Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Deadly Cool is just that- COOL!
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. Seriously? Not cool.
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.
I fell in love with Hartley as she's punchy, to the point and laugh out loud. We hear a lot about voice when it comes to novels--specifically how hard it is to nail that teen voice in a young adult novel, but Halliday has it mastered. Add in a little murder mystery and you have the perfect read for a long weekend.
Reading level: Ages 13 and up
Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: HarperTeen (October 11, 2011)
Source of review copy: Publisher