Publication Date: September 24, 2013
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Keywords: murder, popularity, travel
Format Read: eARC via NetGalley
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I remember being excited for this one when it actually came out, and it got buried under my never-ending pile that is my NetGalley downloads. So when I had a break in classes, it seemed like something fun that I could break up the time with. Sadly, I was pretty disappointed.
It started off kind of confusing, but I grasped what was going on. There was a flash scene separate from the rest of the book about the first murder, and then it went into the story. The main issue I had with this plot is that it felt like it was trying to do too many things with one story. The murder mystery I could handle. It was campy and fun and I was totally behind it.
But there were two other whole things going on that I thought brought in way too much. There was an element that the main character was friends with the popular crowd, and trying to realize who her true friends were, etc. Then there was also a thing with her family who were in for about 4 pages at the beginning and then kept making references to later on. It was weird because we didn't know them, but the MC kept thinking things like "I should be better to my brother" and moral stuff like that, but it was weird since we had no concept of her relationship with him before.
Also the instalove. I mean, it wasn't terrible or anything. But there was a considerable suspension of disbelief required. Like, the teacher just turned a blind eye to her high school student buddying up with their tour guide? Please.
It just seemed written for an incredibly juvenile crowd and strayed in too many different directions all at once. Not terrible, and the book still made sense, and I finished it, but by no means was it one of my favorites.
Read When: If you really want to, read it on a plane ride or something where you have nothing else to do. Otherwise, not really one I would recommend at all.