Author: Gemma Halliday
Publisher: Harper Teen
Publication Date: October 11, 2011
Series: Deadly Cool, book one
Source: ARC for blog tour
About the Book: Hartley Grace Featherstone is having a very bad day. First she finds out that her boyfriend is cheating on her with the president of the Herbert Hoover High School Chastity Club. Then he’s pegged as the #1 suspect in a murder. And if that weren’t enough, now he’s depending on Hartley to clear his name.
But as much as Hartley wouldn’t mind seeing him squirm, she knows he’s innocent, and she’s the only one who can help him. Along with her best friend, Sam, and the school’s resident Bad Boy, Chase, Hartley starts investigating on her own. But as the dead bodies begin to pile up, the mystery deepens, the suspects multiply, and Hartley begins to fear that she may be the killer’s next victim.
My Thoughts: I kind of feel bad saying this about a book that teens are murdered in but this book was just so much fun! From the "First love is a killer" tagline and the earbud's spelling the word cool you can tell that this isn't a "serious" murder mystery. Rather, it's a whodunnit with a fun and quirky twist.
Poor, poor Hartley! Not only does she find out her boyfriend is cheating on her (with the president of the flipping Chastity Club?!?!?) but she also finds the girl's body in his bedroom closet! Awesome... or not. Talk about awkward. I loved that Hartley didn't sit down and throw herself a pity party. She kicked the cheating boy to the curb and then took matters in to her own hands when the cops were on the wrong track. It was fun to see how she and her friends (old and new) handled the situation. I loved her observations about high school and the people there.
If you're looking for something a little different Deadly Cool is a light and fun contemporary with a slightly darker side!