Review: Uninvited by Leah Spiegel and Meg Summers

Friday, September 13, 2013

Uninvited (South Hills Sidekicks, #1)
Title: Uninvited (South Hills Sidekicks #1)
Authors: Leah Spiegel and Meg Summers
Date of Publication: February 11, 2012
Genre: humorous YA chick-lit

When Alley started her senior year at Upper East High in the South Hills area, it was supposed to be the usual drag of hanging out with people who spent more on one outfit than Alley did on her entire wardrobe. That was until Kirsten, a girl in their clique, suddenly goes missing and the only people who seem to care are her friends. All evidence leads to the new comer Shane, a cocky and self-pretentious person in Alley’s opinion, but the police seem uninterested so she and the rest of the girls start a little investigation of their own. But they are nowhere closer to finding Kirsten than when they started and now they had the police’s attention; just not in the way they expected. The girls have to start over and discover that maybe it wasn’t an outsider who took Kirsten, but someone within their own clique who has something to hide; a secret that just might have gotten Kirsten killed.
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My Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

Thank you to Giselle of Xpresso Book Tours and the authors for the review copy. Having received a review copy did not affect my views of the novel.

Uninvited is classified as a "humorous YA chick-lit" and with the blurb saying that their friend has disappeared and that she's in danger and it's up to them to find her, I expected this to be an antic-filled, breezy mystery novel. And I didn't get any of those. Where was the humor? Oh yeah, right past the middle and I only laughed because I got numb of the dumbness and I figured that I should find joy in it or else I will be frustrated the whole time. I am really sorry if I sound mean but I guess my humor doesn't appreciate it when a person keeps on wearing high heels even if she knows she keeps on tripping. I know all about fashion over comfort but did Val really have to fall down that much? Once or twice would be fine to establish that she isn't exactly a creature of balance but for it to happen all the time annoyed me. Sorry if I sound shallow but it was really a sore point for me.

I did not only not like Val but none of the characters made an impact on me. Truth be told, I can't remember their names anymore and I REMEMBER names. That's one thing I can do. If I don't remember the name of the character a month after I read a novel, it's a clear indication that it didn't register. All I remember is that the main character (Oh, apparently, her name is Alley. Thanks, blurb!) was a beta heroine. Now, I love beta characters normally because they're cute and lovable but in here, her beta-ness was not endearing. Her friends had more personality than her, which isn't good. If I don't get a fantastic plot (which I didn't get), I need at least terrific characters who can make the novel engaging for me. Sadly, I didn't get that as well.

As for the plot, I think the mystery in here was half-baked. It was predictable although I did not expect the major twist on the new guy Shane. I do give props because I didn't think of that, probably because I lowered my expectations. Once the secret was out, everything came back to being predictable as well. The romance or more like, attraction, between Alley and Shane was only established since it's the first book (oh gah), which felt realistic. Whew for no insta-love. I actually kind of liked how awkward/cute they were and that the authors only hinted about their future romance. Kids! However, I do expect their romance to bloom in the next crimes or mysteries they'll solve aka the next books.

Would I read the sequel? No, although I do want to see and read about the progression of Alley and Shane's relationship. However, I don't think I can stick through with more of the not-so-amusing antics, useless scenes (they were rampant) and humor I don't appreciate.

I've seen some raves for this book and while I do feel like I've read a different book from them, I do understand how some people might love it. It could be a breezy YA mystery if you won't notice the things that irked me. So, I still suggest you give this book a try because who knows? Maybe you'll like it!

About Leah Spiegel and Meg Summers

Although we moved down to North Carolina several years ago, we’re originally from the Pittsburgh area. (That’s why a lot of our characters either live in the Burgh or reference our hometown football team, The Pittsburgh Steelers.) And yes, we even have the Southern accents to show for it now. Although Megan’s is considerable thicker, Leah still can’t understand the locals.

We are known as ‘the sisters’ among our neighborhood; when actually we’re probably really known as ‘the sisters with the Yorkies’. Our pups, Skippy Jon Jones and Captain Jack Sparrow, were given long names to compensate for their small size but not their large personalities.

If Leah’s not glued to her electronic devices, AKA her Kindle Fire and various laptops, you can find her training ‘the attack dogs’, running on the treadmill while conceiving the next great book idea with the Dave Matthews Band, Muse, Florence and the Machine, The Lumineers, and Pink (just to name a few) blaring out of her earphones.

If Megan’s not glued to her electronic devices AKA her iPad and Nook Color, you can find her teaching fourth graders, swimming marathon style at the pool, or cuddling with ‘the attack dogs’ as she watches Duck Dynasty, Gold Rush, Scandal, Person of Interest, Morning Joe, etc.

Leah graduated from Edinboro University with a BA in Art Education. Megan received her teaching degree from Edinboro University and Masters in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Technology from Grand Canyon University.


  1. The synopsis sounded promising and intriguing although it has been used for other books. Awesome review, diane!

    1. That's why I joined the tour for it, because of the blurb. However, it didn't deliver for me. Thanks for dropping by, Abby!


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