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3.71  ·  Rating details ·  2,035 ratings  ·  348 reviews
It takes more than a school trip to Washington, D.C. to change fifteen-year-old Christy's life. It takes murder.

A witness to the brutal slaying of a Senator's aide, Christy finds herself watched not only by the killers and the FBI, but also by two hot boys.

She discovers that if she can't help the FBI, who want to protect her, it will cost her and her new friends their
Paperback, 348 pages
Published April 28th 2011 by O'neal Publishing (first published April 25th 2011)
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Sep 01, 2012 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: teenage girls
Recommended to Megan by: Tutu
I really wanted to like this book; I feel like I give extra allowance to LDS authors because I want so badly to see them succeed and have vast readership.

It was painful, pretty much the whole way through. I couldn't stand the main character who vascilated between being a supercilious know-it-all nerdy girl, and a totally superficial mindless teenage girl. Way too much time spent in her head on her thoughts. Reminded me a bit of Twilight books (which I liked, just so you don't think I'm a total
Nov 26, 2012 added it
Shelves: didn-t-finish-it

I wanted to give this series a chance. Clean, smut free suspense; by a local author, sounded good to me. I have a strong belief that just because books are written for young teens, doesn't mean they should be filled with silliness. This had good potential so i wanted to read it hoping i could overlook the silly comments, but decided although it was "clean" it just wasn't for me.

Here are a few quotes from the first 33 pages:

"I kept my eyes fixed on the door, wanting Alex to appear so I could
Feb 27, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
When 15 year old Christy goes on a trip to Washington DC, She's determined to change herself, and make some friends. She'll wish she never bothered though, when during a trip with her new friends, She sees a murder.
Now she's being followed by the culprits.. Can the FBI stop them in time?

This was an okay book, but it dragged through the majority of it.

The beginning started well, and did catch my attention. It was full of details of the murder, and was quite gruesome. Though, there was a few
Philomena Callan Cheekypee
Nov 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: loved-it
Ive not read anything by this author but that will have to change after reading this as I enjoyed it.

This is a well told YA story. I really like Christy and how she developed as the story went on. Theres lots of drama and romance in this story. Id have loved the pace to be quicker but I still enjoyed it and look forward to reading more of the series.
Feb 13, 2013 rated it did not like it
Trying hard to finish this one.....ugh.

I finished. bleh This will be a long rant.

I even OWN this one. Why did I bother, you ask? I am a sucker for author's signing their books, especially local authors hoping to sell some copies. I want and like to be supportive and I like to read, so that is a win-win, right? There was even a woman with her daughters standing there who said they had liked this first book. (It's a trilogy, I believe. Isn't everything anymore?) That's why I own this book - at
Jul 27, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I really, really wanted to like this book. I met the author at a book signing, and she seemed delightful and interesting. But, in a word, reading this story was PAINFUL! I frequently found myself cringing at the terrible grammar, which included fragmented sentences and constant misuse of the comma. I feel somewhat embarrassed for the author and publisher; I mean, who on earth "edited" this thing? Mistakes like that instantly lower the credibility of a story, in my opinion.
Honestly though, I'm
Mark Soone
Nov 07, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: teen
This book was OK, not bad not great. It is really a shame because this book seemed to have such promise. There was the element of a suspense thriller, with an atrocious crime and a group of kids who tried to reconcile what they saw and keep an eye out for the bad guys. There was an element of a nice coming of age story, with an akward teenage girl. I felt that it could have gone either way and been a good story, but in this cast the 2 themes never made a connection with me...They didn't gel with ...more
May 03, 2012 rated it liked it
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15-year-old Christy is on a trip to Washington D.C. with some other high school students, when she accidentally witnesses an execution style murder.
From that moment on Christy is sure that someone is watching her and the other students that she was with at the time.
Christy hatches a plan to get a letter to the FBI detailing what she saw, and they promise to look into things for her, and keep her safe.
Is someone following them though? Can they trust
Jan 03, 2013 rated it liked it
I haven't finished the book yet. I'm somewhere around 15 pages short of the end. Im not sure that it is going to get finished.. no matter how badly I want to see what becomes of them. The book is... Interesting.. to say the least. I must admit that I like the concept, but the way it was written seemed unorganized. The characters weren't well rounded enough for me.
It gives a few minor details about each person that is important, and I felt like you don't get a chance to meet any of them before
Mikey Brooks
Jul 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I love to mix things up a bit in my reading so after reading a MG fantasy I picked up a YA suspense. This particular book my wife had been begging me to read forever. Im not even sure why I hadnt read it to begin with since I know and adore the author, Cindy M Hogan. Cindy is the spunkiest, most energetic, positive person I know. In fact, if the super optimistic Olaf from Disneys Frozen had a sister it would be Cindy. She just makes you feel a live and feel great. You would not think a sweet, ...more
May 30, 2014 rated it did not like it
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Mar 12, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: series
This book only just barely avoids being classified as LDS fiction in that the author never mentions Christy's religion by name. It does, however, go on & on about her praying all the time & singing songs she learned in her childhood religion classes, & how her family doesn't believe she should date until she turns 16 & other tells that any LDS person will catch. Most of it didn't seem very out of place in the general story, but, by the end, it started feeling like it was too ...more
Mar 29, 2012 rated it it was ok
This was a bit of a disappointment for me. I had read a review of this book and was anxious to read it. I felt like I labored with every page. Yes, I understand I'm not the target reader here. Still...I've read a number of other books where I wasn't the target reader and nevertheless felt involved and engaged in reading. Not so with this one.

