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Kait Lenox has a reputation as the weird girl in her high school, mostly because of her ex-best friend turned mean popular girl, Ariel, but maybe it has a little to do with the fact that Kait has a hobby crashing funerals. At one of these, Kait is outted by the most popular guy in school, Ethan Ripley. Yet, instead of humiliating her for all the world to see, he asks for hKait Lenox has a reputation as the weird girl in her high school, mostly because of her ex-best friend turned mean popular girl, Ariel, but maybe it has a little to do with the fact that Kait has a hobby crashing funerals. At one of these, Kait is outted by the most popular guy in school, Ethan Ripley. Yet, instead of humiliating her for all the world to see, he asks for her help, and Kait finds herself entangled in a murder mystery. Not only is the thrill of the mystery exciting, but more importantly Ethan knows her name! A little sleuthing is well worth that!...

Title : Adventures in Funeral Crashing
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ISBN : 9781468010565
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Number of Pages : 212 Pages
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Adventures in Funeral Crashing Reviews

  • Nicole
    2019-05-15 21:10

    I liked this book, it was very cute and a quick read. Definitively worth it.Ms. Harris did a great job keeping the dialog modern and events current. This was not my typical Paranormal YA book, in fact there are no paranormal elements to it but I still enjoyed it. I think the characters seemed a bit immature for high School students but it would be a perfect book for junior high school kids and teens. They would enjoy reading something with the older kids in it but also would not me exposed to any situations suited for the older crowd. It had a mystery surprise at the end and would recommend for anyone looking to share a book with their teen either to read with or give as a gift.As always thank you to the author and Paranormal Romance & Urban Fantasy Fanatics! Paranormal Romance & Urban Fantasy Fanatics! read to review program!Rating - 4 stars Recommended for - TeensFollow my blog at

  • Terri ♥ (aka Mrs. Christian Grey)
    2019-05-09 20:42

    I received this as part of the Read 2 Review program. (As side note, this book has no paranormal aspects to it.)I loved this story. I mean it was super cute. For those that have attended a recent funeral for a loved one may not want to read this story. But in no way does this book make light of funerals or the loss of a loved one. I enjoyed the writer’s style and found this to be a super fast read because I liked it so much.I rate this book 4.5 stars because my only problem was the over the top use of pop culture references that not everyone would get and would lose that bit of the story because of it. And honestly, I wish it was a bit longer because Ethan is so swoon-worthy. Kait was a really great female lead. She wasn’t the most popular girl and made no bones about it. No whining, she was just comfortable in her own skin. Additionally and most important, the budding relationship moved at a believable pace. I thought all the characters were well developed.I would recommend for all audiences. I am so happy I was privilege to have the opportunity to review this book I might not have otherwise found. I look forward to reading more from this author.

  • Alana ~ The Book Pimp
    2019-04-26 01:51

    Thanks to the R2R program to give me an opportunity to read and review this book!This is a fantastic, witty YA mystery with romantic, and almost Scooby-Doo-like elements. I would highly recommend it to anyone.The premise:Kait is your average social pariah at school, even the "nerds" would be demoted by asking her out. Her mother passed away from cancer, and ever since then one of her coping mechanisms has been to continue to attend funerals.... for people that she has never met. It comes from a good, innocent place, but she is essentially a funeral crasher. Before her mother had gotten sick, she had the normal "average" teenage life. But once her mother became sick, and her best friend, Airel, suddenly fled to the popular crowd ... Kait had been given the short end of the stick in terms of death and friendship. She crashed the funeral of a college student found dead of an overdose. She always has certain rules she follows in an attempt to not get caught, but every explanation falls right out of her head when confronted by the hottest guy at school, Ethan. Turns out Liz, the college student, was his half sister. With no idea how to answer for her attendance, she flees, thinking that her status as a social pariah might mean he would forget about her. Instead he confronts her at work, and reveals that he thinks that Liz was murdered instead of an overdose...An thus begins a social status defying partnership to investigate the circumstances of Liz's, and several other college girls all found dead of heroin overdoses.What I thought:This is so witty and refreshing. Parents will not have to worry about sex-crazed teenagers, but with the hottest guy in school and even a murder suspect being very easy on the eyes... there was still fodder for your imagination. It really develops the friendship between Kait and Ethan at a realistic pace. I found it believable- even with teenagers investigating a murder. Everything fell within the realm of believability and was true to their age. It was still enjoyable for me, as an adult reader. I would have no problems recommending this book to a teenager to read. Likely, because of the main character being a female, it would appeal most likely to girls, not boys. It really has some witty moments, and the youthful tenancy to obsess just a little about certain things (for Kait it was peanut butter banana drinks) really added special touches to make this an absolutely enjoyable read. Great YA book!

