October 11, 2011
First I find out that my boyfriend is cheating on me. Then he’s pegged as the #1 suspect in a murder. And now he’s depending on me to clear his name. Seriously?
As much as I wouldn’t mind watching him squirm, I know that he’s innocent. So I’m brushing off my previously untapped detective skills and getting down to business. But I keep tripping over dead bodies and I’m still no closer to figuring out who did it. And what’s worse: all signs seem to point to me as the killer’s next victim.
I really need to pick a better boyfriend next time.
DEADLY COOL is a hilarious contemporary debut that I consumed within hours of opening to the first page. Halliday knows how to craft a story that is light, funny, and so charming that you can't help but enjoy yourself. This is definitely one of those novels that you should read if you want a break from the heavy and emotional YAs. While not the most well-written novel with a few overused phrases here and there, I still enjoyed myself.
Hartley is a sympathetic and comical protagonist that will have readers cheering for her. She gets herself into the most ridiculous situations, but I came to anticipate them because it brought out the best (and most hilarious) in her! I loved her can-do attitude and her determination to clear her boyfriend Josh's name, even though he was a lying and cheating jerk. She obviously must have a heart of gold to do that for her scum of a boyfriend.
The side cast of characters have their own appeal as well. Sam is Hartley's best friend who participates in her Nancy Drew Sleuthing. Sam and Hartley are great together. Their antics together make for one heck of a story and they became one of my favorite pair of best friends. Josh is such a tool but even he had his moments. I hate him for the fact that he cheated on a girl as wonderful as Hartley, but I felt sorry for the guy. And then there is Chase, who is a "bad boy" in the words of Hartley and somehow gets sucked into the murder investigation. Let me tell you, he is one yummy piece of man!
One thing that I really admire DEADLY COOL for is that it was so hard for me to guess who the murderer was. I am usually pretty good at guessing in the beginning, but it took awhile for me to catch on to this one. Maybe it was more obvious to some others, but I had a fun time solving the case right alongside Hartley.
DEADLY COOL is a cute and light-hearted read that will have you giggling the whole way through. The situations are just ridiculous, but I absolutely loved the quirkiness of the whole story. Check this one when it releases!!