Book reviews & writing tips from a wannabe YA writer
Title: School for Dangerous Girls
Author: Eliot Schrefer
Category: Fiction, Young Adult
Why I Read It: It released in 2009, and I was in the mood for something new.
Summary: When Angela’s rebellion crosses the line, her parents ship her off to Hidden Oak boarding school, where she’s lumped in with all the other dangerous girls whose families have given up on them.
Review: The premise of this book and its first few pages pulled me in, but the rest of the book was predictable. I never connected with the main character, but I’m not sure why that is.
I do know that I wanted Angela to question herself more than she did. For a character with supposedly low self-esteem, she was all bluster and outrage most of the time. In a setting where the faculty and doctors were playing mind games with the girls, I expected Angela to wonder if she was off her rocker or at least have a serious moment of self-doubt.
If you’ve read this one, can you help me pinpoint why it was hard to connect with Angela? Or did you enjoy it more than I did? Leave a comment either way!