Roehrig, Caleb. Death Prefers Blondes. Feiwel and Friends, 2019. $17.99. ISBN 9781250155825. 442 pages. Ages 16+. P6 Q7
In this fast paced, action packed thriller, Margo and her drag queen friends plan several heists. All the friends have valid reasons for being thieves and the heists are not random, there are reasons for each one. Besides the heists, Margo has her own drama with her dad’s ill health and the potential loss of the family business. There are many twists and turns along the way, especially at the end, which make you wonder about the loyalty of Dallas, Margo’s love interest. Every main character is queer, including Margo, a teenage white socialite, who is bisexual. Most of the men are of color. While the adventures are suspenseful, I enjoyed how the relationship between the characters developed and deepened throughout the story. The backstories are believable, including Leif’s story. Leif joins the heists so he can pay his tuition at a dance school since his homophobic family, unaware of his sexual identity, want him to come back home so he is not influenced by the queer community in LA. Davon needs the money to pay off his drag queen mother’s debts, which introduces Found Families, which is an important concept in the queer community. The drag queens do not always agree on the heists, which adds some drama. There is some romance and PG13 language.
Verdict: The adventure, family dynamics, suspense and relationships will keep readers engaged. I recommend this novel for older teens and youth, especially those interested in LGBT+ theme books.
April 2019 review by Tami Harris.