The Thousand-Dollar Tan Line by Rob Thomas & Jennifer Graham | Book Review

Posted January 12, 2018 by Jana in About Me, Book Review / 10 Comments

The Thousand-Dollar Tan Line by Rob Thomas & Jennifer Graham | Book ReviewThe Thousand-Dollar Tan Line by Jennifer Graham, Rob Thomas
Series: Veronica Mars #1
Published by Vintage Books on March 25, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Fiction, Mystery
Pages: 324
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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5 Stars

Ten years after graduating from high school in Neptune, California, Veronica Mars is back in the land of sun, sand, crime, and corruption. She's traded in her law degree for her old private investigating license, struggling to keep Mars Investigations afloat on the scant cash earned by catching cheating spouses until she can score her first big case.

Now it's spring break, and college students descend on Neptune, transforming the beaches and boardwalks into a frenzied, week-long rave. When a girl disappears from a party, Veronica is called in to investigate. But this is not a simple missing person's case. The house the girl vanished from belongs to a man with serious criminal ties, and soon Veronica is plunged into a dangerous underworld of drugs and organized crime. And when a major break in the investigation has a shocking connection to Veronica's past, the case hits closer to home than she ever imagined.

I absolutely love Veronica Mars. I discovered the TV show a few years ago when my friend, Jess, sent me the complete DVD set as a gift after finding out I’d never seen it. And a huge fan was born! Even though I knew the TV series would end, I was still soooo sad when it did. Then I discovered that the writers of the show also wrote two books and I was elated. I was not disappointed. As always, my main points are bolded. :)

1. This book is definitely a gift to Veronica Mars fans. I’m sure you’d enjoy reading it if you’ve never seen the show, but I can’t imagine why you’d want to. This book takes place years after the series and the movie, so it really goes without saying that you’ll be happier and love it more if you watch all of those first.

2. The Thousand-Dollar Tan Line reads like an episode of the show, and I LOVED that about it. Veronica’s inner monologues are still golden. Her snark is perfection. I was all smiles.

3. Veronica is back in Neptune, and so are all of our favorite characters (Mac) and not-so favorite characters (Sheriff Lamb).

4. The mystery is actually really amazing. I was invested not just because I love the characters and the world, but because I was legitimately curious about how the mystery of the missing girl would be solved. It was exciting and filled with twists and turns.

5. The writing was awesome. There’s a lot of books out there that serve as sequels of or extensions to TV shows or movies, and I can’t imagine that any of them were as well done or pleasant to read. Nothing was missing for me. I wasn’t wishing I was watching it instead of reading it. I just loved it, and that seems crazy to me!

Overall, if you loved the show you will love this book and then re-watch the TV series as soon as you’ve finished it. I loved being back in Neptune with the gang, tagging along on one of their cases again.

5 Stars
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10 responses to “The Thousand-Dollar Tan Line by Rob Thomas & Jennifer Graham | Book Review

  1. I couldn’t resist listening to this one on audiobook, because Kristen Bell does the narration! It was like an episode-long voiceover, with the added bonus of Kristen doing “voices” for each of the characters. Her impression of Mac made me giggle on more than one occasion. #Perfection

    • Jana

      Oh how funny! I guess it’s a sign that you need to read this soon! It’s amazing! I want to read it again already. I’ll be reviewing the second one next week, which was also fun. :)

  2. I loved Veronica Mars when it was on TV and I loved this book, too. Anything to spend time with such great characters and fun mysteries. :D (I just wish Thomas would write more Veronica Mars books.)

    • Jana

      I wish he would too! The show was SO much fun, and the books were a very nice consolation prize. I hope he writes more! Like, a lot more!

  3. Kay

    I was a big Veronica Mars fan. Big. And I’ve meant to try the two books. So nice to know that they would be worthwhile and I’m thinking I might like them in audio (since ‘Veronica’ herself narrates). Thanks for reminding me! By the way, I did TTT a very long while back and am going to start again this next Tuesday. Looking forward to it!

    • Jana

      I LOVE Veronica Mars! The books are both really worthwhile, and I agree that I want to get the audio for the first one because Kristen Bell narrates. I’ve heard it’s wonderful!

      I’m glad you’re back on for TTT this coming week! I’ll be excited to see you on the link-up. :)