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Veronica Mars: The Thousand Dollar Tan Line

Author: Rob Thomas and Jennifer Graham
Originally Published: 2014
Publisher: Vintage Books, a division of Random House
Source: Purchased

The Story

veronica marsFrom the back of the book:

From Rob Thomas, the creator of the groundbreaking television series and movie Veronica Mars, comes the first book in a thrilling new mystery series.

Ten years after graduating from high school in Neptune, California, Veronica Mars is back in the land of sun, sand, crime and corruption. She’s traded in her law degree for her old private investigating license, struggling to keep Mars Investigations afloat on the scan cash earned by catching cheating spouses until she can score her first big case.

Now it’s spring break, and college students descend on Neptune, transforming the beaches and boardwalks into a frenzied, week-long rave. When a girl disappears from a party, Veronica is called in to investigate. But this is no simple missing person’s case. The house the girl vanished from belongs to a man with serious criminal ties, and soon Veronica is plunged into a dangerous underworld of drugs and organized crime. And when a major break in the investigation has a shocking connection to Veronica’s past, the the case hits closer to home than she ever imagined.

The Response

So, I am absolutely obsessed with Veronica Mars. Was addicted to the TV series. Firm LoVe shipper. Backed the Kickstarter. Adored the movie (even though it was strictly fan service). Am SERIOUSLY fangirling over the mere thought of a Dick Casablancas web series. And needed this book.

So, I am kinda a fan.

And do you know what? This was better than the movie. This isn’t fan service. This is everything that a fan would expect from an episode of Veronica Mars, and what the movie should have been.

This started shortly after the movie ended – Veronica is back in Neptune, working at Mars Investigations, with Mac as her lovely sidekick technology expert. We knew the majority of the characters in some way or another – most of our favourites show up briefly, though I have to say that Logan could have gotten a lot more screen time. Really? We only get to see him via Skype? What. The. Heck.

Though, I am rather ecstatic that Dick was there. And Weevil. And Wallace, Mac, Keith Mars… but mostly Dick Casablancas, who is thoroughly one of the most enjoyable characters I’ve ever seen on television.

Most of the characters don’t seem to have changed much in the past decade or so… which on one hand is a little comforting because after all of this time, we still know the characters intimately. But on the other hand, it feels unrealistic because, really, wouldn’t they have changed somehow over the past decade? Grown wiser, less impulsive, forgiven their mothers… You know, all of the important stuff.

I was actually surprised by how well this was written. I didn’t expect that at all – even though this was by Rob Thomas, I expected this to read more like fanfiction. I don’t read too many novels based on a tv show or movie, but have read a butt-load of fanfic, so that’s really what I was comparing it to. It was actually really quite too! The pacing was phenomenal – fast moving right from the beginning (which is what I expected from a television writer).

The Bottom Line

Definitely loved this, and am highly looking forward to the next book. Would highly recommend to other Veronica Mars fans.

Posted by Courtney Wilson @ 7:10 am September 5, 2014.
Category: Mystery
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  • Ruth Anderson

    I’m so thrilled to read that you loved this book too! I started it immediately after seeing the movie and just DEVOURED it…I was so impressed with the pacing and storyline…it was like a great episode of the show. :) Looking forward to the next one!

  • Bibliomama

    So happy to have this review – I was really on the fence about whether to give this reading time. I don’t know if I agree wholly about whether people would have changed that much; in my experience, a lot of people really don’t. Totally in sync on the obsessed-with-the-series etc. though. And I loved the movie too, even though I agree. I don’t love Dick, though – I try to, but I don’t.