Genre: Realistic Contemporary Fiction
What did you like about the book? Piper Baird wants to be a journalist more than anything else in the world. She wins a coveted scholarship at a local Washington D.C. private school that offers one senior an award that could get her into the journalism college of her choice. Her family is having major financial problems so she knows this is her one chance to get what she wants.
Thing is, how many lives will she ruin to get it? She meets one of Chiswick Academy’s most popular students, a handsome Spaniard who is the son of a diplomat. They become friends and while being friends with him she decides to write an expose on how the DI’s– diplomatic immunity kids–get away with everything–from drugs to sex, underage alcohol use to just plain old bad behavior.
Shades of Pride and Prejudice only it’s Elizabeth and Mr. Wickham, not Mr. Darcy.
Anything you didn’t like about it? Piper is condescending and Rafael, the handsome son, is too good (or perhaps too bad) to be true. There were some moments that were too pat; both have brothers on the autism spectrum, his mother and father have major issues–her mother and father have major issues, not the same ones, but still.
Does the boy always have to be so handsome? Can’t he just be ordinary looking? Alcohol use was a little too much for this reviewer. It does exist but the parties at the embassy seem over the top.
To whom would you recommend this book? Can’t think of any.
Who should buy this book? Because of drugs and alcohol use I would suggest high school and public libraries.
Where would you shelve it? Realistic YA fiction
Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? No
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Maria Touet, Pope John XXIII High School, Everett, MA
Date of review: January 21, 2017