Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Review: Prep School Confidential by Kara Taylor

Prep School Confidential (Prep School Confidential #1)
 
In this breathtaking debut that reads like Gossip Girl crossed with Twin Peaks, a Queen Bee at a blue-blooded New England prep school stumbles into a murder mystery.

Anne Dowling practically runs her exclusive academy on New York’s Upper East Side—that is, until she accidentally burns part of it down and gets sent to a prestigious boarding school outside of Boston. Determined to make it back to New York, Anne couldn't care less about making friends at the preppy Wheatley School. That is, until her roommate Isabella’s body is found in the woods behind the school.

When everyone else is oddly silent, Anne becomes determined to uncover the truth no matter how many rules she has to break to do it. With the help of Isabella’s twin brother Anthony, and a cute classmate named Brent, Anne discovers that Isabella wasn’t quite the innocent nerdy girl she pretended to be. But someone will do anything to stop Anne’s snooping in this fast-paced, unputdownable read—even if it means framing her for Isabella’s murder.
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Publication Date: July 30, 2013
 
 
 
Kat's Review
 
This book is hilarious, and creepy, and snarky, and overall just hits all the right notes from a YA murder mystery. The protagonist made me laugh out loud sometimes, in her attempts to adjust to life in a new city with fashion and social rules that are so different from her New York roots. Underneath her outer image, though, the voice of the main character is one of a very self-aware teenager, if a bit misguided.
 
The story is a bit of a whodunit, with several potential suspects that Anne must rule out to get to the real killer. Her instincts are tested along the way, and she finds herself thrown into some interesting situations as she conducts her informal investigation. Deciding just who she can trust and who is the enemy could be the difference between life and death for her too, and the story kept throwing curveballs at the reader along the way.
 
I don't know what else to say about this one except that it's a fun, not quite lighthearted but not too serious read that I enjoyed far more than I thought I would.
 
Rating: A Good Read
 
A teen murder mystery that doesn't take itself too seriously but yet doesn't talk down to the reader. This one was a real page-turner that kept me up late to finish it.
 
I received a complimentary copy of this title from NetGalley and the publisher in return for an honest review.

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