02 August 2012

Review: Deadly Cool by Gemma Halliday

Deadly Cool (Deadly Cool #1) by Gemma Halliday

Published: 11 October 2011 by HarperTeen

Pages: 303 (paperback)

Genre/s: YA, Contemporary, Humour

Source: Own library

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Synopsis (Goodreads)
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.

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.

My Thoughts

I'm always dubious when someone tells me a book is funny - maybe it's my own sarcastic sense of humour, or the fact I've been let down by so many books that are billed as funny but rarely even make my eyebrow twitch that I'm always a little wary.

Deadly Cool definitely surprised me in that it actually IS a funny book. Hartley is an awesome character, brave and smart but also has an amazingly sarcastic sense of humour without coming across as too much of a smart arse.

The storyline of Deadly Cool itself is fairly straightforward - after Harley discovers her (now) ex-boyfriend has been cheating on her, she finds out he's also the number one suspect for the murder of one of her classmates. So despite the fact that she's epically pissed-off with Josh, she believes him when he says he didn't do it, and sets out to find out who the real killer is.

Deadly Cool isn't a 'deep' read, but that's not the aim of the story - it's a funny, quick read, that kept me flipping the pages, just to find out what happened next. With a cast of interesting characters, from the all-too-pure chastity girls, the cheerleaders, and a cute, dangerous guy, I loved this book, and I can't wait to read Social Suicide.

Notable Quotes
''There are three things you never want to find in your boyfriend's locker: a sweaty jockstrap, a D minus on last week's history test, and an empty condom wrapper.
Lucky me, I'd hit the trifecta.''
''With each second that ticked by, I could feel the possibility of this being just some stupid misunderstanding becoming slimmer and slimmer, until by the end of the period, it began to resemble an Olsen twin. On crack. After a colon cleanse.''

1 comment:

  1. Hehe this sounds like the perfect summer read :)) I always wanted to read this one but never got around to do so :)



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