  • Midu Hadi
    2019-05-08 21:04

    I received this book to read and review from the Paranormal Romance & Urban Fantasy Fanatics! The book's based on an intriguing topic and I loved that. It had everything a YA novel requires:a not-so popular female lead who reads (shocking, I know) and has problems at home which make her weirderthe hottest guy in schoolthe estranged bitchy mean girl/ex bffI just had one small issue with it and that was this book is yet another example of the current trend. The trend that divides kids into the popular and not-popular groups. I know that's how it is at school but shouldn't authors try to make girls see their uniqueness, instead of emphasizing that the female lead isn't popular, so she's weird?Even then, I had a good time reading this book.Oh and I liked Troy much better than Ethan hehe

  •  Lissa Smith Reads'~Bookaholics Bookshelf Reviews
    2019-04-27 21:59

    I was fortunate enough to make the cut for reviewing this book for R2R and in no way does this affects my review…Adventures in Funeral Crashing… Mother verses Daughter, the skirmish for control of the book pursues… need I say much more. It has certainly been a challenge keeping this book in my possession, as my 11- year old daughter Macy would snatch it away every time I turned my back. We both were drawn to the book; by what you might ask. Why the cover art of course. No it not some out of this world work of art but, a basic child like sketch of a girl in a skirt wearing tennis shoes. Macy thought it was just cute and it reminded me of a girl stuck in the awkward stage of not a child and not a young woman who has discovered… lawd help us… b.o.y.s.Not having first read a description of the book the title alone lead me to think it was a paranormal zombie story or a twisted retelling of The Dead Zone… Macy on the other hand thought it was going it was going book version to television’s The Ghost Whisper or Medium. As our guess would have it, we were wrong.It was defiantly not a paranormal read yet it held not only my attention but that of Macy as well. It was packed full of creepy energetic mystery that was just so downright eatable. Which is why I found myself battling with 11-year old for the right to read.Milda Harris did an excellent job at bring the teenage character to life. Kids today are just too jaded and are missing out just being kids and experiencing just what that means. Yes, some Macy included may think the kids are immature at time but in my humble opinion… kids need more time being kids and MH delivers that option in Adventures in Funeral Crashing.Both Macy and I cannot wait to see if the story continues and we expect more from this talented author.

  • Norah Una Sumner
    2019-05-10 00:11

    This was really fun.Don't let the weird hobby of our main character Kait make you not want to read this book.It's actually really fun and interesting.The characters are likable,the plot is very interesting and the ending is...Things I really liked:1.)Kait.She's a really funny and smart character.And she's always up for an adventure!2.)Ethan Ripley come to mamma.Things I didn't liked:1.) I felt like the story was too short actually.The plot wasn't rushed but I wanted to know more about Kait.2.)The whole 'murder solving while the police won't even listen to us and check if someone's actually a drug addict' reminded me a lot of Size 12 Is Not Fat by Meg Cabot ...which is not a good thing to be honest.Overall,a very fun and short story.Favourite quotes:''I knew nothing would ever come of it, that’s why it’s called a crush. They’re totally one sided and they just crush your heart into oblivion.''''I hoped he wasn’t dating her. He deserved better. Like me, I wanted to add, but come on, that’s still just wishful thinking on my part.''''By the way, I’d take kissing Ethan over a Wired peanut butter banana milk shake anytime. Just saying, if you wanted to know. ''

  • Jill
    2019-04-24 03:02

    I'm a high school English teacher, so I read a lot of young adult books to stay abreast on what's out there, find things to recommend to students, have books for my class library, and look for things to teach that will interest students. Having said that, I found this book completely enjoyable. It's a simple story, unpopular girl likes popular boy and they're flung together (much to her enjoyment)when she crashes his sister's funeral.Most YA fiction tends to fall into the "tragedy of the week" area dealing with drugs, teen pregnancy, death, sexuality, etc. etc. and ends up being rather dreary. This was refreshing because although it does deal with drugs and death, it's light and funny and doesn't take itself to seriously.I would recommend this to my students and all YA readers. The only issues I have with it are that it was too short, and the climax was a bit contrived and too soon. The main characters were finally on the right path to find the murderer and BAM! we're thrown into the middle of the climax, everything is revealed and the story is over. However as a light romance and mystery this was a well written and fun little book! It's a definite read, and I'm glad I got to read and review a copy on R2R (for free) so thanks Goodreads and Milda Harris!

  • April Wood
    2019-05-05 20:52

    Adventures in Funeral Crashing is a young-adult tale about an outcast who has a strange hobby… funeral crashing. At one of these funerals she meets the most popular guy in school, Ethan, who has just lost his sister. From there, Kait finds herself wrapped up in a murder mystery with Ethan by her side.Although classified as a mystery, there wasn’t any suspense, and the clues left behind didn’t ultimately lead to the conclusion. – At least that’s my opinion which others might not agree with. However, I still enjoyed this story as a young-adult read and I focused more on the budding romance between Kait and Ethan than the mystery aspects of alleged murderers and the overdose deaths of teen girls.I found the way the author threw Kait and Ethan together to be unique. I liked the whole opposites attract theme between the two of them and their nearly instant chemistry – despite running in different social circles and not having a whole lot in common. Their common goal brought them together in the end.I LOVED LOVED LOVED it when Ethan asked Kait if she would… (not gonna say because it is a huge spoiler). It made me smile and was a great way to end the story on a happy note.FULL REVIEW: https://awellreadwomanblog.wordpress....