I didn't really find much to care about here: the characters, the bad guys (they were all so very vague) the plot, even the setting was sort of glossed
Benjamin Whitney
Sep 01, 2013 rated it it was ok
Watched was an okay book. It definately falls into the stereotypical and cliche catagory that Young Adult books are victim to. A good example can be in this books description:

A witness to the brutal slaying of a Senator's aide, Christy finds herself watched not only by the killers and the FBI, but also by two hot boys.

... Two hot boys huh? Nevermind the fact that she witnessed a murder of a person. These two Highschool hunks are all that mattter... oh and I guess her survival. Emphasis is put on
Sep 03, 2011 rated it did not like it
I wanted to read this book because the author is a local author. It also was selected as one of Amazon's up and coming books. I did not like it. The main character is on a trip with a bunch of students to Washington D.C. to see how the government works. They see a traumatic event and have to stay away from the people trying to silence them. The girl ends up trying to decide which of two boys she likes and by the end I just wanted to say "enough already!" It was supposed to be a thriller and it ...more
Kristen Robison
Jan 04, 2012 rated it liked it
Okay, so I really HATE love triangles! This one was pretty out of control and i had to force myself to keep reading. So by the time I was 3/4 of the way done with the book, I finally started to enjoy it! I'm guessing there is going to be a sequel, so if we have to go with a love triangle, could we please have a love square and have one of them be the hero FBI agent..I know, older man...maybe 5 or 6 years could go by...just saying...
Jul 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-literature
I blame this book for getting very little done today and neglecting my children. It was an enjoyable, intense read. I am going to read more by the author because I had so much fun. Well, maybe not. My family may suffer.
Tony Parsons
Dec 18, 2018 rated it liked it
Washington, D.C. Christy Hadden 15, Marybeth, Rick, Alex, Kira, Eugene, Lance, & Josh were on a political trip.
Mrs. Jackson was the chaperone.
After going/coming out of the bathroom, the area was a bloodbath.
Johnathan (Senator Randolphs aide) had been beheaded.
Senator Randolph (IA) was now acting real peculiar.
FBI SA Miller, FBI SA Durrant (aka Bird Catcher), FBI SA Jeremy McGinnis, & FBI SA Chris, Eugene are watching out/over everybody while they are investigating the murder.

I did not
Mar 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
hope i have the right book ... covers are different here on Goodreads than Amazon? i wonder??
wow, 8 books in this series ...such a great read. love the cover. newbie author to me ... love this kind of read. well done!! what a story ...
Arla (Leave Mommy Alone)
Thank you to Cindy Hogan for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Fifteen year old Christy Hadden is book-smart, shy, unpopular, boring and never been kissed. That is, until she wins a scholarship that pays for 2 weeks touring Washington D.C. This trip means Christy can start fresh and be someone else for a change. Especially, when she's accepted into the circle of cool, good-looking kids, for the first time in her life. In order to maintain their acceptance, she goes against her
Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
Oct 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
Generally when I get a new book in the mail or from the library, I open it up right away and start reading the first page. I dont know why I do this, I guess to just get an initial feel for the book. To see if Im going to be interested in it right away. If the book really captures me I end up reading more, even though Ive already told myself that I cant read the book until I finish with whatever other books Im working on for reviews. Watched was one of those books that I started reading and didn ...more
Don't read this book if you don't have an entire sitting to read it!

