Book Review: The Prince of Venice Beach by Blake Nelson

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Robert “‘Cali” Callahan is a teen runaway, living on the streets of Venice Beach, California. He’s got a pretty sweet life: a treehouse to sleep in, a gang of surf bros, a regular basketball game…even a girl who’s maybe-sorta interested in him.

What he doesn’t have is a plan.

All that changes when a local cop recommends Cali to a private investigator who is looking for a missing teenager. After all, Cali knows everyone in Venice. But the streets are filled with people who don’t want to be found, and when he’s hired to find the beautiful Reese Abernathy, who would do anything to stay hidden, Cali must decide where his loyalties truly lie.

My mini-review:

I’m not quite sure how I feel about this book. It had the potential to be really great, I think. Maybe it would have been better as a series. The thing is, I had no clue what it was about when I picked it up and I still kind of feel the same way after finishing it. I suppose I’m trying to figure out what the point of it was. I needed more (from the prince himself). Cali’s character never really materialized for me.

★★ (2.5 stars) because I actually think this could be developed into a pretty interesting television series. It has a Veronica Mars-y vibe to it.

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