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A Review of GUY LANGMAN, CRIME SCENE PROCRASTINATOR by Josh Berk

Posted by on November 11, 2013
Guy Langman 
GUY LANGMAN, CRIME SCENE PROCRASTINATOR
Josh Berk
240 pages
Publisher: Random House
Release Date: March 13th, 2012
Source: Hardcoverfrom Publisher
Rating: MEH

Guy Langman can’t be bothered with much. But when his friend Anoop wants Guy to join the forensics club with him in the (possibly misguided) hopes of impressing some girls, Guy thinks why not.

They certainly aren’t expecting to find a real dead body on the simulated crime scene they’re assigned to collect evidence from. But after some girlish, undignified screaming, the two realize it is indeed a body. Which means they have stumbled across a real, dead murder victim.

Meanwhile, Guy has been looking into the past of his father—a larger-than-life character who recently passed away. He was much older than Guy’s mom, and had a whole past Guy never even knew about. Could his father’s past and the dead body be linked? Does Guy want to know? He’s going to need all his newfound forensics skills to find out . . .

Guy Langman is a lifelong procrastinator, not unintelligent but very lazy. So when his best friend asks him to the Forensic Club at their high school, the answer no. But after some convincing he agrees to go, just for the girls. So they certainly didn’t expect to find an actual dead body at a fake crime scene. Guy tries to forget it but while digging up some history on his late father he begins to see that the dead body and his dead dad might be connected.

The book was really witty and funny I had to give it that much. But outside of that it wasn’t exactly as great as I thought it would be, and the only thing truly amazing about the book was the ending ( it has a interesting twist). The actual murder and murder investigation doesn’t even start till towards the end. And Guy spends so much time thinking about his dad and other things it actually gets kind of boring, since no one cares ( sorry Guy ). THe worst part about the philosophical thinking being the fact that the synopsis doesn’t even mention it. I opened the book thinking I was about to read an amazing mystery novel but ended up with something else.

The second half of the book wasn’t as bad as the first, the murder happens and the action starts to pick up. But even the action that you think is exciting eventually ends up being nothing. That is of course till you get the end and you actually end up with a criminal it’s just not what you would even think of. So I’d most probably give it a 2.5 stars or maybe 3 stars.

This review was written by my 15-year-old brother, Calidude!


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