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Reviewed by Jessyca Garcia for Readers' Favorite
I loved reading Kenmore Square by Carol June Stover. The story follows an awkward teenager named Iris Apple. When Iris’s mother is murdered in a robbery on her 10th birthday, Iris suspects her father committed the crime. When she turns eighteen, she and her best friend Madame Charlemagne attempt to solve the mystery of her mother’s murder while discovering a bunch of family secrets on the way.
Kenmore Square is a story filled with secrets and memorable characters. I loved the main character, Iris Apple, with her awkward personality and love for pigeons. Stover made her seem like a real person with real problems such as being dyslexic. I felt Iris was personally telling me her story when reading the book. I also really liked how she helped Madame Charlemagne with her agoraphobia and included her in all her plans. Kenmore Square is a book filled with a lot of secrets. I thought I had figured out all the secrets and their answers, which I guessed wrong, because Stover surprised me with more secrets. The ending was a little expected, but left me with a satisfied feeling.
Kenmore Square is an easy read and the way Stover introduces the mystery and secrets a little at a time keeps the reader interested. The tone of this book makes it good for people of all ages. I really enjoyed this book and look forward to reading more of Stover’s work. I would like to see a story about Madame Charlemagne’s life, because I think she has a few interesting skeletons in her closet. I recommend this book to anyone who loves mysteries.