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Social Suicide (Deadly Cool #2)

3.98 of 5 stars 3.98  ·  rating details  ·  2,321 ratings  ·  339 reviews
Twittercide: the killing of one human being by another while the victim is in the act of tweeting.

Call me crazy, but I figured writing for the Herbert Hoover High Homepage would be a pretty sweet gig. Pad the resume for college applications, get a first look at the gossip column, spend some time ogling the paper's brooding bad-boy editor, Chase Erikson. But on my first big
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Published April 24th 2012 by HarperTeen
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58th out of 144 books — 844 voters
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Think you've heard it all? Think again! Twittercide... Death by Twitter? Not the worst way to go I suppose... *Eyes her Twitter suspiciously*

Yep, she is at it again; finding dead bodies is basically a regular pastime for our dear old Hartley. I adored her in Deadly Cool; she's still a fantastic protagonist in this sequel and I continue to love her attitude. Regardless of her wit, though, we clearly see some more maturity in her character. She is clever in her cunning ways, and knows when to stan
'Oh, fantastic amounts of fluffin' fudge.' ;))

This book is hilarious!
In fact there are no words to describe how much I enjoyed this book and how my face hurt from so much laughing. I don’t think there is one page in the whole book without a tiny little joke.

So, before starting to learn how to say 'hilarious' in at least 7 different languages, I will tell you what I liked about this book (and then, maybe you’ll tell the word for ‘hilarious’ in your language, and I’ll get to skip using google tra
Social Suicide was as predictable as Deadly Cool , from the first page itself we had an idea who the killer in the mystery department this book deserves maximum 3 stars. But I'll give it 4 for the narration, its just so hilarious.

I love love love the characters! Hartley, Sam and Chase have to be one of the coolest trio. All of them are so funny, sensible and stupid at the same time.
And holy fluffin' fluff Chase is H-O-T, I totally have a crush on that guy, plus Hartley and his dev
In the sequel to Deadly Cool we have a murder mystery, laugh-out-loud moments, Twittercide, crazy antics, and even some romance!

Hartley is now a member of the school newspaper. On her way to an interview with homecoming Queen-hopeful she discovers Sydney Sander's dead body in a pool, and it looks as if she's been electrocuted while tweeting...Twittercide. Once again, Hartley finds herself in the midst of a murder investigation...

I love Hartley, she is, in my opinion one the funniest YA heroines
2.5 stars


The Good

Hartley and Chase have super-cute chemistry.
And some of Hartley's inner monologue is funny. Usually the stuff involving Chase...which brings us back to the super-cute chemistry thing.

The Not So Good

I get that for this to be a murder/mystery, someone has to die. I also get that our intrepid heroine needs to be involved in the resolution of said murder. What I don't get is why the author couldn't come up with some reason for Hartley to be 'on the case' that was within
Rachel (BAVR)
The second book in the Deadly Cool series features all of the fun humor and mystery I enjoyed in the first installment. And by all, I mean freaking ALL of the same things I enjoyed before.

This story followed a very, VERY close formula to the first (LIGHT SPOILERS AHEAD):
- Girl is found dead.
- Hartley takes it upon herself to prove girl was murdered.
- Hartley comes up with lots of bad ideas and lies to adults AND authorities.
- Inconsequential flirting with Chase.
- More people get hurt.
- Hartley
Anything by Gemma Halliday's always ridiculous fun, I've read a couple of her High Heels books and the first installment in this series, Deadly Cool, but Social Suicide is just on another level. There are plenty of sassy girl detectives, I mean there's an entire genre around them, reporters, interior decorators, dogwalkers, plus-sized innkeepers, confectionary shop owners, White House chefs, well, you get the picture, but Hartley Featherstone has them all beat in terms of sassy fun.

Seriously, wh

This is a rant.
Warning: Spoilers Ahead

I can't believe Chase didn't make a move till the end of the book, I mean he was constantly hinting that he liked Hartley, but he just kept on making her appear all awkward by hinting a date that actually wasn't. I mean that scene was like, really awkward. And he didn't even apologize for misleading her. I know I won't ever forgive him for that if I was Hartley. Plus, why did he think Hartley would blame him for the whole thing, and what the hell is "So we'r
Mickey Reed
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3.5 stars

This is a hilarious murder mystery YA novel! The sequel to Deadly Cool, Social Suicide is funny, smart, and slightly irresistible. Hartley is crime-solving, super-reporting, downright hysterical main character filled to the brim with quips and curiosity. She's always in the middle of trouble, whether by accident or on purpose. Can she get to the bottom of a cheating scheme at her high school that leads to murder? Read on, readers!

