Thursday, May 3, 2012

review: Social Suicide by Gemma Halliday

Social Suicide by Gemma Halliday
April 24, 2012
Young Adult | Contemporary Mystery
Deadly Cool #2 (this is not a series you have to read in order!)
Pages: 272
Source/Format: Publisher/ARC
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Twittercide [twit-er-sahyd]: the killing of one human being by another while the victim is in the act of tweeting.

Call me crazy, but I figured writing for the Herbert Hoover High Homepage would be a pretty sweet gig. Pad the resume for college applications, get a first look at the gossip column, spend some time ogling the paper’s brooding bad-boy editor, Chase Erikson. But on my first big story, things went... a little south. What should have been a normal interview with Sydney Sanders turned into me discovering the Homecoming Queen-hopeful dead in her pool. Electrocuted while Tweeting. Now, in addition to developing a reputation as HHH’s resident body finder, I’m stuck trying to prove that Sydney’s death wasn’t suicide.

I’m starting to long for the days when my biggest worry was whether the cafeteria was serving pizza sticks or Tuesday Tacos...


If you love mysteries, comedies, and just a good time, you’ll love Social Suicide and Hartley Featherstone; Gemma Halliday knows how to write a good mystery, and she isn’t afraid to lead the reader on the wrong trail. I highly recommend this series.


I freaking loved Deadly Cool last fall, and Social Suicide reminds me of why I love Hartley Featherstone and her crew. This series is for fans of comedy, mystery, and Veronica Mars.

While I was reading Social Suicide, I realized something: you don’t have to read this series in order. That is so freaking amazing. While Social Suicide does give away bits of Deadly Cool’s ending, they are both complete standalones, and the only thing connecting them really is the characters. I hadn’t realized how much I liked that, how much I missed reading books like that, until I read this one.

You guys, the characters, Hartley and Chase, killed me. There is SO MUCH awkward and chemistry between them that I wanted them to be Barbies and I could shove them together like they were kissing. OH MY LANTA, those two NEED to kiss! Really they do. And talk. AND KISS. There needs to be some sexy times between the two.

Yo, this plot? Totally kickass. I loved the invention of the word “twittercide.” I loved that it was Hartley’s BFF Sam who came up with the word (remember her, the girl who refused to actually cuss in Deadly Cool? Yup, I still love her. And she is still on the no-cussing-only-substitute-words kick, and man, I caught myself using her substitute words instead of cuss words!)

The mystery itself is compelling. I didn’t figure out the killer until he was standing in front of me, and well, Hartley. AND IT WAS AWESOME. Like I was so sure of who the murder was until the twist came and then I was like, “CRAP. WRONG AGAIN.”

YOU GUYS. Gemma Halliday knows how to write a damn good mystery, and I love that she decided to write for teens. I love these books. I highly recommend this series to those who love mysteries, loved Veronica Mars, or just loves to read. BY GOD YOU SHOULD PICK UP THESE BOOKS RIGHT NOW. 

Other Bloggers' Reviews:

YA Librarian Tales: Liked It
Katie's Book Blog: 4 Shoes (HOW MUCH DO I HEART THIS RATING SYSTEM? so much!)
The Reading Geek: 5 Stars


  1. I still don't know why I haven't picked up these books!! I love crime/thriller type books and I love YA so these seem ideal!! One day, one day. Great review =]

    The Cait Files

  2. Great review! So happy you love these books as well! They are so awesome and hilarious! I love Hartley too! I completely agree Gemma Halliday's writing is so good!

  3. Cait, you'll love them! definitely need to pick them up. :)

    thanks, Traci! Hartley is so amazing, and I love her name.

  4. GAH! I want to read this so bad! Hartley and Chase... sigh. omg the scene where she was under his bed in Deadly Cool... OMGOMGOMG best scene ever!!!! I HAVE to read this one!

  5. After reading your review, I'm definitely going to pick these up. Anything that's like Veronica Mars is right up my alley!

    Thanks for stopping by The Hiding Spot. I look forward to hearing what you think of STORYBOUND. :)

  6. @steph, omg, that is like my FAVORITE scene in Deadly Cool! LOVED IT.

    @Sara, enjoy them!! Veronica Mars is pretty kickass, and so is Hartley!

  7. Ohhh I think I'm going to have to pick this one up pronto! Do you think I should read Deadly Cool first? I know you said they could be read out of order but sometimes I feel like I'm missing stuff... I haven't read a good mystery in a while, well not one that makes me laugh anyways. It seems like a lot mysteries focus on the serious and the puzzle but have a hard time connecting to readers outside of that bubble.

    OK HOLD UP, is there no sexy time between Hartley and Chase??? D: If so I think I might be in danger of pulling my hair out if there is awkwardness and chemistry (this combo makes me squeal, no joke) but no kissing.

  8. Hey, Hallie! I say start with Deadly Cool. While I think they can be read out of order, you may appreciate them more if you do read them in order.

    also, not really, no! it's more of the awkwardness and chemistry BUT there is a kiss in Deadly Cool, which I think is why you should read these books in order. Honestly... they are so good, and I hope you pick them up! I really do like them, and the chemistry between Hartley and Chase in Social Suicide might make more sense if you read Deadly Cool first.


  9. Oh I gotcha, good to know! I put holds on both from my library. :D


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