Summary from GoodReads:
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.
When a teen girl came into the library a few weeks ago insisting that I read Deadly Cool, I wasn’t sure this book was for me. I mean, when I first saw the cover I thought this book was some kind of Sci-Fi or dystopian. The cover had this creepy pale face on the cover, with empty blue eyes framed with harsh liquid black liner. But I was wrong. It turns out this book is a mystery, which is a genre I enjoy! I am so glad I gave this book a try. It was so much fun.
Now, I did mention that this was a mystery, and I will be honest, I pretty much guessed who the bad guy was early on. But those kind of things never bother me. What I really liked about this book was the MC, Hartley. She was such a great protagonist. She is tough, and smart, and isn’t afraid to speak her mind. And her mixed feelings regarding her boyfriend (ex-boyfriend) after he cheated on her were completely realistic. It’s hard to let someone go, even when you know you need to. Even when that person is a jerk.
Sometimes, I did think Hartley made stupid decisions – like at the end when she lied to Chase – I mean, I could totally see where that was going. But for the most part, I loved reading about Hartley, and her determination to prove her lying, cheating ex-boyfriend was not a murder.
And, I have to say, I found Chase close to swoon-worthy. Not all the way swoon-worthy; after all, he wore chains on his pants (it’s hard to take a guy seriously when he wears jewelry on his pants), but I definitely liked him. And I am still a bit intrigued by his character. I want to know more about his poetry, and photographs. Plus, I loved reading about Hartley’s feelings towards Chase’s driving skills.
Hartley’s best friend, Sam, is totally awesome! She was so supportive of Hartley, even if she did tell everything to her boyfriend. You just new Sam had Hartley’s back, always. Friends like that are a treasure.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book. It was a quick, fun read. I can’t wait to read the sequel, Social Suicide.