Book ReviewYoung Adult

A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro

Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books | Pages: 321

Genres: Young Adult, Mystery, Retelling

Review: ★★☆☆☆ (1.5)


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 genuis 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.


I think I can safely say that this is my first somewhat negative review of a book. And to be quite honest, I’m surprised that it was for this book. I had such high hopes for this book, but it just fell flat entirely for me.

I’m a big fan of Sherlock Holmes stories and the movie / tv show adaptations. Sherlock’s character has always been an enigma to me and I’ve always thoroughly enjoyed his personality and amazing detective skills. So needless to say, when I heard about this modern twist on Sherlock Holmes, and that the main character was going to be a female, I was drawn in.

This book has sat on my TBR shelf for a while and I finally decided it was time to pick it up and I was so disappointed in how much I did not enjoy this book. There were so many aspects and moments in this book that I just disliked.

First, the plot. Ugh, the plot. It was just boring and it did not draw me in at all. There was no suspense, there was no point in time in which I just felt that urge to not put the book down because of a innate desire to find out what happens next. It just didn’t happen. The plot was confusing and seemed super jumpy to me. I felt like at one moment it was talking about a certain person or event and then in the span of a sentence, it was on to an entirely different topic. It was just not written smoothy enough for me. It was boring and I just felt like nothing really happened. I just was not overly invested in how the story was going and what was going to happen in the end.

Second, the characters. Oh how I just did not feel anything for the characters and I was so disappointed by this fact. I was not invested in them whatsoever. They were ok and they didn’t have anything necessarily wrong with them. I just didn’t really like them and I didn’t really dislike them. They didn’t capture me, and they didn’t draw me in. They were just ok.

Multiple times I considered putting this book down and considering it a DNF. But alas, I continued until the end. I think I’m just going to chalk up this experience to the fact that this book just wasn’t what I had hoped it to be – and that’s ok. When it comes to the rest of the trilogy, I don’t think I’ll be picking it up. Not all books are liked by everyone, and this one just happened to be one that wasn’t for me.

If you liked this book / loved this book, I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments. It would be interesting to hear some other perspectives with respect to this book!

Review: ★★☆☆☆ (1.5)

About the Author:

Brittany Cavallaro is a poet, fiction writer, and old school Sherlockian. She earned her BA in literature from Middlebury College and her MFA in poetry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She lives in Michigan with her husband, cat, dog, and collection of deerstalker caps.


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