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And Then I Found Out the Truth by Jennifer Sturman

And Then I Found Out The TruthDelia Truesdale may be getting used to living in New York City, but there’s no way she can ever accustom herself to balancing school, a social life, and figuring out the details of a secret worldwide oil scandal that has her mother hiding out in South America. Delia doesn’t want to bother herself with such unimportant things as those physics pop quizzes she keeps on failing when her mother’s life may be at stake. Of course, it’s so easy to get sidetracked by Quinn, a gorgeous and sweet guy who seems to like Delia back. It’s a good thing Delia’s got a bunch of allies to back her up, including her wacky aunt Charley, a braniac best friend, a stuttering but effective detective, and an eccentric psychic because Delia definitely can’t solve this mystery on her own.

And Then I Found Out the Truth, the sequel to And Then Everything Unraveled, continues Delia’s investigation into a secret and highly illegal oil drilling project. The plot is definitely interesting with all the secrets, danger, and international flair. However, I felt that in this novel, Delia was too often sidetracked by Quinn, her best friend, by shopping with Charley, by a gambling scandal at school, and the list goes on. This took away from the main storyline of the illegal oil drilling and made it seem, while not any less intriguing, not as important. The conclusion of this story is expected and by no means particularly creative. With stories like this one, where there is a huge mystery usually involving a global scandal, it’s difficult for there to be any major surprises at the end because the surprises on the way to the end make the ending predictable. Though not always well executed, And Then I Found Out the Truth is still a fun mystery to read.

I recommend this novel to fans of its prequel, And Then Everything Unraveled, as well as to those who enjoyed Dream Girl by Lauren Mechling, the Airhead trilogy by Meg Cabot, the Maximum Ride series by James Patterson, and Suite Scarlett by Maureen Johnson.

Rating: 3.75

Review copy from publisher Scholastic

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