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The Secret of the Old Clock by Carolyn Keene

chuskeyreads's review

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2.0

In my quest to revisit books I should've read as a kid, I decided Nancy Drew was up next.

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Not the best decision on my part. Maybe I would've enjoyed this a few years ago, but the story was awful. I suppose eight-year old me would've been impressed at Nancy's deductive reasoning skills, but adult me was bored.

rballenger's review against another edition

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3.0

Type of read: Lunch time read.

What made me pick it up: Here's the deal, sometimes you just need an easy read for lunch time or appointment waiting or those little moments where you can sneak in a few pages, Nancy Drew is just that. As a child of the 90s, I grew up on Nancy Drew and The Hardy Boys. These were the books that taught me how to read and adventure through pages. It's been fun revising the Nancy Drew series.

Overall rating: As I reread through the Nancy Drew series, I'm not going to rate them or provide a detailed review. I'm simply reading these because it makes me happy and makes me think of simpler times. I will always recommend books like Nancy Drew, Hardy Boys, Box Car Children, Babysitters Club, Goosebumps, Animorphs, and so on as those are the books that drew me into reading and kept me excited to continue turning pages.

ketutar's review

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4.0

Now I have read my first Nancy Drew mystery :-D
Acceptably good reading, short, entertaining. Enough excitement and mystery. Also, it's good that she is very self-sufficient. She changes the tire on her car, and fixes the motorboat motor, without sitting there and wishing for a man to arrive and rescue her.

kaleyamo's review

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3.0

I'd never read any Nancy Drew books as a child, so this was my first foray into her world.

Since I didn't have the nostalgia factor on my side, I probably looked at it with a more critical eye than some.

But I had two main thoughts on it:
1) Man, Nancy talks to herself A LOT.
2) I really wish the book's name wasn't a huge spoiler.

samarie04's review against another edition

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4.0

classic

A little dated, but it’s held up pretty nice for the most part. Very quaint and idyllic, almost saccharine. Enjoyable.

nehainwonderland's review against another edition

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adventurous inspiring lighthearted mysterious fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

4.0

blondierocket's review

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3.0

I hate to admit that before this week I had never read a Nancy Drew book in my life. Now I can finally say I have. I joined the Nancy Drew Reading Challenge with the goal of reading all 56 Nancy Drew books. It’s March and I finally read the first one. That’s a lot to get read before the end of the year but I’m hopeful.

The Secret of the Old Clock is the introduction of Nancy and her family, and her new life as a detective. When Nancy watches a little girl nearly get hit by a car and then fall, she finds herself hearing the sad story of a family who was expecting an inheritance that never came. Nancy finds herself so attached to the little girl and her family that she begins to investigate what happened to the money.

It was a great introduction to the young Nancy Drew and her adventures. I have the next five books lined up to get reading on as well.

melissabeth's review

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lighthearted medium-paced

3.0


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kellyd's review

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fast-paced

3.0

meh

briesespieces's review

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3.0

pure nostalgic fun.


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