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Review: Diplomatic Immunity by Brodi Ashton

Title: Diplomatic Immunity
Author: Brodi Ashton
Year Published: 2016

Genre: YA fiction (romance-ish)
Pages: 352
Rating: 4 out of 5

Location (my 2016 Google Reading map): USA (Washington, DC)

FTC Disclosure: I bought this book with my own money

Summary (from the inside flap of the book): 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 nation'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 elite who attend her school. And she knows access to these untouchable students just might give her the edge she'll need to blow the lid off life at Chiswick in an unforgettable exposé worthy of the Bennington.

The key to the 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. So 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, and funny--and she might have real feelings for him. How can she break the story of a lifetime if it could destroy the boy she might just love?

Review: A little intrigue, a little romance, and a little fish-out-of-water storyline. Sounds like fun! And it was; I enjoyed reading this book and demolished it in just two days. It was just the sort of book I was looking for: not too deep, not a tough read, but entertaining and interesting.

On the surface this book is a story about the poor girl who is talented ending up at a the school full of rich kids. How does she fit in? Can she reveal their secrets? Can she get the handsome rich boy to like her? You know, typical YA stuff. But, past those top layers is a really big question: what are we willing to do at the expense of others? Should Piper publish the secret and sordid stories of her rich classmates? It will definitely benefit her as it will provide her with a college scholarship. She desperately needs this scholarship. Is it worth it if others are hurt? How far is she (or we) will to go?

I think for the deeper issues at hand this book is worth reading. We all make choices that in the moment seem like the right idea, or at least we convince ourselves they are, but the repercussions are huge and often long-lasting.

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