April 13, 2012

Social Suicide

Social Suicide by Gemma Halliday
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.
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 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)!
    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


  1. Awesome review! I'm waiting for Deadly Cool to arrive...because you know, the eyes drew me in O.O I can't wait to start reading this series! Sounds really funny.

  2. Any books that has comedy and twitter jokes is for me!

  3. Hmmm, I always thought this is was a contemporary. Looks like looks can *be* deceiving. I might have to give this a shot :)

  4. Ha! Twittercide. That is so funny. :D
    And it draggs? Dang, then it's going to be hard to read Deadly Cool I bet. Or maybe not. Who knows?

  5. great review! i want to read this book

  6. Twittercide....definitely something i haven't yet.....i'll give it a try

  7. I'm not familiar with this author and series so I'll definitely have to check her books out. I think my daughter would enjoy this book.

  8. I hear about this book the first time now! I enjoyed reading your review a lot, thanks for making it! It sounds like a great book! I haven't heard of twittercide ever xD

  9. Hmm... I didn't know this was the sequel to Deadly Cool. And BENJI! Telling people not to get addicted to Twitter. The person who said soemthing about making me fail out of school so I would be home to Tweet with you all day about books? INTERESTING. Hehe.


  10. I love how you are not like normal boys! <3 I don't like slow books either. The plot is very cool. Great review!

  11. +JMJ+

    I think the most important thing about Detective series is the personality of the protagonist. So despite the lack of action scenes, I'm really glad to read that Hartley is so hilarious--because it means she can hold her own against detectives as well-loved as Miss Marple and even Sherlock Holmes! =) Thanks for the review, Benji!

    (Curiously, the first teenage girl sleuth who comes to mind, Nancy Drew, had no personality of which to speak! =P)


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