"Twittercide [twit-er-sahyd]: the killing of one human being by another while the victim is in the act of tweeting. Call me crazy, but I figured writing for the Herbert Hoover High Homepage would be a pretty sweet gig. Pad the resume for college applications, get a first look at the gossip column, spend some time ogling the paper’s brooding bad-boy editor, Chase Erikson. But on my first big story, things went... a little south. What should have been a normal interview with Sydney Sanders turned into me discovering the Homecoming Queen-hopeful dead in her pool. Electrocuted while Tweeting. Now, in addition to developing a reputation as HHH’s resident body finder, I’m stuck trying to prove that Sydney’s death wasn’t suicide. I’m starting to long for the days when my biggest worry was whether the cafeteria was serving pizza sticks or Tuesday Tacos..." (Summary from goodreads.com)
Gemma Halliday's Social Suicide is the sequel to Deadly Cool. Hartley is now working for the school newspaper which means she is working with Chase now too. Hartley is writing up an article on possible Homecoming Queen Sydney when she finds her dead in her pool. Sydney was electrocuted while tweeting and Hartley is set on finding out who the killer is.
Halliday does it again with this fantastic and hilarious sequel. I went into reading Social Suicide with some pretty high expectations after loving Deadly Cool so much and this book definitely lived up to it. Hartley is such a great character. She is funny but very determined. She doesn't back down easily even when she finds herself in some pretty dangerous situations.
I was thrilled to see bad boy and newspaper editor Chase again. I think Hartley and Chase make an excellent team once again. I was also excited to see some more of Hartley's best friend Sam in this book. Sam is so funny as well and I was happy to see that she was more involved in Social Suicide.
I couldn't put this book down and finished it in one sitting. The story picks right up immediately so it was easy to get into this book. The plot is suspenseful and had me guessing on who was the murderer until the very end. I was also completely laughing out loud at some parts of this book. Although this story can get serious at moments, it is also a light and fun read. I think Halliday does an excellent job balancing it. I also love the language she uses because it is how teenagers speak. I strongly recommend Social Suicide, it is a fun mystery with great characters.