Author: Carolyn Keene
Length: 192 pages
Series or Stand Alone: Book 1 in the long-running Nancy Drew series
Content appropriate for: Grades 3-6
Format: Hardback gifted to me by a student
Three adjectives that describe this book: simple, predictable, disappointing
I read this book as part of the Classics Club challenge to read 50 classics books in 5 years. My list is comprised entirely of children's books.
Apparently Nancy Drew books really work for lots of people. There are a great many nostalgic 5-star reviews. Now as a 30-something, this was my first time reading a Nancy Drew, and I was underwhelmed.
Nancy comes off as a bit snobby and entitled. The supporting characters are ridiculously flat, and always single-minded. The central mystery hinged on locating a missing will, and I found myself not caring much about it. I mean, of course she'll find the will and the poor folks will get the money they've been promised. Duh. Classic, over-done scenario.
Overall, it probably only warrants 2 stars from me, but the extra star is because so many people credit Nancy with getting them started as readers.