The Thousand Dollar Tan Line (Veronica Mars, #1) by Rob Thomas and Jennifer Graham
I was and will forever be a Marshmallow. I loved Veronica Marswhen it was on the air, and, I kid you not, when I read that there was going to be a Kickstarter project to fund a movie, I actually had to go to the bathroom at work to cry because I was so excited by the news. The feature film was everything fans had been waiting seven years for, and more. I could go on and on about what a great gift Rob Thomas et al have given to fans with the film, but I’ll move on to the book review portion of this Ode toVeronica Mars.
The movie blew me away with its awesomeness, but I was a bit wary about this book adaptation. Some of the television-to-books adaptations I’ve read (I’m looking at you, Alias) are riddled with horrifying things, such as the misspelling of a character’s name, or information that doesn’t match what we were told on the show. If I’m reading a book that’s based on a favorite television series, you can bet your britches I’m upset every time a character’s name is misspelled, or it seems like the writer didn’t even bother to research a character’s backstory (end of rant). That said, The Thousand-Dollar Tan Line is great. It’s great as a one-off mystery read, but for the Veronica Mars fan, it’s another fantastic installment in Veronica’s story.
It’s obvious that the same care and craft that went into the film also went into the novel as well. The story seamlessly picks up from where the movie ended (albeit two months later), and ends with a satisfying conclusion. The book is written in the third person, which is the perfect way to depict each character - as if we were watching them on a screen. You occasionally read Veronica’s thoughts directly, just as you would with her narration on television. Every line of dialogue, every description of how a character moves or quirks they have…it’s all spot on.
I was absolutely thrilled with this read, and I’m so excited that the love affair with Veronica Mars in all formats will continue. There are said to be at least two more books on the way, which is exciting stuff, but I’m holding out hope for another film, or aSherlock-style resurrection of the show. We want more Mars, and we want it now, but we’re willing to wait for it to be done as exceptionally well as the movie and this novel.