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[(Social Suicide )] [Author: Gemma Halliday] [May-2012] (Anglais) Broché – 4 mai 2012

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Social Suicide "Hartley Featherstone's first big story for the school paper takes an unexpected turn when she discovers the girl she's supposed to interview dead in her swimming pool"--

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In her previous life, Gemma worked in such diverse jobs as a film and television actress, a teddy bear importer, a department store administrator, a preschool teacher, a temporary tattoo artist, and a 900 number psychic. Luckily, she sold her first book, Spying in High Heels, in 2005, ending her string of eclectic employment.

Since then, Gemma has been the recipient of numerous awards, including a National Reader's Choice award and three RITA nominations. She now makes her home in the San Francisco Bay area, where she is hard at work on her next book.

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Another great Hartley Featherston book 26 octobre 2012
Par D. Ann - Publié sur
Format: Broché
I was really excited to see the return of Hartley Featherstone, high school detective, after the fantastic first novel, Deadly Cool. Social Suicide picks up a few weeks after Deadly Cool ends; Hartley found the killer, has a new complicated relationship with Chase, and now works for the school paper. What starts out as a routine interview of a cheating scandal ends up becoming a murder - no Twittercide - investigation.

Hartley was way more likeable in this book, compliments to the development of her character. Instead of just whining about everything her mom does, we get to see their relationship in a different light. Besides the usual teenage angst of not being allowed out, we get to see Hartley struggle with her mom venturing back into the dating world. As much as we suspend our disbelief that a high schooler could solve murder investigations while not being pulled out of school when her life is threated twice, Halliday still models Hartley's everyday interactions off of normal teen interactions.

Social Suicide is a little more relaxed than Deadly Cool. I didn't feel the same urgency/danger when Hartley was following the case as I did in the first book. Maybe it's because there were two deaths in the first one and I truly didn't believe there would be a second death in Social Suicide. I don't know but I didn't feel the same desperation to keep Hartley off the killer's tracks.

However, I was so surprised when when the killer was revealed. Whereas I kind of knew who the killer was in Deadly Cool, this time I was blindsided. Like Hartley, I had no clue who could have killed Sydney. It really is the person you least expect.
Overall, it's a good book for 21st century teenage murder mysteries. I'll be on the lookout for the sequel to see what Hartley gets herself into next.

**I received this book for free from GoodReads First Reads**
Social Suicide is a strong follow-up to Deadly Cool 30 août 2012
Par Amazon Customer - Publié sur
Format: Broché
Deadly Cool was a hilarious first installment in the Hartley Featherstone series from Gemma Halliday. Social Suicide is a strong follow-up packed with just as many laughs and quite a bit more tension. This is definitely ones series I can only see as getting better!

Hartley Featherstone is one hilarious heroine (especially when she's not meaning to be.) She's awkward, a bit nerdy, sometimes clueless, and kind of a ditz at times. She's a combination of pretty much every teenage girl out there. She also just happens to stumble upon dead bodies every now and then. She then just has to solve those murders. All that on top of school, the newspaper, her mom's new dating life, and a possible crush on her newspaper's editor. No big deal, right?

Hartley's mom's love life makes for some awkward conversations that will have the reader laughing out loud. Hartley and her mom have a great relationship so her mom likes to be open with her. Sometimes a little too open. Not only does Hartley have to deal with her mom's love life, she also has to deal with her own (non-existent at the moment) one. Chase sends out tons of mixed signals and he spends the whole book confusing Hartley. On top of that Hartley has to deal with the sickening cuteness of her best friend Sam with her boyfriend Kyle. If you look up the word whipped in the dictionary you will find a picture of Kyle. It's funny how he acts with Sam but it's also super sweet. Social Suicide has a cast of pretty awesome characters.

The murder (Twittercide) in Social Suicide was a bit of a let down. It was a little unbelievable and it was pretty easy to predict who the murderer was even if the motives weren't clear. I get that this is a murder mystery for teens but it was just a little too tame. I would have liked higher stakes and more action. The book was still greatly enjoyable though.

