Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Review #29

Georgetown Academy by Jessica Etting and Alyssa Schwartz

Thanks to netgalley and Coliloquy for the review copy!

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 follows four of Americas political influences daughters in their time at Georgetown Academy and everything that goes on. Evan, Brinley, Ellie and Taryn are four completely different girls, from different families.

Ellie is Brinley's best friend and boyfriend to Hunter McKnight son of a pretty powerful influence. Ellie has a lot to deal with, her mother is being attacked by her ex-boyfriend's father, who also just happens to be back at Georgetown Academy & her best friend has gone slightly crazy. Her feelings for Gabe resurface as they continuously run into each other at school, her mum is being attacked from the media because of allegations that aren't true and her she has doubts about whether being with her boyfriend is right.

Brinley has a boyfriend who cheats on her, but can't find away to break up with him without ruining her reputation with it. With a lot of stress going on Brinley resorts to different ways to overcome her stress, not necessarily the right way. Brinley's family are the IT family of Washington D.C. until newcomers of political chain come into view. As she deals with a cheating boyfriend and the newcomer of Georgetown Academy, Brinley doesn't make all the right choices in staying Georgetown Academy's IT girl.

Taryn is the new girl of Georgetown Academy, the California girl has no idea what Georgetown has set in store for her. Her father is in for the first Hispanic president, the media is on her family and all the sons & daughters of the political power players are watching what moves she makes and how they can ruin her father's chance of becoming president one day. 

Evan is the scholarship girl of Georgetown, intern to one of D.C's most-watched political news shows who also has her eye set on Hunter a.k.a Ellie's boyfriend. But with the fact that Evan goes un-noticed in the social circle at school means that she find out the latest scope on each and everyone apart of Georgetown's elite, which can affect the political events happening at that time.

When a party breaks all the secrets out of the closet each girl has something different to deal with. It is Gossip Girl expect set in D.C and it's America's power players in the spotlight. The story is such a different aspect of it as you can follow a different girl at the party, while I ended up reading all four, each girl undergoes something different which makes the story so different from other YA's around.

Rating: 4/5

Keely xx

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