Series: Deadly Cool #2
Published by HarperTeen on April 24, 2012
Genres: Mystery, YA
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. . .
What I Thought…
- When I was a kid I read the Trixie Belden books (I will confess right here that I’ve never read Nancy Drew) and Hartley reminds me of her. I love her “I’ll do anything to solve the crime” attitude, her fearlessness (and her fearfulness) and her inner humor. She’s just a normal student with an above average interest in solving crimes and a large amount of right place, right time (or maybe it’s wrong place, wrong time) luck.
- Twittercide. Seriously, there is no cooler name for murder than Twittercide.
- There is so much tension between Chase and Hartley. Will they? Won’t they? You just don’t know. It’s nice that Halliday didn’t go the traditional route with them, I’m a big fan of tension.
- Sam is still the ultimate bff, still making sacrifices to help Hartley solve the crime, except for one minor thing. Sam and her boyfriend Kyle have take their relationship to the next left: Matching T-shirts and coordinating outfits. It was funny, but if I was Hartley I don’t think I could have stayed silent.
- Hartley’s mom is even funnier in Social Suicide. SMother mode was turned on early and often. Hartley also has to deal with the fact that her mom is now interested in dating, Match.com style.
- I figured out who the killer was fairly early in the book, but that didn’t make it any less good. The killer’s motives were just as humorous in this book as in Deadly Cool. In both books the killer’s motives are completely over the top, but it fits the humorous nature of the book.
Overall Social Suicide is a quick, light and funny read, with a little mystery thrown in.