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Gideon's short-lived run as a locally-famous boy detective ended when middle school started, and everyone else--including his best friend, Lily--moved on while Gideon kept holding on to his trench coat, fedora, and his treasured film noir collection. Now, he's sixteen and officially retired. That is, until Lily shows up suddenly at Gideon's door, needing his help. He might Gideon's short-lived run as a locally-famous boy detective ended when middle school started, and everyone else--including his best friend, Lily--moved on while Gideon kept holding on to his trench coat, fedora, and his treasured film noir collection. Now, he's sixteen and officially retired. That is, until Lily shows up suddenly at Gideon's door, needing his help. He might be mad at her for cutting him off with no explanation, but Gideon can't turn down a case. As a cover, Gideon joins Lily on the school paper. Surprisingly, he finds himself warming up to the welcoming, close-knit staff . . . especially Tess, the cute, witty editor-in-chief. But as the case gets bigger than Gideon or Lily could have anticipated, Gideon must balance his black-and-white quest for the truth with the full colours of real-life--or risk a permanent fade to black.


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Gideon's short-lived run as a locally-famous boy detective ended when middle school started, and everyone else--including his best friend, Lily--moved on while Gideon kept holding on to his trench coat, fedora, and his treasured film noir collection. Now, he's sixteen and officially retired. That is, until Lily shows up suddenly at Gideon's door, needing his help. He might Gideon's short-lived run as a locally-famous boy detective ended when middle school started, and everyone else--including his best friend, Lily--moved on while Gideon kept holding on to his trench coat, fedora, and his treasured film noir collection. Now, he's sixteen and officially retired. That is, until Lily shows up suddenly at Gideon's door, needing his help. He might be mad at her for cutting him off with no explanation, but Gideon can't turn down a case. As a cover, Gideon joins Lily on the school paper. Surprisingly, he finds himself warming up to the welcoming, close-knit staff . . . especially Tess, the cute, witty editor-in-chief. But as the case gets bigger than Gideon or Lily could have anticipated, Gideon must balance his black-and-white quest for the truth with the full colours of real-life--or risk a permanent fade to black.

30 review for Gideon Green in Black and White

  1. 4 out of 5

    Miriam Smith (A Mother’s Musings)

    What an absolute five star gem of a book - “Gideon Green in Black and White” was, it literally knocked my socks off, I was so blown away with it. I loved the sound of the premise and within a couple of pages of being introduced to Gideon Green, I just knew I’d picked up the right book to read. Sixteen year old, Gideon Green’s short-lived run as the locally famous boy detective, ended when middle school started and his best friend along with everyone else moved on. Now, officially ‘retired’ he st What an absolute five star gem of a book - “Gideon Green in Black and White” was, it literally knocked my socks off, I was so blown away with it. I loved the sound of the premise and within a couple of pages of being introduced to Gideon Green, I just knew I’d picked up the right book to read. Sixteen year old, Gideon Green’s short-lived run as the locally famous boy detective, ended when middle school started and his best friend along with everyone else moved on. Now, officially ‘retired’ he still loves watching his collection of film noirs and wearing his trench coat and fedora. However, his unique behaviour and attitude, often leaves him sitting alone at school at the mercy of bullies. Until one day, Lily turns up on his doorstep needing his help. Unable to turn down a case, Gideon goes ‘undercover’ with Lily, working on the Herald - the school newspaper. However, when he meets Tess the editor in chief, he starts to have feelings he hasn’t experienced before and realises he might not want to spend his life alone. As Lily and Gideon discover the case is bigger than they could have anticipated, Gideon decides to take a few risks and it often ends with Gideon being taken back to his dad by the police. Forced to not pursue the ‘investigation’ any further, how long is it before Gideon can no longer sit in his bedroom and not strive for truth? I just loved how Gideon and Lily worked together, often having different opinions but still enjoying being back together as best friends. Gideon with his idiosyncrasies is a truly wonderful character and his little interludes of how scenes would be, if his life was a film noir were adorable. This book is as much mystery as comedy and the author Katie Henry, has done really well incorporating a well thought out mystery mixed with comedy, in an exceptional character driven novel, which also focuses on family, friendship and love. I actually feel at a bit of a loss now I’ve finished the book, I genuinely felt a part of the story and I’m actually missing Gideon very much! Katie Henry is the American author of several novels and she writes for and about her favourite demographic of people: teenagers. As an adult, I found the book entertaining for any aged reader and hope beyond hope we see more of Gideon in the future! #GideonGreenInBlackAndWhite - 5 stars

  2. 4 out of 5

    Katie Henry

    Hi! I’m Katie, I wrote this book (releasing 5/17/22, available for request on Edelweiss/Netgalley now) and I’m reviewing it because Goodreads allows me to do that! FAQs (THAT NO ONE HAS ACTUALLY ASKED ME YET): Q: What is this book about? A: This book is about Gideon Green, former child detective, who comes out of retirement to help his ex-best friend and solve a brand new case. It features many things I love, including film noir, school newspapers, and In-N-Out Burger. But most of all, this is a st Hi! I’m Katie, I wrote this book (releasing 5/17/22, available for request on Edelweiss/Netgalley now) and I’m reviewing it because Goodreads allows me to do that! FAQs (THAT NO ONE HAS ACTUALLY ASKED ME YET): Q: What is this book about? A: This book is about Gideon Green, former child detective, who comes out of retirement to help his ex-best friend and solve a brand new case. It features many things I love, including film noir, school newspapers, and In-N-Out Burger. But most of all, this is a story about stories: their power, their limitations, and the infinite possibilities in writing yourself a new one. Q: Is it a mystery, or is it a comedy? A: Both! Q: Was writing this book a vital lifeline for you during the pandemic, or a cause of greater despair? A: Also both! Q: How many 1940s film references will I, the reader, be subjected to? A: Countless! And since no book is complete without a shiny sticker that you can’t peel off without ruining the dust jacket, I’ve created this one just for you, Goodreads friends:

