Review – Meddling Kids

Posted April 9, 2018 by Nicky in Reviews / 0 Comments

Cover of Meddling Kids by Edgar CanteroMeddling Kids, Edgar Cantero

There’s a lot that I found annoying about this book: the allergy to using the word “said” (in one page: smirked, ranted, argued, retorted, started — and not one ‘said’), some of the made-up words and over-enthusiastic descriptions of Kerri’s hair being alive, the breaking of the fourth wall… On the other hand, it’s all part of the exuberant pastiche, I think. And mostly it does work, for me anyway: I had a lot of fun. It’s goofy, but it’s pretty much Scooby Doo: of course it is.

For that reason, it’s reasonably predictable if you’ve seen a couple of episodes of classic Scooby Doo (plus maybe the movies like Zombie Island where it turns out that some supernatural stuff is real). Well, except for the Latina heroine, the lesbians, and the fact that one of the four is already dead.

It’s not the best thing I’ve read all year, but it was such solid fun I can’t give it less than four stars. I can understand those who find it too annoying, but for me it just about toed the line.

ETA: It was later pointed out to me that this book leans on a weird transphobic trope which I originally missed, and now (even later) I’m coming back to correct the record a bit. I don’t actually remember it well enough to comment; I think I was distracted by how fun the idea of playing around with the Scooby Gang could be. The Book Smugglers‘ review has some detail on this, and on the way the relationship between Andy and Kerri is presented, and these are (as far as I remember) good points. If those things had struck me at the time, I would probably have given a lower rating — though the fact remains that I found it good fun to read.

Rating: 4/5

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