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Blurb (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?
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
This was a YA contemporary romance featuring a girl who wanted to be a journalist.
Piper was a very focused girl, and she was really intent on winning the Bennington prize for journalism. She did sometimes let her drive blind her to what she was actually doing though, and it seemed obvious to me that she was going to hurt people that she cared about. She also seemed a little blind to the fact that she wasn’t the only one who was trying to win the scholarship.
The storyline in this was about Piper being desperate to make a big hit on the school newspaper at her new school, and stepping on toes to try and achieve that. This wasn’t limited to irritating the school principle either, and when she started going after Raf it really did seem like she was asking for trouble.
There was a bit of romance in this, but it did come into the story quite late really, and it wasn’t really developed enough for me.
The ending to this was fairly happy, which was a little surprising, but things did work out in the end.
6 out of 10