In “The Girl in the Park” by Mariah Fredericks, Rain was never popular. Growing up with a cleft palate, Rain learned to accept that she was different. She would never be what society considers normal. She would never speak another word unless it was absolutely necessary. Friends? Forget about it! Who could possibly want to spend time with the retarded girl? Then it all changed when Rain met Wendy; a loud girl with a huge heart who accepted Rain as she is. As their friendship begins to blossom, Wendy insists that Rain needs to forget about the cleft palate, ease up, and most importantly, speak up.
But Wendy, the girl with the huge heart, also loved to party. And when the news reporters announced the death of a young girl in Central Park, most kids weren’t surprised to hear that Wendy was murdered. Kids would whisper that it was coming to her. That it’s not like she wasn’t asking for it. In order to clear Wendy’s name, Rain is determined to find the murderer. To show that Wendy wasn’t a total slut and that because of Wendy, Rain is finally learning to use her voice.
Let me start off by saying that “The Girl in the Park” is ever-so-real. Nothing is completely unbelievable which makes it that much scarier. “The Girl in the Park” shows the evils of humanity today; gossip, jealousy, judgment, and untruthfulness. My only critique is that this “murder mystery story” is just like any other and doesn’t truly stand out. The ending is pretty much predictable, but who’s not to say that your curious mind will keep you intrigued throughout the entire book anyway. Because of the sexual and dark content, I would recommend it to teens 13 and older. So if you’re craving an interesting murder mystery, I would strongly encourage you to read “The Girl in the Park.” Warning: The book is fairly short, so prepare to complete it within days resulting in tiresome mornings but thrilling nights.