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Wicked Little Secrets (Prep School Confidential #2)

4.09 of 5 stars 4.09  ·  rating details  ·  500 ratings  ·  107 reviews
Anne Dowling becomes entangled in a web of secrets involving a missing student and a conspiracy at Wheatley Prep in this fast-paced, juicy follow-up to Prep School Confidential

Anne Dowling—a fresh, original, and funny new YA heroine whose knowing, irreverent voice will remind readers of Pretty Little Liars and Private—is back for her second semester at Wheatley Prep. Altho
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Paperback, 304 pages
Published March 16th 2014 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published March 4th 2014)
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Khanh (Clowns, Nightmares, and Bunnies)
Daddy said that you can’t change the way things are by saving one person. He said the best we can do in life is surround ourselves with people who make us happy, because the rest of the world is too big to find meaning in.

But if everyone just forgets about terrible things they can’t understand—like what happened to Isabella and Matt Weaver—who will be left to remember?
Nancy Drew could only aspire to be as cool as Anne Dowling.

Have you met Anne? You must. There has scarcely ever been such a leve
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Melanie
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3.5 stars

Here's a little-known fact: Almost 80 percent of people who get murdered know their killers.

I've always been quick to recommend Prep School Confidential when someone is in a reading slump or just wondering what they should read next. There's nothing to not love about a bold and witty main character, with sweet romance and murder mystery that makes you second guessing everyone, left and right. Perhaps, I had started to glorify the brilliance of Kara T
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Faye, la Patata


First, before we commence, can I please just emphasize how amazingly real and articulate Anne Dowling is? Here's what she has to say regarding the new Latin teacher in town (which she completely adores since she's apparently one of those kick-ass teachers):
The guys call her a TILF behind her back, and Lee Anderson, the hulking nerdy kid who sits across the aisle from me, now spends the class hunched over like he's constantly trying to hide a Woody Woodpecker.

Ladies and Gentlemen, may I present
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Louisa
Most of the time when we say we don’t want to hurt someone, we don’t want to screw ourselves in the process, but I guess you have to do whatever you can to get by.

Anne Dowling, you're a gem. This series is a gem. Sequels are always tricky, especially when I loved the first book to bits, but if anything Wicked Little Secrets cements my opinion that the covers mask really well-written YA boarding school mysteries. I have to say, Anne really carries these books. She's sensible yet enough of a teen
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Stuti (Turmeric isn't your friend. It will fly your ship
STAY. THE. FUCK. AWAY. FROM. RICH. PREP. BOYS. Unless you're Anne Dowling.
Actually, stay away from rich Americans. Unless they're like Remy, who is the best thing ever since Suspect X.(Weird, I know. But the book(The Devotion of Suspect X ) was right in front of me and what can I say? I'm susceptible.)

Thissssssss book. I absolutely love that her voice doesn't ever try to make up all of these meaningful quotes and lessons that I'd like to quote because what fucking teenager does that? Maybe a 3 t
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Jacob Proffitt
If you've read the first you more or less know what you're in for with this book (if you haven't then read that one first). Anne is more engaging with this book—possibly Taylor has a better handle on the character. Certainly, she has a better understanding of where the story starts (and stops).

Indeed, this second in the series is stronger on just about every level than the first, though not in great leaps or bounds. The interpersonal relationships are fluid in the way teens can be, but in a natu
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Abbe "The Awesome Senior" Hinder
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The excitement and fun never seems to end in this series. Wicked Little Secrets doesn't suffer from second book syndrome, instead it charges forward and demands readers attention. I loved reading about Anne and all of the trouble she can cause in just a few hours. It's a thriller that isn't all about the planning and clues, it also doesn't have an overbearing romance. It has just the right amounts of almost everything.
That being said, there are a few things that are off. As a person with a pret
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Sarah
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to St. Martin's Press and Netgalley.)
Once again Anne is intrigued by a missing persons/murder case, this time focused on Matt Weaver – a boy who disappeared from the Wheatley Academy over 30 years ago.
Anne thinks she has the ability to solve the case, but how many feathers will she ruffle in the process? And how will her boyfriend take it when his father becomes one of her suspects?


