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
GenreContemporary, Young Adult, Romance

Reviews Busted

  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • 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 ...
  • Jennifer
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • nick
    This was fun!
  • Kathy - Books & Munches
    The good This novel is so fast-paced you barely have time to catch a breath and sometimes that's exactly what I need. Even though there's some teenage slang used once in a while, it didn't really bother me all that much. I simply was too immersed in the story to think about it.When it comes to the actual story, there are twists and turns you cannot imagine! It made reading this novel much more fun than it otherwise would've been.After the way Jo...
  • Kris
    4.5 RTC
  • KarenJo Custodio
    4.5 Stars! Adorable and Swoony. Full review to come.
  • Scrill
    "Suspect your guy has a roaming eye? Our services are discreet, anonymous, and affordable." After catching her best friend's boyfriend cheating, Marisa finds herself "for hire" by non other than an estranged friend that is trying to rekindle their friendship to spy her her boyfriend too. Except that now that she has gotten to spend some time with the guy, she might be falling for her mark. The Story- So I was really glad I didn’t have to spend ...
  • Mandi Schneck
    I love a good YA contemporary. They're fun, quick reads with relatable characters and relevant plots. Busted by Gina Ciocca was no exception. Busted follows Marisa, a high school student who catches her best friend's boyfriend cheating. But once word gets around as to what she's done, she accidentally goes from an everyday student to Marisa, cheater buster and sleuth extraordinaire.When Marisa's old frenemy Kendall solicits Marisa's help in catch...
  • Sabrina
    Checkout my full review on my blog! http://omgbooksandmorebooks.blogspot....I really like the premise behind this one. I love how sharp and witty the characters are. This is a short read but you won't be disappointed. There is an array of characters you'll love, hate, and adore. My smallest complaint is that I wanted to see more of Marisa snooping out bad boyfriends. The idea is just perfect, in my opinion.
  • Sue Holmes
    *Review copy received from publisherA light, fun story, great for holiday reading. The story is evenly paced keeping the reader engaged as Marisa untangles the truth behind complicated relationships with unexpected twists.
  • Amber
    Find this review and others like it at The Literary Phoenix.NEED A PRIVATE EYE? CALL MARISA PALMERA.Marissa didn’t ask to be the town’s resident PI, but after she catches her best friend’s boyfriend cheating on her, the title falls comfortably on her shoulders. Presented with a case to spy on a childhood friend’s boyfriend, Marisa quickly learns that not everything is what it appears to me, and sometimes, she can’t even trust her own in...
  • Kristin
    **A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.**ORIGINAL POST: http://www.nerdprobs.com/books/book-r...As a huge fan of Veronica Mars, when I saw the comparison's from that series to this book I was very interested. Having now read Busted by Gina Ciocca I would say that it's not exactly the same, but it's up the same alley. The story follows Marisa as she becomes popular for hunting down boys t...
  • 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...
  • Jaime
    I have to say, I really loved this book. Which is surprising to me because lately YA books haven't been doing it for me. The blurb doesn't describe this book all that well. Marisa really only snoops on one boy, TJ, after she catches her friends boyfriend initially and that was done pretty reluctantly. I definitely wouldn't go into this expecting too much of a Veronica Mars type of book. I loved all the characters in this book, even the ones we're...
  • Sionna
    *I received this book through Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review*I was pleasantly surprised with this book. While I don't think it adds anything unique or extraordinary to the genre, it was a fun and entertaining read. I did guess pretty much everything that would happen, but what I didn't guess did make the book more of a mystery and intriguing. This isn't just about catching cheating boyfriends.That being said, I loved the concept of t...
  • Courtney
    Gina Ciocca creates a captivating narrative that will entice readers and leave them desperate for more. She writes believable, realistic characters and I absolutely couldn't put this book down. Marisa is an awesome lead character. She's strong, resourceful, and realistic all at the same time. I love the lengths she goes to in order to protect her friends and those she cares about, and overall she has a great story arc; I loved reading the story t...
  • Adiba Jaigridar
    This wasn't exactly what I expected it to be going in. I did enjoy it overall, despite some setbacks.----I kind of went into Busted expecting it to be Veronica Mars meets YA. It wasn’t exactly that. There are obviously the Veronica Mars overlaps in that Marissa is taking sneaky photos, following people around, and going on stakeouts. But if I’m honest, Marissa is just not a very good detective. By the end of the novel, didn’t feel like she ...
  • Olivia Farr
    "Busted" is a really fun YA detective fiction. Marisa is a budding journalist and high schooler who is hoping to get into a great college (although they are often expensive). When she is out and sees her BFF's canceled date buying ice cream her BFF (Charlie) would hate, she follows him and catches him making out with another girl. As the story gets around, a former friend, Kendall, asks for her help to figure out what her boyfriend is up to. Thus...
  • Tammy
    "Keep your friends close and your enemies closer"By chance, Marisa happens to spot her best friends boyfriend on a date with another girl. So what does she do, she takes a picture for proof, of course. This is the one event that spirals her high school life out of control. Word travels fast and when an old "friend," Kendall, from the past wants to hire her to spy on her emotional absent boyfriend TJ, Marisa may have more to deal with than she eve...