By: Brodi Ashton
Released: September 6, 2016
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*A copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review
Aspiring reporter Piper
Baird decides to write a scathing exposé on the overprivileged students
at an elite Washington, DC, school, only for her life to change when
she begins to fall for the story's main subject, in this new realistic
contemporary romance from Brodi Ashton, the author of the Everneath
trilogy. Raucous parties, privileged attitudes, underage
drinking, and diplomatic immunity...it’s all part of student life on
Embassy Row. Piper Baird has always dreamed of becoming a
journalist. So when she scores a scholarship to exclusive Chiswick
Academy in Washington, DC, she knows it’s her big opportunity. Chiswick
offers the country’s most competitive prize for teen journalists—the
Bennington scholarship—and winning will ensure her acceptance to one of
the best schools in the country. Piper isn’t at Chiswick for two
days before she witnesses the intense competition in the journalism
program—and the extreme privilege of the young and wealthy elite who
attend her school. And Piper knows access to these untouchable students
just might give her the edge she’ll need to blow the lid off life at the
school in a scathing and unforgettable exposé worthy of the Bennington. The
key to the whole story lies with Rafael Amador, the son of the Spanish
ambassador—and the boy at the center of the most explosive secrets and
scandals on Embassy Row. Rafael is big trouble—and when he drops into
her bedroom window one night, asking for help, it’s Piper’s chance to
get the full scoop. But as they spend time together, Piper discovers
that despite his dark streak, Rafael is smart, kind, funny, and
gorgeous—and she might have real feelings for him. How can she break the
story of a lifetime if it could destroy the boy she just might love? (Goodreads)
Unfortunately, I really didn't enjoy Diplomatic Immunity as much as I hoped. I was so excited to read this book because the plot sounded great, but the story just dragged on too much for me and the plot lacked development.
Diplomatic Immunity is the story of Piper who wants to become a journalist. When she gets a scholarship to an exclusive academy in DC, she also has the opportunity to win a competition for teen journalists. The journalism program at her new school is competitive though and Piper needs a huge story to stand out. That is when she begins to get closer to Rafael, the son of the Spanish ambassador, and starts to write a story exposing the life of a teen with diplomatic immunity.
Piper was a very focused character and at times, even too focused. She cared so much about being a journalist that it clouded her choices at times. However, as much as she may have infuriated me while I was reading, she was a realistic teen. She makes mistakes and still has a lot to learn.
There were several interesting side characters in this book. I really liked Rafael a lot and getting to know him. I also really liked the way the relationship developed between Piper and Rafael. I thought it was one of the more stronger aspects to this story. I also really liked the relationship that Piper shares with her family. I especially loved her close relationship with her grandmother. However, I wished to see more of Piper's relationship with her best friend, Charlotte. Their friendship just felt flat.
The very beginning of Diplomatic Immunity started off well, but then the plot began to drag on until the last quarter of the book. I found myself getting bored a lot and almost giving up on this book altogether. At times, the story was even repeating itself too much and I felt as though I was just going in circles. Then it just suddenly all wrapped up quickly at the end and I was still left with so many questions. There were even some interesting subplots involving Piper's family and their financial situation. However, I felt like it was just dropped off and there was never any development or conclusion to it. I liked the setting in DC and at the elite school too, but I also wanted to explore it even more as well.
Overall, I didn't enjoy Diplomatic Immunity as much as I hoped. This book had some positives to it, but the negatives outweighed those for me.