Anne Dowling becomes entangled in a web of secrets involving a missing student and a conspiracy at Wheatley Prep in this fast-paced, juicy follow-up to Prep School Confidential
Anne Dowling—a fresh, original, and funny new YA heroine whose knowing, irreverent voice will remind readers of Pretty Little Liars and Private—is back for her second semester at Wheatley Prep. Although things have settled (somewhat) since her roommate Isabella’s death, Anne’s still kind of obsessed with the disappearance of Wheatley student Matthew Weaver thirty years ago, since she found a picture of him and his crewmates with the words “they killed him” scrawled on the back among Isabella’s things (more).
First of all, this is the sequel to Prep School Confidential and you can find the review of that book here. Second of all, holy mother of everything that’s holy canoly. Anne Dowling, you’re one brave, and also a little crazy, girl.
I’ve been expelled from my beloved Manhattan school, questioned as a person of interest in a murder investigation, and nearly shot to death in the woods, but I’m convinced Monday morning is the worst thing that’s ever happened to me.
Good, our lovely Anne keeps her feet grounded. Everyone hates Monday mornings. But jokes aside, if I could use one word to describe Anne it would be determined. She never gives up, even if everyone around her does and calls her crazy.
Isabella’s murder is solved and Anne should now be able to sleep again. But Anne wouldn’t be Anne if there wasn’t another case to investigate. Thirty years ago Matt Weaver disappeared in the woods and was never found again. But Anne found something, a photograph with Matt Weaver and his crew team and the words ‘they killed him’ scrabbled on the back. Anne has a clue and she is not going to stop looking for more until Matt’s murderer is found. And on top of that, she also has to keep up with her schoolwork and keep up a relationship with her boyfriend Brent.
Brent leans in to kiss me but instead brushes his nose against mine. I lean in to meet his lips. He turns his head, teasing me. “Do you always have to play hard to get?” I ask. “Says the girl who wouldn’t go out with me until I almost got knifed.”
But Brent has secrets and even though he’s cute and funny, he doesn’t talk much about himself. It annoys Anne, because Anthony isn’t like that, at all. Ah Anthony. He’s the only guy who is willing to help Anne in her investigation to Matt’s killer.
“Is that a police scanner?
“Yeah. Got it this week to see if I could pick up anything.” Anthony grunts. “Isn’t that illegal?”
“Man, you say that like you haven’t broken three different laws since you woke up today.”
The deeper Anne gets in her investigation, the more complicated things get. Help comes out of an unexpected corner with the name Ms. Cross, the new teacher at the school. Anne is able to spill her guts about everything she could never tell anyone else. But one day Ms. Cross is gone and leaves no trail. Anne is risking her relationship with Brent and her place at the school. How far is she willing to go to solve this case- and also, where is Ms. Cross?
I did not come this far and risk this much to sit back and let that happen. “Oh, man.” Anthony says. “You have that look on your face. The scary one.”
I read this book in only a couple hours because Anne tumbled from one situation into another and I just couldn’t stop reading until she had it all solved. There are so many characters in this book, that at one point I had trouble remembering who everyone was, which is a con. Sometimes I thought that Anne should’ve just given up because this was getting way out of hand with too much at stake. But she kept going and that’s one of the reasons why I love her so much and it makes her a great character. She’s just super stubborn and not backing down until she has answers.
“Whatever it is you’re looking for… I hope it’s not a happy ending.” I don’t know what sort of ending I was looking for, but it wasn’t this one.