Tuesday, April 30, 2013

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

Georgetown Academy: Book One
by Jessica Koosed Etting
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Georgetown Academy: Book One is the combined efforts of two authors that take tag teaming to a higher level with their flawlessly combined talents! After the world of the offspring of the Washington political powerhouses is created, the reader is given the opportunity to follow one main character’s storyline or to read all of them, often seeing the same scenes from different perspectives, with different dramas being played out. And I DO mean dramas, as these teens often seem to be mini-clones of their parents, never able to kick back and be young, although I do admit their attention to politics and the events outside their personal space around them is refreshing. Events revolve around four main characters:
Brinley Madison, descendent of a U. S. President, leader of the pack, social snob
Ellie Walker, Brinley’s best friend, who has been dating the same guy for two years
Evan Hartnett, the shy, studious outcast, once Ellie’s best friend
Taryn Reyes, GA newcomer, with a California style and attitude
These four girls are polar opposites in personality and it often shows in the interactions they have. When one of them faces personal scandal involving an old flame, it doesn’t just involve them, it could be disastrous for their parents in the political arena where one false step can ruin a lifetime of commitment. Will alliances change or will tempers flare as the power struggle to be on top when the smoke clears gets as ugly as any political scandal? Should being the child of a public figure be so scrutinized?
Was this well-written? Most definitely, the characters are frighteningly real. Being in the positions these children are in, life at GA is like any high school, but on steroids! Jessica Koosed Etting and Alyssa Embree Schwartz were brilliant by writing GA in episodes so the ongoing story does not become too overwhelming! The spiraling tension and fast pace held me to the end!

A copy was provided by Coliloquy in exchange for my honest review.

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