Review: The School for Dangerous Girls by Eliot Schrefer

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Title:The School for Dangerous Girls
Author:Schrefer, Eliot
Publisher:Scholastic
Pages:256

It’s not very often that I give a book two stars. I am generally pretty good at picking enjoyable reads for myself. Usually my reviews are three or four stars. This book almost was a one, I waited with the review and thought about some of the nicer features of the book.

Eliot Schrefer takes us to a boarding school in Colorado for last effort girls. Angela the character has done some pretty nasty things and her parents send her here to be fixed. I figured out half way through the book that Angela was Mexican. It was kind of thrown into the story without previously describing her family and after we find out she is Mexican she starts using small Spanish terms that everyone knows such as ‘Abuelito”. After Angela gets to the school she starts looking for a cousin. This cousin was mentioned no where in the book as having been sent to the school, she just is there. The other characters are not well thought out. It seems like he throws a lesbian in for fun, and the author knows nothing about teen girls. That is obvious. What girl who is being beaten, abused, is scared to death cares deeply still about foundation, exfoliating, and highlight kits?
The whole headmistress mystery was laughable. The adults in the story were insane themselves. Angela’s parents of course were clueless and not just clueless but completely evil and mean. They show no ounce of love towards Angela ever. Not even tough love.
The boyfriend even though the first few chapters that is all she thinks about, is never described well enough to picture him. Neither is the later love interest. I never could picture any of the characters honestly. I was in the mood for a dark book and I almost got one. If the author had spent more time on character development, and plot instead of make up and hair the book might have been passable. I would like to see this book rewritten. The plot is a great idea, it just didn’t shine through all of the mess.

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10 Responses so far

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    This sounds so horrible! The holes you’ve described in this book are just too huge to ignore. I won’t be reading this.

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    The story sounds rather disorganized and very un-tight (is that a word, lol)/loose. Great honest review, Pam!

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    I really hate giving bad reviews, this book was like a train wreck. I didn’t like looking but I had to.

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    Ah, you’ve articulated the issues so well! When I read it, I couldn’t connect with the MC, but I couldn’t put my finger on exactly why.

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    I didn’t know the mc was a POC. I’m annoyed by books that don’t mention ethnic heritage and then throw it randomely into the middle of the book. Thanks for the honest, informative review. I just had to write a negative review and I don’t like it, but hopefully it helps authors (constructive criticsm) and keeps people from reading books they may not like. The plot did sound good so I’m disappointed to hear that it’s not too good.

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    Bummer! I loved the title, but hadn’t gotten around to finding out anything more about the book. I don’t think I’ll put anymore time into thinking about it.

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    Great honest review. Kind of seems like you put more into the review than the author put into the novel itself. Sad (on his part). Thanks for being courageously candid :o)

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    Seen this book around, never really wanted to pick it up. This review and certain things about the author have made me decide that I definitely will not choose it in the future. :(

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    Oh boy. How is this guy getting published?

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    I agree i did not like this story one bit, it was BORING

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