Friday, June 22, 2012

Social Suicide by Gemma Halliday

Social Suicide by Gemma Halliday
Release Date: April 24, 2012
Publisher: HarperTeen

Twittercide: 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 completely loved Deadly Cool, the first story in this series, and Social Suicide was an excellent sequel.  The same awesome characters are back, and I just sunk my teeth into this one from the very beginning.  Hartley is so smart, and often funny too... she's one of those characters that you just love reading.  You have to love being in this girl's head.  After solving her first mystery, she's back to solve a new one, and I just love watching her work out all the clues and figure everything out.  Does it seem that Hartley is smarter than the police?  Yes, it does.  Is that realistic?  No.  Do I care?  Not a bit.  LOL!  Can't help it.

Some of my favorite parts in the book are between Hartley and her friend Sam.  Sam is so, so, so cute and funny... and the dynamic between these two friends is so amazingly cute.  What a team!!

And then there's Chase.  Wow.  That's all I can say.  I just love him.  He's a bad boy, but not.  He's smart, sexy, and I know he has to drive Hartley crazy, because I know he does me.  And the way this romance is unfolding with agonizing slowness is just a big, enormous tease... thank you very much, Gemma Halliday.  But I love it.

The author knows how to write some good suspense, a great mystery, and chuckling humor.  You just can't help but enjoy yourself reading this story.  I can't wait to see what happens next in this story.

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