Release Date ~ 4/24/12
Format ~ ARC
Publisher ~ Harper Teen
Source ~ Harper Teen
Purchase: The Book Depository
Summary: Twittercide [twit-er-sahyd]: the killing of one human being by another while the victim is in the act of tweeting.I really like the first book in this series by Gemma Halliday, Deadly Cool. It wasn't the best book I've ever read, but it was a fun, entertaining novel. In Social Suicide, Hartley is back on the case, this time to find out the killer behind the Twittercide (see, told you not to get too addicted to twitter, it might just kill you)!
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...
The writing is this book is so funny! I kept on LOLing every five minutes, especially the dialog, it was so fluffin' funny (if you've read this book, you'll get the joke). Though there is lots of suspense and mystery in this book, it's mostly comedy (I mean, have you ever actually heard of twittercide?).
Hartley is hilarious as heck once again. It's funny how she has a "girly girl teen mode" where she gushes about boys (err... one boy in particular) and a "detective Hartley mode", something that would change every five minutes.
I thought the one flaw in Social Suicide was that it dragged. It made too big of a deal out of everything and repeated itself so much. I was starting to yawn at some points, just because there wasn't any progress in the plot happening. Gemma Halliday can craft interesting books, but she just needs to sprinkle some action (or at least SOMETHING) into these parts to make it more interesting. I'm not like most boys, I don't need ton of fast-paced action, but I do need some progress in the plot!
I'm usually good at predicting who is going to be the villain in most books, but in this one I had no idea in til the second they revealed themselves. Utterly insane!
Social Suicide is a fun, light mystery that leaves no reader bored!
Cover Comments: I like the green eyes and the power cord making up the "suicide"!
This book counts in the following reading challenges:
Sensational Seconds Reading Challenge: 3
Sophomore Reading Challenge: 2
Contemporary Reading Challenge: 3
ARC Reading Challenge: 9