Kiss Me Kill Me by Lauren Henderson {Review}

Title: Kiss Me Kill Me
Author: Lauren Henderson
Series: Scarlett Wakefield #1
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Date: 1/08/2008
Pages: 272
ISBN: 9780385734875
Source: Bought
Purchase: Kiss Me Kill Me (Scarlett Wakefield Series)

Summary from Goodreads:

When 16-year-old Scarlett Wakefield transfers from St. Tabby’s to Wakefield Hall Collegiate, she is relieved that no one knows her dark, haunting secret.

A few months ago, Scarlett was invited to an elite party with a guest list full of the hottest names in British society, including Dan McAndrew. Before the party, Scarlett had only imagined what it would be like to have her first kiss with Dan, but on the penthouse terrace, Dan leaned in close and she no longer had to wonder. Their kiss was beautiful and perfect and magical, and then . . .

Dan McAndrew took his last breath as she held him in her arms. No one knows how or why Dan died, and everyone at St. Tabby’s believes Scarlett had something to do with it. But now that she’s safely hidden away at Wakefield Hall, Scarlett would rather forget that it ever happened.

Only she can’t.

Especially when she receives an anonymous note that will set her on the path to clearing her name and finding out what really happened to the first and last boy she kissed.

My Thoughts:

It took me a few chapters to really get into this one. I had a hard time getting past the typical, ” I hate my life, wish I was prettier, richer, had more popular friends” cliche of most YA books. But once we got into the story I was good.
We meet Scarlett; the main character in the first chapter as she is recounting her “wishes” from New Year’s. Her wishes may be typical of a teen, 1: Wishes to kiss Dan McAndrew, and 2: She wishes to have breasts.
I suppose Scarlett is your typical teen, she isn’t popular, she is a semi jock; gymnastics is her thing; and she has two best friends, although she would love to be part of the popular crowd at her posh London prep school, St. Tabby’s.
When Scarlett is offered the opportunity to be part of the “in-crowd” she jumps at it leaving her two friends Luce and Alison in the dust. Now to me, it seems awful fishy that after all this time the “popular” kids are wanting to welcome Scarlett into their folds. And really, Scarlett is feeling this too.
Plum, the leader of the group; and you know there had to be one; isn’t nice at all. She will say something and you gotta wonder if it is a compliment or a total put down, and truthfully they are mostly put downs! I really disliked girls like that in school and trust me my feelings on Plum were no different. Scarlett is then invited to a party where her crush Dan is going to be, after going out and buying a whole new outfit and pretty much transforming herself into a Plum-bot she goes to the party. The party is in full swing when she arrives and Nadia ( party Host) drops her off at the bar where Dan just happens to be. Long story short, Dan and Scarlett kinda hit it off and they go out onto the terrace for some quiet. Scarlett shows off doing some gymnastics and then Dan kisses her. All of a sudden Dan is gasping and frantically searching his pockets.
Scarlett is now known around St. Tabby’s as the Kiss of Death girl and she is moved to her grandmother’s boarding school. There Scarlett doesn’t seem to really fit in; but then again how could she being the Headmistress’ granddaughter? Scarlett meets Jase the gardener and Taylor the all around tom-boy. Scarlett instantly starts crushing on Jase, but after all the trama with Dan dying she is scared to even talk to him. Scarlett becomes a loner really and then one day she stumbles upon Taylor out in the woods, they argue a little and then Scarlett leaves. She finds a note in her desk that sends her on the hunt for who left it. Her and Taylor form a friendship and hunt down the truth behind the note.
Scarlett soon discovers who left the note and when she confronts the girl, she learns something she never expected.
Without giving away anymore, know that Scarlett is now onto the truth about what really killed Dan and what exactly happened at that fateful party.
I am anxious to read the second book Kisses and Lies, thankfully I already have it so I don’t have to wait!!

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