  • Sharon Lipman
    2019-05-08 22:43

    "Sixteen year old Kait Lenox has a reputation as the weird girl in her high school, mostly because of her ex-best friend turned mean popular girl, Ariel, but maybe it has a little to do with the fact that Kait has a hobby crashing funerals. At one of these, Kait is outted by the most popular guy in school, Ethan Ripley. Yet, instead of humiliating her for all the world to see, he asks for her help, and Kait finds herself entangled in a murder mystery. Not only is the thrill of the mystery exciting, but more importantly Ethan knows her name! A little sleuthing is well worth that!"Anyone who reads this should remember its young adult. If you do that, you can't fail to like it. I thought it was great, a real breath of fresh air. Since the heroine is a fan of films (and books) there are references to films like "Sixteen Candles," and "She's all that," throughout. This story really reminded me of all of those films where the unpopular nerdy, slightly odd girl lust after the school hunk and he goes on a journey of discovery and realises she is what he was looking for all along. Even being slightly older than our heroine, I found it all completely believable and was transported back to my school days very easily. The language is young and fun and I really really enjoyed it. The murder mystery part of the story was plausible and believable and made the book a real page turner. It kept me guessing right till the end.Good fun and well written for it's audience. A great read. My only criticisms are that I wouldn't really class it as PNR or UF. The funeral crashing thing - which is explained, and actually for a 16 year old girl kind of makes sense - is the only vague reference to paranormal things. The rest is just a great teen story. Since I reviewed this as part of a PNR/UF forum I was a little bit disappointed in that, but honestly, its still a good book and I thoroughly recommend it to young adults and the young at heart looking for a fun and easy read. My other point is that it was WAY to short and I was sad to see it finish so quickly!

  • Jennifer
    2019-05-16 21:51

    This is the story of Kait Lenox who is a junior and a social outcast at her highschool. She works at a video store, reads, and crashes funerals. Her mother passed away and since then she has loved going to funerals of any person, mostly because she likes how friends and family come together to celebrate peoples lives. While crashing a funeral she runs into the hottest guy in school, Ethan, whom she has a crush on. Come to find out it is his half sister's funeral who died from an overdose of drugs. From there they start an investigation on their own to find out if his sister's death was indeed accidental or if there was some foul play involved.I really liked this book. I liked that Kait was someone who I have things in common with and could relate to. Ethan sounds like a great guy. A guy that most people would want to be friends with. There are some interesting plot twists and good humor. Just a few things were a little predictable. It is a very well written, fun book. I would recommend it to all ages.I would also like to say thanks to Milda Harris and Kay for the opportunity to read this through Read 2 Review.

  • Flora Smith
    2019-05-12 03:02

    I received a free copy of this in exchange for my honest review.I really enjoyed this one! It was such a fun read, a wonderful YA mystery that that was quite an adventure. Kait is a wonderful positive strong female character. She's not the most popular girl in school and she's ok with that. She is also dealing with the grief of losing her mother and does so by crashing funerals of people she doesn't know. On one such occasion she crashes the funeral of the sister of the most popular boy in school, Ethan, and finds herself embroiled in a mystery. This was a mystery that kept me interested from the very begining. I barely put this one down all day and managed to read it in one day. The characters were great and believable and the romance as well was believable. I loved the chemistry between Kait and Ethan, as well as between some of the secondary characters like Suzie and Kyle. And all of it woven within the search for clues to the identity of the killer. This is a great YA mystery thats great for anyone that likes a good mystery. I loved it and am looking forward to the next in this series.

  • Husnaa
    2019-04-30 22:59

    I got this book through R2R so thank you so much!!I loved loved loved loved this book so freaking much!! And I would totally read this again once I am done with the other R2R (:I'm not sure exactly what Enthralled me about this book. Whether it was gorgeous Ethan or her whole funeral crashing thing or the whole mystery behind it. Maybe it was all 3?? Anyway, it was defo one of my favorite books this year!! I think I actually love book like this that lightish even tho there was a mystery and killing, it had a happy ending(: I'm so sick of sequel books where the first book is awesome but the rest are love triangles and really crappy so it was really refreshing :DI would never have guessed who the killer actually was so shocker :O Not predictable at all... I just LOVED Ethan's jealous side. *sigh* I need to find more books like this to read :D

  • Emma
    2019-05-16 02:04

    I really liked this book. It read really easy and I liked that it actually felt like a teen was talking. Sometimes, especially in the beginning you got that feeling that Kait was rambling, like she would just talk about what ever popped into her head which I found very endearing reminding me of my almost teen niece and her speak.The story itself was interesting, a girl crashing furnerals after her mother's death leads her to Ethan's sisters funeral and off on a murder mystery adventure with the hottest guy from school. It was a little unbelievable but it worked. It def. kept me entertained and I liked the subtle way that Ethan came around and fell for Kait. Those "meddling kids" sure got lucky in the end and Kait got her Homecoming wish. I look forward to reading the 2nd installment to the series, hope it's as entertaining as the first.

  • Maghon Thomas
    2019-05-17 03:00

    So first, as always thanks to R2R and the author for getting this copy to me! I think this is one of the first non paranormal/fantasy books I've read that I honestly liked and want to read more of! Normally I find these non paranormals boring, but this was a great little mystery with really interesting characters and a real life problem that's so believable. I can relate to that which makes it all the more awesome. I read this story in just a few hours, and no, it's not a short story, but it's a quick read, so I think everyone will love it. It's a 4.5 star for me only cuz no one used swords hahahaha or crazy magical powers :) go on now, pick up a copy and read it!