Overall, Social Suicide is a pretty great book. Series usually go downhill after the first book but that is not the case with this one. The characters keep it fresh and the mystery keeps it gripping. I can't wait for more.
4 stars for FUN from The Bawdy Book Blog 25 juin 2012
Par Jennifer - Publié sur
Format: Broché
Hartley Featherstone just can't seem to stay away from dead bodies. Hilarity ensues.

A fun and S-is-for-Sizzling follow-up to Deadly Cool, Gemma Halliday delivers more of the witty writing style I loved in Social Suicide!
The probable Homecoming Queen, Sydney Sanders, has been suspended for cheating on a test when she "suicides" by throwing herself into her pool with her plugged-in laptop. The clincher? She had an appointment with Hartley, now a journalist for her school paper, that afternoon to do a "tell-all" on the cheating scandal. So did she really commit suicide after sending one last tweet? Or was she pushed?
Gemma Halliday delivers more of her signature mocking, sarcastic tones in Social Suicide, the Young Adult sophomore follow-up to her first Hartley Featherstone novel, Deadly Cool.
Having solved the murder cases of two dead girls (one who banged her ex-boyfriend), she's now working for the school paper, the Herbert Hoover High Homepage. (The author's penchant for alliteration makes me laugh). As a journalist on the paper, Chase, her hot bad-boy editor, and savior extraordinaire, has assigned the cheating scandal to her, and she's determined to find a unique angle, one that nobody knows. Except Sydney Sanders dies of Twittercide (death while tweeting) and now Hartley must find out who the killer is - before the killer finds her first.
I said it before and I'll say it again: Halliday has really struck gold with a young adult series that also incorporates the mystery and thriller genres into the mix. The young adult genre has lacked, as a blogger friend put it once, a good Nancy Drew-like series for a while now, and it's refreshing to find in these books what I found in the Nancy Drew books as a kid (albeit generations newer). Halliday writes her characters with wit and realism, although I still find it a bit implausible that three teenagers can solve a crime before the local law enforcement can. However, looking back, Nancy Drew did much the same thing, so these books get a free pass.
The plot was a little more intricate than Deadly Cool; less people died, the whodunit was a little more complicated (in that more people had legitimate motives). It was highly entertaining, even if some of the pieces (like "Twittercide") were a bit ridiculous. Can you really be electrocuted by falling into the pool with your laptop plugged in (just how large does a body of water have to be before it doesn't make a difference)? I thought it just shorted out. I did a quick Google search and apparently yes, you can be electrocuted by dropping a laptop into a pool if it's plugged in. *Note to self*
I continued to enjoy the relationships between Hartley and the secondary characters in the novel, but specifically Chase, her mother and Sam. I especially liked the new awkward relationship between Hart and her mom, as her mom began dating, and Hartley learns to deal with the uncomfortable feeling of her mom trolling the internet for dudes. (I've totally been in your shoes, Hart, I GET YOU. *shudders*). Her relationship with Chase is especially tense, Halliday skipping along, toying with her readers as these two should-be lovebirds clash together in a storm of sarcasm, fun and heat. As a reader, I WANT them to get together, and that's exactly what Halliday wants me to feel. The anticipation might be the best part of their relationship!
All around, if you enjoyed Deadly Cool, you'll love Social Suicide, especially for the slight mockery Halliday makes of our connectedness and the charming way she writes her characters and her story. I loved it.

*I received this uncorrected proof from the publisher for my honest review.
Mystery + humor + outstanding cast of characters 9 juin 2012
Par Kris - Publié sur
Format: Broché
Social Suicide is the perfect blend of mystery and humor. After having displayed skill at investigation over the course of Deadly Cool, Hartley is now a member of her school's paper and hunting down stories instead of mysteries. However, she can't seem to escape trouble, as she finds out when she discovers the body of Sydney Sanders. Hartley's need to prove that Sydney's death was a homicide (or twittercide, as her best friend Sam calls it) leads her deep into a plot brewing at school with her wit and discomfort about her growing attraction to Chase alleviating the tension.

