Monday, November 23, 2009

The School for Dangerous Girls by Eliot Schrefer

Disclaimer: I get all my books from the library.

Today's book is The School for Dangerous Girls by Eliot Schrefer.

First off, I really liked this book. It is a dark thriller, about juvenile delinquents who are sent to a school that's supposed to reform them. Only the school has a dark element to it. It appears that some of the teachers don't care about the girls with bad tendencies. In fact, they kind of enjoy throwing the girls at each other.

What I really liked about this book was how the author humanized the girls. Many of them have done illegal things and are slightly nutso. Yet we get to see how they are also just girls, with feelings and fears and people they care about.

There is some swearing in the book and some references to sexual activities. But the book doesn't revolve around it or glorify sex, like that's the only important thing in life (like some books I've read).

A very good read. Definitely YA, probably for teenage girls.

This book gets a B.

A = Buy this book NOW
B = Buy this when you can
C = Check it out from the library
D = Don't bother reading it
F = Burn it


  1. Sounds interesting. After I finish my current draft I promised myself that I would read a couple books. I'm going to look through your reviews for guidance since it seems you've done all the work for me. :)

  2. Thanks for the review. I'm always looking for the next book to add to the pile. Looks like this might be it.

  3. I hope my reviews help you make a decision about whether you might actually like the book even if I didn't, and vice versa.

  4. Thanks for your fresh perspective. As an aspiring author, I end up censoring my reviews a lot, wanting to be nice (or at least not perceived as persnickity and hateful). The books I really, really hate I simply don't review.

    BTW, I reviewed a few Aussie YA authors, and two of the books were really pretty good. Swing on by to take a look.

  5. I will do that, Laurel! Thanks for the heads up.