Review: Georgetown Academy

April 25, 2013

Georgetown Academy
Author:  Jessica Etting & Alyssa Schwartz
Series: Georgetown Academy
Pages: 136
Publisher: Coliloquy, LLC 
Release Date: October 24,2012
Source: Via Netgalley 
Thanks so much for providing a copy for me to review


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 the life of four girls who go to G.A – Evan, Teryn, Brinley, & Ellie . These girls are at this academy because their father or mother is a politician and serves in the Senate or House of Representatives.  Each girl has encountered each other in some sort of way. G.A. tests these four girls throughout the course of this book and show what they are willing to do and what they are not. Not only does each girl have something to hide, that no one else knows, they all have some boy trouble and that only leads to one thing – drama. Let’s face it who doesn’t like a book with drama!

Like I said before, each character is different! Evan Harnett is your average smart girl, but dreams of becoming a reporter. So in order to fulfill her dream she sits on the sidelines and tries to be as discrete as possible because while nobody notices her, she notices them and watches their every move. Her best friend is the star baseball player and is super awesome!  He may just be a little more into rainbows and unicorns than the average guy ;). Everything is going according to her plan until, Hunter starts to notice her and she develops a crush on him, but it will never happen because he is her Ex best friend, Ellie’s, boyfriend.

 Evan was definitely my favorite character of all of them because she’s smart and doesn’t care if she doesn’t have any friends besides her one. Then, she and Hunter are like the cutest thing and while I love Ellie there just might be a whole lot more stuff going on in this book that will make you want Ellie and Hunter to be together! (Hint, hint)

Since there are so many girls I won’t talk about all of them except Ellie, but I do have to talk about plot.

Oh boy! Okay, while this book had a lot of events happening, the plot was just… not that great. I hate having to talk bad about this book, but honestly there was no plot development what so ever. There was just a lot of things happening and a lot of drama. The characters never changed throughout this book and while their background stories were great, the story felt very rushed.

 It felt as if the book left off on the climax because the whole book was just introductions and rising action. There are two more books after this one and I feel as if maybe those books should have been combined with this one.

While that was off for me, I still really enjoyed this book and it did leave off on the climax leaving me to want more and find out what happens. This book really brings the element of politics and everyday drama that these politicians may encounter.  This book also takes on a unique angle and peaks my interest because it explores the lives of daughters of politicians.  If you like drama and politics this is definitely the book for you. 

Even with the problem I encountered with the plot, I still loved this book because it was very fast paced and made my interest of politics even more. Don’t miss out on this book!

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