New Release Review: Diplomatic Immunity by Brodi Ashton
Release Date: September 6, 2016
Book provided by Edelweiss and Balzer + Bray
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
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.
Thank you to Edelweiss and Balzer + Bray for a review copy of this book.
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