**Tiny spoiler alert** You find this out within the first few chapters so it's not that bad.
Who ever thought that cheating on a test could get you kil...more**Tiny spoiler alert** You find this out within the first few chapters so it's not that bad.
Who ever thought that cheating on a test could get you killed? Well apparently Gemma Halliday thought just that and made this the prime tale of her latest Deadly Cool novel, Social Suicide. Now let me start by saying murder mystery novels for pre-teens are usually not my thing. However, the lovely people of Harper Collins were so kind as to send me an ARC of Social Suicide and I graciously thank them for doing so.
With that being said Herbert Hoover High is really not a school I would want to attend. There are a lot of deaths for literally the stupidest things you can imagine. I don’t understand why Hartley’s mom continues to allow this child to attend this school, but we’re not here to dissect the inner workings of a misguided parent, we’re here to talk about the book.
Social Suicide starts a few months after Hartley defended her ass of an ex-boyfriend from a butt load of jail time for being accused of killing the girl he was swapping spit (and some other body fluids if you know what I mean.) You know the chick who happened to be the president of the “Chastity Club”? Happily Hartley is now a part of the HHH newspaper which means she gets to write stories and hang out with jailbait Chase. (Jailbait for me because I’m 27 too bad)
While working on a story about a home coming queen contestant being caught cheating on her pre-calculus midterm, Hartley just happens to stumble across that same girls body floating in a pool after she agreed to do an interview with Hartley which may have given her some hints as to how she got the answers for the test.
Everyone else was under the impression that Sydney (our dead ex-homecoming queen hopeful) killed herself in a fit of teenage angst and melodrama. However, after a tiny bit of investigating which literally just means looking at the dead chicks Twitter page; Hartley and her best friend Sam have come to the conclusion that it was Twittercide , and thus starts another murder investigation.
Social Suicide had the same witty, modern day antics that made Deadly Cool such a good read. Hartley is a strong female character. She doesn’t mind diving into some pretty heated situations in order to get the job done. Where the cops failed to really investigate, she’s there to pick up the story and the truth of a situation. Honestly she’s this generations Nancy Drew, and that’s a nice change from the weak minded female characters I have been reading lately in YA novels.
There is no straightforward romance so if you’re looking for that you may as well put this series down. It’s obvious that Chase is the heart throb of the series, but Halliday pushes readers to get away from the heart pounding and more into the trying to figure out who did it. Honestly, I knew who did it right away, but it wasn’t as blandly obvious as most YA novels and I really do appreciate that. All in all Social Suicide was a good brief read. It’s funny, the main character kicks ass, and for us old fogs it’s a nice peek into the teenage world of today. (less)
I FINALLY made through the tale of Lisabeth Salander. It took me almost one year and hours of stopping and starting until I completed the last book. H...moreI FINALLY made through the tale of Lisabeth Salander. It took me almost one year and hours of stopping and starting until I completed the last book. Honestly it was an awesome story with some dry parts that left me crying for Larsson to just get to the point already. I enjoyed reading the Millenium series and would recommend, but it would come with a heavy "You might snore on some parts." disclaimer. (less)
Wow, a nice continuation to a series that is quickly becoming one of my favorites. With an ending that left me more then pissed off and begging for th...moreWow, a nice continuation to a series that is quickly becoming one of my favorites. With an ending that left me more then pissed off and begging for the next installment. (less)