Busted by Gina Ciocca


Marisa wasn’t planning to be a snoop for hire—until she accidentally caught her best friend’s boyfriend making out with another girl. Now her reputation for sniffing out cheaters has spread all over school, and Marisa finds herself the reluctant queen of busting two-timing boys.But when ex-frenemy Kendall asks her to spy on her boyfriend, TJ, Marisa quickly discovers the girl TJ might be falling for is Marisa herself. And worse yet? The fee...

Details Busted

Release DateJan 2nd, 2018
PublisherSourcebooks Fire
GenreYoung Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Reviews Busted

  • Fafa's Book Corner
    Review posted on Fafa's Book Corner! Beware spoilers ahead!I've had Busted in my TBR for awhile. The original pitch really spoke to me. I liked the idea of the main character going after cheating boyfriends. I was generally excited for it! I did not enjoy Busted.You can assume that based on the synopsis that Marisa has been busting boys for awhile. That is actually not what happens. The book begins with Marisa stalking her best friend's (Charl...
  • Nina
    *Thanks to Sourcebooks Fire for sending me an ARC of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review!* In “Busted”, Gina Ciocca’s newest novel, the main character Marisa coincidentally catches her best friend’s boyfriend making out with another girl. Actually, she didn’t plan on ever catching a cheater again but when her ex-frenemy Kendall asks her to spy on her boyfriend, Marisa just can’t say no. But what happens when she r...
  • Camila Roy ••RoyIsReading••
    RATING: 4/5Marisa wasn’t planing to be a snoop for hire- until she accidentally caught her best friend’s boyfriend making out with another girl.Now her reputation for sniffing out cheaters has spread all over school. When ex-frenemy Kendall asks her to spy on her boyfriend, TJ, Marisa quickly discovers the girl TJ might be falling for is Marisa herself.And worse yet? The feelings are quickly becoming mutual.I was kind of surprised by how much...
  • Carlene Inspired
    Busted has everything you want from a young adult book; plenty of drama, a bit of swoon-worthy romance, a heaping pile of cuteness and friendship. Gina Ciocca has given readers a unique storyline with Busted, perfectly combining teens over-use of internet and social media with all the angst that comes from dating in high school. Main character and narrator, Marisa, is your quintessential high school student. She's trying to fit in, make good grad...
  • Olivia (The Candid Cover)
    3.5 StarsBusted is a super cute novel with a hint of mystery. It is all about a girl who spies on her clients’ boyfriends to catch them cheating. I enjoyed the main characters, but there was not enough action, and the book falls a bit flat.This book has a very intriguing concept. It tells the story of a girl who works to catch cheating boyfriends in the act. However, Marisa and one of the accused cheaters start to fall for each other, creating ...
  • Kim at Divergent Gryffindor
    3.5It has been a long, loooooong time since I last finished reading a book in one day, and Busted was the one that finally cracked me after a while, even with responsibilities the whole afternoon. Busted was written in such a way that it was addicting and hard to put down, and I couldn't stop even when my brain nagged at me to do homework. I'm not a fan of mysteries, but the hint of a little mystery in this book was just perfect to make the book ...
  • Danielle (Life of a Literary Nerd)
    Busted was a fun read. It was cutesy, dramatic, and so easy to read. I was initially drawn into the story because of the PI situation the protagonist, Marisa, finds herself in. And I ended up liking all the spying, scheming, and the tangled web of secrets that starts to come unraveled in a natural way through the story. I really liked Marisa’s jewelry making hobby - it’s something I’ve dabbled in myself and a unique hobby we don’t normall...
  • Jordan
    I bought this book on a complete whim. I was browsing through the new YA releases for January and I saw this one and was intrigued. So when I went to buy some other January releases I found myself ordering Busted. The beginning of this book was kind of slow and I was afraid that the actually content of the book was not going to live up to the amazing premise and beautiful cover. But as I continued reading, I realized that I could not stop.I loved...
