A Study in Charlotte Review

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Brittany Cavallaro
YA Mystery/Retelling

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.

I loved this -wouldn’t let my little brother read it-but I loved it. I heard about a new Sherlock Holmes retelling last year that people really seemed to like, so I put it on my library wish list as soon as possible. Definitely one of my best decisions.zl1w0

The feel of the book was great -I can’t quite put my finger on what it was exactly. I loved how they were being accused of murder and it bothered them (well, less so Holmes) instead of just going with like a lot of characters do. And I love Sherlock stories, so that pretty obviously.18427993

Being a christian homeschooler, all the talk of drugs, drinking, and students sleeping together (freshman!) was a bit of a shock. I could have done without that, but they did have to keep with the Holmes-being-an-addict aspect.tumblr_mzcbknwsp61qd2u6qo1_500

The flaws are what really made me like the characters. I loved how Jamie had anger issues and Holmes had… a lot more, but I love how they balanced each other (a very necessary part of any Holmes story). I now want a Sherlock (I’d be fine with a Watson, if no Sherlock can be located…).re-just-perfect-onscreen-team

  • A man hung himself, there are fist fights, a gun, and an explosion. However, this really wasn’t a violent book
  • A girl -maybe two- were raped (before the story) and students sleeping together is very common place. A man cheats on his wife
  • I cannot (as a christian homeschooler) think of a bad word that wasn’t said, and quite frequently
  • There is a gambling/drinking night that goes on every week at the school campus (not permitted). Holmes has had a drug addiction since she was twelve. A dad gives two students champagne

Warning! If drugs, sexual content, or language bother you, I would not recommend this book.

⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

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321 pgs.
Katherine Tegan Books
Mar. 2016
Charlotte Holmes #1

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6894322Brittany Cavallaro is a poet, fiction writer, and old school Sherlockian. She is the author of the Charlotte Holmes novels from HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen Books, including A STUDY IN CHARLOTTE and THE LAST OF AUGUST. She’s also the author of the poetry collection GIRL-KING (University of Akron) and is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship. She earned her BA in literature from Middlebury College and her MFA in poetry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Currently, she’s a PhD candidate in English literature at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She lives in Wisconsin with her husband, cat, and collection of deerstalker caps.

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  1. Yay glad you liked this one!! I wasn’t the biggest fan of this specific adaption, but I looove Sherlock Holmes and omg Every Breath is AMAZING!!! That’s my favourite retelling of ever I think. ❤ Have you seen the TV show Elementary?!? I think it's the best and even better than BBC's version. 😉 😀


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