I have to admit, it took me a long time to decide to pick this one up. I think it might have been the cover. I just though it looked like another one of those Lurlene McDaniel, my boyfriend's dying, kind of books. Not that there's anything wrong with McDaniel, she's just not really my thing.
When I saw the sequel come out though, I picked it up and actually read the cover. Hmmm....a mystery. This might actually be good. That was my thought process. So, having finished the book last night, I have to say I am thrilled that I picked it up and shame on me for judging a book by its cover....I really should know better by now.
The book is the story of Scarlett Wakefield and her fatal first kiss. She's invited to a party by the rich, bitch queens of her private school. She thinks her luck has turned around and that she's being accepted by the elite. That all ends, though, when she finally gets a kiss with her major crush Dan. Something goes horribly wrong and Dan dies in her arms. Talk about giving a girl a complex.
She's forced to leave her school in the midst of the scandal surrounding Dan's death. She returns to a girl's school run by her dictatorial grandmother. Her goal is to try to blend in and keep the secret of her "Kiss of Death" girl status. When a mysterious note appears in her desk, she becomes determined to get to the bottom of Dan's death, to find out who's really responsible and to clear her name. She goes into complete spy mode to solve the mystery, which is loads of fun to read about.
It's a great book and a great start to a new mystery series. I love Scarlett and I especially love Taylor, who makes me think of a young Stephenie Plum. This one is definitely worth reading. And of course, I picked up the sequel and added it to my HUGE TBR pile. I'm out of control really.