Saturday, April 6, 2013

Review: Georgetown Academy Book One

Georgetown Academy: Book One
 
It’s the beginning of a new political administration. That might not mean much at most high schools, but at Georgetown Academy, Washington D.C.’s most elite prep school, January 20th means new alliances, new flings, and new places to party.  While freshmen—nicknamed “interns” for their willingness to jump into bed with anyone higher on the D.C. totem pole—navigate the not-so-friendly halls of GA searching for Algebra and Bio classes, the school’s lifers have other things on their minds.

For self-proclaimed D.C. royalty Brinley Madison (of those Madisons), the first day of school is all about establishing the social hierarchy and playing the part of perfect political wife to her boyfriend, the outgoing Vice President’s son. Too bad he has a wandering eye that puts Bill Clinton’s to shame. Can she keep him, and her own secret vice, in check?  Ellie Walker, Brinley’s best friend, floats through the halls on the arm of golden boy Hunter McKnight (the JFK of GA). But when her ex-boyfriend, Gabe, returns to town and her Senator mother’s political nemesis is reelected, Ellie’s life starts to snowball out of control.

Shy, quiet Evan Hartnett is more into books than beer, and her closet is full of t-shirts and jeans instead of Jason Wu and Jimmy Choo. No one’s ever really noticed her—but she’s been noticing them. When her star rises as an intern at D.C.’s most-watched political news show, she soon finds the two worlds colliding in ways that make her question what’s secret and what’s fair game.  New girl Taryn Reyes is all laid-back, California cool; with a father who’s in line to be the first Hispanic president, she’s ready to dive into the D.C. scene with an open mind. But when her fellow students turn out to be more interested in spreading rumors than making friends, she realizes that forging a drama-free path might be a lot harder than she thinks.

With so many new friends and former flames in the mix, things are bound to get a little heated. And while diplomatic immunity might keep the cops away, there’s not much it can do about the press.
In a town where one teenage misstep can turn into a national scandal, the students at Georgetown Academy will have to be on their best behavior—or, at least, they’ll have to make the world believe that they are.  Because there’s only one rule: whatever you do, don’t get caught.

What’s Cool from Coliloquy:
As the party scene at Georgetown Academy gets under way, authors Alyssa and Jessica let readers decide which of the main girls to follow. You’ll see scandalous behavior, unexpected liaisons, and secret betrayals…all giving you a different perspective as events unfold.


(Cover & Description from Goodreads.  Source.)
Publisher: Coliloquy LLC
Publication Date: October 24, 2012

Kat's Review

This series is written by two authors who have written multiple scripts for television and film, and it shows.  It reads like a TV show.  I could honestly see this book being made into a successful television show, all beautiful people and fancy clothes and cool backdrops.  The premise is actually pretty unique- Washington from the perspective of the teenagers caught in the political crossfire of their parents' chosen profession of politics.  All of the regular teen drama amped up several notches with the addition of money, politics, and the media. 

The book is told from multiple points of view, switching between the female protagonists, which I was fine with but I know is a problem for some.  It was a useful way of introducing the reader to the multiple personalities at work and giving some of the pertinent background and motivation for each individual's actions.  This is a short book, around a hundred pages, so each girl gets only a small piece of the story to call her own, but since the stories are intertwined, each girl is present throughout the book. 

I liked the book.  There's nothing quite like high school drama, and these authors know how to do it well.  The pacing is quick, and although some scenarios are predictable, there were enough surprises to keep me reading and wondering what would happen next.  This is a quick, fun read, perfect for when you want to get through a book in an afternoon, or when you're in the mood for some serious gossip.

Rating: Worth a Look

I enjoyed this book, partly because of the Washington setting, which I found fascinating to see through the eyes of teenagers, and partly because the storytelling is slick and fast-paced.  It's like reading a really gossipy magazine, in the best possible way.

I was provided a complimentary copy of this title from NetGalley & Coliloquy in return for an honest review.

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