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Published in February in Australia by Wakefield Press
Australian RRP: $24.95
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Mystery Fiction.
Page Count: 255
My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
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Eighteen-year-old Olivia Grace has deferred her law degree and ducked out of her friends’ gap-year tour of Asia. Instead, she’s fulfilling her childhood dream of becoming a private investigator, following in the footsteps of Nancy Drew and Veronica Mars – who taught her everything she knows, including a solid line in quick-quipping repartee, the importance of a handbag full of disguises, and a way of mixing business with inconvenient chemistry.
Playing Watson to the Sherlock of her childhood friend, detective agency owner Rosco (once the Han Solo to her Princess Leia), Olivia pursues a routine cheating husband case from the glitzy Gold Coast to Insta-perfect Byron Bay, where she faces yoga wars, dirty whale activism, and a guru who’s kind of a creep. …
I received a copy of this gorgeous gem of a book, The Girl With The Gold Bikini, from Wakefield Press in exchange for an honest review, all thoughts are my own.
I loved this book! It’s so unique and full of fun, pop culture references aplenty and a wonderful main character with a plot that just kept me turning the pages!
I absolutely adored Olivia Grace, I just found her to be so unique and carefree and love how she literally chased her dream of becoming a Private Investigator, choosing not to go on an extensive tour around Asia with her friends during a gap year, instead working with her childhood friend, Rosco, Olivia Grace living out her lifelong dream, being a literal Nancy Drew, hoping to solve all sorts of crimes and mysteries.
Except, the work that Olivia Grace is assigned isn’t quite as large scale as maybe she’d envision- a cheating husband, whale activism and a questionably shady Yoga Guru?
What do all of these have in common? Why, you just need to read to find out! 😉
I absolutely loved the mystery aspect of this book, I honestly had no idea what was coming! Even if I tried to guess who might have been at fault, say, for letting some rats (literally) run free mid yoga class, to a suspicious and potentially lifelike arm coming out of a real life shark’s mouth, to a strange disappearance of a noted Yoga guru, it was just so much fun going along with Olivia Grace as she tried to piece things together as things became all the more intriguing and mysterious!
In turn, I also absolutely love how much Olivia Grace gets into her work! When Rosco and she decide that she’ll take some leads and seek out various potential starting points in the Investigation, she just totally embraces her PI self! I love how easily she tapped into her different disguises, from her femme fatale when she follows people of interest (regarding the case), to a speed dating session, to whizzing herself through a Yoga Instructor Class so as to teach a class herself! What she does for her work is utterly inspiring and how she approaches it all is just so fearless! And when the title significance comes into play, oh wow! The Girl With the Gold Bikini is honestly such a feel good book, really!
The writing was absolute perfection, so vivid! I loved how I could just picture everything! From the hustle and bustle of Byron Bay (as our Olivia Grace makes her way there for further investigations), to the general day-to-day activities of the people in Queensland, from the glitz and glamour of the large billboards promoting the famous and esteemed Yoga Master and his Sushi endorsements, to the slightly malicious activities perhaps happening in protest of this!
The friendships in this book were portrayed so real too, namely between Olivia Grace and Rosco – best friends and sidekicks from childhood, both utterly joined together by a fondness of one another and of course Star Wars. The references to Star Wars were just glorious, I always love it when a character obsesses over any fandom, it just makes them all the more relatable!
As Olivia finds out though, working with her childhood best friend isn’t quite, shall we say, simple. See, I felt like Olivia went above and beyond in her PI duties, even potentially endangering herself! She and Rosco certainly have some disagreements along the way over how things are done, but I often wondered if there was the potential for more than a working partnership? *wink*. I just adored their banter and how Rosco clearly had Olivia’s best interests at heart, even if he didn’t always go about it in the clearest way.
The Girl With The Gold Bikini officially kicked off my reading for 2020, it’s definitely the perfect Summer Contemporary with a fair ounce of Mystery thrown in! I’ll definitely look back at this fabulous LoveOzYA novel with fondness and likely revisit it again in the future! I definitely recommend this beauty!