Title: A Study in Charlotte
Author: Brittany Cavallaro
Genre: Teen fiction, mystery
Page count: 321 pages
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.
My thoughts: Let me start out by saying that I am 28 years old, a mama to two young girls, have a full time job, a husband, and a household to maintain so it has been a VERY long time where I have stayed up all night long and read a book start to finish but that is exactly what I did with this gem. I was hooked from the very first word. It was so thrilling and captivating I literally could not tear my eyes away from it.
I bought this book about a month or so ago at Barnes and Noble not really knowing much about it. Ok scratch that. I knew NOTHING about it other than it was teen, some other reviewers had recommended it, and the cover of the book is downright gorgeous. So I bought it having no clue what the story was even about. When I noticed it was a spin on the Sherlock Holmes stories (the two main characters are descendants from the original Holmes and Watson) I got nervous. Honestly I had low expectations. I’m not sure why, I just thought this was going to be a cheap imitation of classic stories. Let me tell you, it was far from that! This story is so brilliantly done and written. Charlotte Holmes is exactly the type of anti-hero that the young adult world needs. I love how strong her character is and in some parts I laughed out loud at her remarks and observations. I love a strong female lead, not a whiny, love triangle, weak “heroine” that seems to be the norm in many YA lit books. Even though the story is told by Jamie Watson, Charlotte is obviously the star of the show. (Jamie is a great character as well. I really enjoyed them together as a team.)
I don’t know too much about the original Sherlock Holmes stories nor do I watch the TV adaptations of the stories such as Elementary or Sherlock. I know the basics but not too many of the specific details of their adventures, and I was still able to enjoy this book. Actually it made me want to dip into some of those classic Sherlock tales and learn more about it! So if you know nothing about Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson, dont fear! You don’t need to have read any of those stories to understand this book. I highly highly HIGHLY recommend you read this. It is a part of a trilogy. The second book is called The Last of August and I will most certainly read and review that for you as well!