because a boy named Digby showed up on her doorstep on the first day of school. Digby sounded like he knew all about her. He sounded like he’d been watching her. And he also sounded like a jerk.
This is the story of a girl named Zoe who unwillingly becomes friends with a boy named Digby, a strange boy with an even stranger reputation. He’s definitely a bad influence, and he definitely gets her into trouble. But he also gets her to help him solve a mystery involving the kidnapping of a local teenage girl. He lets her into his world and his secrets. And he shakes up her life in ways she never expected.