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Thursday, March 29, 2012

Review: Social Suicide by Gemma Halliday

Social Suicide by Gemma Halliday
Expected Publication Date: April 24th, 2012
Publisher: HarperTeen
Page Count: 272 pages
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher
Purchase: Amazon | Books Inc. | Hicklebee's
* I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. *
* This is the second book in the series; this review may contain spoilers! *
Twittercide [twit-er-sahyd]: 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...
I just can't get enough of Hartley Grace Featherstone! That girl has me in stitches! Gemma Halliday's novels are so fantastically written and her ability to understand the complicated minds of teenagers is just a thrill! Also, it doesn't hurt that Hartley allegedly lives in Lost Gatos, which is about 10 minutes away from my home town. I love that I can personally connect with this story! Social Suicide is a laugh a minute investigation into the Twittercide of one of Hartley's classmates and I loved every page of it!

As always, I loved the characters in Halliday's story! Hartley is such a smart and go-get-it kind of girl! She doesn't let anyone tell her "no" and she works so hard to do the right thing. If I was back in high school I would definitely want a friend like her around! Chase, as always, is totally swoon-worthy. I always go for the bad boys and he is SUCH a bad boy, I was drooling all over him the entire time I was reading Social Suicide! Seriously, could that boy BE any hotter? And him and Hartley are just so great together, and I love how slow and realistic the romance is. All of the characters are really well written, and I can definitely imagine myself hanging out with all of them in high school.

The writing is just fantastic, as always. Gemma Halliday's writing tends to be witty, sarcastic, and hilarious which are three things that I love most. I tend to forget that I'm reading a book written by an adult, because Hartley's actions and thoughts are just so genuinely teenage. The fact that the story is set in the Bay Area also makes things so wonderful for me to read about. At one point, Hartley was even standing in my old work place! When she talks about Oak Meadow park and the little train station that's there? Yeah, I worked there. MADE MY LIFE. I just absolutely adore Gemma Halliday and I can't WAIT to see what she's coming out with next.

When I first read Deadly Cool I knew that Social Suicide was going to be a new favorite! I adore Gemma Halliday's writing style, and her ability to draw me into a story, if only for a short time, is wonderful. Social Suicide was hilarious, thrilling, and exciting all in one! Although, the ending was a bit predictable, I enjoyed the story and I was definitely guessing about who the killer was going to be multiple times. I can't wait to see what Gemma Halliday comes up with next! Fans of Clarity will definitely enjoy this one! If you haven't already pre-ordered your copy, DO IT RIGHT NOW!!!


  1. I just recently read Deadly Cool and I can't wait for this book. Great review, I can see that you really like the book and your enthusiasm comes across :)

  2. I loved Social Suicide too! Hartley, Sam and Chase are amazing, realistic teenagers. This is such a fun book to read! Fantastic Review!

  3. I'm definitely looking forward to this book since I really enjoyed the first book. Great review!

  4. Oooo glad you liked it- sounds really good. I like the cover too- she has gorgeous lips. Weird thing to say but...they are quite luscious! Great review x

  5. Aaah super excited to read this and book 1 in a few weeks. I just KNOW I will actually love a book you love too for a change!!

  6. WOW! i have the first book but didn't read it yet but no worries i will someday soon :) Nice review

  7. I still have a copy of Deadly Cool that I haven't yet read, I didn't really dig the covers so I hadn't wanted to read it really. (Lame excuse, I know.) But now? I really want to get to reading!

    -Jac @ For Love and Books

  8. Argh! I need to read this series! I've been wanting to read Deadly Cool for some time now.

  9. I still have to read Deadly Cool, but I think I will love it and this one. I bought Deadly cool last year and never got to it. It's working it's way up my list. Great review. I am looking forward to reading Deadly Cool so I can get to this one.

  10. Great review! So happy you loved it too! It was so funny! I love the writing and I loved the mystery in this one. Again I kept guessing throughout the story who the killer would be too.

  11. thanks for the review. i really have to read the first book. i keep hearing awesome things about it. adding to the list now...

  12. This sounds great, if the main character is as funny as she sounds then I definitely have to read this!

  13. I'm so glad you enjoyed this! I had such a good time of it, too (although I haven't written my review yet). I hope this series sticks around for a long time. :)

    Wendy @ The Midnight Garden

  14. Glad to hear the sequel was just as good! I could NOT stop laughing when I read Deadly Cool. Hartley was such an awesomely fun protagonist!

  15. Hmm... maybe I should start reading Deadly Cool.


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