Review of Throwaway Girls by Andrea Contos

Read: 28th August 2020 – 3rd September 2020

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐

Spoilers in review: Very minor

Rep: bi mc with diagnosed anxiety & probable undiagnosed ptsd, sapphic scs, indian sc, chinese sc

CW: kidnapping, murder, suicidal thoughts & plans, conversion therapy, discussion of statutory rape, depiction of ptsd, police incompetancy

Caroline’s best friend is missing. She’s not the only missing girl, but she’s the only one that the police are even pretending to look for, and Caroline has zero faith that they’ll manage to find her in time. In order to save her friend before time runs out, Caroline puts everything she’d been working towards at risk and instead throws herself into trying to find her.

I didn’t particularly like or dislike this book, and that’s most likely my own fault. I think that straightforward murder mysteries aren’t a genre that I enjoy reading, no matter how queer they are. This could’ve been the best murder mystery ever and my reaction would still probably be eh. I wasn’t sure whether my failures with this genre before picking this up was because of the specific books I’d tried or if it was the genre. I now know that it was the genre. That’s on me.

I liked Contos’ writing style! It was engaging, easy to understand, and I enjoyed reading it. This book has two narrators, and in the arc I read the fact that there were two different narrators wasn’t clearly marked. The writing style for the two perspectives did differ somewhat in the latter half of the book, making it obvious who was who, but the first few times it switched between them I was a bit confused.

One thing I will point out is that a trope was used that got on my nerves. In many books, every single boy that meets the straight girl main character will at the very least express some level of attraction to that main character. Caroline is bi. Therefore, almost every age appropriate side character did this, regardless of gender. This isn’t any less annoying when it’s queer. Thankfully, it’s a very minor part of the book.

If you like murder mysteries, I think that you probably would like this, and in that case I would recommend it! It just wasn’t for me.

I recieved an e-arc through Edelweiss in return for an honest review

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One thought on “Review of Throwaway Girls by Andrea Contos

  1. […] Through reading this, I came to the conclusion that this particular type of mystery story, where the main character decides to become an amateur detective because Only They Can Solve The Case, just aren’t my thing. I’m sure that there are plenty of people out there who’ll love this book. You can find my full review here. […]


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