  • Sarah Kampfer
    2019-05-08 22:46

    I read this book as part of a R2R with Paranormal Romance & Urban Fantasy Fanatics. It's about a girl named Kait Lenox who enjoys crashing funerals and ends up volunteering her efforts to help Ethan (the guy she has a huge crush on) investigate the death of his sister. The book was extremely predictable. Girl helps the guy she has feelings for and the guy ends up falling for her. This happens in about 150 pages. I would not recommend this book to anyone. It felt like I was reading a book written by a middle schooler.

  • Emma
    2019-05-13 03:45

    The story was short, which annoyed me a lot. I think it's very, very, VERY YA. That's okay, I think it was written well (as far as I can tell with english not being me first language). The storyline flowed nicely, the characters could have been likeable. I just think the story is too short. If some things were stetched a bit, or maybe just more character descriptions and more mystery... make it more exciting and scary instead of funny and oh-wow-a-boy, I would have loved it! Now I just liked it. It's a fun and entertaining read.

  • Jessica
    2019-04-30 04:45

    Probably 2.5. I think liked the premise of this book more than the execution. I really liked Kait, and the first 15% of the book, but after that it got a bit weak, and too simplistic. and repetitive. Also, maybe I'm not being realistic, since Kait is really young but her though process was way too simplistic (So-and-so just wasn't the "type" to do heroin. She adopted a puppy- does that sound like a heroin user?)The book could definitely use some copy editing, too.

  • Janice Spina
    2019-05-17 01:06

    This is a quick read that is perfect for preteens, teens and young adults. The protagonist, Kait, is drawn to funerals since her mother died. She says she goes because she likes to hear the stories that are told by the families and friends about the deceased. At one of the funerals, Kait finds herself embroiled in trying to solve a possible murder which leads to many other possible murders with a variety of suspects.This was an interesting mystery that moved along and kept this reader guessing who had committed the murders and why. There is a love story that interweaves throughout the story between Kait and the brother of one of the deceased that they both suspect was murdered.

  • Muse-ic ♬
    2019-05-06 22:05

    So why did I begin with that lovely gif? Well because this book has a totally ugly cover!But we all know you aren't supposed to judge a book by it's cover, right? Lucky I read the sampler without seeing the cover. Otherwise it would have given me the impression of an immature little girl book! And the moral of that mini paragraph is: read this book!Kait Lenox is different than the rest of her class. After the death of her mother, she took up funeral crashing. It's like party crashing, but with funerals. In other words, she attends funerals of people she doesn't know, so she wasn't technically invited. No she's not goth or emo. She doesn't wear all black (except to funerals, of course). She's a perfectly normal girl. She likes funerals, no because she is sick in the mind (she's not), but she likes how it's a time when everyone who knew the deceased gets together to remember him or her and honor their soul. It also make her feel closer to her mother, who dies of cancer. So one of the days, Kait is at the funeral of a young college girl named Liz who died of a heroine overdose, when Ethan Ripley, the most popular and handsome kid in the school walks up to her and ,upon recognizing her from school, asks her how on earth she knows his half sister Liz. Kait wasn't expecting that at all. She always kept a vague answer ready for when people asked her how she knew the deceased (she couldn't tell them that, in fact, she didn't know the deceased and therefore expose herself for the funeral crasher she is). Ethan caught her by surprise because she couldn't tell him "I went to school with her" because she goes to school with Ethan. She ends up just running away from him.Later, however, Ethan tracks her down at her job because he really wants to know how Kait knew Liz. Ethan needs any lead he can get because he believes Liz was murdered, especially since she was not the drug-addict type. Kait tells him the truth, that she was crashing the funeral, and they begin trying to solve the case together, after trying and failing to get the police to listen to them.Totally random: Kait is a book lover! Yay! "A good book is a good book when you like to read as much as I do. I suppose some of my reading affinity comes from my best friend having ditched me, becoming the weird girl,and having no friends at all upon starting high school."My favorite quote was: "That's why it's called a crush. They're totally one-sided and they just crush your heart into oblivion."Has there ever been a truer statement than this? It never even occurred to me why it may be referred to as a "crush" but this explanation makes complete sense!So anyways! The detective duo believe it's murder because two other girls before Liz from the same community college also died on a heroine overdose, and neither of them was the drug-addict type either. Then one more after Liz confirmed their suspicions. Ethan and Kait broke into Liz's facebook account and discovered that Liz and the two other girls all shared a friend: Troy Insert-last-name-here (I forgot what it was). The weird thing was Troy wasn't friends with the last girl, Vanessa.Here is were it gets complicated. If you ignored my spoiler warning and are reading this, I will warn you again because I am about to reveal the murderer.Okay so Vanessa has an identical twin sister. Her name is Jenna. Ethan and Kait see her at Vanessa's funeral and freak out because they didn't know. So they decide to ask her some question and she tells them that she also believes that Vanessa was murdered. While investigating Troy in all of this They discover that Troy dated all the girls who were killed......except Vanessa. He dated her twin sister Jenna, who is alive....right?Haha nope! Where there are identical twins involved you know something is up!It turns out that Vanessa isn't the one that died. Vanessa killed Jenna and then took her sisters place, making everyone think she was the one who died. I'm surprised there own mother didn't figure it out. Apparently their mother found "Vanessa" on the floor in her bedroom wearing her clothes. What so no unique birthmarks or features? You're telling met they have the exact same haircut and color and everything? Still even a mother can tell her identical twins apart. But that didn't happen.Anyways, Vanessa killed all those girls because she was some psycho fanatically obsessed with Troy. She was in "love" with him and all his previous girlfriends caused some problems. She killed her own sister because Jenna went out and slept with him even though Vanessa told her how she felt about him. Phew! That's over.Anyways, over the course of the book Ethan develops a crush on Kait. I guess they are dating now. And....happily ever after?Nope because there are more murders in the next books....which I will be reading!!

