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Wicked Little Secrets

(Prep School Confidential #2)

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  1,247 ratings  ·  177 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
Paperback, 304 pages
Published March 16th 2014 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published March 4th 2014)
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Khanh, first of her name, mother of 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 lev
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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
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 presen
Cora Tea Party Princess
Jan 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
5 Words: Boarding school, mystery, scandal, attraction.

I absolutely loved the first book, so why I waited so long to read the second I have no idea. Because it was awesome from the very first sentence.

They say only the good die young.

Plunged once again into the Wheatley School and all of the associated drama, secrets and scandal, I thoroughly enjoyed this read. In the same tone of the first book, it's one hell of a ride.
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 tee
Jul 14, 2013 rated it it was ok
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
PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps

Why did I wait so long to read the PREP SCHOOL CONFIDENTIAL series? I already had a severe reader crush on Kara Thomas, eagerly awaiting each new release. I shouldn’t have waited so long to read Kara Taylor’s (same person, only name) series.

The severely rule-challenged Anne Dowling is back weeks after solving her roommate’s murder. She’s dating Brent, crushing on Anthony and seeing parallels to Isabelle’s murder, is determined to solve the decades old mysterious disappearance of student
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
Debbie Narh

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
(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
Jacob Proffitt
Jun 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult, mystery
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
Sep 07, 2018 rated it liked it
Do you know what this book is? HARD. WORK.

The first book was really good - there was the beginning, the middle and the end. There was a murder, which may have been connected to a cold case. Anne investigated, found out some connections and weird things, investigated some more and solved the case with the help of her colleagues. This one was totally different...

A murder happened which was never solved, but Anne found some new information about it which made her want to investigate and solve it.
Aug 11, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: won
The downside of putting four years between reading the first and second book in a series is I've lost some love for the characters. I didn't like that this adventure took part almost always away from school because the appeal for me in this series is that the setting is a boarding school. Anne spent a lot of time making enemies out of her so-called friends. I'm not sure if anyone will still have her back in the last book. Also I'm not dying to pick it up even though it's on my shelf.
Longish review to come.
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Oct 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nichole
Originally posted on, 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
Chelsey Wolford
Jul 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I have to wait for the next book in this series, really? I cannot even contain my excitement for this author, her characters, and this series. I received this book on Friday and I finished it in one day! This story/new mystery picks up not long after the last one left off. I do not want to give anything away in this book, but I was glad that this book focused on the disappearance of Matt Weaver. I was so anxious all the way through to find out what happened to him. Both books in this series have ...more
Pallabi Dutta
Jul 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
With a ending like that in the previous book, you know you have to get your hand on the sequel.
Anne finds an old picture of Matt Weaver's Rowing Crew Team with the words, "THEY KILLED HIM" in a book among Isabella things. Her recent dead roommate.
Matt Weaver has become something of a legend, a myth in Wheatly. 30 years ago, Matt Weaver disappeared in the woods behind the school. No body was ever found. No sighting. A cold case.
Anne is obsessed with finding out what happened to Matt weaver so
Sep 26, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Jack Reynolds
Jan 10, 2016 rated it liked it
The love drama is what kept me from liking this as much as the first book. I felt like in the first book, it was kind of unnecessary, but here it was so ridiculous that it got in the way of the mystery. I wanted to roll my eyes so many times due to the fact that it was just so stressful and annoying.

But the mystery was great, even if there was an obvious culprit for the most part. Sometimes, I don't mind if the culprit can be guessed easily, but here it weakens the book because a hint is shown e
Feb 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Loved the intrigue, and the story took off on a normal and expected path with the investigation of Matthew who was missing over 30 years ago. I was a little disappointed in the love triangle. I don't know if it is because Valentines day (aka Singles awareness day as my husband lovingly called it) just happened or what. But I am so sick of people loving more than one person. I get the desire and draw to more than one person, but man up and choose. Then? BE HAPPY with your choice. The waffling bac ...more
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
Apr 08, 2014 rated it liked it
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.
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.
Jul 01, 2014 is currently reading it
I don't know why but I'm actually rooting for the 'Anthony and Anne' ship. And srsly, Anne was too concern in this mystery for her own good. But that's what this book is about so yeaah, go ANNE!!

I'm on phone so I can't post a general update but I might be out for like 3 days or even after Christmas sooo HAPPY HOLIDAYS GUYS!! Sending you all virtual hugs, kisses and gifts. :D
Jan 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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.
Sep 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: on-the-shelf
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.
Elizabeth Norris
Mar 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Anne Dowling is my literary best friend. She might just be one of my favorite all time characters. I love her.
Apr 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
Actual rating 4.5, what can I say?
Freaking love this series, Anne Dowling has got to be one of the most likeable mc's eveeeer!
Jun 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
Lots of names to remember and things to put together but definitely better than the first if you don't get confused.
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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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