  3. 5 out of 5

    Aly

    3.25 stars I liked the main story of Gideon and Lily investigating an uptick in crime and stumbling upon a murder. Teen sleuths are one of my favorite plot points, especially when they figure out things that authorities don't. Gideon is great at noticing details and remembers everything he sees. Watching him put together clues was fun and something I wish I could do. Gideon himself wasn't always likeable and got on my nerves. I don't understand how he can be so smart at some things and completely 3.25 stars I liked the main story of Gideon and Lily investigating an uptick in crime and stumbling upon a murder. Teen sleuths are one of my favorite plot points, especially when they figure out things that authorities don't. Gideon is great at noticing details and remembers everything he sees. Watching him put together clues was fun and something I wish I could do. Gideon himself wasn't always likeable and got on my nerves. I don't understand how he can be so smart at some things and completely clueless in others. He can rude, makes leaps without double checking his facts, and thinks he's always the victim. I did feel bad that his relationship with his dad wasn't great and wanted to see that repaired, especially since his mom is gone. I also thought the romance lacked chemistry and I didn't really care if it was there or not. Gideon and Tessa seemed to get together quickly and it just kind of faded into the background. I would read another Gideon Green story if the author decides on a sequel. Maybe he'll be a bit more mature in the future?

  4. 4 out of 5

    Lacey D-Bell

    I’m so incredibly grateful to Katie Henry for sending me an ARC. Heretics Anonymous, Henry’s debut novel, has been my favorite of hers up until this point. Now I’m not so sure if Gideon Green may have dethroned it, but I refuse to decide. They can both live happily as my top two picks from her so far. Gideon Green in Black and White features a main character who is very passionate about film noir and getting to the truth. In this book, we follow Gideon while he attempts to get to the truth of a my I’m so incredibly grateful to Katie Henry for sending me an ARC. Heretics Anonymous, Henry’s debut novel, has been my favorite of hers up until this point. Now I’m not so sure if Gideon Green may have dethroned it, but I refuse to decide. They can both live happily as my top two picks from her so far. Gideon Green in Black and White features a main character who is very passionate about film noir and getting to the truth. In this book, we follow Gideon while he attempts to get to the truth of a mystery as well as uncover some truths within his family. Something KH does so well is nuance. Her books are full of it. This one had such a great message about telling your own story as well as the truth not always being a black and white thing. KH is also fantastic at writing relatable characters. Each of her novels contains something I can relate to. In GG, I related SO MUCH to both Gideon and his dad. In regards to Gideon, I can totally understand feeling like everything you say and do is going to be criticized or shot down. In regards to his father, I understand realizing you’re too hard on your child and fearing they hate you. I’m ALSO the parent of a very Gideon-like child, so all of this had such an emotional impact on me when the two characters were forced to talk about their challenges. I like that KH’s characters aren’t perfect, but they’re given opportunities to grow and learn and change. The mystery aspect of this novel was very well done as well. I never would’ve pegged Henry as a mystery writer, but it was incredibly well thought-out and managed to take some very surprising twists and turns. Admittedly, it took me about halfway through the book to feel invested, but once I was there, there was no going back. Like I said, I refuse to decide if this is my favorite by her or not, but it’s definitely in the top two. KH could never write anything that I wouldn’t drop every thing to read.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)

    Katie Henry has become a really solid go-to author for me, so I was super excited to see that she had a new book coming out! Gideon Green was wonderfully unique, and I found Gideon himself to be a truly one-of-a-kind character whose story I found myself really enjoying. Gideon is.... he's not your typical teenage boy. He's high key obsessed with old noir movies from the '30s and '40s, he wears a trench coat, and he's pretty cool with being alone pretty much always. In an interesting turn of event Katie Henry has become a really solid go-to author for me, so I was super excited to see that she had a new book coming out! Gideon Green was wonderfully unique, and I found Gideon himself to be a truly one-of-a-kind character whose story I found myself really enjoying. Gideon is.... he's not your typical teenage boy. He's high key obsessed with old noir movies from the '30s and '40s, he wears a trench coat, and he's pretty cool with being alone pretty much always. In an interesting turn of events, his former best friend Lily asks him for help, which he finds himself agreeing to. In doing so, he has to join the school paper. This not only appeases Lily, but Gideon's dad who has insisted he find something to do other than sitting in his room watching century old movies. Gideon fancies himself a bit of a detective, like those he spends his time watching. He even had solved a case as a kid. Thing is, Gideon is really smart, and a great detective... but he isn't so great at knowing when to shut up or slow down. So, as you can imagine, things won't exactly go smoothly in this case, either. The case, for me personally, took a backstage to Gideon's personal story. I loved Gideon getting out and rekindling friendships and making new ones, seeing him giving the school paper his all. I also loved Gideon's relationship with his father, and how both men were trying so hard to navigate their bond. It was clear that they loved each other deeply, they just didn't know how to do it for a while. The development of that relationship was kind of perfect. I also loved Gideon finally figuring out more about himself. He wallowed, for a really long time, about some embarrassing situations years ago. Instead of facing them, he retreated into himself, and I think Lily bringing him into the school paper was the best thing that ever happened to him. Sure, he made some mistakes. Okay fine, he made loads of mistakes. But as the story went along, Gideon's motivations became more altruistic, and he really learned and grew as a person, gaining a much better understanding of who he is and how he treats the people around him. And while the book tackled some more serious issues (and some crime), it was so very funny and clever, that I really enjoyed reading the story, even if I wasn't quite as invested on the outcome of the investigation. I was wholly invested in Gideon. Bottom Line: Gideon Green definitely delivered with the author's usual blend of unique subject matter combined with really heartfelt characters and a ton of humor. You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight

