georgetown academy

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Book: Georgetown Academy  | Author(s): Jessica Koosed Etting & Alyssa Embree Schwartz  |  Pages: 126

Synopsis:

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. - Goodreads

Thoughts:

I received a copy of Georgetown Academy from Coliloquy in exchange for an honest review. Thank you very much. 

When I was approached to read and review Georgetown Academy I was a little hesitant. I don’t know much about politics and I thought that this story could go two ways. The first; I thought that I wouldn’t understand anything happening in the story which would make it difficult to connect with. The second being that it would go something like this, “Oh my gee Sarah, can you believe daddy wouldn’t let me borrow his private jet to go to Cancun this weekend?!” I was really worried about that last part to be honest. Yet, I decided to take a chance and read it. Guys, I was so completely wrong! Georgetown Academy was brilliant! The writing was witty and well-constructed and I found myself highlighting quotes and passages, which if you know me, is something I rarely do. Georgetown Academy is told through four POVs and each voice is well distinguished and has its own personality which shows some serious talent because I know it’s difficult to write two POVs let alone four and have it flow so smoothly. I also enjoyed the fact Georgetown Academy is told through the voices of young girls and the fact that it had a lot to do with women in politics. This is a huge step in the right direction and I think it will inspire young women to go into politics or at least educate them that politics is not just a man’s job. I was half way done with the book when something unique and interesting happened. My kindle asked me which character I would like to continue reading through. That’s pretty much the coolest thing ever!! I felt like I was playing the game of Life or something. That definitely improved my reading experience which was already fun but this just skyrocketed it out of the water. I was wrong guys, so wrong, and honestly feel bad about it. Georgetown Academy was a funny, quick, and well written read and I suggest that you check it out.

Rating: ★★★★★ (5/5)

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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.

Georgetown Academy by Jessica Koosed Etting and Alyssa Embree Schwartz

3 of 5 stars

To say I liked this book might be a bad way to put it. I read read this book in a morning and while I found the characters interesting, I didn’t find the end compelling enough to want to read the next book. 

I think I’ll start with my problems with the book. One of the issues was how the middle of the book was handled, the big party scene. Instead of just writing the scene out in long form or make the interactions between the girls less stagnant, Etting chose to write a “Choose Your Own Adventure” for the party where each time I tried to move forward in the chapters I would get two pages of “if you just continue to read ahead you’ll get important parts of the story spoiled. 

This turned me off and honestly kind of pissed me off. This is a YA book, not something for kids so why treat the reader like kids who can’t follow a complex story line?

Other than that, I found the characters a little flat and while I enjoyed the political intrigue that they had going on, I didn’t think it carried through particularly well. 

That said, I did enjoy some of the characters. Had the whole story been centered around one of the more well formed characters, Ellie Walker, I probably would have enjoyed the story a lot more. But as it was skipping between four teenage girls to tell, what essentially became a story all about Ellie, was irritating. 

I wish the author had just focused on the one story line and not all four girls at the same time. 

But, I did enjoy it for what it was.

[Read as a part of Coliloquy’s Summer Reading Challenge]