  • Faye {Daydreaming_Star}
    2019-05-19 02:05

    This is an interesting story about a girl who has an odd hobby; funeral crashing. This results in an adventure that she could have never expected. It is a mystery novel that essentially keeps you on your toes. While you believe you've got it down to a tee, it's possible you'll be surprised by the actual result. The story itself flows quite well and it is certainly a nice, quick, and easy read but, unfortunately, it simply wasn't one for me. I can see, however, that it is one that others, especially those younger than me might enjoy but it just personally wasn't for me. Milda Harris is a talented writer. This much I certainly have to admit and I am, essentially, glad that I gave this book a try and read it all the way through to the end. Unfortunately, however, I just couldn’t get my head around the main character and found myself rolling my eyes too many times. This, however, is simply because I am passed the teenager years that she is dealing with. Kait is sixteen, an outcast in her highschool having been shunned by her ex-best friend who is now one of the most popular girls in the school. Milda manages to truly get inside Kait’s head and she clearly has a knowledge of what sixteen-year olds can be like and therefore this book is written as though a sixteen year old has written it. This could be horrifying but actually is a talent that many authors do not possess. I liked the characters of this novel, all except for Kait, anyway. I especially loved Ethan and while it was a tad annoying that he was the most popular guy in school (and doesn’t Kait like reminding us that), this simply helps to make the book flow nicely as a good high-school novel. He is caring and not someone who really cares for his position within the school which is always a nice change, at any rate. I also really liked Kyle and Suzie but I wish that they could have had a bit more of a front focus in the novel and think that this could maybe change somewhat in the next few books to come, perhaps. The story itself is definitely an interesting one. It’s quite nice to see how it all happens and how things turn out. Especially with the idea that it’s just a bunch of teenagers that supposedly don’t know what they’re doing in the middle of a police investigation. It is a story that I can definitely see a lot of younger audiences enjoying, even if I didn’t find it particularly enjoyable myself. I especially think that anyone who likes Jacqueline Wilson would enjoy this story and the ones that are on their way.Fortunately, while this story didn’t grab me the way others have in the past, and while it’s not one that really had me begging for more, I’m definitely intrigued enough to wait patiently for the next book and give that one a read over when I get a chance. It’s not a book I’d read again but it was easy and quick and a nice change from the other books I’ve been reading lately. I am glad for the opportunity to read it through the Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy goodreads group.

