Thanks to NetGalley and Tor Teen for providing an eARC in exchange for an honest review.
Release Date: February 13th, 2018
Synopsis: A CIA prodigy’s cover is blown when he accidentally becomes an internet sensation in #Prettyboy Must Die, inspired by the #Alexfromtarget story.
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 hostile 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.
I have to confess I requested #Prettyboy Must Die because of the cover and the title. I also figured that since it was under 300 pages, if I hated it, it would be a quick read at least. But much to my surprise I actually enjoyed this. Don’t get me wrong, the plot is completely crazy and unrealistic, but it’s fun and quirky, and has some sly humor that had me laughing out loud more than once. Making Peter/Jake was a welcome and inspired choice and I also loved his best friend Bunker and the kick-ass Katie. While I don’t think this was as substantive as say, The Alex Rider series by Anthony Horowitz, it’s an entertaining bit of fluff that I think teens will enjoy.