The teenage sleuth wasn’t built for love triangles. The teenage sleuth was built for the wholesome boyfriend with the plain best friend at her side. She was meant to be engaged right out of college after getting her degree (if not just her MRS). Her plain best friend would be her maid of honor because her plain best friend would not steal the show. The teenage sleuth was meant to live in a cul-de-sac and have a boy and girl each. Perfectly balanced, because that’s what teenage sleuths do. But only after she is a teenage girl and only after she is a sleuth. After she has solved murders and burglaries and arsons and forgeries. Then she will pack them away like childish toys.
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