  6. 5 out of 5

    Lana

    I absolutely LOVED this book!! It was definitely a book that caught me by surprise because it wasn’t even on my radar until I read a sample of it on Libby. It made me laugh out loud a bunch and I also loved the mystery and how creative Gideon (the MC) was. He made me think of Shawn Spencer, from the TV show Psych. I loved Gideon’s character arc and growth, as well as his best friend Lily’s. I found myself hurrying to turn the pages because I HAD to know what happened next. This is a book I would I absolutely LOVED this book!! It was definitely a book that caught me by surprise because it wasn’t even on my radar until I read a sample of it on Libby. It made me laugh out loud a bunch and I also loved the mystery and how creative Gideon (the MC) was. He made me think of Shawn Spencer, from the TV show Psych. I loved Gideon’s character arc and growth, as well as his best friend Lily’s. I found myself hurrying to turn the pages because I HAD to know what happened next. This is a book I would definitely recommend to people, especially if you love mysteries and humorous/sarcastic MCs.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Heather-Lin

    This books lives in the delightful intersection of so many of my favorite things: Veronica Mars Sal & Gabby The Extraordinaries Humor, heart, friendship, and straight up fiercely being yourself because that's all you can be. *** GR Personal Rating System: ★★★★★ 5 Stars ~ LOVED ★★★★☆ 4 Stars ~ ENJOYED ★★★☆☆ 3 Stars ~ LIKED ★★☆☆☆ 2 Stars ~ MEH ★☆☆☆☆ 1 Star ~ NOPE This books lives in the delightful intersection of so many of my favorite things: Veronica Mars Sal & Gabby The Extraordinaries Humor, heart, friendship, and straight up fiercely being yourself because that's all you can be. *** GR Personal Rating System: ★★★★★ 5 Stars ~ LOVED ★★★★☆ 4 Stars ~ ENJOYED ★★★☆☆ 3 Stars ~ LIKED ★★☆☆☆ 2 Stars ~ MEH ★☆☆☆☆ 1 Star ~ NOPE

  8. 4 out of 5

    Chelsea

    This book was an interesting mix. I really enjoyed the mystery aspect, but I hate the hard push on including LGBTQ in YA books. I felt like it didn’t add much to the story and was essentially a distraction.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Abby Pickus

    I was fortunate enough to receive an ARC from the author. Gideon Green. Where to start? He’s a deeply lonely, hurt kid. He’s unwilling to sacrifice his interests and what makes him special, which was so relatable that that fact alone would have made me cry. But there was the aftermath of a bad friend breakup and the examination of being the family disappointment… many tears were shed. Katie Henry has this beautiful way of balancing snappy humor with gut punching emotion. I’ve always been able to r I was fortunate enough to receive an ARC from the author. Gideon Green. Where to start? He’s a deeply lonely, hurt kid. He’s unwilling to sacrifice his interests and what makes him special, which was so relatable that that fact alone would have made me cry. But there was the aftermath of a bad friend breakup and the examination of being the family disappointment… many tears were shed. Katie Henry has this beautiful way of balancing snappy humor with gut punching emotion. I’ve always been able to relate to her protagonists in some way, but Gideon… Gideon is on a deeper level. The writing is voicey and clever, and there is plenty of LGBT+ and BIPOC representation to go around. And there’s also Toast. Trust me, you’ll love Toast.

  10. 4 out of 5

    John Driscoll

    This review is for the audio version read by Ramon de Ocampo. I enjoyed this quite a bit! I think one of the main reasons why is that unlike a lot of modern YA, this felt like it was actually written for teens instead of for adults who like YA. I also enjoyed the mix of mystery, humor, and heartwarming moments. Gideon's obsession with 1940's noir films feels like one of those quirky anachronisms that book characters have but real people don't, but the author managed to build on it in such a way as This review is for the audio version read by Ramon de Ocampo. I enjoyed this quite a bit! I think one of the main reasons why is that unlike a lot of modern YA, this felt like it was actually written for teens instead of for adults who like YA. I also enjoyed the mix of mystery, humor, and heartwarming moments. Gideon's obsession with 1940's noir films feels like one of those quirky anachronisms that book characters have but real people don't, but the author managed to build on it in such a way as to make it believable. I think it helps that as the book goes on, the noir obsession isn't played up quite as much - she doesn't keep mentioning the trenchcoat and fedora outfit, or pepper in an excessive amount of references to old films (there are a couple but they're not distracting). Gideon's and Lily's shenanigans would definitely get them into serious trouble if they happened for real (to say nothing of what would happen if they were nonwhite), but this book doesn't deal with all the serious social issues that a lot of other YA books tackle these days, which gives it a slightly more lighthearted tone even when things like (view spoiler)[Gideon and Lily break into someone's home, get trapped in an upstairs closet, and overhear someone confess to a murder. (hide spoiler)] Another thing that appeals to me is that I think Gideon is quite possibly neurodivergent, although this is never explicit. However, Gideon hyper-fixates on his interests, has trouble understanding and relating to other people, and sometimes upsets people he cares about without understanding why or even realizing that they're upset sometimes. Like I said, at no point does the book say that Gideon is autistic or neurodivergent or anything, and I'm not sure whether it's intended or if it's something I'm reading into the character, but I think it's at least a plausible interpretation and if so I think it was fairly well done. I don't think this will be an all-time classic book that I'll read again and again or even remember too strongly five years from now, but I enjoyed it a lot and found it a refreshing change of pace.

