Book Review: Death by Social Suicide

Death by Social Suicide by Kat Daemon/Karen Anne: The night Brittany Wakefield kissed her best friend, Jaime, she lost everything. Who knew one amazing moment could send him running— spinning a web of deceit and avoidance for two years. Stepping onto campus, she’s ready to win him back, even if it involves pledging a sorority she has no interest in.

Erik Draxton fell hard for Brit the moment she walked into the art room. With vibrant purple hair, music in her veins and a rebellious flair, she’s all he’s ever wanted.

While Jaime shrouds himself in secrets, Brit finds herself longing even more to be a part of his world. Unable to watch the girl of his dreams get tossed to the side, Erik decides to take matters into his own hands. But when Erik crosses a line, Brit feels backed into a corner, and discovering Jaime’s secret leaves her devastated.

With a shattered heart from Jaime, and the risk of losing Erik on the horizon, she knows one thing: navigating the social circles can be a suicide mission.

Julie's thoughts: I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

Death by Social Suicide is the first contemporary romance book by Karen Anne (also known as Kat Daemon when she 's writing paranormal romance, under which she has written 5 books). This is the first of her books I've read and one of the best books I've read this year. This is a story of first love, true friendship, forgiveness, and looking beyond stereotypes to see the person, where you just might find some of your best friends. This story shows how we sometimes let our perceptions influence us, causing us to possibly miss out on great friendships and relationships. It’s about learning to open ourselves to others and take a chance that they might “get us”.

I absolutely adored this book! I can't gush enough! I loved every character (with the exception of the ones you're not supposed to love) as well as their voices and personalities. The writing style was easy to follow, and the story flows at a good pace. I loved everything about it and didn't want to put it down, even at 2:30 in the morning on a work night. It had it all for me. It has the tension and anticipation of YA first love, the dreamy hero, and strong heroine, great best friends, and perfectly written semi-sexy scenes...steamier than YA but not as descriptive as many of the NA. For me, it was perfection all the way around.
Obviously, I highly recommend this book. I would recommend it to those who love YA but miss the sexiness you get with NA. This was a perfect combination to me. I probably wouldn't let my 14 year old read it yet, but 16 or so would probably be ok.

Karen Anne has definitely picked up a new reader. I'll be checking out her paranormal romance stories as soon as possible.

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