Bindy Mackenzie is perfect. Just ask her; she’ll tell you all about her study habits, her accomplishments, her race to be number one in the class. When the school year begins and she finds herself placed in a non-academic class titled “Friendship and Development” (aka FAD), Bindy tries her hardest to get out of it. Nobody in her group likes her and the feeling is mostly mutual. When the FAD teacher gives Bindy the assignment of writing her life story, she sees how awful she has been to everybody and decides to try harder to be likeable. It may be too late, however. She hasn’t been feeling much like herself lately, what with the insomnia, the lack of desire to do schoolwork, the vomiting, and the hallucinations. Is somebody really trying to murder her?
I didn’t like this one as much as I liked The Year of Secret Assignments (click here for my review of that book). I probably would not have kept reading The Murder of Bindy Mackenzie if I had not enjoyed the other one so much. Having said that, I’m glad I did keep reading it because Bindy redeems herself in the end and I found myself actually liking her a tiny bit. And that’s saying a lot!
Recommended for grades 7-12.