27 December 2010

Review of The School for Dangerous Girls

The School for Dangerous Girls by Eliot Schrefer
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Description: Who knows what goes on behind the doors of The School for Dangerous Girls? The school's mission is clear: To take girls who've caused trouble and to reform them into model citizens.
It's methods? No freedom. No medication. No leniency. No escpape.
Some girls are meant to get better. And, as Angela is about to learn,some girls are meant to stay forever.
Review: When I was 100 pages into Dangerous Girls, I wrote on Goodreads: 'Not your average boarding school novel :).' At the time, I really enjoyed Dangerous Girls. But a little while later, I didn't quite like it as much.

The School for Dangerous Girls starts out like your average boarding school novel;  bad girl gets sent to a secluded school surrounded by woods by her parents, girl becomes friends with her roommate, there's that one girl who always irks the main character, and there's the helpful counselor.  In this book, the main character is Angela Cardenas, a girl who is sent to Hidden Oak because she is accused of killing her grandfather. She instantly befriends Carmen, who is her equally innocent roommate. She also befriends Juin, a tough French girl who has been to Hidden Oak a few times. So Hidden Oak is pretty basic:cameras everywhere, strict time periods, mean teachers, you get it.

But, I don't even know how to explain it. I've been staring at the screen trying to write how I felt about this book, but I can't put it into words. I couldn't put the book down, but I didn't like the book. I did not care about any of the characters. Not even Angela. The only thing I cared about was how they were gonna get out of the school, and that I thought was ridiculous. Well if you care, here's my rant about the things that went on in this book.

So apparently, the first few months are orientation, and that's where the counselors can decide whether you're a gold thread (a good, mold able girl)  or a purple thread (a bad, dangerous girl). The purple thread girls they leave for survival of the fittest while the gold girls stay in a nicely furnished building. The logic of the counselors is that they want to 'mold' the bad girls into fine citizens,and the ones they cannot mold go into purple. And they feel that they can still you in a freezer and that will make you a better person. So the premise is that the counselors are crazy, and the students are the sane ones. And of course, the parents are powerless.

Angela goes to the Gold, but then she gets herself thrown back into the purple. Girl, you don't believe you belong there at all, but you continue to get yourself into schenanigans. You are really dumb,for real. This is why I didn't like her. She wasn't smart. I get that she was there for her friends and all, but you just met them 3 chapters ago, and now you're risking your life for them! And Schrefer tried to write a romance between Angela and a teachers son, Harrison, but it doesn't really work. I think the reason they even created Harrison was to : A) create a romance and B) get the girls a key to get back into the school after sneaking out.

The ending, I thought, was unbelievable. I'm sorry, but my perfect ending for this book would be to set the school on fire and slaughter all the hags who tortured you, not just what actually happened.*

"In about five seconds I'm going to ask each of you to vote one of the other girls out to run laps. Five, four, three, two one.Rebecca, you go first."
..Why did we  play into her game? After days of doing nothing but follow directions, it had gotten harder to remember not to. It was more comfortable to obey."
-page 64, The School for Dangerous Girls by Eliot Schrefer

*thank you  Riv Re, you made me realized I mixed up two books...... omg. XD


  1. Interesting review. I read the book a while ago,and now it's all coming back to me. For the most part I liked it though. The ending *was* kinda odd, though I don't remember any deal...?

  2. Huh, well I don't think I'll be adding this one to my TBR! Thanks for your honest review. I really dislike it when I'm reading a book and I think the main character is stupid.

  3. Thanks for the honest review! Ever since this one was first released, I haven't heard the best things about it, and now with your review, I'm definitely not going to be picking it. It just sounds...silly.