This was an interesting
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Stacee
2.5 stars

I struggled with this book. I was tempted to DNF it after about 30%, but I enjoyed the first one so much that I continued.

I wasn't a fan of what Anne did. She was excessively rude and lied all the time. It seemed to go above and beyond what was necessary. Not to mention the constant thoughts of whichever boy she wasn't around at that moment.

In PSC, I loved Anne and Brent together. They had a great rapport and were fun to read. I didn't understand her fascination with Anthony. So in W
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Abbie
Wicked Little Secrets was an okay read, but i didn't like it as much as the first.

I didn't like Anne as much as i did last time.
She made a few more silly decisions, and at times she irritated me.

The pacing could be slow, and the romance took over sometimes, which were both quite annoying!
When the pace went faster, and the romance didn't push the mystery aspect to the side, i enjoyed it a lot more.

Overall, okay, but could have been better.
Jenea Whittington
Wicked Little Secrets is the second in the series and a book that I have been looking forward to. We first meet Anne, our main character, in Prep School Confidential, and boy did she get herself into trouble. Well, our snarky detective is back at with it with a new mystery to solve. I love a good boarding school and this one school that I wouldn’t ever want to attend. There is some crazy crap that went on in past years, and is still going on. She is trying to uncover the truth about a murder tha ...more
Liviania
Anne Dowling is back! She solved the murder of her roommate, but she's not satisfied. One of the few remnants of Isabella she has is a photo of a crew team with "THEY KILLED HIM" written on the back. Him is Matthew Weaver, and his disappearance is an unexplained mystery at Wheatley Prep. Anne might not have as good a reason to pursue the truth behind Matthew's disappearance as she did Isabella's murder, but she can't keep herself from snooping. The possibility of foul play haunts her.

I just love
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Originally posted on www.yareads.com, reviewed by Nichole.

I can’t even begin to express to you all how much I LOVED Wicked Little Secrets by Kara Taylor. A year ago, I would have said that I would NEVER like this series. It seemed cheesy, and way too much like Gossip Girl meets Pretty Little Liars. I admitted I was dead wrong when I finished Prep School Confidential. After finishing Wicked Little Secrets, I can’t even comprehend why that thought ever even registered my brain. The Prep School Con
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Yzabel Ginsberg
I won't write a long review for this book; see my comments for the first one in the series, because they pretty much stand for what I'd like to say anyway.

The only thing I liked less was that there was more romance/love-trianglish dillydallying (so consider this a 3.5 rather than a true 4?), but the relationships were nevertheless believable, so I guess it's OK for once.
Angela S
I didn’t think it was possible, but Wicked Little Secrets is better than the first book. The mystery is well-plotted and kept me guessing (and reading until 1:00 in the morning!). What I liked most about the story, however, was the way that Anne’s character seems to grow, questioning herself, her relationships, and her intentions throughout. She never gives up (in true Nancy Drew fashion), and she stays true to herself even while others are calling her “crazy” in her relentless pursuit of the tr ...more
Elizabeth Holloway
What can I say? I loved this book! Anne's voice is snarky and fun and a real joy to read. I'm a sucker for a good mystery and this book features a great one. I can't wait to read the next book!
Brittany
I didn't like this book nearly as well as the first one for a few reasons.

The main reason is the protagonist completely changes on us. In the first book she's self-effacing in an amusing way. Her narrating is somewhat fun, and you can feel for her being into more than one guy since she's new in town and that happens. She's not super close to any of the girls yet, which makes sense.

By the second book, she's referring to those girls as her friends and Remy as her best friend but constantly condes
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Nicole Edwards
Meh. I mean, it wasn't nearly as good as the first one. But I didn't hate it. Anne was a lot more emotional, there was a lot more drama. And crying. Lots of crying. At one point Anne was accused of being obsessive and crazy and I completely agreed with that assessment. She was nigh insane. The stuff she did and the choices she made were so far from being what an intelligent, sane human being would do that I was starting to get annoyed. In the first book Anne was so badass. In this book it felt l ...more
LailaBC
What another entertaining suspenseful read as the daring and witty Anne Dowling is at it again...this time to tackle down of what really happened to Matthew Weaver, a Wheatly student who disappeared without a trace about twenty years ago. This one involves more risky scenes for Anne and despite her stubborn need of getting to the truth no matter what we also get to see the vulnerable side of her and that all the more makes her the more awesome. Her love life has taken a turning point when the my ...more
Ri Shah
As she keeps going back to the photo of Matt Weaver with THEY KILLED HIM scrawled on it, she's unable to let go of the mystery-solving that is one step away from being suspended from the school.
She also finds that Brent is hiding thing from her and won't tell her what

