I received a copy of this book from Netgalley/the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Yours Truly is the second book in Heather Vogel Frederick’s Pumpkin Falls mystery series. This book is narrated by Truly Lovejoy, who is turning thirteen as the story begins. It is Spring Break, and Truly’s cousin is coming to visit New Hampshire- all the way from Texas.
There is a lot going on in this book. In addition to the typical trials and tribulations of a middle schooler, we also have maple syrup season, the swim team, vandalism that threatens to tear the small town apart, and discoveries of a historical significance. It almost seemed like there was too much going on for one book, but I’m not sure which aspect of the plot could be eliminated without leaving a noticeable void.
The strongest aspect of this book is the characterization. Truly has a large family, with several siblings and extended family who also live in the town. Also, the town is populated by many eccentric characters. Everyone is pretty well fleshed out with unique personalities and quirks, although it can be hard to keep track of who’s who at times.
I would recommend Yours Truly. I don’t think readers have to read the first book in the series in order to appreciate this one. This book will appeal to middle grade readers who can empathize with Truly’s struggles with her family dynamic and friendships. Of course, the mystery aspect is satisfying as well. Frederick has created a very lively world filled with memorable characters, and I would definitely read another Pumpkin Falls mystery book!