New Release Review: Diplomatic Immunity by Brodi Ashton

diplomatic-immunityNew Release Review: Diplomatic Immunity by Brodi Ashton
Release Date: September 6, 2016
Book provided by Edelweiss and Balzer + Bray
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary

Synopsis from Goodreads: 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?

AH’s Review – 3 Stars – C+

I’ve been watching a lot of TV lately, much to the detriment of my reading. I can’t seem to stop watching shows like Scandal, How to Get Away With Murder, and House of Cards. This book reminded me a little of those shows, but not in a good way. You see, I feel like I have already read or seen this book before.

Diplomatic Immunity is the story of Piper Baird, a high school student who gets a once in a lifetime chance to attend a prestigious Washington, D.C. school. There, she meets Rafael Amador, the handsome son of the Spanish ambassador to the US.

Diplomatic Immunity has the potential to be an entertaining book except for one thing – I just couldn’t stand the main character Piper Baird. She is presented with an amazing opportunity – a scholarship to a prestigious school, along with the possibilities of making contacts with the children of very powerful people. Instead, she uses these students to write an expose of their lives, and in doing so, ruffles many feathers.

I understood that Piper was driven and goal oriented. That’s a good thing. I understand the need to excel in order to obtain financial assistance for higher learning, especially considering Piper’s family’s financial situation. College is prohibitively expensive in the US. Unfortunately, Piper didn’t understand the big picture and how her actions affected those around her. It was just reprehensible.

And while I won’t spoil the ending, it was entirely unbelievable.

Rating: 3 Stars

Thank you to Edelweiss and Balzer + Bray for a review copy of this book.

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