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Aug 25, Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies rated it really liked it Shelves: He said the best we can do in life is surround ourselves with people who make us happy, because the rest of the world is too big to find meaning in. Nancy Drew could only aspire to be as cool as Anne Dowling. Have you met Anne? There has scarcely ever been such a level-headed, intelligent, delightfully winsome teenaged detective in all of YA literature.
There is little to dislike about this book, and a great deal to love. If you enjoy a boarding school setting, you will adore this book. If you like a strong, smart female character, you will adore this book. If you enjoy reading about realistic teenagers, you will love this book.
Our beloved amateur detective is back. In the last book, she unsolved a friend's murderer, nearly got killed; you can't blame her for wanting to chill a little bit. Currently, life is blissfully free from murder, she's going out with the incredibly hot and incredibly sweet Brent. But something doesn't feel right. Something connected to the murder that was supposed to have been solved. The dead leave lots of things behind. Or sometimes, actual things. Like the photograph I found in an old library book Isabella checked out before her death—the one of Matthew Weaver, a student who disappeared over thirty years ago, standing with the Wheatley Crew team.
They don't call it women's intuition for a reason. Matthew Weaver's disappearance happened so long ago that it feels like a boarding school urban legend, Anne knows that she would be dismissed as crazy if she brought up the fact that she wants to investigate it. Her therapist thinks she's just looking for trouble. Even Anne thinks he has a point. He also asked me if I found myself bored in the weeks after Dr.
He thinks I want there to be more to the mystery.
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But part of me thinks he has a point. Either way, I have too many questions and no ways to get answers. When I told Dr. R I felt this way, he agreed. But it seems the mystery won't leave her alone. An active mind makes connections on its own, and there are far too many clues for Anne to overlook. Such as the fact that her boyfriend's father, among others, are Matthew Weaver's former crew members and classmates. Over 30 years after Matthew's disappearance, they are now successful and influential men, but what secrets are they hiding? What about the rumors that Matthew is a sacrifice in a Satanic ritual?
Why did Matthew Weaver draw himself as the Biblical Adam? Matt Weaver drew himself as Adam. In his hand is a half-eaten apple. A serpent with hollow black eyes is coiled around his arm. Matt Weaver saw himself as Adam. So what did he do to get kicked out of Paradise? Unfortunately, Matthew Weaver's death is not the only thing on Anne's mind. There is something going on in school, people are being hurt, secrets are being kept; betrayals abound. Eight guys stand shoulder to shoulder, their wrists bound in front of them with rope.
Probably because they all have potato sacks over their heads. Anne sees this case through. She spies, she snoops. She breaks curfew and incurs the ire of the Residential Advisor. Anne mines information from microfiches to Wikipedia to Remy blinks at me. Along the way, she has to reluctantly seek the assistance from a former and rather unsavory acquaintance. But I really need to talk. Anne needs to be careful. If Matthew Weaver died 30 years ago, the killer is still loose. And they may be coming for Anne. I think of all the Wheatley School students who have wound up dead or presumably, at least: But I will admit it: I have to admit, I love a boarding school setting, and this book did the trick.
Unlike other books set in school, this book never lets you forget that the kids in this book are high schoolers, they have homework, they have relationship dramas, they have classes. This book portrays such a wonderfully authentic school atmosphere. The teens study together. They have classes together. They hang out together. They act silly and party together. The kids are great students, but they're human. The teens in this book are great kids, but they occasionally fuck up, they have relationship drama. They do drugs, they sleep around.
It is never overdone to an extent to which that it take over the plot. Everyone is in self-imposed isolation today: There's plenty of teenaged groping and canoodling, only there's not a whole lot of privacy in the dorms, lol. Brent sits up, his back against his pillow, and I sit on his lap facing him. He kisses my neck, and when I kiss his earlobe his whole body contracts into mine. This is such an awesome boarding school setting; it's the sort that makes me long for a better high school experience. Anne is back, and she is fucking awesome.
Rarely have I encountered a female main character whom I love so much. Her family is well-off, she is pretty, but she never, ever lords it over other girls. Anne has an unprecedented sense of justice her father is a lawyer as well as a good dose of rationality to help her through the case, even if the reality is not one she likes. The simplest explanation is that they were the ones who left me the photo.
She is never, ever judgmental and hateful of other girls, even a potential love rival. Absent, thankfully, is Jill Wexler, who is tall and thin and blond and in love with Brent. But the last time Jill and I were at the same party, she almost got me expelled-and-or-jailed afterward. She is truly a friend to the other girls in the book.
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You will find no girl-on-girl hate here. You know what I hate? Her sense of humor is more deadpan than anything, and she never grates on my nerves. Anne is not perfect. She breaks down, and I love it when she does. She is occasionally weak I worked too damn hard on my eye makeup. I felt Anne's investigative skills were well-done and credible. There is a little suspension of disbelief here, because one of her "sources" is just, well, too good to be true. Otherwise, Anne uses her Internet skills, her snooping skills, and her deductive abilities to figure out the case.
It is almost like doing a research project. I mean, this is just crazy. I didn't have much of a problem with the romance in this book, but I have to warn you that there's a love triangle.