  11. 4 out of 5

    pia (pixiepia)

    I'm always down for a Katie Henry book and I was frickin stocked for this one. She always comes up with the most inventive concepts and this one was no different. Gideon as our main character was so interesting and I loved following him. He's not exactly the most likeable protagonist and he definitely has his flaws but I think that's what makes him such a dynamic main character. The side characters were also great and helped to build up the story. The focus on friendship and Gideon's relationshi I'm always down for a Katie Henry book and I was frickin stocked for this one. She always comes up with the most inventive concepts and this one was no different. Gideon as our main character was so interesting and I loved following him. He's not exactly the most likeable protagonist and he definitely has his flaws but I think that's what makes him such a dynamic main character. The side characters were also great and helped to build up the story. The focus on friendship and Gideon's relationship with Lily was one of my absolute favorite aspects of the novel As for the mystery aspect, it wasn't exactly my favorite. I felt like it was quite predictable at times and I generally don't care about any sort of involvement of organized crime (without giving spoilers). However, I did find the mystery fun to read and was excited to find out more about it.

  12. 5 out of 5

    ahaana ☎️ (semi-hiatus)

    still deciding between 3.5 and 4 stars; thank you HarperCollins UK / Katherine Tegen Books for sending me a proof. aside from really disliking one of the side characters, lily - even after their development arc - i loved the premise of the book, the fact that the main character was unique, and just the way every topic was explored was full of depth, and added more to the story.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Kit Frick

    Katie Henry has gifted us with a cleverly-crafted mystery absolutely brimming with humor and heart. Gideon Green is the rare kind of character you’ll find impossible to forget.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Madison

    When you laugh at the dedication and then snort laugh and fist pump at the end of the first chapter you know you are going to love the book and laugh a lot. Which is exactly how it went down reading Gideon Green in Black and White. Looking at the author, who is the author of some of my all time favourite and go-to humour novels, it’s no surprise that this book is funny. Like really, unexpectedly, dry-humour funny. But what was surprising was the mystery (very cool), sleuthing, totally platonic m When you laugh at the dedication and then snort laugh and fist pump at the end of the first chapter you know you are going to love the book and laugh a lot. Which is exactly how it went down reading Gideon Green in Black and White. Looking at the author, who is the author of some of my all time favourite and go-to humour novels, it’s no surprise that this book is funny. Like really, unexpectedly, dry-humour funny. But what was surprising was the mystery (very cool), sleuthing, totally platonic male-female best friend relationship (finally, yes!!) and cute but not attention demanding, just perfect romance. I love it when you finish a book and just flick the last page (ebook) and sit and take a moment to soak in just how fantastic that story was. How completely it sucked you in. In my case my next task is to then add it straight to my library’s order list, though I’m not too sure if I will be putting it in my mystery collection or humour. It really could go both ways and will appeal to readers wanting either genre or even just readers who love a book with great characters and dynamic relationships. There is so much to love about this book. Gideon himself. He’s not afraid to note how different he is and how this makes him extraordinary. He’s good at noticing details, at putting these clues together. It’s what made him a great detective as a kid and what makes him the perfect guy for the job his ex-best friend Lily has for him. Gideon is our narrator and his dry wit and unique, detail-observing perspective makes him an hilarious narrator. While a label is never given, what makes him so great at detective work can make relationships a little tricky, like connecting with his dad. Gideon’s relationship with his dad is one of the things I enjoyed the most in this book. They are different and they each struggle to understand the other. The love is there, though, and through all Gideon’s arrests (ah, yep, there are a few) and his dad’s harsh words, it is them learning to reach out to each other that is really powerful. Then we have the mystery. I love YA mysteries that just make sense for teenagers to be investigating and Lily and Gideon working as journalists to uncover a trend Lily has noticed in the local crime rate is the perfect crime to solve, especially when things get interesting with a murder. It is intriguing. The romance is the bonus extra in this book that is just the cherry on top of the ice cream sundae. Gideon and Tess just work and it’s great to see their relationship blossom, Gideon’s confidence grow and just how easy, sweet and authentic it is. Also without drama, which I totally adored. Gideon Green in Black and White has to be one of my favourite books so far this year and one of my favourite mysteries. It’s unique (love the blend of humour and crime solving) and unputdownable. Can’t wait to add this one to our library shelves. The publishers provided an advanced readers copy of this book for reviewing purposes. All opinions are my own. Find more reviews, reading age guides, content advisory, and recommendations on my blog Madison's Library

