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The School For Dangerous Girls Hardcover – January 1, 2009
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Is it going to captivate the audience with suspense and intrigue?
For some, yes. For many, no.
I have read a pre-release of this book via Amazon Vine.
"School for Dangerous Girls" is an easy read, and proficient readers can finish it in a matter of hours. It starts well, with quite a bit of mystery, particularly as to why Angela is sent to the school. We know early on that something happened to her grandfather, and that he died, but not what it was. It is supposed to be a school of last resort for kids who have failed the system in nearly every way, or kids who have been failed by the system... or in some cases, kids who aren't accepted for who they are by their parents- even if they're not the least bit dangerous or even bad.
We have the expected plot of efforts to escape, romantic feelings toward a boy, sneaking out, and abuse issues. Also not entirely unexpected is the fact that the faculty may be more dangerous than their students. There are some good plot twists with the beginnings of adventures, but before too long they peter out and become dull, with repetition of different versions of the same thing over and over.
I imagine a lot of teens will like this book, as I know many will see something of themselves in the girls sent to the school. You have the girl protecting her boyfriend. You have the clever rebel. You have the soft spoken nerd. You have bullies, and you have friendships... some that become life saving, and some that become life threatening.
The biggest twist was what we FINALLY learned became of the girls who had been deemed unreachable. That was one twist that wasn't expected, and probably what made the school more dangerous than anything... and did more harm to the girls involved than could be imagined.
Still, Angela's parents decide she has had enough chances, and they forcibly enroll her at Hidden Oak, a school for dangerous girls. When Angela arrives, she and the other new girls listen to one of the school's teachers explain the rules and mission statement behind Hidden Oak. The particularly haunting motto is, "You are your own worst enemy. And together we will defeat that enemy."
While the treatment of the girls during their "orientation" is horrible, Angela has little trouble finding her niche with a few girls: her roommate, Carmen, who is timid and shy; Riley, who seems to hate Angela but puts up with her anyway; and Juin, their half-French ringleader. Together, they form a "coven" and try to determine what is going on at Hidden Oak. But just as they're starting to figure some things out, girls from their orientation group start to disappear, and it isn't until Angela herself disappears that she realizes what's happening: the teachers are dividing them into dangerous girls who can be corrected and dangerous girls who cannot.
Of course, Angela must do a little detective work. Desperate to learn the history of the school and find out the fate of her cousin, Pilar, who has also attended, she just can't help getting on the bad side of some of the teachers, especially Mrs. Vienna, who seems to have a special vendetta reserved for Angela.
THE SCHOOL FOR DANGEROUS GIRLS is excellently crafted.Read more ›
The characters were extremely realistic. I myself am a teenage girl, and the ways in which the female characters react to the tricky situations in this book seem reasonable. The rest of the characters in the book also seemed natural--as if this were based on a true story instead of complete fiction. The people in the book seemed real enough, if a little misguided sometimes.
The plot seemed slightly far-fetched at times, but it was so fascinating that it hardly seems worth worrying about such minor details. Schrefer did such an excellent job keeping interest levels high that the plot issues that might otherwise have been points of contention were unremarkable. The pacing is good and the plot twists were exceptional.
The setting itself presents an interesting plot twist. The history of Hidden Oak is so interesting that it alone could have provided enough material for the entire story. Add to this the very practical parts of a very old school--a noisy old heating system, crumbling old buildings, and the like--and the place seems very realistic.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book was terribly written, with little tying the narrative together. Might have been more interesting if there had been a good editor, but since there's not don't bother.Published 4 months ago by lilyetscooter
I read this because I enjoyed "The Deadly Sister", a YA murder mystery by this author. This OA is not afraid to read a YA book occasionally. Read morePublished 5 months ago by John_C_Wood
I absolutely LOVED this book! It is very different from most of the YA that I have read... dark, gritty, and fiercely intense. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Kiki Deister
This book had so much potential, but failed (personally) because it was so disturbing, yet plot-less. The girls are all "dangerous" but some are absolutely not. Read morePublished on December 1, 2013 by John F. Doyle
Well, this wasn't really my cup of tea but when my daughter saw it, she begged me to get it. I'd have her read it to me and although we missed a few small sections, I figured that... Read morePublished on May 24, 2013 by William G. Ryan
Being a thirty-six year old man, I don't think I'm the target audience for this book. It was an interesting read, as it illustrated to me how, too often, parents try to control... Read morePublished on April 26, 2013 by Proverb
I loved every second of this. It's great for anyone to read! I wish there was another one written just like this book.Published on February 2, 2013 by K.Toppi
a very well written, thought out book. i could not put this book down it captured my attention in the first paragraph. Read morePublished on January 18, 2013 by Grace
This is a great story for teen girls looking for some adventure, excitement, romance, and a lot of trouble. Read morePublished on November 18, 2012 by Kindle Customer