October 11, 2014

REVIEW: Making Headlines (Taking Flight #2) By, Erin Brown

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When a one-night stand turns into an online photo scandal, Sophie Tucker and Luke McGraw become campus celebrities overnight for all the wrong reasons.

Sophie Tucker can’t wait to start her freshman year of college—she has a full scholarship to her dream school and her sights set on landing a coveted staff writer position on the college newspaper. But when a scandalous photo from a one night stand she barely remembers is posted on The Score List, a new tabloid-style gossip site the campus is buzzing about, Sophie realizes her freshman year isn’t going to be what she imagined. As more photos are posted, Sophie decides to use her journalistic prowess to take down the anonymous person behind the site.

Luke McGraw is that guy—the vice president of his fraternity, the online editor of the school newspaper, and the one every girl wants to date. When a photo of Sophie, the girl he hooked up with the night before classes started and can’t get out of his head, shows up on The Score List, he knows that he has to find out who is behind the site—both to avenge Sophie, and to save the reputation of his fraternity. 

When Sophie and Luke realize they’re both investigating, they decide to team up. But focusing on the investigation instead of each other proves difficult, especially when neither of them are sure the other can be trusted.

In a story full of the scandal, mystery, intrigue, friendship, and cheeky, sexy romance, Making Headlines channels Veronica Mars and Greek, in the companion novel to Taking Flight.

Sophie Tucker’s first day of class is tomorrow. She parties hard the night before. The day class’s start she wakes up in a guy’s bed. She doesn’t remember his name and barley remembers the sex. She leaves him and doesn’t expect to see him again until her picture shows up on The Score List. An online website that started it’s debut with Sophie. The sight continues to run so Sophie makes it her mission to investigate. Which shouldn’t be a problem since she wants to be an investigative reporter.

Sophie’s character was strong-willed and brave. She took everything that the website did to her in stride and didn’t let it make her bitter and angry. She never once thought of running. She took the initiative to start looking for the person who started the website so that she can help the other girls that eventually make it on the site. Sophie wasn’t one of my most favorite characters. She really didn’t treat Luke very well in the beginning. It’s good to be ambitious but to hurt people to get there isn’t ok. She eventually fixed it. I just don’t think that her character and I clicked. Sometimes that happens and it’s not the author’s fault, it just happens.

Luke McGraw is the guy every boy wants to be. He is V.P. of his frat, online editor of the schools paper, and extremely good looking. He meets Sophie at his frat’s party the day before class’s start and there is something about her that catches his eye. Even after doing the one night stand thing he can’t seem to forget about her. When the pictures start showing up he immediately tries to help Sophie figure out who is taking the pictures and who is posting them. He just doesn’t realize he might be one of the suspects that need investigating.

I liked Luke’s character. He was genuine, up-front, sweet, and honest. Everything that Sophie didn’t see in him in the beginning. I felt bad for him that he trusted Sophie 100% but she only continued to see him to make sure he wasn’t a suspect. Luke was really great in the book when it came to the website. When he was cropped out of the picture he made sure that everyone knew it was him and that he wasn’t afraid to admit it. Luke tried to do everything in his power to make the website, Marissa, and newspaper better for Sophie.

The story was really well written. There was a little bit of mystery and the author was able to write it in a way that it wasn’t completely guessable by the end of the first chapter. I also liked the dual POV. Dual POV is always one of my favorite ways to read a story and this one was done well. I didn’t really see the romance in the book though. They pretty much slept together a bunch of times, investigated the website, and maybe ate dinner together a few times. I get that spending all of that time together could develop feelings but it wasn’t 100% believable to me.

This was my first Taking Flight novel but I definitely think that I will be checking out Willa’s story.  

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