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jasmine

    4/5 I enjoyed this so much more than I expected to! I love a good mystery, though I struggle sometimes when it’s YA, but Katie Henry has done such an amazing job with Gideon Green. Admittedly there were times where I did lose track of the case, but this book was one where I appreciated the characters so much more than the plot (not to say I didn’t appreciate the plot, I very much did!) Our main character Gideon seems neurodivergent coded to me, which shines through a lot in his personality and hi 4/5 I enjoyed this so much more than I expected to! I love a good mystery, though I struggle sometimes when it’s YA, but Katie Henry has done such an amazing job with Gideon Green. Admittedly there were times where I did lose track of the case, but this book was one where I appreciated the characters so much more than the plot (not to say I didn’t appreciate the plot, I very much did!) Our main character Gideon seems neurodivergent coded to me, which shines through a lot in his personality and his love for film noir. We also have queer secondary characters, with Tess being bisexual and Lily’s parents being sapphic. As a character study, this book is perfect. We have the found family aspect following the teens in high school working for the newspaper. We also follow Gideon’s relationship with his father, who tries to understand him but struggles. I really loved seeing the way characters interacted with each other in different scenarios. If Katie Henry wrote another murder mystery, I’d absolutely read it without question. TWs: death, bullying, cheating, recreational drug use, drug dealing, arson, racism, death of mother (before book), alcohol consumption Rep: neurodivergent MC, bisexual SC, sapphic parents (South Asian), South Asian MC, Mexican-American MC

  16. 4 out of 5

    Eule Luftschloss

    trigger warning (view spoiler)[ grief, mention of police brutality, mention of drug addiction and overdose, mention of corruption, trauma, mention of mutilation, mention of domestic abuse (hide spoiler)] One day, Gideon, sixteen year old detective in retirement, gets asked for help by his former best friend. They need to investigate. Gideon doesn't have a hobby, he has a passion: Noir detective dramas. For a while, he even ran his own agency and found lost items, which even got him mentioned in th trigger warning (view spoiler)[ grief, mention of police brutality, mention of drug addiction and overdose, mention of corruption, trauma, mention of mutilation, mention of domestic abuse (hide spoiler)] One day, Gideon, sixteen year old detective in retirement, gets asked for help by his former best friend. They need to investigate. Gideon doesn't have a hobby, he has a passion: Noir detective dramas. For a while, he even ran his own agency and found lost items, which even got him mentioned in the news once, as he was able to solve a case of home burglary. Now, his former best friend who hasn't talked to him in years, is on a case, and the only person she felt she could come to with this is Gideon, and they wind up rekindling their old friendship. The romance is very slight and slow, the kind I like. Gideon does stupid things, but is able to realise where he did wrong and try to do better in the future. I really liked the depiction of Gideon going from loner, who gets into trouble with his father because he spends all his time huddled up in his room, to valued member of the highschool newspaper who is astonished to find that friends are fun, even as a teen. Since it was part of the plot and the case it didn't come across as preachy or contrived, just a thing that happened while working on something entirel different. Although I am not a fan of noir crime, I enjoyed Gideon's take on it, and even the scenes that were narrated as if this were the script of a noir movie. I got the feeling that Gideon either is on the autism spectrum or might have depression, and that his fixation on noir specifically is his way to deal with the world, to explain to himself what is going on, making sense of things, so he knows how to react. Like in: Your former best friend says something fishy is going on and you need to investigate. Well, Gideon knows what to do when a beautiful woman approaches you with a case: You investigate it. Two other things I liked: Gideon's character developement and the casual diversity. The first is self-explanatory, let me go to the latter. Gideon's father comes from white and Mexican parents, and there is a discussion that if Gideon's skin were darker, his encounters with the police would have gone different. Tess, from the school newspaper, is disabled but it's no big deal because it's how she is - and she has two moms. Who by the way are amazing and I want to see more of them. Katie Henry, this is how you spend your lockdown time? Not bad indeed. I'd recommend this to crime fans who don't take themselves and their love for the genre too seriously. Might also interest people who are into stories about journalism, or about reclusive people finding friends. Will read more by the authro. The arc was provided by the publisher.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Michael

    Before the lockdown for Covid-19 hit a couple of years ago, I went to the library and checked out a bunch of books that I thought might be interesting. Included in that pile was Katie Henry's Heretics Anonymous. I was completely hooked on the story and quickly reserved her next novel, only to be equally enthralled by it. And so it was that Katie Henry went onto the list of authors who I will read anything they publish. With her fourth novel, Gideon Green in Black and White, Henry has hit a new hig Before the lockdown for Covid-19 hit a couple of years ago, I went to the library and checked out a bunch of books that I thought might be interesting. Included in that pile was Katie Henry's Heretics Anonymous. I was completely hooked on the story and quickly reserved her next novel, only to be equally enthralled by it. And so it was that Katie Henry went onto the list of authors who I will read anything they publish. With her fourth novel, Gideon Green in Black and White, Henry has hit a new high. Sixteen-year-old Gideon Green is a retired private detective, content to stay in his room watching noir films on his TV and occasionally coming out to go to school and interact with his dad. When his old friend, Lily, shows up at this door asking him to come out of retirement, Gideon is reluctantly pulled into an investigation that is bigger than either he or Lily imagined and that just might be a pivotal point for him. As with her previous protagonists, Henry invests Gideon with deep-seated humanity that makes him instantly and completely identifiable. As Gideon grows over the course of the novel -- joining the school paper, falling in like with the editor, arguing with his dead, realizing the investigation could land him and Lily in hot water but refusing to back down -- there are moments of utter delight and utter headbreak. Gideon is both relatable and frustrating at the same time -- in other words, pretty much like most of us were as teenagers. The biggest compliment I can pay this novel is that while the central mystery is resolved by the final page and I was completely satisfied to have gone on this journey with Gideon, I couldn't help but want to spend a bit more time with Gideon. Like life, the novel doesn't have all the answers in the final pages nor is everything wrapped up with a neat bow at the end. The supporting cast is also a delight -- from Lily who was once Gideon's best friend but fell off when Gideon seemed stuck in a rut to Tess, the newspaper editor who steals Gideon's heart. However, it's the strained relationship between Gideon and his father where the true center of this novel lies. Henry gets us to invest in both Gideon and his father, two very different people who might not be as different as they think they are. There were multiple points in conversations between Gideon and his dad that I had a lump in my throat as Henry nails the complex relationship between these two. This is a stand-alone novel, but I wouldn't mind if Henry decided to bring us back to Gideon's world again in the future. Easily one of the most enjoyable books I've read this year and an early finalist for my top ten books of 2022. Highly recommended. I received a digital ARC of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Aman Sharma