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To be honest, I didn't mind it at all, for the most part. The love triangle is not gratuitous. It did not bother me. It felt like a natural progression of relationships, and I thought it was well done. I have to admit that this book kept me guessing. The relationships were extremely well-done. There is the dreamy, sweet Brent; their relationship in the book is sweet, calm, soothing. But there are hints of unease beneath the surface. The romance is not a heavy element in this book. When it happens, it was well done and believable. The romance was never overdone.
There is never insta-love, and relationships happen naturally. I liked them all, love triangles be damned. The ending had me screaming. View all 51 comments. Sep 10, Melanie rated it liked it Shelves: See more reviews at YA Midnight Reads 3. Almost 80 percent of people who get murdered know their killers.
I've always been quick to recommend Prep School Confidential when someone is in a reading slump or just wondering what they should read next. There's nothing to not love about a bold and witty main character, with sweet romance and murder mystery that makes you second guessing everyone, left and right.
Perhaps, I had started to glorify the brilliance of Kara Taylor's debut a little too much, to the point where my expectations grew unconsciously sky high when I finally was accepted by NetGalley to read this ARC.
But I'll be candid, I was a little disappointed with Wicked Little Secrets, there where just some quibbles that I believe the author could have avoided easily. But please note, it was still a fantastic book either way. Anne's parents are forcing her to see a therapist in Boston every now and again to check on her since Isabella was her roommate and close friend for the time they knew each other. Anne and Brent's relationship is now official and Anne vows to never talk to Anthony again after she saw what he did.
Despite a pretty happy life, there's still questions awaiting for answers. Questions surrounding Matthew Weaver, a student who vanished more than thirty years ago. Isabella had borrowed a book from the library with a photograph of him and the Wheatley Crew team in it before she died, and on the back it wrote: Those questions wanted an answer even more desperately when Anne meets Brent's father, who looks strangely similar to the boy in the picture who was standing next to Matthew Weaver. Once again, a thrilling premise. I love it even more because it's told by the forever hilarious and logical, Anne.
She's quick to pick up flaws and is a resourceful protagonist. There were times when I think Anne got way to infatuated with the investigation she was conducting and throwing lies at all corners, which was absolutely frustrating. But on whole, a reliable and strong character that I want to see more of--maybe less 'hypocrisy' though. There is a certain more amount of romance in Wicked Little Secrets. Yes, the love triangle continues but it has never really bothered me when it comes to this series.
Both romances are handle realistically and I couldn't help but giggle through some scenes. I'm slightly undecided about which team I'm on right now, but I think I'll be happy as long as it feels right by book 3. We turn back to the movie for a few minutes before Brent says, "Do you want to go to the formal? No one's asked me. And for all the Anthony lovers: I don't want to pretend I don't give a shit what you think of me. I don't want to be the waste product you think I am.
It's all I think about lately. His eyes are pleading, begging me to understand what he's really saying. If you want murder mystery, Kara Taylor is your author. Martin's Griffin for sending me this copy! View all 10 comments. Mar 02, Faye, la Patata rated it really liked it Shelves: First, before we commence, can I please just emphasize how amazingly real and articulate Anne Dowling is? Here's what she has to say regarding the new Latin teacher in town which she completely adores since she's apparently one of those kick-ass teachers: The guys call her a TILF behind her back, and Lee Anderson, the hulking nerdy kid who sits across the aisle from me, now spends the class hunched over like he's constantly trying to hide a Woody Woodpecker.
Ladies and Gentlemen, may I presen First, before we commence, can I please just emphasize how amazingly real and articulate Anne Dowling is? Ladies and Gentlemen, may I present you the ever-so awesome Anne Dowling: While settings set in the world of the rich and the glamorous where kids are sons and daughters of important people aren't really my favorite, I do admit they are highly entertaining if you read it from a detached point of view.
Like hey, let's look and laugh at these self-important teenagers or rather children as they oftentimes have the mindset of an eight year old dealing with first world problems!
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What a joke, right? He misinterprets my blank stare as me checking him out. Casey smiles and nods to the Brit Lit textbook to my knees. I return her frosty smile.
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Such confidence, me likey. She knows she's pretty, she knows she's bad-ass, she knows she's frank NO, she is frank, not Frank, whoever that is , and she's here with one thing in mind: And she'll stop at nothing to get it. She's one of those people who knows her assets and isn't afraid to show it. She's the kind of person who'd be a bitch to you if you really need some ass-whooping, but would defend you and punch a guy in the nose for you if you've been wronged. She doesn't dilly-dally okay, maybe she does sometimes but more on to that later and she gets the job done once she puts her mind to it.
In this installment, you can't help but fall in love with her even more as she tries to go against the big waves, knowing it may land her in deep, deep shit, but also knowing it's the right thing to do because no one else has come clean about some secrets that were not supposed to be buried with justice not yet served. I love her honesty and her no-nonsense motto, and even though she sometimes thinks before she acts, you can tell that she's a smart and clever cookie. She's very perceptive and is quick to notice little details.
She still has that fiery passion within her, that wild and free spirit that yearns to do what her heart tells her, other people be damned.
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Is it possible to care so much and yet give zero fucks at all? Anne makes that possible with her awesome narration. The mystery here is really well done. I applaud Kara Taylor for making it so intriguing and unpredictable, for making me keep on guessing and still not have the right answer, or any answer close to it.