Pretty Boy Must Die
By: Kimberly Reed
SYNOPSIS: When Peter Smith’s classmate snaps a picture of him during a late night run at the track, Peter thinks he might be in trouble. When she posts that photo–along with the caption, “See the Pretty Boy Run,”–Peter knows he’s in trouble. But when hostiles drop through the ceiling of his 6th period Chem Class, Peter’s pretty sure his trouble just became a national emergency.
Because he’s not really Peter Smith. He’s Jake Morrow, former foster-kid turned CIA operative. After a massive screw-up on his first mission, he’s on a pity assignment, a dozen hit lists and now, social media, apparently. As #Prettyboy, of all freaking things.
His cover’s blown, his school’s under siege, and if he screws up now, #Prettyboy will become #Deadboy faster than you can say, ‘fifteen minutes of fame.’ Trapped in a high school with rabid killers and rabid fans, he’ll need all his training and then some to save his job, his school and, oh yeah, his life.
THOUGHTS: Look, I hate writing reviews when I don’t like a book. I hate writing reviews when I wanted to love a book. I hate it when I don’t have nice things to say.
I got a copy of #PrettyBoy Must Die in the mail and I was excited. Cause I love a good spy novel. I love one that’s fun and not all Jason Bourne on my ass. But this one – well, I wanted the time that I spent reading this book back. I know that writers put their heart out there and so I don’t want to be a bitch, but this is a book that you can pass on.
It’s corny, over written, and the plot was flimsy. The book wasn’t horrible, it just felt like someone was trying to translate a bad Disney movie to the page and failing. The concept of the book felt promising, but when it comes down to it – the execution fell flat.
I actually came close to putting this one as a do not finish, but I stuck with it, because sometimes it gets better at the end.
This one didn’t.
Rating: 2/5 stars