  • Bonnie Keck
    2019-05-01 04:50

    Kindle Unlimited, but got a copy from the writer for possible review, then my computer messed up with all my arcs, review copies and so on. If I hadn't gotten copy of the 3 set, probably would not have even finished 1 much less 3 books, but this was one of my was asked to review, own free will, no other compensation blah blah blah blah reviews. Read this in the 3 {1-3} set.There were issues from the start, with the 90210 chick angst, and the cell phone being turned off {which only means, in some phones, doesn't list missed} but that was some type of message left, which would have been on there, and also that since they can get in to her phone and her facebook, why would they not every so easily be able to get in an online record of phone activity. By the way, writing it as ODing may or may not be right, but it definitely looks wrong, and then later it's written OD'd and that doesn't look right either because the apostophe thought it is used some it is total slang. How can it be a chewing out for being so late at her job when all she was told was to not let it happen again. Standard English also says the something such as It was {name} and I watching the store should be it was it was me and {name} or {name} and me, because you wouldn't say It was I watching the store. It's also not 'ironic' when you are investigating a murder that someone else dies, it's tragic. Can we also skip over the obvious obsession with fattening drinks, because IF the character was that small, well she wouldn't and couldn't be inhaling that much junk. Only airheads are supposedly investigating murder and thinking about how hot a guy looks all the time, too. What is the point of the constant mentions of books {such as Twilight} and certain movies besides as filler for the book word count. You drive 'in a daze', and the story mentions it beause...readers need to understand how totally airhead stupid that is or what? What is up with the supposed angst over not contacting the one girl, who ended up dead, when you hadn't bothered to contact her at all before? You look for clues or note or something, in a room of the dead girl who always deleted texts and other messages for privacy reasons, and wonders if she kept a diary somewhere, really? Then actually finds one, and it's just under a pile of tank tops? Also, of course someone would be reading the girls innermost thoughts in a diary, 'once {she} read it, duh. How can someone in one room just walk over to their desk in a totally different room? "I dont' know why I kept letting my mind get in the way of my hormones." SAY WHAT. Then the guy you swear did it ends up being referred to as 'if he was the killer" Then the whole thing again with all the movie references plus the stupidity of Ethan eating lunch with her but telling his friends he'd see them later so it's not as if he wasn't going to see them a bunch after lunch or not talk to them later, and that was after all the she likes him he likes her yet doesn't do anything, at all, to help her chemistry partner and the girl.The sister of the dead girl had been thinking her sister was murdered, the sister hadn't been thinking she had been murdered until she talked to Ethan but then she was convinced, when they met at the pie shop she was thinking maybe but still wasn't convinced...uh huh? Really, you know what guys want, yet you've been saying the exact opposite the entire story. So is she saying her ex bff has to have flowers to 'put out' or kiss or is just a slut or what, jeezus teen angst stupidity much. Wait, she'd already decided the one guy was a serial killer, than after meeting him probably not, then flips to her want to be boyfriend and the might be a killer but probably isn't wouldn't even be friends because the one guy is a killer.... Oh but wait, then she's pretty sure he's innocent, and that possibly it was the one chick who had something to do with it all, sheesh. Then again he he's not, he might be, he probably is, he is a serial killer. By the way, stalls have doors, and females close them when they go to the bathroom, so how would anyone see an old lady, in the stall, supposedly get startled. You wouldn't give your ex bff a guy's number because he might be a serial killer, but you run off to spanish class because you might give in and give her the number she has no other way of getting? Why would she have to check her facebook in the library, she has a cell phone, there's an app for that, as they say. She could have a killer stalker, but by all means be worried about being late or missing work again because she might get fired, but not be at all worried about being murdered. You can't barge in to the video store, not see the other girl there just the guy, not have seen the cops first, and then not having seen the cops as the story went start playing for time for the cops to do something because they other girl was in the store, or alternatively had called 911 and the cops already be there, this isn't the movies where they arrive in seconds. Your boss is shot up with heroin and almost dies, but you are worried about her just not as much as what would happen if you were out of a JOB? Why would a blood test tell which twin she is, they almost definitely have the same blood type, and what about fingerprints as those are NOT identical, not even in twins duh. NOT going through and pointing out all the myriad problems with the other books, and usually read the others {this one has 2 more so far plus side stories I think}, so just going to speed read them and get the pain over already.The Funeral Crashing Mysteries Box Set includes Books 1-3: Adventures in Funeral Crashing, Adventures of a Graveyard Girl, and Adventures in Murder Chasing.ADVENTURES IN FUNERAL CRASHING (#1)Sixteen year old Kait Lenox has a reputation as the weird girl in her high school, mostly because of her ex-best friend turned mean popular girl, Ariel, but maybe it has a little to do with the fact that Kait has a hobby crashing funerals. At one of these, Kait is outted by the most popular guy in school, Ethan Ripley. Yet, instead of humiliating her for all the world to see, he asks for her help, and Kait finds herself entangled in a murder mystery. Not only is the thrill of the mystery exciting, but more importantly Ethan knows her name! A little sleuthing is well worth that!ADVENTURES OF A GRAVEYARD GIRL (#2)Kait Lenox is back! It's Homecoming Dance time and Kait is excited. It's her first dance with a date and that date is none other than one of the hottest, most popular guys in her school, Ethan Ripley! For once Kait doesn't feel like a funeral crashing weird girl and it's the most perfect romantic evening least until a girl gets murdered in the high school bathroom. Rumors fly, panic ensues, and Kait can't help herself, she assigns herself to the case!ADVENTURES IN MURDER CHASING (#3)Kait Lenox is officially Ethan Ripley's girlfriend and she might even be kinda sorta becoming non enemies with her ex-bff Ariel Walker. Everything is going great! That is until Kait stumbles across another suspicious death at her favorite coffee shop, Wired. Not able to help herself, Kait sets out to investigate! Suddenly Kait's problems go from whether or not she should say the L-word to fears that the murder she's investigating might not be murder at all. Should Kait follow her gut or is she just chasing murders? The Funeral Crashing Series:#1 - Adventures in Funeral CrashingAdventures in Double Dating (Funeral Crashing, #1.1)/ Ethan Tells All Stories (Told From Ethan Ripley's POV):#1 - Adventures in Double Dating: Ethan Tells The Adventures in Funeral Crashing Double Date Scene#2 - Adventures of a Graveyard Girl#3 - Adventures in Murder ChasingAdventures of a New Year's Kiss (Funeral Crashing #3.5)Adventures of a New Year's Date (Funeral Crashing #3.6) #4 - Adventures in Homicide and Heartbreak#5 - Adventures in French Sleuthing

