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Take on murder mystery The Amateurs in your fab new squad tees

Sara Shepard is the queen of crews—this amazing author crafted the Pretty Little Liars series, after all. Now, she's introducing a new set of besties in The Amateurs, her new crime novel that follows the trail of four fierce friends—and their quest to uncover the truth behind a missing girl's cold case. Read on for more about this addicting read—then score some inspo for DIYing your own set of squad-approved shirts. (Because really, is there any better way to bond than a crafty book club?) 

Crack the case...
At this moment in Seneca Fraizer's life, she's focused on one thing: figuring out what happened to Helena Kelly, a high school senior who disappeared five years ago without a trace. With a few friends by her side, the brave 18-year-old stumbles through clues and obstacles to get to the bottom of the vanishing act in The Amateurs.

Being the curious girl that she is, Seneca frequents a website called Case Not Closed (CNC) when, one day, she stumbes upon Helena's case. Immediately, she dives into detective mode and tries to find answers. Along the way, she meets fellow CNC-lover and digi-BFF Maddy who shares her nosy nature and courageous heart. The two form such a strong bond that Seneca and sis Aerin hop on a train to visit Maddy so that, together, they can crack the case wide open. That's when the three girls run into yet another CNC super-user, Brett (who, by the way, happens to be a total babe). 

With their mutual love of mystery, the four friends become the definition of #squadgoals as they seek solutions to not only Helena's case, but to the dark secrets and betrayal they discover along the way. It's not long before they realize that the police are hiding some really important information—and that they'll do whatever it takes to make sure the real truth stays buried. Even if it takes another murder.

Craft this crew cuteness...
After you read The Amateurs with your besties, create cute tees to rock together on your own adventures—just like Seneca, Aerin, Maddy and Brett.

What you'll need:
• Plain T-shirt
• Fabric paint
• Scissors
• Markers
• Ruler
• Patches and other decorative supplies (optional)

1. Crazy Tape Tee

Spoiler alert: This project only *looks* difficult. Start by taping a crazy design (like the one above) on your shirt, then spray paint all over it. Rip off the tape and there ya go—a perf geometric tee! More details HERE.

2. Text Message Tee

We love this chic and simple look. You can write *anything* on your tee (try nicknames and inside jokes)—not to mention it takes almost no time to make. More details HERE.

3. Dip Dye Tee

This ombre style is cute in every color, which means each person in your group can pick their own shade and rock the rainbow. More details HERE.

Pick up a copy of The Amateurs by Sara Shepard, available now from Freeform Books, an imprint of Disney Publishing Worldwide, at bookstores everywhere and HERE. Then, let us know in the comments if you've ever had to solve a mystery. We want to hear your sleuthy stories!

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by Yasmeena Fakhouri | 11/1/2016