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This book surprised me a lot. I can't believe how I thoroughly enjoyed this. I'm a little cautious of films, series, or books that are set in a school for rich kids, because, you know, Gossip Girl (which I didn't like very much), but wow! This was a lot of fun.

Prep School Confidential is your usual murder mystery book, except this time you're dealing with really powerful people, and in an environment where everybody has something to hide and where no one's absolutely innocent. Everywhere you go, there are shifty eyes, there are hidden agendas, there are backstories that can blow your mind. I loved how it kept me second-guessing everyone, from thinking "oh, this guy's totally innocent" to "holy shit, I know it's him!" and ultimately to "what the flying fuck is going on?!" And that's not a bad thing, by the way. Bottomline is: this book has a lot of twists, a lot of juicy, sizzling secrets, and a lot of intrigue. It initially looks fun (don't be fooled by that cover!) but it gets darker later on. DON'T TRUST ANYONE.

Even though it was a little predictable, I still thought it managed to hold itself to make it interesting and engaging. I attribute it to its easy writing and voice. It's set in 1st person POV and our narrator is Anne, a young girl from New York who accidentally set her school auditorium on fire and was eventually sent to a rich boarding school in Boston. She's wild, young, and reckless, but when the moment calls for it, she can be so kick-ass. I loved her humor, her wit, her overall personality - she totally carried this novel. Sure, she wasn't that likeable at first... she appeared to be shallow and selfish, but she changes later — from being someone superficial to smart and righteous, willing to stand up and find the truth when everybody else doesn't.

My only complaint is her being wishy-washy. You see, there's a love triangle here, and while I normally don't mind love triangles, it bothered me to no end how she couldn't (or wouldn't) decide which one she likes more. She'd think of Guy A, then wonders about Guy B. She'd blush at Guy A, then feels nauseous with Guy B. I was flabbergasted each time she'd think of these guys in the middle of a murder investigation, how she kept on thinking how cute they were, how attracted she was to both of them, how she felt something for BOTH of them... That really turned me off. Hopefully this will end in the next book and she finally decides who's really for her.

The plot is linear as it's a traditional whodunit book. I just love that there are so many secrets, how the whole thing is a tangled web of lies, deceit, and scandal, that we still have a lot of room for more detective work in the future sequels. It doesn't even end in a cliffhanger! How cool is that?

Overall, I totally recommend this book to those who want to read a fun and dark whodunit mystery in a rich-family setting. The level of intrigue is exponential. I can't wait for Anne to expose everybody's bullshit! Imagine RevengeGossip Girl. Something that awesome. With a spunky lead. If that doesn't entice you, I don't know what will!

Final Verdict: 4 / 5 stars

An ARC was given in exchange for a review. This did not influence my thoughts in any way.