Hartley has a lot to deal with in he
I'll admit, I enjoyed the previous book more than I enjoyed this one but I still loved Social Suicide. It was witty, cleverly-written and kept me guessing until the last second.

So Hartley is on the school paper with her yummy crush Chase Erikson. She's assigned to write a story about Sydney Sander's cheating scandal. But just before they meet for the interview Hartley finds Sydney's eletrocuted body in the pool. It looked like an accident but Hartley knows there is always more to the story than
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This'll eventually be posted on my blog:

So.. I'll admit it, I've waited a few days (okay: ten, happy now?) to write this review. 'Why?' I hear you ask.. Because it was sofreakingepicandididn'twanttosoundlikesomementalpersonwhoisobsessedwiththisbookeventhoughireallyreallyambyrantingaboutitforhoursonendwithoutbreathingandendingupfaintingorsomthingequallyweird! And breathe..

*clears throat awkwardly*
Let me rephrase that: This book? In one word? Supercalifragilisicexpialidocious (yep, casually quot
May 10, 2012 Maria rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: ya, e-book
I recommend Social Suicide.


Well, i didn't laugh my pants off while reading Social Suicide. However, the fun was constant throughout the book. I chuckled time after time! I didn't even try to guess who the culprit was because i'd rather enjoy Hartley's wacky investigation on the murder. and I did. :)

Sam's a standout in this sequel. I lover her deadpans! and Chase... Ha! Even i will be as clumsy and assuming as Hartley was when it came to him. C'mon, Gemma Halliday, give me more Chase swoon m
Hannah (The Irish Banana Review)
I adore this series. It totally feeds into a more grown up Nancy Drew need I have. This series is fun, witty, and twisted. Gemma Halliday does a wonderful job keeping things moving and quick. I never once got bored with this novel, nor with its prequel. It’s great to grab a book and breeze through it in an afternoon.

Hartley is one of the best narrators I’ve ever read in a novel. Maybe it’s because she’s an intrepid reporter, maybe it’s because she’s a total smart ass, but I love her to pieces. S
Just as hilarious as the first one, Social Suicide doesn't fail to deliver an exciting, hilarious plot, wonderful characters, and a little, little bite of the romance we all know we're waiting to explode.

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I'm not a big fan of delving into long-winded reviews for sequels, especially if I honestly don't have much to say besides fangirling! it was pretty awesome.

So yeah. This book? I lurves it. I also
After reading two emotional heavy books in a row, a nice light fluffy read was seriously in need; and who is better than Gemma Halliday and her Deadly Cool series to lighten the mood?

What I first noticed and mostly liked about the book was Sam’s attempt (which rubbed off on Hartley) to censor using alternate words like fluffing, and fudge, which reminded me a lot of:

Hartley Featherstone is still one of my most favorite female characters: she’s smart, funny, sarcastic, headstrong, and has that Ve
Thea Silayro
If you've read Deadly Cool and liked it, then you might just like this too. If you've read Deadly Cool and wasn't exactly gobsmacked by it, I doubt this book will interest you. The thing is, Deadly Cool and Social Suicide are alike in so many ways.

In this book, Hartley continues her "Nancy Drew" escapades. She hears of the death of a popular cheerleader in school via electrocution. Everybody thinks it's suicide, but Hartley doesn't think so. Her detective instincts lead her to the belief that it
Another brilliant addition to this series.
Enjoyed it as much as the first- even though I will always prefer te first since it was the start-up and it's where we all got introduced to the charachters.

Unlike the first I was able to guess the killer correctly around half way through.
But it still was good enough to keep me guessing up until then.

The ending was also very satisfying! Chase finally manned up and asked Hartley out which just made me roll my eyes and and shout 'FINALLY' it was long ov
When I want a fluffy, fun little read I know which author to turn to. Gemma Halliday's writing style can never fail to make me laugh even in the most inappropriate situations.

