[ARC Review] Prep School Confidential by Kara Taylor

Prep School Confidential
(Prep School Confidential #1)
Author: Kara Taylor
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Publication Date: July 30th, 2013
Pages: 304 (Paperback)
Genre: YA – Mystery

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 couldn’t 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.

What a clever book!

Okay so, I’m currently in the mood for some YA mystery/espionage cause honestly, I’m a bit tired of dystopia lately. And I thought this book was exactly what I needed when I first read the synopsis.

In the beginning our protagonist Anne was a bit spoiled and flat. I admit I wasn’t her biggest fan at first, however, after she is determined to uncover her roommate’s death and find the real killer, we get to see her smart and gritty sides. Anne’s resolve to do justice to Isabella’s death is so strong and firm that she doesn’t stop no matter how difficult or dangerous it is. That burning passion made me root for her until the end of the book! I ended up admiring her.

Kara Taylor sure has a knack for writing mystery and since this is her debut, I’m sure I’ll be checking out her future books. I think the writing is simple, but the way she crafts the plot and creates mystery that actually kept me guessing and pondering the whole freaking time make this book a fresh read from what I’ve been reading in the last couple of months. This book made me throw tons of guesses and when I was so sure about my guesses, this book totally blew them off. I did not expect that ending, really. I already figured out who are the love interests since they are first introduced though. I think the romance is nicely-done even though it’s just typical sweet guy vs bad boy love triangle. I liked both love interests but I guess I’m leaning to Anthony for now.

Overall, this book is a really intriguing and captivating read. With its clever mystery, well-constructed plot, strong-willed main character and a bit of humor, Prep School Confidential is such a page-turner that kept me curious until the very last page.

Thank you St. Martin’s Griffin and Netgalley for sending me the galley! This doesn’t affect my opinion at all 🙂
4 Cakes!

8 thoughts on “[ARC Review] Prep School Confidential by Kara Taylor”

    1. Indeed, this book was amazing! I really really liked it!

      Yeah… I’m not so interested in dystopia lately… I’m more into mystery and fantasy and contemporary now!

  1. This sounds GOOD! After reading Tokyo Heist, it has convinced me that mystery is a pretty good genre than I though. There is murder involved and some grittiness, except there’s that love triangle that I dread. nNOOOOO! Well, I am adding it on my TBR, in hopes that the love triangle will not ruin as it did not to you.

    Lovely review, Kezia! <3

  2. Totally agree with you! Dystopian stuff seems to be friggin everywhere lately (but I still can’t resist its charm XD oh well), but this one sounds great! At first, I though this book is about some kind of spy-wannabe kids and would be crappy or something. But uncovering a murder in a boarding school? Yes please!
    Glad to hear that the ending is unpredictable! And also glad to see you enjoying this one 😀

    Neysa @ [B.O.O.K.L.I.F.E]

    1. I still like dystopian if it’s done nicely too but they are a bit boring cause it’s harder to find a really original dystopia these days — they all sound pretty much the same :/

      PSC is not really a spy book but you are totally right — uncovering murder mystery in a boarding sounds really fascinating 😀

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