Crazy Fun Ride: A Study In Charlotte Review
A Study In Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro
Genre: YA/Mystery Thriller
Synopsis from Goodreads:
The last thing Jamie Watson wants is a rugby scholarship to Sherringford, a Connecticut prep school just an hour away from his estranged father. But that’s not the only complication: Sherringford is also home to Charlotte Holmes, the famous detective’s great-great-great-granddaughter, who has inherited not only Sherlock’s genius but also his volatile temperament. From everything Jamie has heard about Charlotte, it seems safer to admire her from afar.
From the moment they meet, there’s a tense energy between them, and they seem more destined to be rivals than anything else. But when a Sherringford student dies under suspicious circumstances, ripped straight from the most terrifying of the Sherlock Holmes stories, Jamie can no longer afford to keep his distance. Jamie and Charlotte are being framed for murder, and only Charlotte can clear their names. But danger is mounting and nowhere is safe—and the only people they can trust are each other.
Rating: 4 stars!
Okay, first of all, who doesn’t love that cover?
I mean— just look at it! It’s beautifully modern, it’s fun and the color scheme is just perfect! This cover is basically a testament to how far we’ve come in terms of book covers. If this were released in 2005 we could have gotten some tacky boy and girl graphic on the cover and I wouldn’t be compelled to pick it up.
Thankfully, that is not the case.
I immensely enjoyed A Study In Charlotte, the first of these Sherlock Holmes imaginings by author Brittany Cavallaro. This was such a ridiculously fun ride: we get a more-than-platonic take on the classic duo, Sherlock and Dr Watson. The idea, at first, seemed like something you’d find from a Tumblr gender-bender fanfiction, to be honest, but it was so executed beautifully that it totally blew my expectations out of the water.
What I liked about it was how it immediately hooked you right at the beginning, a trait necessary in all good mystery novels (in my humble opinion). The novel is equal parts plot-driven and character-driven, and it was thrilling without taking itself too seriously. Yep, it was a good balance between murder mysteries, humor and, dare we say, love.
I love picking apart Jamie’s relationship with Charlotte. Kinda like John and Sherlock, really, but this time, the stars have aligned and their progeny might have a relationship that’s more than platonic. Or is it? That’s the question. 🙂
Perhaps the only thing I had some trouble digesting was the believability of Charlotte. Sure, she’s supposed to be a genius, a crime-solving prodigy, etcetera, etcetera…but can she really exist in real life? Is it probable for a 17-year old kid to have that much talent…and highly controlled substances at her disposal? It’s part of her charm I guess because I went on for the ride and had fun nonetheless.
Can’t wait to get my hands on the sequel real soon! 🙂
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