Monday, January 21, 2013

Review & Giveaway: Georgetown Academy: Book 1 by Jessica Koosed Etting & Alyssa Embree Schwartz

Title: Georgetown Academy
Author: Jessica Koosed Etting and Alyssa Embree Schwartz
Publisher: Coliloquy
Publish Date: October 24th, 2012

It’s the beginning of a new political administration. That might not mean much at most high schools, but at Georgetown Academy, Washington D.C.’s most elite prep school, January 20th means new alliances, new flings, and new places to party.

While freshmen—nicknamed “interns” for their willingness to jump into bed with anyone higher on the D.C. totem pole—navigate the not-so-friendly halls of GA searching for Algebra and Bio classes, the school’s lifers have other things on their minds.

For self-proclaimed D.C. royalty Brinley Madison (of those Madisons), the first day of school is all about establishing the social hierarchy and playing the part of perfect political wife to her boyfriend, the outgoing Vice President’s son. Too bad he has a wandering eye that puts Bill Clinton’s to shame. Can she keep him, and her own secret vice, in check?

Ellie Walker, Brinley’s best friend, floats through the halls on the arm of golden boy Hunter McKnight (the JFK of GA). But when her ex-boyfriend, Gabe, returns to town and her Senator mother’s political nemesis is reelected, Ellie’s life starts to snowball out of control.

Shy, quiet Evan Hartnett is more into books than beer, and her closet is full of t-shirts and jeans instead of Jason Wu and Jimmy Choo. No one’s ever really noticed her—but she’s been noticing them. When her star rises as an intern at D.C.’s most-watched political news show, she soon finds the two worlds colliding in ways that make her question what’s secret and what’s fair game.

New girl Taryn Reyes is all laid-back, California cool; with a father who’s in line to be the first Hispanic president, she’s ready to dive into the D.C. scene with an open mind. But when her fellow students turn out to be more interested in spreading rumors than making friends, she realizes that forging a drama-free path might be a lot harder than she thinks.

With so many new friends and former flames in the mix, things are bound to get a little heated. And while diplomatic immunity might keep the cops away, there’s not much it can do about the press.
In a town where one teenage misstep can turn into a national scandal, the students at Georgetown Academy will have to be on their best behavior—or, at least, they’ll have to make the world believe that they are.

Because there’s only one rule: whatever you do, don’t get caught.

Georgetown Academy by Jessica Koosed Etting and Alyssa Embree Schwartz is an addicting look into the lives of the upperclass students at a high school in Washington D.C. Full of political intrigue, petty gossip and star crossed romances, readers are sure to fall in love with the drama that is Georgetown Academy. It's a short, serial-type of book and not a full fledged novel, but even the cliffhanger ending only served to have me desperately craving book two of this series.

Going into Georgetown Academy knowing that their would be alternating POV's from four different girls, I started the book trying to determine which character I would like the best. Especially since Georgetown Academy is an interactive novel and at one point you can decide which girl you want to follow through the story. After two chapters though, it quickly became clear that I was going to have a bit of a problem deciding which girl to follow. I loved them all. I ended up reading all of the girl's stories and loving the way they were all threaded together.

Ellie is the sweetheart of GA. A senator's daughter, girlfriend of the boy considered Most Likely To Become President by the yearbook staff, and best friend to one of the most popular girls in school. Problem is, it's all an act. Ellie is as insecure as any high school girl and she's very sensitive to all of the D.C. gossip surrounding her senator mother. I can't wait to see her finally break out of her comfort zone and become the girl she is deep inside.

Evan, Ellie's ex-best friend and the girl you'd least expect to be involved in any ill natured gossiping is finding it hard to keep her lips sealed because of her new internship at the most watch political show in D.C. She's also got a killer crush on Ellie's boyfriend. But, being honest, Evan was my favorite character because I loved her sweet girl next door personality and her adorable, yet forbidden crush.

Taryn, the rookie from California, is the easy going, naturally sunny one in the bunch. She's new and trying to make friends in a school full of conservative, name droppers. Since she's new, she's the only one who doesn't have a closet full of skeletons waiting to be discovered, but I'm sure she'll get there eventually.

My least favorite girl was Brinley, although once she's at the rookie party she takes a huge 180 in my eyes. This girl is tough! She just doesn't sit back and let things fall apart around her. She takes control and can manipulate with the best of them. Blair Waldorf would be proud!

Oh, the boys! The boys of GA are hot! There's gorgeous, polo wearing Hunter, the golden boy of the student government. Then there's Gabe, the enigmatic, bad boy type who wears ripped jeans instead of dockers. Both boys are instantly swoon worthy and I can't wait to see more of them. I'm also pretty intrigued by Brinley's brother, Brooks. What can I say? I'm always intrigued by the hot jerk who only cares about himself. I feel, with a bigger part, he could turn into my favorite GA boy.

This series has so much potential. I can definitely see myself loving the drama and ever-spinning-relationship-wheel Georgetown Academy has to offer. All of the characters, even the secondary ones, are entertaining to read about. I wouldn't say they're all exactly likable, but in a book like this that's just the type of character I'm looking for! Georgetown Academy is definitely a must read for anyone who loved Gossip Girl (the book or the TV show) or anyone looking for an addictive, guilty pleasure sort of read. I highly recommend it!

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  1. Oh wow I hadn't heard of this before but it sounds so cool and original! Plus the boys sound pretty yummy! ;) Great review, muffin! I'll keep an eye out for this one!

  2. Fantastic review. This sounds awesome, I haven't heard of this one before and have added it to my wishlist. I love books with multiple POV's, always makes for an interesting and fast paced read. Thank you.

    Katie ~ Turner’s Antics

  3. An interactive novel..interesting:) Not heard of this one. I like Academy books. Loved your thoughts on this one. Hot GA guys...always!!

    Great review!!


  4. Great review! I never heard of this one before but it sounds great! I really enjoyed the Gossip Girl series so I think I would enjoy this one too.


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