Her narrative voice is as funny as ever despite the surprisingly dark story and the story is happening at a mile a minute.
one thing that annoyed me was the fact when she was with one boy she always thinks of the next
although this
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Meme Au Andromedus
Oh Anne Dowling let me love you.

You are everything I'm looking for in a YA heroine:witty,smart (your narrative voice makes the book more enjoyable), level-headed, determined and someone who knows her assets and actually uses them. You seek the truth while everyone else is content to just shrug the issue off and look away. You've hurt people in the process, even those you care about the most; but I can't help but admire your sense of justice and your determination to do what is right, despite the
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Nadine
I'm giving this a 4.5 stars.

Kara Taylor does it again with another fantastically plotted mystery. Once again I was completely shocked by the reveal of the killer, but now thinking back to it I shouldn't have been because all the clues were there.

This book follows the cold case of Matt Weaver that is mentioned in the first book. Since it's a cold case this book has a different vibe to it. Anne is dealing with adults rather than people her own age. The mystery in this book is more complex and laye
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Su
Anne Dowling was involved in another mysterious murder case again, but this time, more twisted, more complicated and more scandalous. It was suspenseful and very addictive that I couldn't put it down. But I couldn't give the book more than 3 stars because of its protagonist. I was hoping that she would be more tolerable but she seemed to be even worse. She seemed to jump to conclusions too quickly but the author wanted her to be bright that her conclusions ended up always right. She found Matt's ...more
Liralen
Note to self: In the event that I have children, do not send them to an incredibly uppity prep school. (Unless they set the gym on fire and have no other options -- but really, I think I'd find another option.)

Anne is actually a lot of fun. She has the bitchiness of a Gossip Girl-type character, but the writing's far better, and Anne's a lot more complex. She knows she's spoiled, and she knows she's a bitch. But she's also aware enough of the effect of her words to think about what she says, and
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Crystal (Kris)
While I loved Anne's over-the-top personality in book one, it didn't quite work for me in this one. I like to think that I just wasn't in the mood for it because I really loved it in book one. The bigger reason why Wicked Little Secrets didn't work for me is that I don't see good motivation for Anne to dig into the mystery surround Matthew Weaver's disappearance. For an YA mysteyr/crime novel, I understand that you have to be willing to suspend disbelief; however, there's only so much that I can ...more
Joanie
So the sequel isn't as good, but it was still entertaining and I breezed through this in no time. I've got the third and final book requested at the library already. There's more than enough anticipation for me to finish this trilogy.

Anne Dowling is as curious and driven as ever to uncover the truth in this one. Her voice is what keeps me reading. I can't say that the mystery in this one interested as much as Isabella's murder, which is why I've rated this lower. I guess the Weaver case, as myst
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Ashleigh
Read as digital ARC.

Anne is like an updated, more edgy Nancy Drew with her snooping, ability to attract "or else!!!" threats and the way she trespasses her little heart out. She's not going to stop until she gets answers. This series is a must-read.
Rose
Review to come. I'll write a full review of this later on today, since I finished it in the wee hours of the morning, but gah I love this series. Anne Dowling might be one of my favorite YA characters at this point in time.
Lulufrances
Actual rating 4.5

...so, what can I say?
Freaking love this series, Anne Dowling has got to be one of the most likeable mc's eveeeer!
RECOMMENDED!!
Elizabeth Norris
Anne Dowling is my literary best friend. She might just be one of my favorite all time characters. I love her.
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Kara Taylor wrote PREP SCHOOL CONFIDENTIAL in her first semester of graduate school, in between pulling all nighters and listening to her dad say writing isn't a real job. She recently signed a blind script deal with Warner Brothers television and is now the writer and co-executive producer of THE REVENGERS, a dramedy in development at The CW with Rashida Jones and Will McCormack (CELESTE & JE ...more
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