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Anna and the French Kiss meets The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks in a romantic and hilarious new novel from Brodi Ashton, the author of the Everneath trilogy.
Raucous parties, privileged attitudes, underage drinking, and diplomatic immunity . . . it’s all part of student life on Embassy Row.
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 most competitive prize for teen journalists—the Bennington scholarship—which would ensure her acceptance to one of the best schools in the country.
Piper isn’t at Chiswick for two days before she witnesses the extreme privilege of the young and wealthy elite who attend her school—and realizes that access to these untouchable students just might give her the edge she’ll need to blow the lid off life at the school in a scathing and unforgettable exposé worthy of the Bennington.
The key to the whole 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. Rafael is big trouble—and when he drops into her bedroom window one night, asking for help, it’s Piper’s big chance to get the full scoop. Except Piper discovers that despite his dark streak, Rafael is smart, kind, funny, and gorgeous—and she might have real feelings for him. How can she break the story of a lifetime if it will destroy the boy she just might love?
Ashton (the Evernight trilogy) delivers a thoroughly enjoyable romance between Piper Baird, an aspiring reporter who will do anything to get a scoop, and Raf Amador, a well-meaning but somewhat misguided playboy and son of the Spanish ambassador to the United States. The two romantic leads meet cute almost as soon as Piper arrives at prestigious Chiswick Academy, with Piper immediately infuriated by Raf, though also intrigued by and attracted to him. Piper is a new scholarship student at Chiswick, and Ashton plays up the school's social divisions throughout the novel. Piper sees Raf as her ticket to winning the prestigious Bennington Scholarship, which may be the only way she will be able to afford college, and befriends him in hopes of writing a scandalous tell-all about the above-the-rules lives of the privileged children of diplomats. The romance between Pip and Raf and its inevitable speed bumps hit familiar marks, but Ashton's talent for sharp banter and Piper's journalistic drive fuel this fun and fulfilling read. Ages 13 up.