Sammy Keyes is a headstrong eighth grader who always runs into trouble. (Really she goes looking for it.) She has put so many criminals in jail it’s hard to count until one of these troublesome tricksters finally caught up with Sammy and pushes her off a fire escape three stories up. Now Sammy’s friends are no longer being dragged into snooping, but are snooping themselves, desperately trying to figure out who hurt their meddlesome friend. The last installment in the Sammy Keyes mystery series, Sammy Keyes and the Kiss Goodbye has one of the most emotional roller coaster of a plot I have ever read.
I loved how Wendelin Van Draanen talks to the reader at the beginning and the end of the book. The series came to a complete circle after eighteen amazing books. It was different reading from a third person point of view because usually you are inside Sammy’s head. I really liked seeing the characters all work together to apprehend the (maybe) murderer.
The most memorable thing was being able to figure out who the criminal was since I have read all of the books.
Reviewed by Abigail, grade 9, Gayton Branch Library