Aspiring reporter Piper Baird decides to write a scathing exposé on the overprivileged students at an elite Washington, DC, school, only for her life to change when she begins to fall for the story’s main subject, in this new realistic contemporary romance from Brodi Ashton, the author of the Everneath trilogy.
Raucous parties, privileged attitudes, underage drinking, and diplomatic immunity…it’s all part of student life on Embassy Row.
Piper Baird has always dreamed of becoming a journalist. So when she scores a scholarship to exclusive Chiswick Academy in Washington, DC, she knows it’s her big opportunity. Chiswick offers the country’s most competitive prize for teen journalists—the Bennington scholarship—and winning will ensure her acceptance to one of the best schools in the country.
Piper isn’t at Chiswick for two days before she witnesses the intense competition in the journalism program—and the extreme privilege of the young and wealthy elite who attend her school. And Piper knows access to these untouchable students just might give her the edge she’ll need to blow the lid off life at the school in a scathing and unforgettable exposé worthy of the Bennington.
The key to the whole story lies with Rafael Amador, the son of the Spanish ambassador—and the boy at the center of the most explosive secrets and scandals on Embassy Row. Rafael is big trouble—and when he drops into her bedroom window one night, asking for help, it’s Piper’s chance to get the full scoop. But as they spend time together, Piper discovers that despite his dark streak, Rafael is smart, kind, funny, and gorgeous—and she might have real feelings for him. How can she break the story of a lifetime if it could destroy the boy she just might love?
I was more than a little impressed with Brody Ashton’s debut, Everneath the other two books in the series were decent for the most part-though I was a little more than disappointed with the finale in that book. Seeing that she had another book-a DC set contemporary I was more than a little interested. The thing is, I honestly had to wonder after I decided to DNF this book if it was even by the same author.
This book is just….bad.
And it’s so cliche. I mean, yeah, the synopsis seems a little cliche, but it could’ve been original in a The Fixer type of way. But as cliche as the summary might’ve seemed, the actual book was way worse. I think I should start with the program.
The voice. The freaking voice.
Piper is supposed to be a genius or at the very least very, very, smart. She gets into this elite DC school, and she’s supposed to be a senior too, but she acts like. Well, she’s a freshman or a very immature sophomore at most. I have nothing wrong with younger YA protagonist, in fact they can be very entertaining. I spent five books reading about fourteen year old Mia Thermopolis, but one of the reasons I’m able to tolerate immaturity on Mia and other characters’ part is because they are younger. And younger protagonists have just as much as a place as older protagonists do, but Piper…
Yeah, acting like a fourteen year old when you’re either a seventeen or eighteen year old just doesn’t settle in the stomach well. Especially for an apparently “tough reporter” protagonist. It just got annoying, to the point you wanted to smack here.
As for the rest of the plot, it’s very cliche. She complains about being a scholarship student. And there’s of course some hot mystery cocky boy who she’s going to get a story from and…
I didn’t care to finish it.
I mean, I understand that it’s YA and to some degree we’re going to see some familiar tropes and plots, but with the annoying voice I didn’t care to see where this went. The sad thing is like I said before Ashton can be phenomenal. I just didn’t like this one.
Overall Rating: DNF.