  • Alexei
    2019-05-07 05:07

    {Come check out my website TeenageBookaholic }SYNOPSIS: Sixteen year old Kait Lenox is known as the weird girl around school, thanks to her ex-best friend who ditched her when Kait's mother died of cancer. While trying to survive high school, she indulges in her favorite hobby- funeral crashing! She's figured out how to blend in and not get caught at a funeral, but when she crashes her latest one, who else is there but the high school hottie and her crush, Ethan Ripley! When she's caught by him, instead of ratting her out to the school, he asks for Kait's help in solving how her supposed ODed sister died. She could never say no! But will the path to finding out how Liz Ripley died put them at risk? Its worth it to Kait since Ethan knows her name!REVIEW: This was a book picked up in a Read to Review on Goodreads.When I first read the original synopsis, I was intrigued. I couldn't really judge much from the cover, but nonetheless, I was on a Mystery Fiction pig-out. I start the book, and I felt it was interesting, but after a few pages in, I was becoming a little disheartened by the constant teenage tone the protagonist held while telling her story in first person. Luckily, there was plenty of interesting background on Kait that I was still interested, despite the whiny tone.As the story progresses, we're told Kait is going to another funeral about a girl who was the latest to OD on heroin at a community college. Too bad while reading the obituary, she skimmed the part that Ethan Ripley, every girl's dream boy, would be there! When it got to the part of how Kait and Ethan meet up at the funeral, I start feeling again that the story is getting too... too narrated(?) by Kait in her mind. But I continued and the theory for Liz's murder was interesting. And of course Kait joins in! You just don't say no to the hot guy at school!The story continues at a easy continuing pace that kept me entertained! I enjoyed the many interesting theories as to how the girls were killed, Kait's relationship with Ariel, her ex-BFF, and the threats towards Kait later on, even though I was a little confused with the username deal of the online threats. The story continues on to have a grand climax and amazing plot twist that had me scratching my head, yet applauding the author for such an interesting twist. This has been definitely been the better any mystery books I've read, and I can't wait for a sequel! My only reason for 4 stars is how Teenage-ish Kait sounds and how the head dialogue can go on for a little too long, but it isn't a terrible deterrent. Reccommended for Mystery lovers, and Realistic Fiction lovers!

  • Liliana
    2019-04-28 02:01

    Reviewed on Lili Lost in a BookThis book, you guys. At first, it sounded kind of weird--I mean, a girl who likes to go funeral crashing? What?? But I gotta admit, this book was fantastic! The quirkiness is actually what called to me (that and the fact that is was an Amazon freebie!) and I am so glad I decided to pick it up!So, you all know I’m a huge fan of murder mysteries, and the one in this book was pretty darn good! The handsome and popular Ethan wants to find out who and if someone actually killed his sister. Ethan suspects she was murdered, though no one else thinks so. That’s where Kait comes in. She and Ethan set out to find what actually happened to his sister.Adventures in Funeral Crashing was so much fun! I loved Kait and Ethan! *swoon* I also actually really liked Troy, one of the suspects. I felt kind of bad that Kait was using him to get info =/ As for Kait’s ex-BFF, what’s the deal with her? She is so unnecessarily rude! But I am intrigued...There was a little bit of rambling in the beginning, explaining things and whatnot, that kind of annoyed me but I got over it quickly because the writing itself just pulled me in. This book is too great to stay annoyed at for too long ;) And that twist ending... it was crazy! It totally pulled a Pretty Little Liars!Adventures in Funeral Crashing was a very fun story with an interesting mystery, sweet blooming romance, great characters, and a quirky and likable MC! I highly recommend this one!

  • Hazel *Craves the Angst Reviews*
    2019-05-18 21:44

    Adventures in Funeral Crashing by Milda Harris is an excellent read! Its a YA novel about a 16 (almost 17) year old high school outcast named Kait Lenox who likes to respectfully crash funerals. While at her latest funeral, she runs into a bit of a snag as she tries to quietly melt into the background, that leads to her becoming part of a murder mystery surrounding the small town she lives in. She, along with the most popular guy in school, Ethan Ripley, team up in an unlikely pair to solve the murders. I really liked this book for many reasons. The writing was cleaver and at times funny, it flowed well and the plot was very believable. There was mystery, suspense, romance and heroic adventures. I felt like I could really relate the Kait and what she was going through. It realistically took me back to my own high school years and to that moment when you'd wish the coolest guy in school would look your way and see... you. Kait's character was well developed and very likable. She had a great personality and you could just feel yourself rooting for her. There were really only two things I didn't like about the story. One, it was WAY to short, coming in at only 140 pages. Second, at times it seemed repetitive. Kait would internalize about the same things over and over. It was a little distracting, kind of like the point was trying to be hammered home.Other then those two things, the story was really great. I would definitely suggest this to other readers that like stories geared towards young adults. I read this as part of a R2R with Paranormal Romance & Urban Fantasy Fanatics! Thanks ladies, for letting me participate!

  • Karen
    2019-05-07 02:52

    This book had so much potential and a new plot twist to add to the already overcrowded teen-scene. Unfortunately, the author’s desperate attempt to ride the Twilight fanbased tidal wave caused it to fall flat for me. CONSTANT references to Twilight. “Kait takes out her favorite book, Twilight…, Kait stays up late reading New Moon under her covers…Kait wonders, maybe he could be my ‘Edward’” All the references were not necessary for the story to move on. You’re not a real author until you can stand on your own two feet! CONSTANT repetition! I lost track how many times Kait mentioned how much she LOVES peanut butter and banana milkshakes, how much her ex BFF hates her for no reason, how awkward she is, and her odd bodily ailments every time “Ethan” was around, how hot Ethan is, how someone like him will never go for someone like her. (I get that she is still mourning her mother’s death, but this girl is so self-deprecating that it got annoying, quickly.) The narrator and Kait had a tendency to ramble, paragraph after paragraph after paragraph about stuff that had nothing to do with the story. It was also very predictable: Awkward Girl meets Hot Boy, Awkward Girl wants Hot Boy, and Awkward Girl gets Hot Boy. Sound familiar? How ‘bout…Awkward Girl keeps putting herself in danger, Hot Boy has to keep saving Awkward Girl from danger. The story was cute, but it could have been so much better. I wouldn’t recommend this book nor will I be reading its sequels.