This book could have been better on so many levels. It was like any other chic-flick with no real twist. It couldn't have been more predictable. From the moment the book started with Sydney, I knew who was gonna die, or when Hartley was going to be attacked or how she was going to figure things out or who the real murderer

So here’s to sophomore installments that to meet the the standard the first one’s set. Social Suicide is just as funny as the first. It’s a very good mix of high school high jinks, crossed signals, as well as… murder and mayhem? One need not be surprised by how funny things could get with Hart on the case. Minus the distraction that Josh offered, Hart still made some funny calls, normally with BFF Sam at her side. But I still enjoyed the fluff this one offered. It was her over the top reac
For all those non-patients of middle-book-syndrome like this one, can I get whut whut?


Haha. That was your daily dose of cheesy brought to you by my comedic self, you're welcome and goodnight everybody!

Well anyway. That was also pretty good! See, I just don't even know what to say lol. I've RUN OUT OF THINGS TO FREAKING SAY, GUYS. I mean, I guess I could just name all the things I liked about it:

1. The humor that actually made me laugh out loud
2. Chase
3. Hartley
4. Sam and her crazy shir
Erica Alyson
Some spoilers to book 1 and maybe a little 2

Okay so I love this book but the stars are really about a 3.5 only because I just read book 1 and this felt like the same book to me just different crime and suspect but everything else was about the same. Examples below...
-A crime takes place and Hartley finds the body
-Cop on the seen is Riley
-She decided to find the killer with the help of Sam (Kyle Sam's boyfriend helped a little too) and Chase
-She looks and gets tips and that person ends up hurt
After reading Deadly Cool - the first book in the series - I was convinced I would never be able to read about anything but Hartley and her great, funny, dangerous (well...kind of) mystery stories. I was so into her world and her character and her voice - it was amazing! So amazing that I had to preorder Social Suicide immediately, couldn't wait to start it and didn't want it to end.

Honestly, Deadly Cool and Social Suicide are amazing novels that make me laugh and forget reality. The perfect mix
I wasn't a big fan of the last book, but this one seems to be far better than the first, I never realized how full of humor , quirky and cute this book is... I thought I have heard every internet slang there is but never have I encountered the word TWITTERCIDE! oh my! the main reason I've grabbed and read this book is because of the interesting summary and it mentioned the word twittercide? HAH! and I just really adore Hartly... reading her thoughts just made me laugh up until the last page of t ...more
Just like the first installment, this one was short, predictable and fluffy. There are some humorous moments which made it worthwhile.
Hartley is a bit more mature now but still making questionable (stupid) choices (view spoiler). I think I should stop expecting this series to be more refined or Hartley's detecting/deducting style to be more finesse and art
Franz Megan
This is fluffin' amazing and fudgin' hilarious. :DD Can't stop smiling or laughing while reading this. And when Chase and Hartley were together, I was like...

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I like their kind of romance, they are developing with each other.
I REALLY HOPE there will be a third book :D
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Shelby Gibbs
This book is an interesting murder mystery that is read through the eyes of high schooler Hartley who, when looking for a statement from a student recently suspended for her article in the school paper, finds the student dead in their swimming pool. So, Hartley sets out to discover who the murderer is, and what were his/her motives. This book is good for girls who enjoy a little bit of romance and some mystery as well. I enjoyed the book thoroughly, but it didnt really delve into any type of dee ...more
I loved this book, it only took me two an a half hours lol. Although personally they said dude and mental face palm way to much, if I hear the word dude one time in the next month it will be way to much. Also I wish Chase and Hartley's relationship would've picked up faster. Overall great book.
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Gemma had a hard time figuring out what she wanted to be when she grew up. She worked as a film and television actress, a teddy bear importer, a department store administrator, a preschool teacher, a temporary tattoo artist, and a 900 number psychic, before finally selling her first book, Spying in High Heels, in 2005 and deciding to be a writer.

Since then, Gemma has written several mystery novels
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Other Books in the Series

Deadly Cool (3 books)
  • Deadly Cool (Deadly Cool, #1)
  • Wicked Games (Deadly Cool, #3)
Spying in High Heels (High Heels, #1) Killer in High Heels (High Heels, #2) Undercover in High Heels (High Heels, #3) Deadly Cool (Deadly Cool, #1) Alibi in High Heels (High Heels, #4)

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“The first thing I did was run. Okay, actually the first thing I did was scream, lose my balance, flail my arms in the air like some kind of uncoordinated bird, then slide down the side of the tree and land on my butt.

Then I ran.”
“Mental face palm. Suddenly I wasn't sure there was enough room on the campus for both me and his ego.” 39 likes
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