Review: Prep School Confidential by Kara Taylor

Prep School ConfidentialPrep School Confidential by Kara Taylor
Release Date: July 30, 2013
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Format: eBook
Pages: 304
Genre: YA Mystery, Thriller
Series: Prep School Confidential #1
Source: NetGalley

Goodreads Synopsis:

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.

My Thoughts:

I officially think Kara Taylor is a writing genius. Prep School Confidential is a work of art; a story carefully crafted with every detail fitting perfectly into place.
The plotline is absolutely amazing. Just when you think you've got it all figured out Kara throws in another twist, sending you in a complete tailspin. A well-written murder mystery, with multiple suspects and many components to contend with.
I loved all the characters, even the bad guys and the suspects. The protagonist, Anne Dowling, is a funny, smart individual who won’t let the murder of her friend and roommate go unsolved. Enter Anthony, the twin of her roommate. Known for having a temper, rumors circulate that he may have killed his sister. I personally love Anthony. Any bad boy who rides a motorcycle has my vote. But I loved his devil may care attitude, even if he did have a chip off his shoulder.
Alexis is the perfect antagonist. Always putting everyone in their place, ensures that she is the most hated girl in school and at the top of the list of suspects.
Snotty, rich kids, questionable teachers, and powerful senators keep Anne’s hands full as she tries to solve this juicy mystery.

I look forward to the next book in this series and am definitely recommending it to lovers of mystery, drama, and YA romance.  

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