Book Review: A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro 


Published in 2016 by HarperCollins Books

Pages: 321

Rating: 2/5 stars 

Sypnosis 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.
Let’s talk about the plot:

Okay, let me start by saying I’m obsessed with all the Sherlock, I love the Arthur Conan Doyle canon and the BBC series, and I’m all about retellings or YA inspired adaptions of all the things. 

This did not do it for me, not one bit. Okay at first I was intrigued, I liked Jamie and Charlotte but aside from that the book even in its early stages just seemed to majorly drag. 

So the idea is that someone is taking ideas from the Holmes canon and adding them to murders, perhaps Charlotte or Jamie might find themselves the target? Might I add both Jamie and Watson are the descendants of the original Holmes and Watson, but honestly there were times when this book read like fan fiction, and I’ve read some epic Sherlock fan fiction but this didn’t live up to my expectations. 

Let’s talk about the writing:

Honestly, the writing was fine in some parts, I confess, I like how the author made Charlotte so much like Sherlock, her having his mind existent sleeping pattern and an unhealthy arttitude towards drugs. But Charlotte went through her own angst, I did enjoy her friendship with Jamie, and the references to Holmes canon; but that’s all. The chapters were honestly so long and I feel like the book might’ve been better if it was shorter. Sure, at times Jamie was cute, hell I even had a bit of a crush on him throughout, but that couldn’t save it for me.

And that concludes my review, truthfully I don’t feel there’s much I can add. 

Happy reading,

Brooklyn 🙂 

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