Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Georgetown Academy: Book One
By Jessica Koosed Etting and Alysssa Embree Schwartz

Georgetown Academy Book One By Jessica Koosed Etting and Alyssa Embree Schwartz 
Reviewed from: eArcs from Coliloquy—thank you! 

Overall Rating: 4.5 stars 

GoodReads Summary:

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.

My Thoughts: 

Most students think of the first day of school as being in August or September but for the students of Georgetown Academy, it is the first day of school after winter break…when the power of DC shifts into the newly elected (or reelected) government officials and their staffs.

The book centers on four girls: Ellie, Brinley, Evan and Taryn. Each offers unique perspectives and personalities, which is great. I think it was intriguing to see how politics plays into their lives—I mean when your parents are some of the most powerful figures in our country, how could it not? Of course added into the mix is the typical high school drama: boys, school, parents and friend drama. Only though instead of just a few people knowing you messed up, imagine when it makes national headlines!

This was a great, fun read! There is an interactive component in the story in which you can read about one girl’s perspective of a specific moment or all four of them. :) It took me back to the days when I used to read the “Choose Your Own Adventure Books.” It reminds me a bit of the other “it-girl” novels—in a good way! I would hands down recommend this title to any reluctant readers out there. It moves quickly and the interactive feature is a fresh component. I hope that perhaps one day they will come out in paperback format so those who do not have eReaders can enjoy the story as much as I do.


  1. Interesting twist on a familiar plot - sounds really good.

    1. :) it does have an interesting couple twists

      Thanks for stopping by today CeCe!

      Happy Reading!


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