[Review] Investigating the Hottie by Juli Alexander

Investigating the Hottie

Author: Juli Alexander
Publisher: Createspace
Publication Date: December 27th, 2012
Pages: 200 (Paperback)
Genre: YA – Contemporary, (slight) Espionage
Peterson. Amanda Peterson. When my life suddenly turns into the Princess Diaries meets Mission Impossible, can I do in a week what I haven’t managed to do in all my fifteen years—reel in a hottie? 

Investigating the Hottie is a completed young adult romance. When Amanda spends a week with her aunt, Christie, she learns that her aunt is a spy. Christie admits that Amanda has security clearance and has already started her training. When her aunt asks her to investigate a teenage hacker, Amanda thinks that spending time with a nerd should be doable despite her social ineptitude. Unfortunately for Amanda, the hacker is a hottie. 

“Juli Alexander displays skill in this laugh-out-loud spy romp. With non-stop action and a budding romance, fans of the Gallagher Girls will love Investigating the Hottie.”
–Amanda Brice, author of Pointe of No Return

Amanda Petersen gets sent to her education-geek aunt’s house for a week because her parents are getting a divorce. Nothing is as it seems and apparently, Amanda’s aunt – Christie – has been a spy all these years. When her aunt gives her a mission to investigate a hot teenage hacker, Amanda is reluctant at first because she knows that she’s shy and socially inept. But she gradually starts to enjoy this mission and the worst thing happens: she ends up having a crush on this boy!

Amanda is an okay character – but just okay. In the beginning she is a bit shallow and later she becomes a lovesick teenager. To be honest there’s nothing really special about her aside from the fact that she’s fluent in Spanish, Italian, French and German. The rest of the characters are okay too. A bit bland but probably that’s because I think this book is too short so there aren’t many rooms for development…

I found the plot to be rushed and quite unrealistic. However, one twist did catch me off guard and it was a pleasant surprise! And some scenes made me smile, some made me grinning and giggling like an idiot. Nic and Christie’s bickering is hilarious! The writing is fun enough; it has the right amount of teenage slang without being awkward or tedious. Despite all the negatives, I still liked this book because it’s very light, quite entertaining and easy to devour. I read this in around four hours and that’s really quick for me.

Investigating the Hottie was a very fluffy and light read that I couldn’t help but to enjoy! This book is more of a contemporary with a little espionage so don’t expect much of espionage when you decide to pick it up. Very girly read indeed. Definitely a great past-time if you’re looking for a break from all the heavy reads.

Huge thanks to CrushStar Mulitimedia LLC and Netgalley for the opportunity to read and review this book!

3 Cakes

10 thoughts on “[Review] Investigating the Hottie by Juli Alexander”

  1. I love character-driven novels, so even if the main character is only a tiny bit shallow, I’ll probably be put off the whole thing because of that. I don’t think I’ll be reading this, but great review! 😀

    1. Shallow characters are annoying! I think if in a character-driven novel the MC is annoying, I probably won’t enjoy the book but if it’s not character-driven, I guess it won’t disturb me as much.

  2. Amanda sounds like she is a somewhat annoying character. Even though she transitions later on in the story, she still sounds a little unlikeable xD I really can not stand unrealistic contemporaries so I think I will be avoiding this one. Thanks for your review!

  3. I actually really like the sound of this book as a light and fluffy summer read – I really want it now! I LOVE the Gallagher Girls books so if this is even remotely like it… well, count me in! It’s a shame the characters are a little underwhelming though. 🙁

    Great review! 😀

    1. I haven’t read Gallagher Girls but I’m definitely planning too 🙂 Yep, light and fluffy summer reads are PERFECT for every season regardless the weather haha xD

  4. The plot sounds promising, shame it didn’t live up to it exactly. After reading the amazing GALLAGHER GIRLS SERIES by Ally Carter, my expectations for spy novels are very high. Sounds good but I don’t think I will be putting it on my TBR list any time soon. Awesome Review 🙂

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