This is part of the book blog tour for Prep School Confidential by Kara Taylor, organized by Shane at Itching for Books.
Title: Prep School Confidential
Series: Prep School Confidential, #1
Author: Kara Taylor
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Released: July 2013
Source: received a copy from publisher
In this breathtaking debut that reads like Gossip Girl crossed with Twin Peaks, a Queen Bee at a blue-blooded New England prep school stumbles into a murder mystery.
Anne Dowling practically runs her exclusive academy on New York’s Upper East Side—that is, until she accidentally burns part of it down and gets sent to a prestigious boarding school outside of Boston. Determined to make it back to New York, Anne could care less about making friends at the preppy Wheatley School. That is, until her roommate Isabella’s body is found in the woods behind the school.
When everyone else is oddly silent, Anne becomes determined to uncover the truth no matter how many rules she has to break to do it. With the help of Isabella’s twin brother Anthony, and a cute classmate named Brent, Anne discovers that Isabella wasn’t quite the innocent nerdy girl she pretended to be. But someone will do anything to stop Anne’s snooping in this fast-paced, unputdownable read—even if it means framing her for Isabella’s murder.
Trouble always seems to follow Anne and when her roommate, Isabella, is found dead in the woods, she feels she can’t just sit and wait and do nothing. As she snoops around, she starts finding things that are supposed to be kept as secrets. Can she uncover the truth before she becomes the next unfortunate victim?
To be honest, I didn’t like Anne when I first began reading the story. She seemed opinionated and I felt irritated by her behavior as she often deliberately did something to get herself into trouble. As the story progressed, I started to understand her a bit better. I learned that she wasn’t a bad person but was unhappy due to something that she felt she had no control over. Although I could relate to her feelings, I still found her a bit spoiled and overly dramatic at times. She did grow up somewhat towards the end and I felt happy that she managed to make some new friends.
While Anne might not be a character that I love, I’d like to share that I was impressed by the element of mystery in the story. The murder mystery kept me guessing. I had a certain person in mind that I believed was the killer but I was not 100% sure. It was interesting to see how each suspect seemed to have a selfish reason to want to do some harm to Isabella. I guess I didn’t expect Isabella to be so improper! The ending was good and I liked that through solving the mystery, Anne was able to make peace with some of her personal issues.
As a blog tour host today, I’m happy to have author Kara Taylor here to share a guest post with us. I hope you’ll enjoy reading it.
Ten Things That Wheatley Kids Don’t Want You To Know
By Kara Taylor
10. Didn’t get into Harvard? It’s totally fine to fib and say you did. Everyone knows you had your heart set on Brown, anyway.
9. It’s not that Wheatley Kids don’t know how to have fun—we just know how to do it without getting caught.
8. First rule of sneaking around using the underground tunnels: Don’t talk about the underground tunnels.
7. We don’t cheat here at Wheatley. Sharing homework answers is known as “collaborative learning.”
6. Tests are another story. No I will not give you the answers to the calculus midterm: Brown only has so many acceptance letters to hand out!
5. Second rule of sneaking around using the underground tunnels: If you’re important enough to know about the underground tunnels, you probably don’t need to use them. The party can come to you.
4. The Wheatley Rowing team is the equivalent of a regular high school’s football team. Because no Wheatley Parents would let their future senator play football and risk a head injury.
3. It’s okay to think rowing is the most boring sport ever. Secretly, we all do.
2. If you do something that might come back to haunt you when you run for president in thirty years…keep your enemies close.
1. It’s not about who you know at Wheatley…but WHAT you know. So watch your back.
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