Social Suicide by Gemma Halliday – REVIEW

Social Suicide by Gemma Halliday
Release Date: April 24th, 2012
HarperTeen, 277 Pages
Sub-genre: Mystery
Source: Advance Reader Copy
Age Group: Young Adult
Series: Hartley Featherstone #2

Twittercide: the killing of one human being by another while the victim is in the act of tweeting.

Call me crazy, but I figured writing for the Herbert Hoover High Homepage would be a pretty sweet gig. Pad the resume for college applications, get a first look at the gossip column, spend some time ogling the paper’s brooding bad-boy editor, Chase Erikson. But on my first big story, things went…a little south. What should have been a normal interview with Sydney Sanders turned into me discovering the homecoming queen-hopeful dead in her pool. Electrocuted while Tweeting. Now, in addition to developing a reputation as HHH’s resident body finder, I’m stuck trying to prove that Sydney’s death wasn’t suicide.

I’m starting to long for the days when my biggest worry was whether the cafeteria was serving pizza sticks or Tuesday Tacos…

If you loved Nancy Drew or Harriet the Spy as a kid, you’re bound to like this book. Hartley Featherstone is back in the center of attention when she discovers yet another of her classmates dead. This time, it’s Homecoming Queen nominee Sydney Sanders. So how will Hartley prove that this wasn’t suicide and who is murderer?

Oh, this series is just SO MUCH FUN. It’s light hearted murder mystery with tons of humor and playfulness wrapped in it. It really is so much fun trying to guess who the killer is. Interesting for me is that I just finished I Hunt Killers and while they are both “murder mysteries”, Social Suicide‘s playfulness seems to win me over in spite of itself.

And while there isn’t much romance in this book, I’m perfectly okay with that! (Surprising, I know!)

I absolutely adore this series and want more!

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