Thursday, April 23, 2009
Kiss me, Kill me
Kiss me Kill me
By Lauren Henderson
Age Range: 12-14
When Scarlett Wakefield transfers from St. Tabby's, a posh private school outside London, to Wakefield Hall Collegiate, the world-renowned prep school that her grandmother runs in the English countryside, she is relieved that no one knows her dark, haunting secret.
A few months ago, Plum Saybourne, the queen of St. Tabby's "Smart Set," surprisingly invited Scarlett to an elite party with a guest list full of the hottest names in British society, including Dan McAndrew, Scarlett's secret crush. Before the party, Scarlett had only imagined what it would be like to have her first kiss with Dan, but on the Penthouse terrace, Dan leaned in close and she no longer had to wonder. Their kiss was beautiful and perfect and magical, and then...
Dan McAndrew suffocated in her arms.
No one knows how or why Dan died, and everyone at St. Tabby's believes Scarlett had something to do with it. After all, she was the last person to see Dan alive. But now that she's safely hidden away at Wakefield Hall, Scarlett would rather forget that it ever happened.
Only she can't. Especially when she receives an anonymous note that will set her on the path to clearing her name and finding out what really happened to the first and last boy she kissed.
This synopsis makes it sound like Kiss me Kill me is about a girl who is kind of in a Bella Swan (twilight) position. When i had started this book I thought it would be similar to Twilight. You know a little bit fantasy, yet still realistic. Don't let it fool you, though, this book was more realistic fiction, not fantasy at all. Not good, not bad, just different.
Scarlett isn't staying with family while she goes to school, but with a family friend. She gets fairly good grades, cooperates, and stays pretty quiet around the house. When the Dan McAndrew incident occurs, the family friend won't let Scarlett stay there any longer because she doesn't want to ruin her reputation. Therefore leaving Scarlett to have to go to Wakefield Hall, the school her grandmother runs.
This part of the book was where i actually began to like the story line and plot. The beginning consisted of a lot of cliques and popularity which just got boring and made the book seem pointless, whereas when she transfers schools it is more out in the country and you can really see more of her real personality and see she isn't a fake.
My favorite aspect of the book were the characters. There were so many and they all varied so much. There were a lot of people who weren't what you thought, and who, once you got to know them better, became your great friends. To me it just seemed like a real example. In some books they'll introduce you to the character and tell you their personality. The personality may change throughout the story but you always know what it is. Lauren Henderson really did a good job of describing what people were like, through Scarlett's eyes and what they became when she got to know them.
Books you might like/related to Kiss me Kill me:
I heart you, you haunt me ByLisa Schroeder
Kisses and Lies By Lauren Henderson (the sequel to Kiss me Kill me)