Friday, January 26, 2018

#Pretty Boy Must Die by Kimberly Reid Book Review


A CIA prodigy's cover is blown when he accidentally becomes an internet sensation in #Prettyboy Must Die, inspired by the #Alexfromtarget story.

When Peter Smith's classmate snaps a picture of him during a late night run at the track, Peter thinks he might be in trouble. When she posts that photo--along with the caption, "See the Pretty Boy Run,"--Peter knows he's in trouble. But when hostiles drop through the ceiling of his 6th period Chem Class, Peter's pretty sure his trouble just became a national emergency.

Because he's not really Peter Smith. He's Jake Morrow, former foster-kid turned CIA operative. After a massive screw-up on his first mission, he's on a pity assignment, a dozen hit lists and now, social media, apparently. As #Prettboy, of all freaking things.

His cover's blown, his school's under siege, and if he screws up now, #Prettyboy will become #Deadboy faster than you can say, 'fifteen minutes of fame.' Trapped in a high school with rabid killers and rabid fans, he'll need all his training and then some to save his job, his school and, oh yeah, his life.


Reading this one reminded me just how much I love the male perspective. I just really do. Something about it. 

Anyway, #prettyboymustdie was right up my alley. I very much love espionage, hacking and spies...especially if it's teens--because you don't expect it. So the book, definitely had that going for it. 

It was also pretty action-packed from the very beginning. The author wasted no time getting right down to it. 
Before I fully dive into what I liked about this book--let me briefly talk about what the book is actually about. 

#PrettyBoyMustDie follows, Peter--who is an African-American teenager, and also a CIA operative/prodigy. He's apart of this section of the CIA that was created by one of the higher ups. It was pretty much created to give Peter a space to use the skills, they sought after him for. He's young but he's useful for his strength and hacking skills. The CIA sends Peter to this uppity, guarded private school to help on a mission. While on this mission, he makes some mistakes that threaten his already precarious position with the C.I.A. He makes a friend--and even falls for someone. That's a no-no--and now someone's taken it upon themselves to make him a celebrity and almost completely blow his cover. His good looks--have just made him #prettyboy--and he's gone viral.

Don't be dismayed--I think it sounds pretty silly. Like oh yeah, you're so good looking you're viral--but it works in this story.

What I liked:
Again, the main character--the male perspective is fitting and Peter is really likable. You can almost forget he works with the CIA, because he's such a regular kid--in the ways that matter. He's really kind--and although it works against him in the story, it makes him endearing to the reader.

Bunker--Peter's, should not be his best friend, best friend. Peter's in the CIA and on a mission--he shouldn't be getting close to anyone. It leaves that person at risk--and it makes Peter weak. But, I can honestly see why it was hard for Peter to stay away--even though Bunker didn't make it easy for him to stay away if he wanted to. Bunker was so loyal--and just a sweetie. I really enjoyed his character and his companionship to Peter.

Katie--she was tough. Ballsy. I loved her style--and I liked the dynamic between her and Peter--and even with some of the other characters. I could almost hear in my head as I read her POV. I really enjoyed that. She was lifelike in my mind.

The characters really come to life, and it easily reads in a cinematic tone.

What I didn't like:The action drags. I mentioned that the action happens from page one--and this is perfectly fine and makes since for the genre--but I kind of felt like we could have more than one thing happen in this book. It kind of felt like the big moments happened, pretty early on and just kept on until the story ended.

I'm not sure if I'm making sense, but I hope you understand what I mean. I definitely felt like I was watching a movie, but I also felt like I had reached the climax a little too early on.

I would've liked for something else, major to happen in the later half--and although it kind of did--it was still too solidly connected to the things that were already going on.

The good thing is it didn't hinder my reading in anyway--it's just something I would've added to the story.

I really enjoyed this book, it wasn't a hands down winner, but it was fun--and provided a lot of thrill. I would recommend it. 


  1. Wonderful honest review for this! Have a great weekend!!

  2. This sounds like fun! I need to look into this one. The characters sound very likeable.

  3. I just started this one, and Bunker is definitely an interesting character. His back story made me giggle, because I was thinking about all the Y2K hysteria. Absolutely agree that the action happened straight out of the gate. This is a change of pace for me, so right now, I am enjoying it. Great review!

    1. I loved Bunker. I definitely hope you wind up liking this, and I am excited to see what you thought when you finish!

  4. This one sounds fun and even reading your thoughts on the action dragging, I'm still really drawn to this book. I like the sound of the protagonist and it's been a while since I read a book from a male perspective. Thank you for the great review!

  5. I’m glad you liked this one! I do enjoy reading from the male perspective. I don’t feel like I read enough books from the male POV though. This one does sound interesting, but I’m just not always into the CIA/Espionage type of book. Idk, maybe I’d give this a try someday and see! 😀

  6. Not sure this is the book for me, but I have to admit that it's been ages since I read a book from a guy's POV. Maybe even six months? I gotta get on that!

  7. So just as it’s wrong to judge a book by its cover, I guess it’s also bad to judge a book by its title? Cuz I gotta tell ya, this one isn’t doing it for me. LOL Between the titl and the cover my first inclination would be to give this one an immediate pass. But your review makes it sound fun, despite the pacing issue. I’m going to keep this one on the back burner for when I want something a little lighter. :)