Release Date: October 11th, 2011
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Series: Deadly Cool #1
Source: I own a copy of this book.
Blurb: Hartley Grace Featherstone is having a very bad day. First she finds out that her boyfriend is cheating on her with the president of the Herbert Hoover High School Chastity Club. Then he’s pegged as the #1 suspect in a murder. And if that weren’t enough, now he’s depending on Hartley to clear his name.
But as much as Hartley wouldn’t mind seeing him squirm, she knows he’s innocent, and she’s the only one who can help him. Along with her best friend, Sam, and the school’s resident Bad Boy, Chase, Hartley starts investigating on her own. But as the dead bodies begin to pile up, the mystery deepens, the suspects multiply, and Hartley begins to fear that she may be the killer’s next victim.
Review: This was fun! I really enjoyed it. There was a small bit of slut-shaming towards the end and I hate to have to do it, but I’m knocking off a star. This totally doesn’t mean I didn’t like it, because I did, and I loved Chase. But that type of thing is never okay with me and kind of ruined the experience. It’s a bit of a trigger for me, just like homophobia and the R word.
The book was hilarious though and I found myself laughing out loud on more than one occasion. It was like an updated version of Nancy Drew. Some parts slapstick, some parts crude, but ALWAYS fun. I definitely will be reading the next one. I’m not sure I can write a full review on this one because I really don’t have a lot to say.
Do I recommend it? I do! If you are looking for a fun piece of fluff that is also a thriller, this is your book. If you’re looking for what looks to be the beginning of a promising mystery series with a little romance thrown in, this is your book. Chase is dreamy and he will make you swoon. But the romance is definitely not the focal point of the story. If you are looking for a fun piece of literature that will make you laugh and want to befriend the protagonist? This is your book.
Hartley’s voice was just fantastic and unique and I loved her(minus the one instance of slut-shaming). I’m totally reading Social Suicide as soon as I can get my hands on it.
So instead of spilling my destination, I nodded. Slowly. “Yes. Yes, I am going to class.”
He grinned. “Dude, you are the worst liar on the planet. Seriously, we got to get you some lessons or something.”
I rolled my eyes. “Whatever.” I pushed past him, heading toward the front of the school.
“So, if you’re not going to class, what are you doing?” he persisted, following a step behind me.
“Where are you going?”
“Need a ride to nowhere?”
“No!” Even if I did, I wasn’t ready to take my life in my hands by riding with him twice in one day. “Look, just because we’re both investigating this thing doesn’t mean we have to be joined at the hip.”
Chase stopped following me. He gave me a long look. Then grinned again.
“Okay. Fine. I’ll catch you later, then.”
“Fine. Good. Catch ya.” I turned to go again.
And heard him call over my shoulder, “Say hi to Josh for me!”