on September 6th 2016
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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 country’s most competitive prize for teen journalists—the Bennington scholarship—and winning will ensure her acceptance to one of the best schools in the country.
Piper isn’t at Chiswick for two days before she witnesses the intense competition in the journalism program—and the extreme privilege of the young and wealthy elite who attend her school. And Piper knows 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 chance to get the full scoop. But as they spend time together, 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 could destroy the boy she just might love?
Brodi Ashton has been on my auto-buy author list since I finished her Everneath series. So, after having read that she had another book out this year, aside from My Lady Jane, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to read Diplomatic Immunity. While the summary of the book made it compelling there were times that I was a bit disappointed with the story because of the poor girl gets into the rich society by chance of a scholarship cliche. However, on the other hand, I really, really ended up enjoying it. Not just for the sense of humor (okay mainly that was what made this novel fun) but I really liked the character development.
I wasn’t sure if I liked Raf, the main male lead, because he seemed like the typical rich boy who gets lost in the rich society despite the fact that he’s always in a crowd of sorts. He’s a bit cocky, though I can’t really say that he’s arrogant. But, I do feel pretty bad for him because Piper tries to get a story from him for her journalism class when a genuine friendship starts to develop between them. Then there’s Piper, who I liked. She’s not your typical must brood about the predicament I’m in throughout the novel heroine. The predicament of being surrounded by all the rich students and you know because she wants to be with her old friends back in her old school.
She’s kind of mopey, but that eventually passes because she does keep in touch with her best friend and not like loose connections with them and finding out she’s been betrayed, which is refreshing. In a way she reminds me of Belle from Beauty and the Beast or Maria from The Sound of Music embracing the adventure that’s given to her. I liked that she’s trying hard to fit in, but I don’t like the tactics she uses because in her mind it’s mostly for her story and scholarship. I get that Piper gets frustrated that she’s given not so great stories to write about when she’s practically the editor in chief at her old high school. It totally sucks to start over again after all the hard work and effort you put into, you know. I hate that the rich kids seem to have a snobbish air about these type of people. Like she’s not worthy of their time or attention, which I find ugh seriously.
I absolutely adored the interactions between Piper and Raf. They’re both different, but I like Raf’s determination to get Piper to see he’s not exactly every other rich student at the school. While he’s a rich kid he doesn’t act like he’s a rich, spoiled kid and I was kind of surprised by that. Piper is stubborn to get a story that would land her with a scholarship and I liked that she’s persistent and never loosing sight of her goal. Even though she does eventually fall for Raf, which I loved that she tried to hate him in the beginning, it makes it harder for to get the story out when she learns that Raf is just a “normal” boy. One of the things that I liked about Diplomatic Immunity is that while Piper gets into a rich elite school she doesn’t dismiss her old friends. I mean her friend had good intentions but I wasn’t surprised by her actions. Some parts of this novel was a bit predictable and familiar to every other rich/poor student novels I’ve read before. However, I LOVED the humor of this book. It’s reminiscent to the humor in My Lady Jane, but not told in a satirical or exaggerated way.