Diplomatic Immunity – Brodi Ashton


Aspiring reporter Piper Baird decides to write a scathing exposé on the overprivileged students at an elite Washington, DC, school, only for her life to change when she begins to fall for the story’s main subject, in this new realistic contemporary romance from Brodi Ashton, the author of the Everneath trilogy.

Raucous parties, privileged attitudes, underage drinking, and diplomatic immunity…it’s all part of student life on Embassy Row.

Piper Baird has always dreamed of becoming a journalist. So when she scores a scholarship to exclusive Chiswick Academy in Washington, DC, she knows it’s her big opportunity. Chiswick offers the country’s most competitive prize for teen journalists—the Bennington scholarship—and winning will ensure her acceptance to one of the best schools in the country.

Piper isn’t at Chiswick for two days before she witnesses the intense competition in the journalism program—and the extreme privilege of the young and wealthy elite who attend her school. And Piper knows access to these untouchable students just might give her the edge she’ll need to blow the lid off life at the school in a scathing and unforgettable exposé worthy of the Bennington.

The key to the whole story lies with Rafael Amador, the son of the Spanish ambassador—and the boy at the center of the most explosive secrets and scandals on Embassy Row. Rafael is big trouble—and when he drops into her bedroom window one night, asking for help, it’s Piper’s chance to get the full scoop. But as they spend time together, Piper discovers that despite his dark streak, Rafael is smart, kind, funny, and gorgeous—and she might have real feelings for him. How can she break the story of a lifetime if it could destroy the boy she just might love?


I’m always a sucker for books that intertwine politics in them. I just felt like Piper was a bit young. She has too much tunnel vision. She needs to realize the consequences of her actions. Maybe she didn’t plan to publish the exposé, but she still thought those thoughts. They still reveal how she feels about “the DIs,” and I honestly don’t think she deserves respect from any of them.

I also have no idea what was wrong with Samuel. He didn’t deserve the treatment he got, just because some other guy was 10x more alpha.

She gambled everything on a scholarship, which is just way too much pressure to put on herself. How could her parents be willing to go along with that? I suppose it’s the same financial irresponsibility that got them in a hole in the first place. Piper had her own Toyota. Throughout the book, it was ridiculed and looked down upon. This is a teenage girl. She doesn’t need her own car! I’ve read somewhere that scrapping a second car can save you approximately $110,000. That’s a sizeable amount of money. I just don’t have sympathy for people with poor financial sense. Piper is ashamed of being poor, but her family isn’t smart about how they use their money.

I’ll get off my high horse now.

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Rating: 2/5


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