Sadly, I learned that the hard way. This attention grabbing novel was really good and I kept wanting to turn the page to find out what happened next, even if I was in class.

What I liked about Watched, was the reality of it. Taking place in D.C., Watched is about a girl and a group of seven students who were on a two week trip to the Capitol. Being witness of a murder scene, they're thrust into the dangers and mystery of it all.

Dec 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lds-fiction
I really enjoyed this book. It was filled with action, suspense and adventure.

Fifteen year old Christy is a bit of a know-it-all. She is very book smart and school work has always come easily to her. However she's a bit of a flop when it comes to social situations. Her entire life she's felt award, invisible and even ostracized. When the opportunity to win a scholarship to attend a two week long trip to Washington D.C. with high school students from across the nation arises Christy jumps at the
Peggy Holloway
May 13, 2013 rated it liked it
This book starts out with a group of teenagers who, while on a field trip to Washington DC, witnesses a murder that involves a Senator. I thought it sounded juvenile but it looked like the plot was going to interesting, so I decided to keep reading. But after about the first thirty or so pages it goes off on a tangent about the young girl who is kind of a genius and never did fit in at her high school, but is hoping that this trip to DC will help her change somehow so that people will like her. ...more
Kitty Honeycutt
Sep 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing

Poor Christy! It's bad enough to be stalked by possible murderers, but to have two guys you care for suddenly find you interesting... at the same time? Christy is a girl that has spent her life being virtually invisible, but one trip to Washington D.C. changes everything. She goes from being an intelligent, barely seen, little known girl, to being wanted by a group of murderers, harbored by the F.B.I. under protective custody, and adored by two guys that she never
Chris Mclean
Apr 28, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-ya
Found this on netgalleys

This is a great concept: Christy goes to Washington, D.C. to participate Ina two week seminar for high school kids. She is a genius,mbut she has never felt like she fit in and this is her chance to remake herself. Most of the kids in her group like her and include her in their activities. In fact, two wonderful guys like her....

So, there's that. And there's also the fact that Christy witnesses the murder of a senator's aide. She has to help her small group let the FBi
Lynn  2 Girls & A Book
Mar 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Mild mannered, quiet, shy Christy Hadden is looking forward to her group trip to Washington D.C. to study politics up close. She is also hoping to reinvent herself so that when she returns to her small hometown in Montana she wont be bullied and an outcast any longer. Christy gets way more than she bargained for when she and fellow student, Marybeth, witness the brutal murder of a senators aide. After calling the others from their group into the bathroom were they witnessed the murder through a ...more
Melissa Aragon
I really liked this story. It was a nice break from all the supernatural stories I normally read.

While sneaking out for a night of exploration without the chaperones Christy and her group see a meeting and a murder they shouldn't have. After going to the FBI they find out the bad guys are a greater threat they could have imagined. Until the FBI can find the bad guys and put them away they're lives are in danger, but this isn't the only exciting thing going on in D.C. Christy quickly becomes the
Jun 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
Such an awesome read! I. COULD. NOT. PUT. THIS. BOOK. DOWN!

As Christy and her new friends are touring D.C. they witness a murder that, of course, they weren't meant to. They find a way to discretely inform the FBI about it and try to keep themselves safe from the bad guys!

Cindy Hogan does an amazing job of weaving a web of intrigue.
Feb 04, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: adolescent
This was a fairly intense teen read where a few teenage kids witness a Senator's aide being murdered, and the people who did it are hunting for them. I enjoyed the intensity of the book. It was easy to follow, and I think most teens would enjoy it for a light quick read.
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USA Today Bestselling author, Cindy M. Hogan is the author of edge of your seat, young adult suspense novels that always have a dash of romance, because every book should have hot guys and girls in them. Her first series, the Watched Series, skyrocketed her to number one bestselling author and she hasnt let up since with over 20 novels to her name.

She never sits down to write, instead, she walks

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