Title: Deadly Cool
Deadly Cool #1
Author: Gemma Halliday
Publisher: Harper Teen
Publish Date: Oct 11, 2011
Paperback, 320 pages
Barnes and Noble
Deadly Cool is a typical teenage read. And by this, I mean I awesomely recommend this book for EVERY teen. It has murder, trust issues, friendships, laughter, cute boys, bad boys and all the other funny events that make a good book. It is clean, by the by.
I truly enjoyed this book. Gemma did a great job keeping this lively and mysterious as well. I wanted to know who the killer was and I wanted Hartley to get the guy (whichever one was the best - ie: not a killer).
Hartley is the main character. She is funny, trustworthy and just wanting her boyfriend to be true. Unfortunately, in the first page we find he may be cheating on her. Still knowing the facts (what appear to be facts) Hartley continues to search for the truth regarding her ex-boyfriend. She makes new friends and enemies along the way.
Looking forward to the next book in the series, Social Suicide. I will be passing this on to my 15 year old niece. She is not a big reader, but I am working on her. As it is a smaller book, it is less intimidating. It is also light-hearted and a catch.
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.