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on March 1, 2016 Pages:
321 Format: ARC 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.
As soon as I heard about A Study in Charlotte, I knew that it was a book that I’d really like, and boy was I right!
I’ve watched some of Sherlock on Netflix, though I’ve not seen all of it. However, I do know enough about Sherlock and Watson to understand he story! A Study in Charlotte follows Jamie, who is going to a boarding school in America. He’s the descendant of John Watson, and Sherlock’s descendant also happens to be going to the same exact boarding school. Jamie has been following the stories of Charlotte for the longest time, so he’s pretty excited to finally get to know her. The two get pretty close after a murder happens at their school and they are seen as suspects! *suspense music*
I really liked Jamie. For some reason, I feel like I haven’t read that many YA books with male narrators, which is weird, because looking back at my read shelves I actually have. Maybe it’s just that I’ve been reading a lot of books with female narrators lately. ANYWAYS. I loved reading from Jamie’s point of view! He was a pretty awesome character and I loved his voice.
I also really liked Charlotte. She was so much like Sherlock! She could look at something and come to a conclusion within seconds. I also loved her story and how she said that Sherlocks were trained from a young age to become the way that they are. They spend so much time studying in order to be able to come to conclusions and solve mysteries in the manner that they do.
I also really liked the story overall. I think it’s so awesome that the characters were actually related to Sherlock and Watson… I mean, that’s just the coolest idea! Also, in this world, the Sherlock stories were written as books by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, but the characters were real. I’m really hoping that is expanded on a bit more in the next book, because I feel like that would be very cool with more details! I’d highly suggest giving this one a read, even if you’re not the biggest Sherlock fan, because it’s such a fun boarding school murder mystery!
Logan Lerman as Jamie Watson
Hailee Steinfeld Charlotte Holmes
Patrick Dempsey as Jamie’s father