Book Review: The Unfortunate Decisions of Dahlia Moss


Snyopsis from

The odds of Dahlia successfully navigating adulthood are 3,720 to 1. But never tell her the odds.

Meet Dahlia Moss, the reigning queen of unfortunate decision-making in the St. Louis area. Unemployed broke, and on her last bowl of ramen, she’s not living her best life. But that’s all about to change.

Before Dahlia can make her life any messier on her own she’s offered a job. A job that she’s woefully under-qualified for. A job that will lead her to a murder, an MMORPG, and possibly a fella (or two?).

Turns out unfortunate decisions abound, and she’s just the girl to deal with them.

*I received a free digital advanced reader’s copy of this book from Redhook via NetGalley. This did not influence my review of this book in anyway. This is an honest review of the novel as I saw it. This novel will be on sale Oct. 20, 2015.*

First, in all honesty it takes a lot for me to step out of my reading comfort zone and read a book by an author I’ve never heard of before. Say what you will about me but I’m the type of person that once I find an author I like I stick with them (if you need proof just look at all the Cassandra Clare books I just read).

This being said, when I heard about The Unfortunate Decisions of Dahlia Moss from a NetGalley email I had my reservations. Even so, the description of the book sounded amazing and I decided to take a chance on it. Thankfully the publishers decided to take a chance on me and let me read this book and it was AMAZING!

The perfect combination of nerdy and mystery I absolutely fell in love with this book. Max Wirestone gets the voice of Dahlia down perfectly. She’s funny and witty and also a little judgmental. She’s a nerd that’s very in tune with geek culture but sometimes tries to pretend she’s not that geeky.

I found myself trying to see how many references I’d get (for example, I totally got all the Pokemon references) and also looking up a lot of terms I didn’t understand. The only thing this book truly lacked was a glossary. Besides that, this novel gave me great jokes, good mystery, a little bit of romance, and action. What I found really amazing, however, was the detail.

I’m the type of reader that skims the details. I hate long paragraphs that describe someone’s house to me or what someone looks like. With this book it was the total opposite. I lived for Dahlia’s descriptions of her crazy roommate, Charice, and the live theaters that often happened in their apartment. I loved how Dahlia would compare people to different things in her mind and the little tidbits of information that she’d warn you beforehand wasn’t necessary to the story but then proceed to tell you anyway.

The book reads as Dahlia’s recounting this story to someone. I read it as if Dahlia actually wrote this book of her crazy adventure that happened in her life, which is why she was allowed to skip some details and literally star out words she didn’t feel the reader needed to know. Wirestone’s form of writing the story as if Dahlia was the true author worked perfectly in this case. Honestly, if there’s a sequel, and I really hope there is, I’d love to read it. Wirestone has got me hooked and begging for more.

Borrow or Buy: Definitely buy. I could see myself reading this again when I wanted something light and that would make me laugh. Fantastic!


4 stars

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3 thoughts on “Book Review: The Unfortunate Decisions of Dahlia Moss

  1. Thanks for linking to my review! I would definitely buy and reread this. I’m hoping for a sequel, maybe even a series. It would be a great twist on the typical mystery series!

    1. There’s gonna be a sequel! The author just confirmed on Twitter. 😀 And no problem. I loved your review!

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