Apr 23, 2012

ARC Review: Gemma Halliday - Social Suicide

Gemma Halliday - Social Suicide

• Pub Date: April 24, 2012
• Publisher: HarperTeen
• Format: Paperback, 272pp
• Age Range: Young Adult

Twittercide [twit-er-sahyd]: the killing of one human being by another while the victim is in the act of tweeting.

Call me crazy, but I figured writing for the Herbert Hoover High Homepage would be a pretty sweet gig. Pad the resume for college applications, get a first look at the gossip column, spend some time ogling the paper’s brooding bad-boy editor, Chase Erikson. But on my first big story, things went... a little south. What should have been a normal interview with Sydney Sanders turned into me discovering the Homecoming Queen-hopeful dead in her pool. Electrocuted while Tweeting. Now, in addition to developing a reputation as HHH’s resident body finder, I’m stuck trying to prove that Sydney’s death wasn’t suicide.

I’m starting to long for the days when my biggest worry was whether the cafeteria was serving pizza sticks or Tuesday Tacos...
I received this book from Harper Teen for review. Here is my honest opinion:

This is a hilarious murder mystery YA novel! The sequel to Deadly Cool, Social Suicide is funny, smart, and slightly irresistible. Hartley is crime-solving, super-reporting, downright hysterical main character filled to the brim with quips and curiosity. She's always in the middle of trouble, whether by accident or on purpose. Can she get to the bottom of a cheating scheme at her high school that leads to murder? Read on, readers!

Hartley has a lot to deal with in her life. Chase, her newspaper boss at school, is on her mind in a boyfriend kind of way. Her best friend Sam is so concerned with her boyfriend and good grades, but she's still an awesome buddy. And her mom has now taken on Match.com trying to find a new beau in her life. Hartley actually has time to try to solve a mystery? Oh yes.

It's all a bit ridiculous by not being realistic in the least, but it makes you laugh and keeps you guessing! It also left me with a smile on my face by the very last lines. This novel is creative and seriously fun. A quick read, Social Suicide will have you on your toes and waiting for the next book in line!

My only problem with this one is the same one I had with the last book: people are always biting their lips! It's like every other page. "I bit my lip." "She bit her lip." Etc, etc. I get tired of the same phrase over and over. It's always at the beginning of a new paragraph, too, so it's painfully obvious.

Bottom Line: Definitely read this one if you enjoyed Deadly Cool! Great continuation of Hartley's story.


3.5 / 5 book sharks

1 comment:

  1. Funny is my favorite right now. I may have to pick this one up. Great review.


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