Deadly Cool is adorable. Period. It's a truly witty murder mystery-ish kind of story. The characters, despite being somewhat eccentric, are absolutely lovable. The story ha just enough thrill to balance out Hartley's musings on guys.
Okie, first the characters. Hartley is just so, so cute in a really mouthy way! I mean, she's too cute for words. Mistress of Sarcasm, terrible liar, and just an all around good person. She seems amazing captured as a fictional high school student.
And there's Chase. He's actually not all that much of a Goth as you'd imagine, just az regular high school guy who has a taste in black clothing, likes death metal, and is a crazy driver. He's the Master to Hartley's Mistress of Sarcasm, and, I think, is super sweet on Hartley. (No surprise there.) I mean, he got super worried about her midnight meeting with Deep Blogger at the football field that he actually went there, too, just to make sure she was safe. That already gives him full marks in my book. Bonus points for being hot. If you've read it, you'll know. (Hint: bedroom evidence gathering scene. [Wiggles eyebrows])
The secondary characters aren't too shabby either. (Massive understatement there.) Sam seemed like the best biffle (BFF) ever, following you into legal and not-so-legal outings. I love her creativity in censoring. And she's just cool. Josh, while he's a genuinely innocent guy caught up in a murder, went around tasting the buffet (read: cheated) with another girl just because Hartley wouldn't do The Big Deed. The cheating part I could get over, but not the part where he did it because he wasn't getting any. Tsk tsk tsk, no second chances for you buddy.
Overall, I love this kind of story. No matter what kind of terrible thing happens, you still know the outcome would turn out great and the protagonist would come out of the turmoil intact. My favourite stuff will always be the kind that are intense and has a somewhat unresolved ending, it's still nice to read a cheerful - well, not really because of the murders - story once in a while.