Embassy Row #1. Author: Ally Carter.
Grace Blakely is absolutely certain of three things:
1. She is not crazy.
2. Her mother was murdered.
3. Someday she is going to find the killer and make him pay.
As certain as Grace is about these facts, nobody else believes her — so there’s no one she can completely trust. Not her grandfather, a powerful ambassador. Not her new friends, who all live on Embassy Row. Not Alexei, the Russian boy next door, who is keeping his eye on Grace for reasons she neither likes nor understands.
Everybody wants Grace to put on a pretty dress and a pretty smile, blocking out all her unpretty thoughts. But they can’t control Grace — no more than Grace can control what she knows or what she needs to do. Her past has come back to hunt her . . . and if she doesn’t stop it, Grace isn’t the only one who will get hurt. Because on Embassy Row, the countries of the world stand like dominoes, and one wrong move can make them all fall down. (Goodreads summary.)
Grace was an intense, and very interesting, character. She certainly had problems; even as a reader, we’re not always sure she’s not a little crazy when she begins hallucinating. She jumps to conclusions, doesn’t trust her friends, and often doesn’t listen to reason. But her flaws make her that much more realistic and believable. She’s not a special amazing heroine; she’s a teenage girl struggling with grief and stress, convinced that her mother was murdered and determined to see justice.
Sexual content: None.
Violence: One character punches another in the face. Character leaps off a stair onto another character – neither is seriously hurt.