What I'm Reading: Get Even by Gretchen McNeil

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Social Suicide by Gemma Halliday

After enjoying the Nancy Drew-esque feel of the first book of this series, Deadly Cool, (see my review here) I felt sure that Social Suicide would be just as exciting.

Here's the summary from Goodreads: 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. . . .

Pizza sticks or Tuesday Tacos...lol! I don't know, Hartley, school cafeteria lunches can be as scary as anything, in my opinion!

What I Liked: 1) Miz Halliday has found that fine line between normal teen vernacular and immaturity. I feel like some authors assume that teens have a very immature vocabulary, and since I read a lot of YA books, this is one of my biggest pet peeves! But the teens in this books seemed to be at an appropriate maturity level, and I was really grateful for that. 2) I feel like this one was a little more focused than Deadly Cool was. Not that I'm just going to sit here and compare them, but Hartley now has a different reason for investigating the death of Sydney. It made it a little more realistic to me. 3) The mystery. The storyline was very interesting, and kept me intrigued the whole time, though I figured it out before the end. Well, I take that back. I was about 80% sure I knew who the Big Bad was, and was happy when I turned out to be correct. 4) This was a lighter story, despite the subject, and perfect for summer when you aren't looking for something heavy. It's a fun and funny mystery with just the tiniest bit of an edge.

What I Didn't Like: The only thing I'll say is that it followed a very similar pattern as Deadly Cool. The events that happened in this one were a little to similar to the things that happened in Deadly Cool, so it was a little predictable.

Overall Thoughts: For a lighthearted mystery, I'd definitely recommend Gemma Halliday's Deadly Cool series. Social Suicide was the second book of the series. Hartley is a funny and intelligent main character, and the plot drives the story forward. Many will enjoy this.

My Rating: 4 shots


  1. Ohhhhh I love these books :D Deadly Cool was one of my favorites and I loved Social Suicide just as much :D It's actually set in my home town so I'm fully aware of all the places they go which was super awesome for me :) Great review!!

    Anna @ Literary Exploration

  2. great review.

    oh i seriously need to get the first book.

    Le' Grande Codex


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