    I found Gideon Green in Black and White a unique, funny, adventurous and "took me out of a slump" read. I was hooked to the book after reading a few pages only, and it made me want to know more about the characters and the story just felt like going uphill, and with every chapter the urge to read more and more and more escalated. This book starts with Gideon Green, a "retired" teenage detective, with a logical forward approach to things (everything- kind of reminds me of Sheldon from The Big Bang I found Gideon Green in Black and White a unique, funny, adventurous and "took me out of a slump" read. I was hooked to the book after reading a few pages only, and it made me want to know more about the characters and the story just felt like going uphill, and with every chapter the urge to read more and more and more escalated. This book starts with Gideon Green, a "retired" teenage detective, with a logical forward approach to things (everything- kind of reminds me of Sheldon from The Big Bang Theory but Noir and teenage), which has made him a target for school bullies and a little less social. But what's a story without betrayal(Ain't I right?). So our detective lead was betrayed when his childhood best friend ghosted him, and moved on with life, but our poor detective didn't. BUT the story begins when the lost childhood best friend (Lily) comes to him for help, to crack an unusual (petty) crime spree, which wouldn't seem like a huge deal on the outside, but there is something fishy about it. Now our Boy Detective and his Ex-Bestie are out to expose the case which turns out so funny that you'll LOL innumerable times throughout the book. Now let's talk about Gideon, Katie Henry created an a very quirky character, he's the kind of kid who is analytical and has to make his life a noir movie. He's a huge fan of detective movies and dresses like a detective, thinks like a detective but this side of his is based on movie detectives, so he always goes for a BIG reveal approach for the cases, and his Dad and people around him dealing with the repercussions. Another remarkable thing about the book is Katie Henry's writing, it is so flowy and connected that the character growth is a continuous graph and the growth of bonds will make your heart swell. I loved Gideon and his Dad's interactions and how their bond grew, revealing their fears and finally being able to climb through the invisible wall and see each other, which makes Gideon's grow emotionally and understand the world outside himself. In conclusion, I was reminded of WHy I love Young Adult books, and if someone is looking for a unique YA book to read with a fast story and twisty plot - You don't have to think twice... "Gideon Green in Black and White" is your call!! >-<

  19. 5 out of 5

    Caylie Ratzlaff

    Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the eARC of this novel. 4/5 stars. I love Katie Henry's sense of humor, and I was curious to see how this one would be since the cover (yes, I'm that kind of reader) didn't match the theme of previous novels. We're introduced to Gideon, who is most definitely neurodivergent in some way -- even if it's not explicitly stated -- who is a "boy detective" albeit retired...for like the first 10% of the book. He notices patterns, details, all the things that ma Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the eARC of this novel. 4/5 stars. I love Katie Henry's sense of humor, and I was curious to see how this one would be since the cover (yes, I'm that kind of reader) didn't match the theme of previous novels. We're introduced to Gideon, who is most definitely neurodivergent in some way -- even if it's not explicitly stated -- who is a "boy detective" albeit retired...for like the first 10% of the book. He notices patterns, details, all the things that makes him weird and socially awkward along with his passion for film noir. And Lily, who is his ex best-friend but needs his detective skills even though they haven't talked in years. And the magical newspaper family. And Tess' the girl of Gideon's dreams. Oh, and a murder. And a giant crime spree. Oh, and a mystery. Oh, and Gideon and Lily just keep finding themselves deeper and deeper in this massive conspiracy...as high schoolers. This book was hilarious, but it also had BEAUTIFUL parts and quotes about living life and being who you are. I really appreciated Gideon's development, along with his relationship with his dad and them learning to understand each other. I also, while I appreciated Tess and Gideon's romance, REALLY appreciated the friendship between Lily and Gideon. I only deducted a star just because some of the felony offenses (which were rightfully pointed out as FELONY OFFENSES) were a bit much...like, what high schoolers are REALLY going to do ALL of that for a school newspaper? I also think this could be adapted for a TV show and be SO good.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Tlwinky

