By: Melanie | January 3, 2015 | (45) Comments

Review: The Thousand Dollar Tan Line by Rob Thomas and Jennifer GrahamThe Thousand Dollar Tan Line by Jennifer Graham, Rob Thomas
Series: Veronica Mars, #1
Publisher: Allen and Unwin Australia
Release Date: November 1st, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Mystery, YA
Pages: 324
Source: Received in exchange for review
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Ten years after graduating from high school in Neptune, California, Veronica Mars is back in the land of sun, sand, crime, and corruption. She's traded in her law degree for her old private investigating license, struggling to keep Mars Investigations afloat on the scant cash earned by catching cheating spouses until she can score her first big case.

Now it's spring break, and college students descend on Neptune, transforming the beaches and boardwalks into a frenzied, week-long rave. When a girl disappears from a party, Veronica is called in to investigate. But this is no simple missing person's case; the house the girl vanished from belongs to a man with serious criminal ties, and soon Veronica is plunged into a dangerous underworld of drugs and organized crime. And when a major break in the investigation has a shocking connection to Veronica's past, the case hits closer to home than she ever imagined.

Three seasons of epic, one movie of pure awesome and now a book that will totally rock your world. I’m quite new to the Veronica Mars fandom. In fact, I didn’t start watching the TV show until this book showed up in the mail, and I am so glad that it did. Before I say anything else, I highly recommend that you watch the TV show, then the movie, then read this book to have the full and proper VMars experience. The Thousand Dollar Tan Line is the ideal novel that fans of VMars will eat up, for we are once again invited back into the world of mystery, parties, scandal and corruption.

I should probably mention that to those who aren’t familiar with the series is that the TV series follows Veronica Mars when she was a teenager who worked at the receptionist (among other things) of her father’s company–Mars Investigations–and now, nine years later, Veronica has become a Private Investigator herself and is now her father’s partner.

The Thousand Dollar Tan Line picks up soon after where the movie ended with our favourite marshmallow, Veronica, a Private Investigator, who has just landed her first big case. It’s spring break in Neptune and parties and unsupervised teens flood the beaches and just as the weather gets hotter, not one, but two girls go missing and it’s up to Veronica to find them–but soon it becomes apparent that this isn’t just a kidnapping case. With her father, Keith, still recovering from fatal injuries, Veronica has to take this case all by herself, and what she doesn’t expect is that the case has emotional ties that hit closer to home than she ever expected.

Thomas and Graham did a brilliant job at recreating Veronica’s world onto the pages of a novel. While it’ll never be anything like the TV show or movie, I still ended up enjoying this greatly. Veronica Mars is still her sassy self but you can see how much she’s matured over the years with the turmoil that she’s been through. Veronica will always be a character I’ll admire, and I love her confident attitude and independent mind.

I will admit that I still had a few minor reservations in regards to this book. I felt that Weevil’s part in this book was redundant–even Dick’s. I get that the authors wanted to have all of our favourite characters in this, but Weevil’s sudden appearance during this novel was totally out of the blue and I didn’t see the point in having him here. That being said, it was still really nice to have a cameo of him.

As expected, the mystery that this book was centred around was smartly crafted. I honestly, didn’t see any of the twists coming and it managed to keep me engaged during the entire read. The critic inside me did find that the mystery unravelled too slowly, but hey, I wanted Veronica Mars and I got it; that’s all that really matters.

In all, The Thousand Dollar Tan Line combined a thrilling mystery and our favourite characters in a cohesive manner to produce an original VMars story that left me wanting more. I am so ready for Mr. Kiss and Tell. 

~Thank you Allen and Unwin Australia for sending me this copy!~

4 Stars
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Melanie is one of the totally fabulous bloggers at YA Midnight Reads. She's a 16 year old student from Melbourne, Australia. She is normally found binge watching TV series, reading , blogging, procrastinating or fangirling about how Percabeth is the best ship ever. She's also a lover of caps lock and uses it excessively.

