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"Social Suicide" is a fast moving book set in an American High School. The scene is set where a couple of students have been suspended for cheating in exams. Hartley Featherstone, the main character of the book, works on the Herbert Hoover High Homepage which is an e-newspaper within the school.

Hartley arranges to interview one of the girls who has been suspended, but when she gets to the house, Hartley discovers that there will be no interview because Sydney, the student in question, is dead in the home swimming pool!

Everyone seems to think that Sydney has committed suicide because of being disgraced, however Hartley disagrees with this theory and sets out to prove it. Along with other school friends, Hartley works hard, ducking and diving to get answers and to find the perpetrator, and she even narrowly misses death herself.

The book is a real page-turner, one you will not want to put down. It is written for early teens upwards, but I thoroughly enjoyed it and I certainly am no teen!!

It is a safe book, there is no swearing, lewdness, drug taking etc, just the pure teen dialogue and escapades of these young amateur detectives.

It would make a good TV mini-series.
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 2 October 2012
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"It's up to us to figure out who really killed Sydney".

Sydney Sanders is one of the `mean girls' at school, but our heroine Hartley is still shocked when she finds her floating face down in her pool. When the police are stupid enough (duh!) to think it's suicide, only Hartley with the help of best pal Sam, and super-cool Chase can solve the case.

This is a funny romp of a YA novel with an engaging heroine and a fast pace. If you hate books written in US teen-speak (`way huge', `total LOLs') then this is one to avoid. I particularly liked Hartley's hippy-dippy mother (this is, after all, San José) who thinks comfort food is rice-cakes with flaxseed butter (!) and whose forays into online dating fill 17 year old Hartley with horror at the thought of mom-sex.

Bubbly and fun, this is no literary masterpiece but it is a really enjoyable way to spend a couple of hours.
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Drama at Herbert Hoover High. Shortly after suspension for cheating, Sydney Saunders is found dead. Suicide? Hartley Featherstone thinks otherwise, investigations for the school newspaper to place her own life at risk....

Hartley narrates, her style chatty and lighthearted - she prone to exclamations like "oh, fluffin' fudge" and "oh, frickin' fowl fluff". The novel is set firmly in the present with its cellphones, texting, "ohmigod"s and people calling each other "dude". Nevertheless the basic plot is reminiscent of those old-fashioned school stories full of implausible adventures and nocturnal escapades.

Relaxing escapism with a touch of romance.
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I've not read book 1 "Deadly Cool" but "Social Suicide" quickly brings the reader up to speed about teenage heroine Hartley's past situations and the outcomes. She is now a reporter for her High School paper, and she is determined to prove that a popular pupil who was suspended for cheating did not commit suicide, but was in fact murdered.

Hartley wants to also prove to the paper's editor Chase that she has what it takes, but she's not quite ready to admit to herself that she has feelings for him. As she begins to question the motives and opportunities of others, she witnesses another attack, and hopes that by acting as bait the killer will reveal him/herself.

The plot is entertaining but I was pretty certain who the culprit was (and proved right) fairly early on. The interweaving plots cataloguing Hartley's disastrous meetings with Chase and the embarrassment of her mum starting to date again are often sweet and humorous counterpoints to a cheating scandal, a murder investigation and Hartley's several brushes with death. I must add though that despite the number of potential murderers introduced, I was left most baffled that Hartley could earn $150 in one hour dressed as a chicken and handing out coupons. Who would have thought you could pocket close to £100 in an hour by handing out fast food leaflets?
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VINE VOICEon 6 September 2012
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This is a murder mystery set on a High School Campus, like all good mysteries it does have both red herrings and clues to the murderer. It is also set in a place that most teenagers can relate to, a school. Things maybe a bit different as it is in the US, but most British kids should get it as they have seen lots about High school on TV and in Films.
Hartley is an aspiring reporter on the High School online newspaper. She also quite likes the Editor, but is he interested in her or not? And if he was interested would her best friends styling tips make him runaway fast?
Then of course who murdered the cheerleader suspended for cheating in a test? How were students getting the test answers anyway?
The book is not hung up on sex as a lot of teenage books are, and Hartley's relationship with her editor is very innocent, although there are references to her ex-boyfriend having cheated on her. However I think it is suitable for any secondary age girl.
It is a gripping read and very funny in places. Do read it.
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VINE VOICEon 18 November 2013
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To be fair, this is not the usual book I go for; I really fancied a change.

Hartley was quite a refreshing character from what I am used to, she was proactive and intentionally put herself in the middle of the murder investigation, it wasn't something that was out of her control. She did make me smile a few times with how she spoke, but then this was also taken a bit too far with her trying to sound young, but falling short.

I didn't guess who did it! Which did impress me, I was taken by surprise.

I did think that the murder mystery got dragged out more than it needed to with some interviews with suspects being repeated, sudden brainwaves that moved the story along when the investigation came to a dead end.

I also found some of the other characters in the book too stupid, which really let the book down.
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VINE VOICEon 15 October 2013
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Hartley Featherstone has ambitions to be a journalist. Sixteen years old, she writes for her school newspaper, the Herbert Hoover High Homepage.
Then Sydney Sanders, one of the most popular girls in the school, is caught cheating in a test. Hartley,, sensing a story, makes a date to meet Sydney, but when she arrives, Sydney is floating in the swimming pool, face down. In the pool is her plugged in laptop. She'd been tweeting, and Hartley realises this could be a case of twittericide, not suicide!
The characters are fun, the story, although a little far-fetched, patters on at a fair pace. It's easy reading. You can turn your brain off to read it!
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VINE VOICEon 26 September 2013
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What a great book!! I know I'm not a young adult, but we all like a bit of a light read from time to time, and this was perfect. Almost like a Nancy Drew for modern times, with lots of giggles, adventure - oh, and a murder to solve, when the police wrongly think it's suicide.

All in all, a really light hearted way to spend a couple of hours. Not at all demanding or depressing - just adventurous. Haven't read the first in the series - but will do now!!
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VINE VOICEon 21 October 2012
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This book is second in a series, and is set in the school world of newspapers and set in modern day, with references to farmville and other modern social things.
The book is aimed at teens and ideal for this age range, easy to get into the story, page turning and a who done it.
Story is about a seemingly suicide and then is it a murder, and who did it - lots of suspects, an exciting read.
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on 22 May 2013
I enjoyed this book, it was easy to get into and lots of humour. Definitely my kind of book and am looking forward to more of this author.
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