I adore Hartley and her friends. While the questions surrounding Sydney's death are key to the plot, the characters are the ones who bring the book to life. Hartley is a smart girl who pursues her goals with determination, yet she's also a teenager who is discomforted by her attraction towards someone she considers (or wants to see as) a friend as well as her mom's sudden announcement that she wants to date again. Sam is the best friend who's there when Hartley needs someone and who is set on playing matchmaker and costume artist for Hartley. Chase is the bad boy who just looks like one; he's there for Hartley, believing in her and supporting her in her investigation. Kyle completes the picture as Sam's boyfriend and fellow cohort in playing the cute, lovey dovey couple. If I ever needed backup on some case, I'd call in these people. Not only are they brilliant, they have personality. No job would be boring with them around.

I appreciate how the romance plays out in the Deady Cool series. Hints have been dropped at a romance between Hartley and Chase, but they're still at the awkward friends-with-sparks-between-them stage. The two lived completely different lives before the murder of the Chastity Club's president brought them together in Deadly Cool, and they're just becoming friends. I appreciate how the two are taking their time exploring the possibility and not rushing into things. Plus, Hartley's initial denial at her attraction to Chase is cute. As for Hartley's mom, she is a woman who isn't ready to settle down; she knows what she wants just as well as Hartley does, and I enjoyed seeing how her decision to pursue a new relationship impacts her relationship with Hartley.

Even if you haven't read Deadly Cool, it is perfectly fine to start with Social Suicide, if you so desire. It is better to start with the first book, so that you have all the details. However, Social Suicide provides some context when the situation calls for it, and you won't be missing out on anything if you start with it (like me). This is definitely my favorite mystery of the year, and I will be getting my hands on a copy of Deadly Cool as soon as humanly possible!
Not quite as great as Deadly Cool 5 juin 2012
Par Hannah @ Paperback Treasures - Publié sur
Format: Broché
I loved Deadly Cool, so I knew Social Suicide would be another fun read. And I did enjoy it, but I also had some issues with it, so I didn't love it as much as Deadly Cool.

Hartley's humor was the best part of Deadly Cool, and I loved it again in Social Suicide. She's unique - I can't think of any other YA characters like her. There's just something about her dry, sarcastic sense of humor that works really well for me. I love how these books don't take themselves too seriously - they'll never be classics people will analyze and discuss forever, but they're special in their own way. The writing is in no way literary, but it's definitely well-done. The way Gemma Halliday writes is unapologetic - she's not afraid to put something like *shudder* in her book, and I loved that. The style is how real people think, and it's hilarious!

I loved getting to find out more about the characters I loved in Deadly Cool. The SMother is back, and she's trying online dating! That whole concept is hilarious (yes, I will be overusing the word 'hilarious' throughout this review - there's just no other way to describe these books!), and I loved reading about how Hartley deals with it. I also loved Sam, Hartley's best friend - these two have a great friendship. And, of course, there's Chase, the love interest. He doesn't play too important a role, which surprised me. The romance never takes center stage, and Chase and Hartley's relationship doesn't move much further than in the first book, but I actually liked it that way.

But. The mystery, I didn't love. And that's because it's the exact same thing as in Deadly Cool. Yes, the victims and the suspects are different people, but the set-up is exactly the same. The order in which everything happens is just like in Deadly Cool, so it's always obvious what's going to happen next. It wasn't terribly original in Deadly Cool, but I didn't mind because I loved the rest of the book so much. But having the same set-up again in Social Suicide annoyed me a little. I also enjoyed this mystery less than the first one because I figured out who the killer is early on - I thought that was pretty obvious. I've heard a lot of people say, though, that they were surprised by the ending, so I guess that was just me. (Which is weird, because I'm usually the last person to figure out stuff like that.)

Again, logic isn't exactly these books' strong suit. A lot of this stuff would not work in real life, and there are quite a few details that don't fit together. But in a way, I feel like it doesn't even matter, because that's not what these books are about.

I didn't love the mystery in Social Suicide as much as in Deadly Cool, but I still really enjoyed this book. I love the humor and the characters, so I was entertained throughout. It's a quick and fun read, just like the first book. And even though I didn't love Social Suicide as much as Deadly Cool, I know I'd keep reading this series for the humor and characters alone. Does anyone know whether there will be more books in this series?
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