26 March 2013

Georgetown Academy: Book One by Jessica Koosed Etting, Alyssa Embree Schwartz

Georgetown Academy: Book One by Jessica Koosed Etting, Alyssa Embree Schwartz.
Audience/Genre: Young Adult/Contemporary.
Publication: October 24th 2012 by Coliloquy, LLC.
It’s the beginning of a new political administration. That might not mean much at most high schools, but at Georgetown Academy, Washington D.C.’s most elite prep school, January 20th means new alliances, new flings, and new places to party.

While freshmen—nicknamed “interns” for their willingness to jump into bed with anyone higher on the D.C. totem pole—navigate the not-so-friendly halls of GA searching for Algebra and Bio classes, the school’s lifers have other things on their minds.

For self-proclaimed D.C. royalty Brinley Madison (of those Madisons), the first day of school is all about establishing the social hierarchy and playing the part of perfect political wife to her boyfriend, the outgoing Vice President’s son. Too bad he has a wandering eye that puts Bill Clinton’s to shame. Can she keep him, and her own secret vice, in check?

Ellie Walker, Brinley’s best friend, floats through the halls on the arm of golden boy Hunter McKnight (the JFK of GA). But when her ex-boyfriend, Gabe, returns to town and her Senator mother’s political nemesis is reelected, Ellie’s life starts to snowball out of control.

Shy, quiet Evan Hartnett is more into books than beer, and her closet is full of t-shirts and jeans instead of Jason Wu and Jimmy Choo. No one’s ever really noticed her—but she’s been noticing them. When her star rises as an intern at D.C.’s most-watched political news show, she soon finds the two worlds colliding in ways that make her question what’s secret and what’s fair game.

New girl Taryn Reyes is all laid-back, California cool; with a father who’s in line to be the first Hispanic president, she’s ready to dive into the D.C. scene with an open mind. But when her fellow students turn out to be more interested in spreading rumors than making friends, she realizes that forging a drama-free path might be a lot harder than she thinks.

With so many new friends and former flames in the mix, things are bound to get a little heated. And while diplomatic immunity might keep the cops away, there’s not much it can do about the press.

In a town where one teenage misstep can turn into a national scandal, the students at Georgetown Academy will have to be on their best behavior—or, at least, they’ll have to make the world believe that they are.

Because there’s only one rule: whatever you do, don’t get caught.

Reviewed by Kelly.

My first thought was a cross between "Mean Girls" and "90210". The drama here is only secondary to the politics these teens go into. It's all about the social or rather political ladder these teens climb in order to emulate their parents. Ugh! I would not want any part of this kind of life!

I grew up in this area and know all the spots they go to. I lived in PG county and this is in Montgomery County where all the rich people live. I always felt inferior growing up as the news always made us look bad and Montgomery County look good. I so see how these kids can be snobby and have a "I'm better than you attitude". It gave me the chills, as it kind of reminded me of then.

Anyway, to get back on track here, this book is unique in that you get to a point and you decide who you want to follow from that night. It kind of keeps you a little out of the loop on the rest of the gang that night. I chose Ellie and I couldn't handle the drama that was her life. She lives with her mom. Her parents are divorced.

I still want to go back and follow everyone. I got the jest of what may have happened that night, but gotta go back and pick the others so I can be up to date on all the dirt!

Ok, this is a little different way of reviewing, but, this is the way it felt; (inhale breathe)

Ellie lives with her mom, who, like all the others in her school, is in politics or journalism. Ellie's boyfriend is Hunter. Hunter is a passivist and is sweet. He seems to have Evan on his mind. Hmmm... Ellie used to have Gabe as her boyfriend whom she hasn't seen for a long time, she believes he betrayed her and she hasn't seen him since, but now he is going to her school. Gabe used to rock her world and if she admitted it,he still does. The betrayal is from the thought that Gabe's dad had a hand in Ellie's parent's divorce. Brinley is supposedly Ellie's best friend but has been acting strange lately. She is taking Adderall by her drug supplier in school. Brinley's brother seems to know something is up. Ellie meets the new girl, Taryn, at school. She makes friends with her. Taryn likes Gabe who still likes Ellie who won't talk to him. Gabe finally talks to Ellie at a party and things get heated up between them as he clears up the misunderstanding. But then Ellie tells him she can't be with him because she has a new boyfriend.So Ellie pushes him toward Taryn. Ellie is jealous but doesn't do anything. Meanwhile, Hunter continues to talk to Evan and hmmm... Add this to all the politics their parents are going through that the kids going here seem to feed off of and you have scandal. Anyway, things always seem to have a way of coming around and the ending just keeps the story going like a soap opera! Wheeww!! That was done in one breathe!

After I go back and dig up everyone else's dirt,I am off to the next book! If you like scandal and drama, this book is for you!!

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