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Thursday, March 28, 2013

Review: Georgetown Academy: Book One by Jessica Koosed Etting and Alyssa Embree Schwartz

Georgetown Academy: Book One by Jessica Koosed Etting and Alyssa Embree Schwartz 

Blurb from Goodreads:
It’s the beginning of a new political administration. That might not mean much at most high schools, but at Georgetown Academy, Washington D.C.’s most elite prep school, January 20th means new alliances, new flings, and new places to party.

While freshmen—nicknamed “interns” for their willingness to jump into bed with anyone higher on the D.C. totem pole—navigate the not-so-friendly halls of GA searching for Algebra and Bio classes, the school’s lifers have other things on their minds.

For self-proclaimed D.C. royalty Brinley Madison (of those Madisons), the first day of school is all about establishing the social hierarchy and playing the part of perfect political wife to her boyfriend, the outgoing Vice President’s son. Too bad he has a wandering eye that puts Bill Clinton’s to shame. Can she keep him, and her own secret vice, in check?

Ellie Walker, Brinley’s best friend, floats through the halls on the arm of golden boy Hunter McKnight (the JFK of GA). But when her ex-boyfriend, Gabe, returns to town and her Senator mother’s political nemesis is reelected, Ellie’s life starts to snowball out of control.

Shy, quiet Evan Hartnett is more into books than beer, and her closet is full of t-shirts and jeans instead of Jason Wu and Jimmy Choo. No one’s ever really noticed her—but she’s been noticing them. When her star rises as an intern at D.C.’s most-watched political news show, she soon finds the two worlds colliding in ways that make her question what’s secret and what’s fair game.

New girl Taryn Reyes is all laid-back, California cool; with a father who’s in line to be the first Hispanic president, she’s ready to dive into the D.C. scene with an open mind. But when her fellow students turn out to be more interested in spreading rumors than making friends, she realizes that forging a drama-free path might be a lot harder than she thinks.

With so many new friends and former flames in the mix, things are bound to get a little heated. And while diplomatic immunity might keep the cops away, there’s not much it can do about the press.
In a town where one teenage misstep can turn into a national scandal, the students at Georgetown Academy will have to be on their best behavior—or, at least, they’ll have to make the world believe that they are.

Because there’s only one rule: whatever you do, don’t get caught.
My Review:

Georgetown Academy is my new favorite YA series, set in a private, exclusive school in Washington D.C. where everyone's parents are involved in politics -- from journalists to Senators to lobbyists, etc.  I heard about this series, and particularly this first book, on BookHounds YA!  It sounded right up my alley considering it was described as taking place in D.C. in a private school, plus was available on the kindle for $0.99!  This book is a mix between Gossip Girl and Choose Your Own Adventure with a heavy dose of Washington D.C. politics thrown in!  I really loved the Choose Your Own Adventure aspect -- there was a certain chapter where you could choose whose POV to read (although you could ultimately read all POVs) but it was so, so entertaining!  There were several times I laughed out loud reading this book!  Such a great, fun and speedy read!!

I highly recommend this to anyone that likes politics, the Gossip Girl series, and/or fun, funny, serial YAs.  Great read!  I am already on book 2 and almost done with it!
It was like watching a Nicholas Sparks book come to life,
but without all the sobbing and dying. 
                                       
Purchase on AMAZON for $0.99!!

1 comment:

  1. I will admit that although I'm not a huge Gossip Girl fan, this book does sound interesting.
    Kristin @Book Sniffers Anonymous

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