AWRW Book Review: Adventures in Funeral Crashing by Author Milda Harris @MildaHarris

18070252Kait Lenox has a reputation as the weird girl in her high school, mostly because of her ex-best friend turned mean popular girl, Ariel, but maybe it has a little to do with the fact that Kait has a hobby crashing funerals.

At one of these, Kait is outted by the most popular guy in school, Ethan Ripley. Yet, instead of humiliating her for all the world to see, he asks for her help, and Kait finds herself entangled in a murder mystery.

Not only is the thrill of the mystery exciting, but more importantly Ethan knows her name! A little sleuthing is well worth that!

Kindle Edition, 210 pages
Published 2013 by Milda Harris (first published June 16th 2011)
Genre: YA, Mystery

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Photo Credit: April L Wood


I fell in love with the cover (the one above featuring a young girl wearing fishnets and converse sneakers with the doodles in the background). I know there are multiple covers for this book, (five editions that I could find), but the one above grabbed my attention because it reminded me of something I would’ve worn when I was her age, (actually I still wear converse and fishnets – just not together). And the blurb had me intrigued… I mean, how could a YA novel featuring a loner who goes funeral crashing, of all things, NOT be interesting?

I didn’t realize until I got to the very end that Adventures in Funeral Crashing is book 1 of a 6-part series, Funeral Crashing.

Adventures in Funeral Crashing is a young-adult tale about an outcast who has a strange hobby… funeral crashing. At one of these funerals she meets the most popular guy in school, Ethan, who has just lost his sister. From there, Kait finds herself wrapped up in a murder mystery with Ethan by her side.

Although classified as a mystery, there wasn’t any suspense, and the clues left behind didn’t ultimately lead to the conclusion. – At least that’s my opinion which others might not agree with. However, I still enjoyed this story as a young-adult read and I focused more on the budding romance between Kait and Ethan than the mystery aspects of alleged murderers and the overdose deaths of teen girls.

I found the way the author threw Kait and Ethan together to be unique. I liked the whole opposites attract theme between the two of them and their nearly instant chemistry  – despite running in different social circles and not having a whole lot in common. Their common goal brought them together in the end.

I LOVED LOVED LOVED it when Ethan asked Kait if she would… (not gonna say because it is a huge spoiler). It made me smile and was a great way to end the story on a happy note.


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About the Author

Milda Harris
Author Milda Harris is a Chicago girl who ran off to Hollywood to pursue a screenwriting dream! She has a dog named after a piece of candy (Licorice), was once hit by a tree (seriously), and wears hot pink sunglasses (why not?). Between working in production on television shows like Austin & Ally, Hannah Montana, and That’s So Raven and playing with her super cute baby twin girls, she writes books! Make sure to check out her young adult murder mystery, horror, paranormal romance, and chick lit novels as well as her new adult romantic comedy books.

Her young adult books include: Adventures in Funeral Crashing (#1), Adventures of a Graveyard Girl (#2), Adventures in Murder Chasing(#3), Adventures of a New Year’s Kiss (#3.5), The New Girl Who Found a Dead Body, Doppelganger (#1), Doppelganger 2: On the Run (#2), Connected (A Paranormal Romance), and more!

Her new adult books include: Crashing Prom.


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