  • Flor
    Thank you to the publisher for providing a copy of this book via NetGalley. I really liked this book, it was light, fun and cute, which means a super enjoyable contemporary. We follow the story of Marisa a girl whose life change after caughting his best friend’s boyfriend cheating on here. That’s when her old friend Kendall comes into place asking for the same kind of help with her boyfriend TJ, but things will get complicated once sparks sta...
  • Miranda (MrsLeif's Two Fangs About It)
    3.5 / 5 FangsBusted was a fun, quirky, and unique novel! One of my favorite things about this book was how accurate it felt to a typical high school experience. There was a lot of drama involving what people thought of each other, and if that's not true of every high school, then I don't know what is!Marisa, the main character, was a very realistic high school girl. Marisa was a sweet, caring, and spunky character. I admired her dedication to her...
  • nick
    I liked Ciocca’s debut novel, especially because of her writing, so there wasn’t any doubts about me picking this book up. Busted was a fun read for me. I thought it had a good balance between a hint of a mystery, some romance and friendship dynamics, that I found to be enjoyable.It’s not the most perfect book or anything, but it has some really great elements, particularly the friendship between the protagonist Marissa and Charlie, her bff...
  • *Ritzrenee*
    My expectations was bustedExpectations VS RealityThis entire book started off well with Marisa catching her friend's bf cheating. Then, the book moved on to this long lost childhood friend of Marisa seeking her "PI" services because of cheating suspicion. The whole fiasco following this was TRULY a whirlwind and felt too much to the point of being dramatic.If i were to sum up this book, it was a petty conflict among teenagers involving friendship...
  • Marianna
    3.75You can find this and many more reviews on my blog Marianna's Corner I immensely enjoyed Busted. It’s a YA contemporary with some mystery elements thrown in that makes it extra fun and suspensful! I won’t pretend like I hadn’t figured the plot twist out, but still it came as a surprise, so that counts for something.Busted is a typical girl meets boy contemporary story, but also not. I won’t get into detail about the romance aspect; I ...
  • Blodeuedd Finland
    The blurb was a bit misleading, I thought she was the queen of spies, but it was not like that. She catches a cheater and her next case is when her old frenemy Kendall shows up and wants to know if her boyfriend TJ is cheating. So not spyqueen.Marissa loves journalism. She likes hanging out with her friends, yup, you know a normal teenager, she says so herself. Why on earth she even thinks of befriending Kendall again I do not know, sorry Kendall...
  • Joy N. Hensley
    I loved this book. I really needed a good YA that was going to make me love reading and would make me want to write again. Busted was definitely it! Be sure to add it to your list. I've gained a book boyfriend, and a book I'd happily read again!
  • Andi (Andi's ABCs)
    That was a lot of fun! It had a vibe of Veronica Mars to it and I loved that. Lots of twists and turns and nothing was what you thought. Gina is quickly becoming a fav author. Review to come.
  • Shaila
    Such a great premise! I absolutely loved the complexity of the characters and the plot, and how everything tied up at the end. Even the "villain" was fantastically written!
  • Wendy F
    Okay, so, basically I snatched this up only because it said “For fans of Veronica Mars”. I’ve been missing my favorite PI and her bad boy love interest fiercely, and I totally fell for it. Busted was not like Veronica Mars. At all.Yes, Marissa did stalk cheaters, but it was almost against her will. Not in the cute snarky way Veronica grumbled either. There was seriously something almost oxymoronish about Busted because Marissa is ‘anti-ch...
  • Gina Ciocca
    I am the author of this book, and this story has a very special place in my heart. Of my three published novels (I also wrote LAST YEAR'S MISTAKE and A KISS IN THE DARK), this one makes me laugh the hardest. You'd never know (at least I think) that I wrote most of BUSTED while crawling toward light at the end of a very dark tunnel of postpartum depression. I think this book was my therapy, and I am so happy that Marisa's story found a home at Sou...