    This was a recommendation from a coworker, who thought I'd like it because of the quirky main character. I did, indeed, like the quirky main character but the rest of the story was just ho-hum. I thought the relationship between Gideon and his father was the best part of the book. They spend much of the book trying to understand each other, as well as try to live peacefully with each other, and that part of the story really made me tune in and take notice because there was some level of emotion This was a recommendation from a coworker, who thought I'd like it because of the quirky main character. I did, indeed, like the quirky main character but the rest of the story was just ho-hum. I thought the relationship between Gideon and his father was the best part of the book. They spend much of the book trying to understand each other, as well as try to live peacefully with each other, and that part of the story really made me tune in and take notice because there was some level of emotion within the pages. But the whole mystery aspect, Gideon's relationship with Lily, and the little romance blossoming with Tessa were all pretty lackluster. I had this book for weeks and weeks and still had over a hundred pages to go before the conclusion. I will admit that I skimmed the last 100 pages and then read the last two chapters- and honestly don't feel like I missed much at all in the story.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Caitie

    What a gem of a book, it has everything I like in a book—mystery, friendships, and finding out what you’re really good at. Gideon Green is a loner ever since his former best friend Lily ditched him when they started middle school. Gideon, a former child detective, is now “retired,” and facing high school bullies while keeping a low profile. That is…until Lily shows up at Gideon’s house needing his help. With Lily’s help, Gideon joins the school paper to help Lily investigate their city’s suspici What a gem of a book, it has everything I like in a book—mystery, friendships, and finding out what you’re really good at. Gideon Green is a loner ever since his former best friend Lily ditched him when they started middle school. Gideon, a former child detective, is now “retired,” and facing high school bullies while keeping a low profile. That is…until Lily shows up at Gideon’s house needing his help. With Lily’s help, Gideon joins the school paper to help Lily investigate their city’s suspicious rising crime rate. Gideon realizes that he actually enjoys being on the paper, the other students are actually nice to him and want to help Gideon succeed in this new role. He also likes being friends with Lily again. But their investigation is leading to unexpected places and might actually get them into real trouble.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Cait (Luckycharmedlovesbooks)

    Gideon Green in Black and White was such an enjoyable, emotional read. When I saw that it was compared to Turtles All the Way Down and Truly Devious, I had high expectations but also was prepared for it to not be either of those. And I was pleasantly surprised to find that Gideon, Lily and Tess did not let me down! Gideon was a kid detective who helped solve crimes from the age of 8 to 10. Lily was his best friend at the time and then suddenly stopped talking to him one day. Gideon, in his lones Gideon Green in Black and White was such an enjoyable, emotional read. When I saw that it was compared to Turtles All the Way Down and Truly Devious, I had high expectations but also was prepared for it to not be either of those. And I was pleasantly surprised to find that Gideon, Lily and Tess did not let me down! Gideon was a kid detective who helped solve crimes from the age of 8 to 10. Lily was his best friend at the time and then suddenly stopped talking to him one day. Gideon, in his lonesomeness, turned to noir films and stayed in his room most of the time. One day, Lily needs his help solving a crime through becoming part of the school newspaper. Gideon finds a new home in the newspaper office while also falling for Tess, the newspaper editor. I listened to this one on audio and genuinely loved the characters. It made me laugh and it made me cry. Thank you to Katherine Tegen books and Harper Collins for the opportunity to read this advanced readers copy in exchange for my honest opinion.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Chris G.

    Lily ended their friendship in middle school - it had been fun starting a detective agency with Gideon, finding lost pets and missing stuffies,but trench coats and fedoras aren’t top middle school fashion choices and being Gideon’s sidekick was tiring. With social skills resembling those of Sherlock Holmes, Gideon is now a friendless junior when Lily asks for his help on an investigative piece she is writing for the school paper. As they track down clues about an organized crime syndicate and a Lily ended their friendship in middle school - it had been fun starting a detective agency with Gideon, finding lost pets and missing stuffies,but trench coats and fedoras aren’t top middle school fashion choices and being Gideon’s sidekick was tiring. With social skills resembling those of Sherlock Holmes, Gideon is now a friendless junior when Lily asks for his help on an investigative piece she is writing for the school paper. As they track down clues about an organized crime syndicate and a local murder, they figure out how to repair their relationship and support each other’s strengths. Katie Henry’s strong, funny dialogue is a treat. EARC from Edelweiss.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Jordan

    I was kindly sent an ARC of this book by Harper360. The premise of this book was intriguing and I've been interested in the authors other works for a while so I couldn't wait to get into this one when it arrived. It has the perfect balance and blend of humour and serious situations to make this an amazing read. I flew through it and didn't want to put it down. I loved all of the characters and they were very well written and fleshed out. The character development of Gideon especially was great t I was kindly sent an ARC of this book by Harper360. The premise of this book was intriguing and I've been interested in the authors other works for a while so I couldn't wait to get into this one when it arrived. It has the perfect balance and blend of humour and serious situations to make this an amazing read. I flew through it and didn't want to put it down. I loved all of the characters and they were very well written and fleshed out. The character development of Gideon especially was great to see. The mystery itself was gripping and left me connecting the dots. I will definitely be picking up the authors backlist after this!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Brady

