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Gossip of the Starlings Hardcover – Deckle Edge, June 10, 2008
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I never had a pony, either; but I don't hold it against a fictional character that she rides horses. Bloody _Catcher in the Rye_ begins at prep school.
This novel is set in a girls school in Vermont. Charlotte Morrow, the narrator, recounts her friendship with the beautiful and destructive Skye Butterfield, daughter of a charismatic United States senator. Charlotte is a budding equestrienne who appears headed for Madison Square Garden, as well as at least Middlebury or Cornell. Skye quotes gobs of Shakespeare, as well as appearing to be an environmentalist activist who exposes the political hypocrisy of her father, who is also having an affair with a member of his campaign staff.Read more ›
The book opens at Esther Percy, a prep school for girls that the main character, Catherine, is now attending after being pulled out of her original school, Waverly, after being found in bed with her boyfriend. Catherine develops an intense friendship with Skye Butterfield, the daughter of a prominent senator and a character that is always looking for a new adventure, whether it be sneaking out, trying drugs, planning weekend trips without the permission of the school, an affair with a teacher, or joining protests against her father's plans to break a campaign promise. We see Catherine join and help Skye on some of these adventures - Skye is described as having a pull that Catherine can't resist - and we meet Catherine's friends and boyfriends from her previous school. Catherine is also a dedicated horsewoman who has tried for years to qualify for the National Horse Show, and we see her attempting to attain that goal. Sometimes, the book switches to a point of view other than Catherine's - for example, the trip to Venezula for drugs is done through the eyes of Susannah, Catherine's best friend. I won't spoil the ending, but the book culminates in a dramatic drug bust and a death, with the last pages showing Catherine reflecting on these events after she is married and has given birth.
Good points: some beautifully written passages, especially with the horse show scenes and the descriptions of the Cape and Venezula. The author clearly put a lot of thought and research into these passages.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Horrid, clunky writing. Unlikable, spoiled schoolgirls taking drugs and mindlessly indulging pursuits passed down from absentee rich parents (dressage, anyone?). Read morePublished on September 15, 2013 by Jen Richardson
I really loved this book. It kept me interested and was an easy book to read but with enough substance and depth to stay with you.Published on July 28, 2013 by haleylj
This book has the depth and gravity that I wish all books about young adults could hold. Youthful adventures with shocking consequences, love that ends up broken and forgotten,... Read morePublished on March 15, 2013 by readlikebreathing
I am a guy but somehow fell into reading this novel which, at age 56 and father of four with two daughters, I enjoyed. I related very much to the father of the narrator, Catherine. Read morePublished on June 17, 2011 by RLA
Like another reviewer said - I really wanted to like this book - but didn't. The writing is just fine - but the story is not. Read morePublished on June 12, 2011 by PattiesZone
I could not put down Nina de Gramont's novel Gossip of the Starlings once I started reading it. The story involves the intense friendship between two very privileged girls at a New... Read morePublished on March 12, 2010 by Otaku Girl
This book was both good, and not good. The good was that de Gramont does a great job of weaving this story of tragic youth. Read morePublished on March 12, 2010 by J. Shetrone
This is the best book I've read in the past year - maybe past five years. The story begins with two wealthy teens in prep school, and evolves into a dark, psychological tale that... Read morePublished on June 26, 2009 by Scarlett
The back cover says it all. Prep school, drugs, friendship, tragedy. Already knowing that, there was nothing left for me to be engaged by. Read morePublished on August 12, 2008 by Mint910