Erynn Mangum’s novel Sketchy Behavior is a mystery about a teenager and, thus, is aimed at teen readers. Kate Carter is a normal sixteen year old until she draws a sketch of a serial killer that leads to his arrest. Kate becomes the new hero of her town but, inside, she is unsure of how to handle her new popularity.
Kate is much like any other teenager. Although she doesn’t have many friends, she enjoys the life she has. When she draws the sketch of a serial killer, she is forced to have protection around the clock. She is in fear that the killer could eventually come after her, but she tries to shrug it off. Kate cannot seem to go back to her old life, as much as she would like to. She finds her faith in God while trying to get her life back to normal. In Exodus 33:14 it says, “My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” This verse fits the book best because Kate lives in constant terror until she begins to believe in God and has peace in her life.
Kate is a fun main character. She is constantly answering other people with witty and humorous comments. She has many quirks about her that everyone can relate to and love. She doesn’t have a lot of intimate friends but finds enjoyment in everything she does, including eating cereal in a bizarre way. She even gets the stuffy detectives to crack a smile more than once. She is someone anyone can relate to.
Sketchy Behavior is an enjoyable book targeted at teen girls. Erynn Mangum writes in a comfortable and witty way that any teenager would love. The secondary characters in the story are rather predictable, but the plot does a good job of pulling all of the elements together in a satisfying conclusion. I recommend this book to all teen girls who want to read something lightweight and enjoyable yet underscores the need for a growing relationship with God. – Brittany Powers, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com
Other than harboring a somewhat obsessive fondness for Crispix and completely swearing-off boys after a bad date (don’t ask), sixteen-year-old Kate Carter is about as ordinary as they come, except for her two notable talents: art and sarcasm. After an introduction to forensic sketching in her elective art class, Kate discovers a third and most unexpected gift: criminal profiling. Her photo-quality sketch helps the police catch a wanted murderer and earns her celebrity status in South Woodhaven Falls. But when that murderer appears to be using his friends to exact revenge, Kate goes from local hero to possible target. Will she manage to survive? Will life ever be normal again? And will local news anchor Ted Deffle ever stop sending her flowers?