Review: Prep School Confidential by Kara Taylor

Thursday, 13 February 2014 20:48

Title: Prep School Confidential (Prep School Confidential, #1)
Author: Kara Taylor
Publication Date: July 30th, 2013
Genres: Contemporary, Mystery, Young adult
Rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

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, even if it means framing her for Isabella's murder.

This book was very very surprising. I did not expect to fall for this book. When I read the first few chapters, I was really pleased with how the narration was going and nothing more and all of sudden - BAM! I'm falling for this book.

This book is a little bit like Gossip Girl. I mean, the main character, Anne Dowling is from Upper East Side and she reminded me so much of Gossip Girl. Well, when I first heard about it I presumed we'd have a very bitchy annoying bratty main character who I will really hate but yipee, that's not the case here.

Sometimes, it is very good to delve into a book without any expectations or hope. I truly had no desire for this book and I have no idea why I picked it up but I just did and I'm so glad I did because this book is effin' awesome.

So, this book is basically about a teen girl investigating a murder that took place in her boarding school. Sounds trite and simple, doesn't it? But believe me, you would have never come across such a kickass protagonist from Upper East Side who has a knack for trouble and also proves to be an excellent investigator by suspecting everyone! I have to say, my suspicions weren't correct which made me love the book even more!

Anne Dowling: I would use two E's and one B to describe her.
Slightly Eccentric, Erratic and Bold. 

Now, short explanations for why I chose those three words.
I found her eccentric - sorry, slightly eccentric because I don't think any normal teenage girl would want to get involved in a murder investigation without even knowing the person who got murdered completely. She knew the person only for a week. So, that just felt a little off to me. And she is very strange in a good Sherlock Holmes way. Well, not exactly like Sherlock Holmes (He's a genius! All praise him!) but a little bit similar to him because he loves to investigate and our little Anne here seems to love it too!

Erratic - she's completely unpredictable.

Bold - You'll know why once you start reading this book.

She also reminded me of two things.

One: She reminded me of this quote by Thomas Paine for no reason. "Suspicion is the companion of mean souls, and the bane of all good society." 
This quote has nothing to do with Anne or the book whatsoever and Thomas Paine certainly shouldn't come into my mind since I've only read this one particular quote twice and honestly I don't know much about him.

Two: She reminded me of this song called "Trouble is a friend by Lenka. I think that song would suit her very well. These two lines are made for her!

"Trouble he will find you no matter where you go, oh oh
No matter if you're fast, no matter if you're slow, oh oh." 

Okay, now let's get back to the book.
Lets see what we have here -
★ A very promising plot,
★ A very kickass protagonist and
★ Enjoyable characters. 

These things sound perfect for a book, don't they?