Review: The Vanishing Girl (Daphne & Velma #1)

I had to do a double take when I saw this cover at the bookstore a month ago. Scooby-Doo was one of my favorite cartoons growing up – I always watched it with my grandma and that was “our” show. So when I saw this book and read the synopsis on the back, I didn’t even question it… I bought it!

Daphne and Velma were best friends as kids, then in middle school they had a falling out and Daphne ditched Velma. As expected, Daphne is now a part of the popular crowd at school while Velma is an outsider and loner. But when Daphne’s best friend, Marcy, goes missing, the two former friends will have to team up once more to solve this mystery.

There was some character development for both Daphne and Velma in this story, which is what I love most when reading – to see characters grow. We learn the reasons for the ending of the duo’s friendship in middle school and how both of them really felt about it, not just what they showed to the other on the outside. The tension between them in the beginning and even while working together was realistic, as well as how they eased somewhat into their old habits around each other.

I was glad to see Shaggy and Scooby make a few appearances in the story, and to even help with saving the day like in the show. However, I did miss Fred and I hope he has more of a role in the next book that is supposed to be released later this summer.

Overall, this was a cute, quick, and enjoyable read and I highly recommend it for all the Scooby-Doo fans out there!

Rating: 4/5 stars

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