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45 Responses to Review: The Thousand Dollar Tan Line by Rob Thomas and Jennifer Graham

  1. Kyra says:

    My parents used to watch Veronica Mars when I was younger and I remember sometimes I’d watch an episode or two and I quite enjoyed it, but I am a total wuss (even now) so I haven’t really watched them but maybe I should. I’d quite like to read this, though! Great review, Mel! 🙂
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    • Melanie says:

      Oh Kyra you totally should! It’s not scary or anything and there’s so much snark! Also, THERE’S A TOTALLY BEAUTIFUL SHIP. *hint hint* In fact, their ship name is LoVe. IT COULDN’T BE MORE PERFECT

  2. OMG THERE’S A BOOK???!!!! I want this like, now! Oh, so there’s no Logan in this one then? (Seeing as it picks up after where the movie left off?) That would be a shame but still, if there’s Veronica Mars, I’ll totally bite. I’m happy to see that this one satisfied your thirst, I have to go and buy myself a copy of this now. 😀 Cool review!

    • Melanie says:

      YES GO GO GO JOHANNA. No, alas there’s no Logan apart from Skype chats with Veronica here and there but he’s not literally there in the flesh. Thanks, girl!

  3. Amelia K says:

    Haha those gifs XD I’ve forgotten how amazing Veronica Mars is until now. I STILL haven’t watched the movie so I should probably get to that yeah? It’s a bummer that Eli and Dick weren’t really present in this book and felt redundant but I love them so I totally wouldn’t mind to have them here.

    Fantastic review Melanie! 🙂

  4. Rosie says:

    I’ve never watched Veronica Mars, but I really want to after seeing so much hype about it, so I really want to give this book a read.
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    • Melanie says:

      The TV series is very good, Rosie! I wouldn’t recommend reading this until you’ve watch the TV show and movie, only because you get a better reading experience 🙂

  5. Alyssa says:

    I’d watched one season of Veronica Mars, and I had no idea there was a book. But I do have a craving for mystery/suspense/thriller recently, so maybe I’ll try it. Thanks for the great review with perfect gif usage!

    P.S.: ALSO. I read your bio and. Sherlock and HTGAWM!! I have ALL THE FEELS for those.

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  6. I’m one of those who never really got up to watching the tv series, but I do remember them. I wish I have time to binge-watch so I can see what the deal is. Lol.

    Glad you loved this book.
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  7. YAYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!! VMARS WILL ALWAYS HAVE MY HEART OH GOD, SHE WAS LIKE MY ROLE MODEL. Agree, agree, agree with everything. Especially with the whole Weevil and Dick having pretty much no role. Weevil plays a big part in book two though which was nice but Dick was still missing eh Fantastic review, Mel! I HOPE YOU LOVE BOOK TWO JUST AS MUCH BECAUSE IT WAS LEGITIMATELY LIKE WATCHING AN EPISODE. SO ODD SCHOOL VMARS.
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    • Melanie says:

      YAY SOMEONE HERE WHO LOVES VMARS. Honestly, I’m reading some of these comments and they don’t know who VMars is and it’s breaking me heart, Jess. *sniffles*

  8. I have not read the novel version of Veronica Mars but I’ve seen the movie already and it’s pretty awesome. I’m definitely looking forward to read the Veronica Mars novel/s now! Great review, Mel.
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  9. You mean Neptune and Mars like the planets? That sounds interesting,although this book doesn’t seem like my kind of book, if you know what I mean.
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  10. I never really got into the show but whenever I watched an episode here and there I really enjoyed it. I think I need to find a boxset and watch them in order. The book sounds like fun and I love that you didn’t see the twists coming.
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  11. Ariel says:

    I’ve wanted to watch the show for a while now since everyone talks so highly of it, but I’m so behind on the shows I’m currently watching, I feel like I’ll never catch up! I’m glad to hear that you liked the book too!
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  12. Ashley C says:

    I had NO idea they started a book series! Just put it on hold on my library! Can’t wait to read it!

