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

Popular Daphne Blake and über-nerd Velma Dinkley are not friends. They aren’t enemies either, but they don’t have any reason to speak to each other, and that’s how they prefer it. The two girls grew up together—they’d been best friends since pre-K—but when they hit middle school, Daphne dropped Velma and never looked back.

These days, Daphne’s deep in the popular crowd, daughter of the richest family in town, while Velma’s an outsider, hiding from the world behind her thick glasses. When they run into each other in the halls of Crystal Cove High, they look the other way.

But then Daphne’s best friend, Marcy—who happens to be Velma’s cousin—goes missing. A century ago, there was a wave of disappearances in Crystal Cove, and many local people believe that supernatural forces were behind it. Now the whole town believes those same forces are back . . . and up to no good.

Daphne and Velma may be the only ones who can solve the mystery and save Marcy—if they can trust each other enough to try. Especially since the truth might be stranger—and scarier—than either girl can imagine . . .

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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