    Enjoyable! I loved Gideon! He’s funny, honest character, that I very much enjoyed! This was a little different then a lot of the mysteries I read but still exciting and kept me turning the pages! Katie Henry does a fantastic job keeping the reader intrigued and giving Gideon a distinct viewpoint of the world! I loved that at an early age he could read people, clues, situations so well! All the characters have so much depth to them and all the details just enhance the story! Highly recommend if yo Enjoyable! I loved Gideon! He’s funny, honest character, that I very much enjoyed! This was a little different then a lot of the mysteries I read but still exciting and kept me turning the pages! Katie Henry does a fantastic job keeping the reader intrigued and giving Gideon a distinct viewpoint of the world! I loved that at an early age he could read people, clues, situations so well! All the characters have so much depth to them and all the details just enhance the story! Highly recommend if you like mysteries!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Starr ❇✌❇

    I received an ARC from Edelweiss TW: ableism 4 Gideon Green is not a detective- he's retired, actually. A fact that his ex-best friend and former sleuthing partner should know. But Lily finds her way to his door for the first time in years to ask for help and, well, Gideon's not the best at turning down a good case. So now he's temporarily unretired, part of an actual extracurricular activity, and definitely absolutely over hiss head. It turns out social situations are one thing Gideon can't lo I received an ARC from Edelweiss TW: ableism 4 Gideon Green is not a detective- he's retired, actually. A fact that his ex-best friend and former sleuthing partner should know. But Lily finds her way to his door for the first time in years to ask for help and, well, Gideon's not the best at turning down a good case. So now he's temporarily unretired, part of an actual extracurricular activity, and definitely absolutely over hiss head. It turns out social situations are one thing Gideon can't logic himself through, and the simple case he thought he was taking is a lot of complicated- and dangerous- than expected. This is a quirky mystery book with a heavily neurodivergent-coded main character. It's a cute story with plenty of friendship while also not skimping on the tension and even murder. I didn't think I'd like Gideon at first, because he comes out of the gate hard. However, his character arc is well done, and though it isn't actually said on page, he's good representation of a neurodivergent teenager. A large part of his arc- and the story- is also about what it is to be shoved into a box, a label, a story, and Henry comes at that from multiple different angles in a really effective way. I'm also impressed by the blend of quirky coming of age and genuine hardboiled mystery. While the story leans more one way or another at times it never steps on either story arc. What I think holds this book back from being even better is a certain surface level limitation. I can understand not specifically labelling Gideon's neurodivergency, but I was expecting, as the story went on, more of a focus to be given to it, and to Lily's clear neurodivergence. I did think that was going to be more of a theme, and it felt like a loose thread to me. I also felt that while the romance in this book is cute in theory it felt very contrived. Partially because Tess doesn't have much characterization- which is especially frustrating as she talks about not wanting to be seen as an inspiration for living with a disability and Gideon's take away from that is to be inspired by her. They don't seem to have any chemistry beyond being "outcasts" or having disabilities of some sort (though that's never mentioned in text), and yet their relationship seems built on some assumption that they're going to be together instead of building a case for it. This book has some issues with assumptions and some overly surface level and stereotypical moments, but it's still a fun story of both coming of age and of mystery solving.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Patricia

    Gideon Green has a small life where noir films from the 40s keep him company. He's a has-been kid detective and his social life has been on a downslide since middle school. But the reappearance of a dame (actually his former friend Lily), a new case, plus a job copy editing his high school paper opens up new worlds. A very fun mystery that uses noir as a springboard. Read for Librarian Book Group Gideon Green has a small life where noir films from the 40s keep him company. He's a has-been kid detective and his social life has been on a downslide since middle school. But the reappearance of a dame (actually his former friend Lily), a new case, plus a job copy editing his high school paper opens up new worlds. A very fun mystery that uses noir as a springboard. Read for Librarian Book Group

  28. 4 out of 5

    Forever Young Adult

    Graded By: Brian Cover Story: The Stranger Drinking Buddy: Sam Spade MPAA Rating: PG-13 (off-screen violence, crude humor) Talky Talk: Mike Hammer Bonus Factor: Film Noir Bromance Status: Why don’t you come up and see me sometime? Read the full book report here. Graded By: Brian Cover Story: The Stranger Drinking Buddy: Sam Spade MPAA Rating: PG-13 (off-screen violence, crude humor) Talky Talk: Mike Hammer Bonus Factor: Film Noir Bromance Status: Why don’t you come up and see me sometime? Read the full book report here.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Anjali

    Very solid YA mystery with interesting characters who grow through the novel. Gideon's mom died when he was a child and he is a very isolated teen, only interested in noir detective movies and with no friends to speak of. When his childhood friend Lily ropes him into investigating an uptick in crime in their community for the school newspaper, Gideon starts to open up to the world and find friends as well as a better relationship with his father. Very solid YA mystery with interesting characters who grow through the novel. Gideon's mom died when he was a child and he is a very isolated teen, only interested in noir detective movies and with no friends to speak of. When his childhood friend Lily ropes him into investigating an uptick in crime in their community for the school newspaper, Gideon starts to open up to the world and find friends as well as a better relationship with his father.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Ms. Yingling

    E ARC provided by Edelweiss Plus Very clever premise, and humorous writing, but more of a YA book, with some f-words. Imagine Encyclopedia Brown in high school, dealing with the aftermath of his childhood fame as a detective. I'm not sure how many high school students know what film noir is, but perhaps this would be a good introduction. Would definitely buy this for a high school collection. E ARC provided by Edelweiss Plus Very clever premise, and humorous writing, but more of a YA book, with some f-words. Imagine Encyclopedia Brown in high school, dealing with the aftermath of his childhood fame as a detective. I'm not sure how many high school students know what film noir is, but perhaps this would be a good introduction. Would definitely buy this for a high school collection.

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