  • Somya Sahni
    Damn this book was different. A perfect blend of Nancy Drew spying and detective antics with the forever romance feels which make Young Adult THE BEST BOOK GENRE EVER.LOL. Okay coming back to the book. It revolves around a girl who one day goes snooping behind her best friends ex whom she catches cheating with another girl . Then zap , suddenly a frenemy which existed in her life a few years back is back in town and wants our main girl to act as ...
  • Reina Tan
    ⚠ Subjective opinions° ° °Okay, I can't believe I finished this book at one day. HAHAHA.So, where do we start?It's first time for me read Ciocca's book. I wanted to read her books so bad since the cover quite eye-catching. And, I got 'Busted' before her debut book, 'Last's Year Mistake'.'Busted' has slow paced plot. I need more patience to reach the conflict. I thought, I would not like this book. But, here I am. I like it, even not that muc...
  • Karla Mae (Reads and Thoughts)
    *ARC Kindly provided by Sourcebooks Fire for review*I love YA, I love mystery and I love spy stories. Add up these three and that book will be up on my TBR. The beginning of Busted really excites me; I’m really looking forward to the sleuthing that will happen on the book and it didn’t fail me because a few chapters in and I already have a sample of said sleuthing. Up until the first chapter ends and the story begins to be a bit dragging.Spyi...
  • Alexis
    this was very anti climactic to me. I liked the idea but the execution was just meh. when the plot twist came i had already had an idea of who it might be. I Just wanted it to be more than what it actually was. There was just something missing and towards the end it just didn't feel resolved for me. I guess i wanted more consequences/ punishment for the person/people behind everything.
  • Amanda Hanson
    I flew through this book after being hooked from the start. I love Veronica Mars and the idea for this book so much, and it didn't disappoint. Marisa was relatable, TJ was an excellent love interest, and the supporting characters were all wonderful. I just didn't love the whole mean girl was being everything aspect. It made me feel a little sad. But the writing and the characters made up for the cliche in a big way.Thank you to the publisher and ...
  • Lauren
    I've been dying to read Gina Ciocca's Busted ever since I first saw the Veronica Mars comparison. Veronica Mars is one of my favorite TV shows so any book that could potentially life up to that level of awesomeness is a book I need in my possession. Plus sleuthing in general is just a instant-sell for me. I'll never be a detective, or even a pseudo-detictive like Marisa, so I have to live vicariously. The Result? I liked Busted, but I didn't love...
  • Natalie
    3.5 stars, rounded up to 4 because I loved TJ and the romance was really sweet. I think this book tried to do too much. I enjoyed the first half (girl tries to catch her friend’s bf cheating only to realize she kind of likes the guy herself) more than the second half (which had a more straight up crime solving vibe). I liked Marisa and her friendship with Charlie. TJ was great. He was so sweet and cute and they had great chemistry together. I f...
  • Samantha (WLABB)
    Rating: 3.5 StarsBusted was an entertaining read, filled with plenty of drama, humor, and plot twists.•Pro: This story was a lot of fun. The overall feeling of the book was on the lighter side, and it was quite humorous. •Pro: I had heard a lot of people referencing Veronica Mars when discussing this book, and I have to say, I saw shades of my favorite teen PI as well. There were some interesting and amusing situations Marisa got herself into...
  • Sakhile
    The reason I didn't enjoy this book is 50% my fault because I just read the first part of the blurb and ran with it. All I saw was a kickass girl with a camera running around catching two-timing boyfriends and the cover. Unfortunately, that's not the case.Busted by Gina Goicca is a novel about a girl who falls in love with her "friend's boyfriend" while investigating whether he's cheating or not. the good The cover is cute. I was completely tak...
  • Sarah
    **3.5 stars** Entertaining and faced paced, this book was really fun to read. Marisa is lovable and relatable. She's smart and quirky and just slightly geeky, but also very girly - everything she owns is covered in rhinestones. She's creative and she cares about her education, she looks forward to college with true enthusiasm. She has meaningful relationships with her best friend, parents and brother. She's compassionate to people she barely know...