Deadly Cool Review

February 11, 2012 Reviews 4 ★★★★

Deadly Cool ReviewDeadly Cool by Gemma Halliday
Series: Deadly Cool #1
on October 11, 2011
Genres: Mystery, Young Adult
Pages: 303
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
Also in this series: Social Suicide
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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.

What I Thought…

Deadly Cool is a quick, fast, funny read.  I’ve always loved teenage sleuth books and their inadvertent discoveries, mishaps and unusual ways they solve crimes.

Hartley is a character that you just have to like.  She’s funny (her inner monologue in the book is one of the funniest I’ve ever read), sweet, caring, curious and opinionated.  You can’t help but like her.  Sam is the ultimate best friend.  Who else would help you break into your boyfriends house?

The mystery was ok.  There wasn’t too much too it.   I was surprised by who the killer was.  The killer, and the killer’s motives, made me laugh at the ridiculousness of it (not really realistic, but funny).  This is one of a few books that I didn’t really care what was happening in the plot because the characters were written so good.  The plot wasn’t bad or anything, I was just more invested in Hartley, Sam and Chase than I was in the mystery.

I’m looking forward to reading Hartley’s next adventure, Social Suicide.

You should read this book if… you’re looking for something light and funny.

Notable Quotes

Everyone knows the Y chromosome carries with it the instinctive urge to lie under pressure. 
Which, incidentally, was what Josh was going to be under when I found him.  Serious pressure. 
On his larynx.


4 Responses to “Deadly Cool Review”

  1. fakesteph

    This is the one you were talking about at Panera, right? It sounds so good!!!!! (so glad, I finally worked my way through my reader. I have to stop letting it pile up like that). I just ordered it for my kindle. :)