Review * Social Suicide by Gemma Halliday

April 26, 2012 Reviews 8 ★★★

Review * Social Suicide by Gemma HallidaySocial Suicide by Gemma Hallidy
Series: Deadly Cool #2
Published by HarperTeen on April 24, 2012
Genres: Mystery, Young Adult
Pages: 275
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
Also in this series: Deadly Cool
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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, 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.



8 Responses to “Review * Social Suicide by Gemma Halliday”

  1. Kate@Midnight Book Girl

    Glad you liked it! I don’t mind figuring out the killer early on, as long as there’s good enough writing and characters to keep me reading. Of course, sometimes it’s nice to have a WTF moment, as long as it’s not so implausible that you fell ripped off.

    Honestly, I will read the first book before BEA!

  2. Kimberly @ On the Wings of Books

    Figuring out who the killer was didn’t ruin the book for me at all, though I am so bad at predicting who the killer is I was surprised I was actually right! There is no pressure to read it before BEA, it’s not like there aren’t a million other books.

  3. Jenny

    Argh! I want to read these books! Deadly Cool is one of those books I want to go purchase despite me budget!

  4. Bittner

    I don’t know when I’ll be able to get to this one, but I can tell you that Deadly Cool is on its way to me from Amazon, should be arriving on Monday!