Monday, June 10, 2013

Review: Georgetown Academy Book Three

Georgetown Academy: Book Three
The frosty chill that’s settled over Georgetown Academy isn’t just from the winter weather—growing up in the D.C. fishbowl isn’t for everyone, but a break from the Beltway might just restore some sanity.
Ellie Walker’s suffered through a lifetime of scandal in a few short weeks, and now must watch her true love fall for someone else. But will a dose of fresh New England air—and an irresistible newcomer who plays by his own rules—provide the change of pace she so desperately needs?
Riding high after her smashing D.C. debut, Taryn Reyes hatches a plan to cement her relationship with Gabe. But she may get more than she bargained for when she enlists Brooks’ help.
Evan Harnett would do anything to protect her friends. But one moment of weakness, and now she’s on the outs with both Hunter and Ellie. Hot on the trail of a new story, she’s heartbroken to find it leads straight back to Ellie. Can she save her friend and their friendship?
Brinley Madison’s Clinton-esque downfall was bad enough, but between family obligations, protecting her friends, and managing local gossip, will she be able to regain her social standing without losing her peace of mind?
Privileged kids in a posh hotel with nothing to do but scheme and ski—and they thought D.C. was a pressure cooker? One thing’s for sure: what happens in Vermont definitely won’t stay in Vermont.
Publisher: Coliloquy
Publication Date: January, 2013
Kat's Review
I've been remiss in not reviewing this earlier, but with book four set to be published tomorrow, along with a Season One four book set to be made available, it's time to write this review.  If you're not familiar with the series, Georgetown Academy follows the lives of students at an elite high school in Washington, D.C. where students of those involved in Washington politics attend classes.  Told from multiple perspectives, the books provide a fascinating look at how the politics of high school might be shaped when every decision taken might be scrutinized by the media and the whole country.  The political lines drawn by their parents influence the behaviour of the students, but are not always strong enough to keep them from their hearts' desires. 
I like this series because it tackles teen drama from a different perspective.  The books are the perfect length for a quick read, and don't take themselves too seriously.  It's like watching a teen drama on television- beautiful people, expensive clothes, too much privilege and lots of drama.  I actually think the series is getting stronger as it goes, showing a different side to the characters from the first two books.  This is particularly true with Brinley, the privileged daughter of a Republican who prides herself on being perfect.  This book shows her fragile side, the side that is cracking from the pressure.  Taking the action away from Washington for a school trip helps shake some of the pressures the students deal with on a day-to-day basis, and allows their true personalities to shine through.   
Rating: A Good Read
This series puts a smile on my face and makes me wonder what it must really be like for children of high-level politicians and political strategists in Washington.  If they ever turn this into a series, I'll be watching!
I was provided a complimentary copy of this title by NetGalley & the publisher in return for an honest review.
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