The target of her research is Rafael Amador, the son of the Spanish ambassador and all round poster boy for the rich and spoilt children with Diplomatic Immunity (the DIs). Rafael seems an easy target for Piper's plan and she has no problem sneaking around and putting his life under the microscope. But slowly Piper comes to realise that Rafael is not what he appears to be, that there is more to his story than Diplomatic Immunity and throwing money around. When her article is finally finished will Piper be able to publish the scathing expose on everything that is wrong with Cheswick Academy?
I really enjoyed reading Diplomatic immunity - it is well written with strong characters and a plot that makes sense. Piper starts off as a big fish in a little pond which means she is self assured and confident, and that soon slips when she becomes a little fish in a big pond. Her interactions with Rafael are endearing and entertaining, and you can't help but like both of them as the story progresses. Both of the main characters start out somewhat two dimensional and stereotyped, but as you move forward with their story you get to see more of what makes them tick and I didn't want to put the book down because I wanted to see what was coming next!
There are moments when the story seems quite predictable, but Ashton keeps the story real and the relationships real too. I was intrigued by their world, and loved the way that Ashton treated her characters on the autism spectrum with such respect and dignity - rather than as cardboard cut outs thrown in for a plot point. An all round good read that deserves to be discovered because there is an awful lot to like and nothing to dislike.
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Reviewed by Brilla