Review: Social Suicide by Gemma Halliday

Social Suicide
Author: Gemma Halliday
Publisher: HarperTeen
Age Group: Teen
Source: Borrowed from library
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Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Summary from GoodReads:

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. . . .

My Thoughts

I have really enjoyed reading Gemma Halliday’s Deadly Cool series.  Social Suicide is the second in the series.  I hope there will be more, because these are fun teen mysteries.

Hartley is again investigating the murder of a Herbert Hoover High student, this time a homecoming queen hopeful.  I am not sure if Hartley is the best detective in the world, but she stumbles along with the help of her awesome best friend, Sam, and Sam’s boyfriend, Kyle.  Oh, and of course Chase, the HHH Homepage’s (the school’s online newspaper) editor.

Hartley is still the same: smart, determined, loyal to her friends, and still a bit undecided on her feelings for Chase.  But I really liked reading about her.  She is a cool girl, but she does make a few silly decisions.  As readers, you want to scream, no don’t do that!  It is not going to end well.

I kind of figured out who the “bad guy” was, but that kind of thing never really bothers me.  I was much more interested in seeing what Hartley and the gang would do next.

If you are looking for a quick, light YA mystery, this book is for you.  These books sort of remind me of Stephanie Plum books for teens.  They don’t have the crazy characters that SP books have, but they have the same feel.

Life Tidbits

  • I have been really busy lately.  Plus, I am in a small reading slump.  So, I only have two reviews scheduled for next week.  That is stressing me out a bit, but since I have this Saturday off (!!!!!), I am hoping to get some reading done.
  • I am trying to read Valkyrie Rising, and am not really into it.  I will finish it (I am more than halfway done), but it is sort of a struggle for me to pick it up.
  • I am listening to Dairy Queen via audiobook, and am really liking it!  The narrator is great.
  • I am going to the zoo on Saturday with a friend, and I am really excited.  My local zoo has a new wolf pack, and I can’t wait to see them!  Plus, I hope to get another look at the snow leopard cubs.  I hope the weather is okay, though.
  • Did I mention I am not working Saturday!!!  Sorry, I am kind of excited.  Let me just say that I will never again take for granted having two CONSECUTIVE days off.
  • Have a great weekend!

About Quinn

I'm a twenty-something children's librarian at a public library in Central New York. I've long left my teen years behind me, but I love to read YA and children's books. I have two adorable dogs. Ginger is a mix between a poodle and havanese, and Daphne is Bichon Frise. Other things I love: Favorite Movie: Singing in the Rain Favorite Book: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen Favorite TV Show: Monk
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6 Responses to Review: Social Suicide by Gemma Halliday

  1. Lucy says:

    This is such a cute series. Glad you liked it too. I’ve heard good things about the Stephanie Plum series, and may have to give it a try sometime since you compare it to the Halliday books. Looking forward to your review of the Dairy Queen audiobook too. Enjoy your Saturday at the zoo 🙂

  2. I have not heard of this series, but the book sounds really good. 🙂 Have a fun Saturday off!

  3. Liesel Hill says:

    Sounds like a fun read! Thanks for the review! 😀

  4. Candice says:

    Haven’t read this series, but have heard good things about it! I’ll need to make Dairy Queen one of my next audiobooks; I’m in need of a new one!

  5. I loved the first in this series. You’re right, it was a 3-ish star. But light and fun, and I really liked Hartley…I’d wish that she was more decided in her romantic choice b/c I really liked him. Def. picking this one up at some point!

    p.s. Enjoy your two day weekend! Whoo hoo!

  6. This sounds like such a fun read! 🙂 Have fun at the zoo; those snow leopard cubs sound adorable!

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