23 April 2012

Review: Social Suicide

Title: Social Suicide
Author: Gemma Halliday
Series: Deadly Cool #2
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: April 24, 2012
Find it here: Amazon, Goodreads
Source: ARC compliments of HarperTeen

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...

My thoughts: 

Hartley Featherstone is by far one of my favorite silly murder mystery crime solvers ever! Deadly Cool was one of my favorite reads last year and I was so excited to hear that the release of Social Suicide was right around the corner!

Hartley is so hilarious! This year she’s on the staff of the school paper and she has been itching to land a huge story so that she can impress Chase, the editor. So when a fellow classmate gets caught cheating and then mysteriously commits “twittercide”, Hartley wants this story all to herself and she will do whatever it takes to find out the truth.

Hartley is such a great character because of her determination. She doesn’t let anything like the police, a possible killer on the loose or curfews stop her from investigating. She’s also not whiny like a lot of other characters out there in YA. She’s clumsy, she’s gets herself into the craziest situations and she always laughs at herself in the end.

Chase is so freakin HOT in Social Suicide! He continually send her these mixed signals where he won’t really explain what they’re doing so beforehand Hartley thinks it might be a date so her best friend dresses her up all fancy but then it turns out to be a steak-out in the bushes. Situations like that were just so hilarious! I loved that romance isn’t the main focus of Social Suicide. Chase and Hartley’s relationship is going really slow, which can be annoying sometimes but you’re just laughing your ass off so much that you don’t even notice.

If you haven’t read Deadly Cool yet I strongly recommend that you do! They are such fun, quick reads where you can lose yourself and the next thing you know you’ve finished the book! They can be predictable at times but the ride is so fun that you don’t even notice! I give Social Suicide 4 hearts because Hartley had me laughing the whole time!


Lisa said...

This book sounds brilliant!! I still have to read Deadly Cool (Aussie publishers are a bit slow - may have to purchase hehe) but this review has gotten me very excited. The characters sound so fun and interesting.... *attacks Book Depo* Great review!

Molli @ Once Upon a Prologue said...

I really want to read the first book! I love that you describe this one as that much fun, and as being funny. I will have to be sure to, when I can make time, check out the first book. Thanks for the review, Crystal! You've really piqued my interest in this series!

Molli | Once Upon a Prologue

Bookish Brunette said...

Twittercide... rocked my face off! I'm about halfway through this one! Loving it so far!

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