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I gave four stars because I love boarding school novels. and Ellie Eaton is a talented writer. Her descriptions and dialogues were perfect, and she constructed a spot-on tone for the plot with every phrase. However, I honestly couldn't find a single character I liked except for Lena toward the end, and maybe Jürgen. The rest of the characters: Oy! Scene after scene of name-calling, bullying, smoking, terrible language, trashy behavior, lying and total lack of respect for the concept of education - not to mention nauseating descriptions of bodily functions --Enough! I was left feeling as if I'd eaten too much of something that wasn't particularly healthy. I admit that I did laugh out loud several times at the clever snark--I'm no prude. And again, I loved the writing. In closing, It was a guilty binge for me. I can’t say that I disliked the book. I will say that I wouldn't recommend it to my mother.
I couldn’t put this book down. The Divines opens with a mystery - something very bad has happened at the school of St John the Divine, something bad enough to shut the school down, but it isn’t until our narrator Josephine is on her honeymoon and passes by the remains of her school, that we see how much it has haunted her. Eaton perfectly captures the awkwardness and savagery of high school politics and forces her readers to question whether we can ever really escape our past. Ultimately it’s a fast read, with very cinematic storytelling, and will leave you thinking like only the best novels do.
Adored reading this book. I was transported to a long ago, but not forgotten teenage intensity with equal amounts of nostalgia and cringe. So well written, understated and raw and real. Some twists and turns and suspense as well as the hair-twirling ennui of waiting for life to happen at that age. Highly recommend!!!
Not bad, but I feel like the description of this book is a bit misleading. Wouldn’t call this a suspenseful read. At all. Also to call this an ~examination of sexuality~ is also a bit misleading. Again , not horrible- but also not great.