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Kisses and Lies (Scarlett Wakefield Series) Hardcover – January 13, 2009

4.3 out of 5 stars 16 customer reviews
Book 2 of 4 in the Scarlett Wakefield Series

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Grade 8 Up—Henderson draws readers once again into the world of young British socialites in a book fraught with tension, romance, and adventure. Since the mysterious death of her crush, Dan, at her first posh party ever in Kiss Me Kill Me (Delacorte, 2008), Scarlett has switched to a different school and lives in perpetual fear that someone will figure out that she is "the Kiss of Death Girl." Teaming up with her new friend Taylor, a no-nonsense American, she decides to clear her name. Dan died of an allergic reaction and the two amateur sleuths learn that his EpiPen was stolen by one of two girls who own the same limited edition handbag. After clearing her archrival, Plum, of suspicion (unfortunately), Scarlett heads to Dan's home in Scotland to track down the other suspect. There she meets Callum, Dan's identical twin, whom she soon finds may also be in mortal danger. Beginning to fear for her own life, the teen longs for the safety she feels with Jase, a young groundskeeper she just met. Scarlett functions in an elite world of aristocrats and though this social setting may be unfamiliar to American youngsters, they will relate to her voice as she perseveres through teen angst and some extraordinary circumstances. With just the right balance of action and relationship drama, this book hits the target for libraries with strong chick-lit or mystery fans.—Jessica Miller, New Britain Public Library, CT
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Scarlett Wakefield, the British orphan heiress from Kiss Me Kill Me (2008) is back, trying to figure out who used her as a tool to poison her longtime crush, Dan McAndrew. After an entertaining adventure spying on snobby socialites in posh London nightclubs, Scarlett and her tough chum Taylor end up in Scotland at the McAndrews’ ancestral home, where they discover any number of people in Dan’s own family who might have engineered his death. The tidy ending and surprise hook to the next volume are somewhat contrived, but Henderson sustains the quick pace, sympathetic heroine, and satisfying romance of the first title. Grades 9-12. --Debbie Carton

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Series: Scarlett Wakefield Series
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Delacorte Press; First Edition first Printing edition (January 13, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385734891
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385734899
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #819,472 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
Synopsis: Scarlett is a modern day Nancy Drew. In the first book of the series, Scarlett kissed a boy and he died. This book follows Scarlett through the mystery of who poisoned the boy and why they did it. Set in London and remote parts of Scotland, Scarlett is a privileged orphan who loves modern fashion and possibly the gardener's son Jase. Her friend Taylor (an American who has really big shoulders from being on the swim team and doesn't like to wear makeup) is basically her sidekick in mystery solving and by the end of the book the two know who killed the boy from the first book and are ready for their next mystery.

I noticed several reviews which stated that it was imperative to read the first book (Kiss Me Kill Me) first. Er...no. It really isn't. Scarlett summarises the events of the first book many many times, all throughout the book so there is no chance of the reader not being up to date with what's going on. While I sort of enjoyed a YA novel being set in the UK (most are American, so it was a nice change), I got sick of Scarlett's world of privilege pretty fast. She has a lot of money, she's an orphan, her Grandmother wears pearls, she has a trust fund...it just got boring. I also think that the whole "I must go and visit the dead boy's family in their Scottish castle!" was ridiculous. As if a grieving family would invite a girl their son hardly knew to come and stay with them.

I did like the ending - it wasn't wrapped up neatly and the fact that Taylor, Scarlett and another character are all carrying the burden of a secret gives them more character and makes them more interesting. However, I don't know that I'll bother with the rest of this series.
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this is the second book to the kiss me kill me series and its very intense and i was thrilled too read it. the book i ordered was used and it was in very good condition except for a crease mark in the cover. I am very very pleased.
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"You go to school to learn, not for a fashion show." -- DJ Jazzy Jeff & Fresh Prince, 1988

Scarlett Wakefield is an orphan living at her paternal grandmother's posh boarding school for girls, Wakefield Hall. Unlike St. Tabitha's (St. Tabby's), Scarlett's previous school, Wakefield Hall stresses academics and high level achievement as opposed to St. Tabby's, which was simply a depository for rich girls, many of whom had a sense of entitlement and extensive knowledge of au courant fashion. Scarlett is an orphan whose parents were killed in an accident in 1996 when she was barely 4.

Scarlett, whom readers met in Kiss Me Kill Me (Scarlett Wakefield Series) was at the center of an unfortunate news story. She cast aside her long time friends to attend a posh party that Nadia Farouk, a member of the rich clique is hosting. Scarlett's decision was prompted by her crush on Dan McAndrew, a boy whom she longed to kiss. Be careful what you wish for as Scarlett DOES attend that party and she does kiss Dan. Sadly for all, Dan dies in her arms right after their kiss. Kind of reminds you of the execrable 1964 song, "Last Kiss."

Plum Saybourne, Scarlett's arch enemy and chief nemesis is also at the party, ever the antagonist. Each time she starts to mix it up with Scarlett, Scarlett invariably cuts her down with cutting edge brilliance.

Scarlett's friend Taylor is always there to watch her back. So is Scarlett's boyfriend, Jase, who is the son of the head gardener. Because Jase is biracial, the school bigots frown on their friendship. To Scarlett's credit and to that of most of the student body, they harbor no such prejudices.
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I like how this book started right back in to the mystery of who killed Dan. Scarlett and Taylor are already into trouble by chapter three.
Half way through the book it picked up and the pages flew by. Scarlett ends up going and staying with Dan's family after she writes them a letter saying she has something of Dan's to return and wants to talk with them. When she gets there everyone is nice to her except Callum-Dan's twin brother that Scarlett didn't know about- and Lucy, Callum's girlfriend. Callum doesn't like her because he thinks she had something to do with Dan's death. And Lucy doesn't like her because she is jealous of her and Callum. Lucy wants to run the castle with Callum and they need to get married so that is why Lucy doesn't like Scarlett and shoots at her one day in the woods. Scarlett doesn't know it was Lucy until the end of the book.
I had figured out who the killer was around page 230. But it was still a shock at the end and how it played out.
I wish that Scarlett and Callum's relationship would have went farther. After Scarlett left to go to stay with Dan's family, Jase wasn't' really mentioned and I was really rooting for Scarlett and Callum. I understand the whole them not being together because of all that they had been through with Dan and the killer, but to me it would have been perfect because they could have helped each other through everything.
I hope there is another book after this one. I am thinking not since the killer was already identified. But the way the book ended it was left open at the end, either in the way for you to make up your own ending on where Jase and Scarlett's relationship goes and how Plum and Scarlett get along now that Plum is going to Scarlett's school now. Or if their will be more book and more mysteries for Scarlett and Taylor to solve. I am hoping more books since I want Scarlett to get with Callum.
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