  • LiteraryMarie
    2019-04-28 03:11

    Adventures in Funeral Crashing is the first book in the Funeral Crashing trilogy by Milda Harris. Sixteen-year-old Kait Lenox has a weird hobby: funeral crashing. She is not obsessed with death but just likes to attend funerals. Until one day she is outed by the most popular guy in school, Ethan Ripley, when she crashes his half sister's funeral and is asked the question Kait tries to avoid. "How do you know (insert deceased's name here)?"Ethan Ripley is convinced his sister didn't really die of a heroin overdose. He suspects it was a murder and enlists Kait's help to figure it out.I am definitely going to read the next two books in the series. Milda Harris's writing is clear, sharp and just the right amount of pop culture. The idea of a young professional mourner using Facebook and cell phone history to solve a murder is so unique and interesting. If you're a fan of Meg Cabot and R.L. Stine, you will love Milda Harris. (The author also worked in production for television shows Hannah Montana and That's So Raven.) Visit this Indie young adult author at her website You can download this eBook, Adventures in Funeral Crashing, for just 99 cents! Just click the title below or the book cover above. It will make a great gift for the young adult in your life.Literary Marie

  • Hannah
    2019-05-20 01:58

    I have to say that I really enjoyed this fun book. Don't get me wrong, the novel contains the seriouselement of funerals and by no means does it demean or make light of funerals. It is very respective towards that very sensitive subject, but the main character (as I like to call her) Cornie (Pun intended) attends a couple of funerals throughout the book in order to stop a mass murder. This book is light and a fun chick-lit read about Cornie, a 16 year old weird girl, who teams up with her crush to solve his step-sister's mysterious death. The book was a very worthwhile read and throughly enjoyable. Anyone who picks this up is going to love it. The writing and structure of the story is beautifully crafted and will win your mind when you read it. I recieved this for free on my kindle and I am glad that I did. I really needed some light reading after reading a horrid book and this book put me back in the market for new reads that I have no clue whether they are good or not. I lov3 reading new things and now, I am ready enough to try again. So thanks Harris!

  • Clare Marie
    2019-04-27 22:58

    I'm not too sure where to start with this one; it was a good book, and it had everything a story needs, but it was short. I wouldn't say no if there was to be another book released, and I'd read it again on a slow day, but I'm not sure it would be my first choice. This has absolutely nothing to do with the way it's wrote, and more to do with my personal tastes. I'm more .. Paranormal Romance, than I am YA books. It was a nice, pleasant book though, and definitely worth a read if you have the time to do so, the characters were developed nicely, and there was the element of a mystery in there, which was an added bonus. I would suggest it to friends, if I knew it was there kind of thing, and I wouldn't go as far to say anything bad about it, reading it was a new experience, but I'm glad that I did. The plot in itself was good, you got the right amount of information and nothing felt too rushed, or unexplained, either. It was well thought out, by the looks of it, and if there IS to be another in the series, then I'd check it out and purchase it.

  • Rachel
    2019-05-03 01:01

    I really hate giving bad reviews , but I do feel like two stars is rather generous. So, I got pretty excited to read this book mostly because of the intriguing title, and also because of all the good reviews, but I have to say I was very disappointed. I couldn't even get through the first chapter it kept jumping around so much! It seemed to me that the author was attempting to sound like a young, teenage girl, which may have been part of the problem.The story begins with a young girl basically just introducing us to her life: her favorite pastimes, her ex-bff, ect. The reason I couldn't get past this point was, as I mentioned before, it just skipped around so much.For example: one moment she'll be talking about her ex-best friend, Ariel, then all of a sudden she'll mention her mom who died two years ago and how much she misses her, then it's right back to Ariel. I feel like a pretty patient person with books, and who knows? maybe I'll pick this one up again in the future, but for now I'm going to find another one to occupy my time.

  • Cecilia (rather barefoot than bookless)
    2019-05-06 20:55

    I really enjoyed this really cute and simple young adult mystery. It was a really easy going mystery book with a little romance for good measure. I really liked Kait the main character. She is a social outcast who likes to read books watch movies and crash funerals. Not strange at all just a regular teenage girl with a kind of unusual hobby that leads Kait right in to a investigation of a murder. Kait is such a sweet person and she is determent to find out the truth and of course it does not hurt that the most popular guy in her high school is her partner in their quest for the truth.I also really like Kait´s side kick Ethan. He is really down to earth and a really nice guy despite his status as the most popular guy in school, even though he thought Kait did drugs or was related to drugs in some ways but hey doesn´t everyone believe in gossip every once in a while?This was such a cute and fun book and I really enjoyed it a lot. I would definitely recommend it to others especially if you like a good mystery!