Georgetown Academy Season One
by Jessica Koosed Etting and Alyssa Embree Schwartz
Published: June 11, 2013
Publisher: Coliloquy LLC
Source: Copy provided by publisher for honest review
Georgetown Academy an interactive YA mini-series from Hollywood Writing couple, Jessica Koosed Etting and Alyssa Embree Schwartz. This series is so HOT that Josh Schwartz, creator of Gossip Girl and the OC, calls GeorgetownAcademy "smart, sexy and insanely addictive" and "the new 'Must-Read' series."
Georgetown Academy takes readers inside Washington D.C.’s most elite prep school, where the daughters and sons of politicians practice their own brand of mud-slinging, sex scandals and power plays, and where the only rule is: whatever you do, don't get caught.
Using the Coliloquy publishing platform, authors Alyssa and Jessica add an element of interactivity, letting readers choose which of the main girls to follow: Brinley Madison, who can chart her family tree back to the founding fathers, Evan Hartnett, an ambitious young journalist protecting her own secrets, Ellie Walker, whose love life is inextricably linked with her mother's political career, or Taryn Reyes, with her laid-back California vibe trying to find her place in DC’s immutable social hierarchy. Depending on their choices, readers will see different shades of scandalous behavior, unexpected liaisons, and secret betrayals
For the first time, the first four books of the Georgetown Academy are now available for the first time in a single volume.
Meet Ellie, Brinley, Evan, and Taryn — Four sophomores at Georgetown Academy, D.C.’s most exclusive private school, where among the exclusive parties and perfectly manicured lawns, student life seems drama-free. But everyone always has something to hide.
THE IT GIRL NEXT DOOR
Everyone wants a piece of Ellie Walker and her Senator mom, but Ellie’s always been happy to cede the spotlight. Kind-hearted, sweet, and half of G.A.’s perfect power couple, Ellie has it all…until her ex-boyfriend, Gabe, moves back to town and turns her world upside down leaving her to choose between love and loyalty.
THE DC PRINCESS
Brinley Madison, of those Madisons, relishes her family’s status as the ultimate D.C. insiders. While her political strategist father plays kingmaker, Brinley maneuvers behind the scenes in school and at home. Brinley knows better than to keep a secret that could hurt her family, but sometimes desire turns to addiction, putting the family reputation at risk.
Evan Hartnett doesn’t have the typical pedigree of a G.A., student. In fact, she has no pedigree at all. Her academic scholarship may get her access to the classroom, but she’s still on the outside looking in…until a series of unexpected boyfriends rocket her to national attention.
THE CALIFORNIA GIRL
Taryn Reyes’ laid-back, bohemian vibe doesn’t exactly mesh with her new surroundings, but she’s remarkably secure and unconcerned. But after her first run-in with D.C.’s dirty politics, she finds out that keeping her integrity and her heart intact may be harder than she thinks.
My Thoughts: When I read the blurb for the Georgetown Academy Series, I was immediately intrigued. I have never been one to want to read novels centered are politics, but this sounded right up my alley and like something I would really enjoy, and enjoy it I did. The books feel like you are reading and television series, and if you are a fan of Gossip Girl and those type of shows, then the Georgetown Academy Series is a book along those lines. It centers around the lives of four different girls, Ellie, Brinley, Evan, and Taryn. All of the girls, with the exception of Evan, have families with a parent/parents that are involved in politics. They attend the Georgetown Academy, which is an elite private school in Washington DC for those whose parents are involved in the political arena in some way. The entire school revolves around politics, and the Washington DC politicians themselves have nothing on the things that their sons and daughters do and take part it. In fact, much of goes on with the students is far more scandalous that what their political parents are involved in.
Ellie is considered the sweetheart of the group, and dates the most popular boy in school, Hunter McKnight. They are considered the "golden couple" of the school, or the JFK and Jackie O, that is until Gabe Mills shows up at school, and two years seem like yesterday when Ellie sees him again. Brinley and her brother Brooks are part of the one of the most esteemed families in DC, the Madisons, and appearance, loyalty to family, and knowing how to play the political game are Brinley's specialties. Ellie and Brinley are best friends. Evan attends Georgetown Academy on a scholarship and is an aspiring up and coming reporter and the former best friend of Ellie and current best friend of Gabe and Luke, which is whole other story. Taryyn's father is the up and coming Hispanic politician that is said could be the first Hispanic President of the United States in the future. She isn't used to playing the political game, having moved from LA where the lives of the stars in Hollywood were much more newsworthy than that of a politician. She rocks her own style and does her own thing, and finds herself targeted by the reigning "Queen of the Academy," but Taryn has never been one to back down from a fight. Then there are the guys, the hot, swoon-worthy, awesome guys at Georgetown Academy that make you just was to sigh.
Want an idea of how intricately all the lives of the characters in this series are intertwined. Take a look at the flow chart that Nara at Looking for the Panacea created.
All of these students lives revolve around the lives of their politically involved parents in some way, shape, or form. Their every move reflects upon their parents, so their choices in who they date, what they do, and how they handle things are always in the limelight. From sex scandals, drug addiction and drug use, career destroying relationships, gay issues, everything and anything you can imagine takes place at Georgetown Academy. Your fashion sense, who you date and who you don't, who you are seen with and who you aren't, everything you do is scrutinized. Does that mean the students always do what they should? No, not by any means, the key being that when and if you do it, you just better not get caught, because if you do, the repercussions of the domino effect that are set in motion can destroy you and your family. Georgetown is a great series and I really enjoyed it. It has romance, drama, conspiracy, all politically themed and very entertaining. If you are looking for a fun series to follow, then Georgetown Academy is just that. Check it out.
About the authors
Jessica Koosed Etting and Alyssa Embree Schwartz met the first day of freshman year at the University of Southern California and instantly bonded over their obsessions with Brenda Walsh, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves and The Babysitters Club books they read growing up. After spending a full year mourning the end of college, they began writing television and feature scripts together. They have set up pilots at ABC, NBC, Fox and CW, and sold films to The Weinstein Company, Happy Madison, Paramount, New Regency, MGM and Alloy Entertainment. They love writing female-centric stories, especially for teen and tween audiences, mainly because they still think they are the 18-year-old girls they were when they first met at USC.Website | Facebook | Twitter