Monday, August 8, 2016

A SPY IN ME REVIEW

Quote for the week: A pessimist is one who makes difficulties of his opportunities and an optimist is one who makes opportunities of his difficulties. Harry S. Truman

Today, I'm excited to share with you Author Rebecca Green Gasper's latest novel. Enjoy the read.


 
I like this girl's expression.
 
 
Blurb from Good Reads:
 
 
Harley Jenkins has no idea how she’s going to get out of the mess her roommate has dragged her into. The university has placed her on probation and the disciplinary board has demoted her from her position in local news to the fashion section of her school’s online newspaper. She doesn’t even care about fashion and is far from trendy. She wants to be an investigative journalist.


So when she hears the rumors that something major went down at her dorm, she sees the opportunity to detract herself from her impeding board meeting and the problem with her roommate. A girl has fallen to her death, and Harley is sure the authorities are missing something. She’s determined to do anything to find out what happened, including hiding out in small spaces to get information even though she’s claustrophobic.


But when another girl ends up in the hospital, Harley’s convinced the two situations are related. Soon Harley finds herself torn between solving the mystery of the girls and solving her own issues. With the probation hanging over her, a fashion article due, and the upcoming hearing approaching, Harley thinks about backing out of her investigation. Will Harley be able to stuff herself into yet another tight corner to solve the mystery, or will she have to back off to solve her own issues? Will the spy in her even let her dismiss this odd mystery?


Join Harley during her freshman year as she takes on mysteries around her college town. This is Book One in a series.
   

My Review:


A SPY IN ME, THE HARLEY FILES, FRESHMAN YEAR, BOOK 1 Review

By Rebecca Green Gasper


Ah, those college days. Possessing and selling pot. Girl falling to her death. Other girls feeling weird. Wait! What’s going on? Sometimes students at a university learn more than the courses they sign up to take.

In A SPY IN ME, THE HARLEY FILES, FRESHMAN YEAR, BOOK 1, by Author Rebecca Green Gasper, Harley Jenkins is in trouble, and it’s only her freshman year at the university. One girl is dead, with no clues as to what happened. Other girls keep fainting for no apparent reason. Harley, no, not named for the motorcycle, is suspicious about the death and what is causing girls to get sick. Determined to solve the mystery, Harley and her reluctant friend Jade start nosing around to find a connection between the victims. But will they discover the truth in time to save other lives?

Rebecca Green Gasper has written a story that sadly may hit on the truth about young girls that will do most anything to be what they consider beautiful. I won’t say any more because I don’t want to give away anything, but the characters could be the teens at most any college or university, large or small.

A SPY IN ME, THE HARLEY FILES, FRESHMAN YEAR, BOOK 1, would make a great addition to high school libraries and public libraries. The story could help young readers who believe they know all the answers to realize that maybe they don’t know as much as they think they do. It might help them keep from making a bad mistake, too. An enjoyable read with a good message for teens, and older folks as well.


The author sent me an e-copy of the book for my honest opinion. I think teens would benefit from reading the story.

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Available at Amazon

About the Author:



Rebecca Green Gasper is an author, speaker, and photographer. She is an advocate for speaking out against teen violence. Before becoming a writer, she was a high school special education teacher working primarily with students with emotional disabilities. She also worked as a tutor and coach. Rebecca loves pinwheels, bright colors, daisies, music and dancing. Rebecca grew up in the mountains of Colorado. She now resides outside of Denver with her husband and two children.                 






Congratulations on your latest novel, Rebecca.

Happy Reading!

18 comments:

  1. Wonderful true quote Beverly, it's all to easy to be pessamistic but to overcome the not so good things in life is something I try to do.
    Great reviews as always.
    Yvonne.

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    1. I thought the quote was good, Yvonne. Life is easier if we look on the bright side, even though its difficult at times. Thanks.

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  2. Great review. I've seen this book a few times before. It looks good.

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    1. Thanks, Kelly. It has some interesting points.

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  3. Anything to help young readers believe they aren't always right is a good thing indeed.

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    1. Exactly, Pat. The young have a lot to learn, sometimes they learn the hard way.

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  4. I know Rebecca!
    There's a lot that goes on at college that would probably terrify parents if they knew. Sounds like a good cautionary tale.

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    1. There sure is, Alex. I was a married lady before I attended college so I missed out on a lot of the fun, or maybe not.

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  5. I loved this book...and I agree that it has a very important message for kids. Pretty scary stuff. It did take me back to my college days, though!

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    1. I was a different kind of college student, married with kids, so I didn't see the younger side of school.

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  6. This sounds like an intriguing book and the college experience sounds intense! Thanks for sharing. Wishing Rebecca the best of luck. :)
    ~Jess

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    1. It is, Jess. Being a married lady in college, I didn't see this side of it. And maybe years ago, the drug problem wasn't as bad. I don't know.

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  7. I think we all have spies in us. At least, there's definitely one in me. ;) This sounds like an exciting story.

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    1. You're right, Chrys. Perhaps that's where all your great ideas for stories come from. The story does keep the reader turning pages.

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  8. Awesome quote, Beverly! Congratulations, Rebecca. Your book sounds exciting!

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    1. Thanks, Karin. The book has a lot going on, for sure.

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  9. I don't think I've read a college mystery before. This looks great.

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    1. It is a good story, Medeia. And there's probably a lot of truth to it, sad to say.

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