  13. Rachel says:

    So glad to hear you’ve become a VM fan! I loved the series and the movie. Still haven’t read any of the books though. You’re right, her independent spirit rocks! Great review, Melanie! 🙂
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  14. I have this to read and I STILL HAVEN’T TOUCHED IT. To be honest, I don’t really know who Veronica Mars is. Do you think the book is still worth reading if I don’t watch the tv show or movie?? I don’t want to be confused but I do love a good mystery.
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    • Melanie says:

      Like I mentioned in the review, Veronica is a private detective 🙂 Honestly, I think it’s best to watch the TV show and movie before reading this book, but it’s still readable nonetheless!

  15. Bennari says:

    I think I’ve heard of Veronica Mars before but I haven’t gotten around to watching the TV series. I think I might start because it seems that this series is a multimedia sensation with now a movie AND a book. I don’t think I’ve ever read a book with a private investigator so this will be interesting!

  16. I have never watched the show..maybe I should see if it is on Netflix. The book sounds good, do you think non-fans would get it?
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    • Melanie says:

      I think non-fans would sort of get it, but there would be bits and pieces that would confuse them and the book would not have as much emotional value for them.

  17. I hadn’t watch the series/movie before reading, so I guess I didn’t enjoy it as much. But as a mystery it worked in its own right and I did like Veronica 🙂
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  18. Rebecca says:

    I LOVE the tv show, movie and Veronica is a favourite, so I can’t wait to read this! I’d wanted to buy a copy when it released, but couldn’t figure out if I wanted the audio or book, but I’ve decided on the latter. Amazing review! Definitely need to run out and get a copy now.
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  19. Stuti says:

    I read the second book about a month ago and man, you think they did a great job bringing the show to words in this book, just wait for the next (or its first-half at least). Anyways, I think it was bc the Weevil thread was left hanging the movie and then it’s a major part of book #2 and Dick totally saves her life so I didn’t mind much. Also HAPPY NEW YEAR!
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    • Melanie says:

      Oh the second book is already out? Apparently not for us Australians *le sigh* Anyways, I totally see your point there, Stuti. I see why Dick was there and his part was more necessary but Weevil’s appearance didn’t do as much, IMO. Happy New Year to you too 🙂

  20. I used to love Veronica Mars! I’m glad this made you get into the show. I was so sad when it ended! The movie was good, but not as great as the show. I didn’t like that she was a lawyer, so I’m glad in the books she’s a PI again. It’s good that it’s written by the same people. I like that all of the characters were put in the book (except Logan, stupid authors saving him for the sequel) but that’s too bad that they felt unnecessary.
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    • Melanie says:

      Nah Logan wasn’t in this one because he’s off with the Navy like we got told at the end of the movie. It makes sense, but it’s a real pity that he wasn’t present because I WANTED MY LOGAN AND VERONICA.

  21. I’m not sure how I would have felt about this as a book, but as an audiobook, it was fantastic. Hearing Kristen Bell read this made me feel like I was watching the show again. Which I may do. Because I own the complete DVD set.
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  22. AYEEEEEEE. I need this book. I’ve been a fan of VMars ever since it aired for the first time on channel ten one million years ago, and it looks like I need this book.

    I always thought that V would go on to be a P.I. like Keith, and not an FBI agent like they showed you in the trial season four pilot episode. Veronica is way too adverse to rules and regulations, in my opinion. Running her own investigative business suits her character much more.

    Hopefully the library has a copy of this because I want to read it ASAP!
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  23. Kirsty-Marie says:

    Yesssssss! I miss Veronica Mars so much. 🙁 All the good shows get cancelled, I was worried about the film though, but ended up loving it (and got the closure) wanted more onscreen but books! Better than nothing, so glad that it’s still got Veronica’s voice. But Weevil! Shame he didn’t have more of a part in there, I mean, if you’re going to include him, at least include him in something that’s not pointless. 🙁 Still, excited to read it now. 😀
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