Wednesday, May 20, 2009

The School for Dangerous Girls (Eliot Schreffer)

41wmpcbzhl_sl500_ The School for Dangerous Girls, by Eliot Schreffer, is about girls who go to a school called Hidden Oak, a school meant to make 'dangerous girls' presentable to society.
Angela Cardenas is a teenage girl who has, as a last resort, been sent to Hidden Oak School for Girls, after supposedly murdering her grandfather. When she arrives, the administrators strip her of her clothes, of her make-up, of her... pretty much everything. The put her into a 'school'. But its more like a prison; they beat the students, lock them in freezers, and they THINK they're helping them.
Angela and her fellow prisoners go through a month at the school before actual classes begin. They have 'games' that turn the girls against each other, forming some alliances, but mostly enemies. There is no way to talk their parents into letting them leave, because the teachers convince them that they are mentally weak and cannot be trusted. 
When the 'orientation month' has ended, the girls are separated into gold threads and purple threads. The gold threads are the girls who the teachers think can be helped, and put back into society. But the purple threads have been given up on, and no one knows where they are kept, or if they're even alive.
Angela is determined to expose the school for what it really is, but she's having difficulty, while EVERYTHING is being monitored. Angela devises many plans, most of them don't work. Will she find a way to get her and her friends out of Hidden Oak?

This non-stop thriller made me never want to put the book down. BUT, and thats a big butt ;) once I almost stopped reading. I just felt that she failed so many times, and it was so harsh, but I am glad I kept reading!

Writing: 5
Characters: 5
Plot: 5
Cover Picture: 4


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