Release Date: September 6, 2016
Publisher: Balzer And Bray
Age Group: Young Adult
Summary: 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?
My Thoughts: I don’t know. I wanted to love this one alright. I really did. I was sooo excited to read it and while I did enjoy it, I felt like it was aimed at a younger crowd. Even as Young Adult, I felt like it was just young. Maybe just my reading mood.
We are introduced to Piper who gets into a new school and it’s an opportunity to really help her writing career. She has to take intuitive and really rise above the other students. And, in order to do this, she has to do something to stand above the crowd. Something really huge.
Piper gets the idea of exposing the students who seem to be rich and have all the power. Their parents are "somebody" and it helps them in their everyday life, making things “easier” on them.
We meet Rafael who Piper met right away and gets to know pretty easily. She does have to put herself in his sights a little bit but it all works out. She also gets somewhat close to him and realizes there may be more depth to him than she originally thought. And then things go haywire. I was really really wanting to read this one. And I did enjoy it, but I just didn’t enjoy it as much as I wanted.
Overall: It was a cute novel and I did like the characters and the idea behind the plot. But I just didn’t connect to it very well. It may be that I just finished a bigger book and I had trouble getting into this one. I know I can’t love love love every book. I just didn’t fall in love with the romance I suppose. I also really like Ashton so I will continue to read her novels!
I’d say this is probably a 3.5 cupcake rating for me.
Cover: I do like it! Like the colors and the the couple standing there. Its very eye catching.
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