Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Review: Diplomatic Immunity by Brodi Ashton

Diplomatic Immunity by Brodi Ashton
Series: Standalone
Published: September 6th, 2016
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
368 pages (eARC)
Genre: Contemporary YA
Acquired this book: Via Edelweiss in exchange for honest consideration
Warning: May contain spoilers
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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 most competitive prize for teen journalists—the Bennington scholarship—which would ensure her acceptance to one of the best schools in the country.

Piper isn’t at Chiswick for two days before she witnesses the extreme privilege of the young and wealthy elite who attend her school—and realizes that 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 big chance to get the full scoop. Except 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 will destroy the boy she just might love?

I was immediately intrigued by Diplomatic Immunity when I saw the beautiful cover. I noticed it had low ratings on GoodReads, but I went into it with an open mind - as I always try to do - hoping to enjoy it. Honestly, within the first few chapters I could understand the low rating. This book was full of cardboard characters, clichés, and stereotypes. It’s the type of book I’d normally DNF, but I was just curious enough to see how the main conflict would work out.

My first (and lasting) issue was with Piper, the main character. I disliked her almost immediately. I don’t mind disliking a character if there’s something redeemable about them or if they grow and learn throughout the book, but Piper didn’t. She was such a surface character that I finished the book feeling like I had no idea who she really was and I couldn’t connect to her at all. She was wishy-washy, condescending, and didn’t care who she hurt. She was so focused on winning the journalism scholarship that she was willing to hurt people, step on toes, and be sneaky and a liar to get what she wanted. Even if I’d seen some true passion from her - a real desire to be a journalist other than constantly mentioning Christiane Amanpour - I might have understood, but because she was willing to basically plow down anyone in her path (and be narrow-minded and condescending as she did it), it added to my dislike of her. It might have also helped if there had been any other plot besides her ‘research’ for the story. There was a bit of romance, but it was underdeveloped and the characters were so all over the place, I just couldn’t root for them.

Overall, Diplomatic Immunity fell flat for me in pretty much every way. The unique premise had a lot of potential, but focused too much on only one aspect of the plot and seemed largely unrealistic. As always, I encourage you to give the book a try if it sounds interesting to you. It had moments that were cute and funny, but not enough for me personally to genuinely enjoy the book as a whole.

Have you read Diplomatic Immunity? What did you think? If you haven't read it, do you plan to?

1 comment:

  1. Well, that's depressing. I wasn't sure about this one but now I think I'll skip it.


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