Book Review: Georgetown Academy Season One by Alyssa Embree Schwartz & Jessica Koosed Etting

Posted July 24, 2014 by love2dazzle in Reviews, Young Adult / 0 Comments

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Book Review: Georgetown Academy Season One by Alyssa Embree Schwartz & Jessica Koosed EttingGeorgetown Academy Season One by Alyssa Embree Schwartz
Published by Coliloquy LLC on June 9, 2013
Genres: Adolescence, City & Town Life, Coming of Age, Family, Family Life, Friendship, Girls & Women, New Experience, Parents, People & Places, Politics, Young Adult
Pages: 635
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher on NetGallery
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Available for the first time in a single volume, the first four books of the Georgetown Academy series have been hailed by Gossip Girl producer, Josh Schwartz, as “Smart, sexy and insanely addictive.” Now it’s your turn to get hooked.

Meet Ellie, Brinley, Evan, and Taryn — Four sophomores at Georgetown Academy, D.C.’s most exclusive private school, where among the exclusive parties and perfectly manicured lawns, student life seems drama-free. But everyone always has something to hide.

Everyone wants a piece of Ellie Walker and her Senator mom, but Ellie’s always been happy to cede the spotlight. Kind-hearted, sweet, and half of G.A.’s perfect power couple, Ellie has it all…until her ex-boyfriend, Gabe, moves back to town and turns her world upside down leaving her to choose between love and loyalty.

Brinley Madison, of those Madisons, relishes her family’s status as the ultimate D.C. insiders. While her political strategist father plays kingmaker, Brinley maneuvers behind the scenes in school and at home. Brinley knows better than to keep a secret that could hurt her family, but sometimes desire turns to addiction, putting the family reputation at risk.

Evan Hartnett doesn’t have the typical pedigree of a G.A. student. In fact, she has no pedigree at all. Her academic scholarship may get her access to the classroom, but she’s still on the outside looking in…until a series of unexpected boyfriends rocket her to national attention.

Taryn Reyes’ laid-back, bohemian vibe doesn’t exactly mesh with her new surroundings, but she’s remarkably secure and unconcerned. But after her first run-in with D.C.’s dirty politics, she finds out that keeping her integrity and her heart intact may be harder than she thinks.

About the Authors
Jessica Koosed Etting and Alyssa Embree Schwartz met the first day of freshman year at the University of Southern California and instantly bonded over their obsessions with Brenda Walsh, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves and The Babysitters Club books they read growing up. After spending a full year mourning the end of college, they began writing television and feature scripts together. They have set up pilots at ABC, NBC, Fox and CW, and sold films to The Weinstein Company, Happy Madison, Paramount, New Regency, MGM and Alloy Entertainment. They love writing female-centric stories, especially for teen and tween audiences, mainly because they still think they are the 18-year-old girls they were when they first met at USC.

“Georgetown Academy” by Alyssa Embree Schwartz was a lot of fun to read. It reminded me a lot of gossip girl. “Georgetown Academy” revolves around the center of four different girls’ lives. We have Ellie, Brinley, Evan, and Taryn and with the exception of Evan all the girls’ parents are involved in politics. The girls attend Georgetown Academy which is an elite private school in Washington DC. The students are more scandalous than their parents. Everyone is waiting to see who will do what next.

Ellie is the daughter of a senator and she has been around the political crowd her entire life. Ellis is pretty much use to being in the public eye. When Ellie’s parents got a divorce it ended up ruining the relationship she had with her very first boyfriend Gabe. Ellie goes through a lot in the first four books but she has some growing up to do as the story moves forward.

Brinley is definitely the mean girl. She is Ellie’s best friend and her family is basically political royalty. Her family is the big wigs. Brinley has her own set of issues to deal with and because of that she can be pretty mean to others. She feels a lot of pressure to try to keep of a good family image without really feeling apart of her own family.

Taryn is new to the academy even though her father has been in politic her entire life. Taryn isn’t intimidated at all by the clicks at school, instead she embraces it and fits right in with the popular girls. Taryn stayed pretty true to herself through out the first four books so I hope she continues to be just her.

Evan was more of the indifferent girl at school. She is on a scholarship and she used to be best friends with Ellie and Brinley until something came between them. Evan is the only girl who didn’t come from a political family but Evan wants to be a reporter that uncovers the scandals of politics.

Overall I have to say that I wasn’t too impressed. The books reminded me a lot of gossip girl so I think this would probably make a better tv show than a book but then again I could be wrong. I hope there are more books to come because I feel like there is definitely more to the story. I think the characters could use a little more work too. I didn’t feel very attached to any of them. I think they need to open up out of their shells just a little bit more.


About love2dazzle

Ali Kiki is a reader, writer, reviewer, blogger, and photographer in Portland, OR. An avid reader since childhood, you can usually find her devouring a book or stalking the bookstagram hashtag in her lovely apartment surrounded by books. Ali has been blogging since 2006 and she created Dazzled by Books in 2012. Her most recent adventure is making bookish candles for Stub Tail Candle Co., which are sold on Etsy.

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