My co-worker recommended this book to me, and since she had it in her personal library, I decided to give it a try. I remember trying to read it when it first came out back in 2005 but couldn't get into it. I should have remember that because I had the same feeling this time around when I read it this past week.
Basic premise: Lee, a Midwesterner, arrives to the East Coast to attend Massachusetts boarding school, Ault School. The novel follows Lee through her four years of high school at Ault, each chapter representing a period represented by year and season (Junior Fall for example).
My hope was that as Lee continued her time at Ault, she would develop into a different version of herself: into a confident, happy, social young woman. Instead I find her the same person (and how do characters not develop? Especially during high school?) and I would compare her to Belle Swan (for all those Twilight series readers out there). Lee seems trapped in a one dimensional world, and she often views others around her in a one dimensional way. Character development is missing and it is hard to fall in love with the characters.
The only reason while I continued reading (plowing might be a better term) was to be redeemed at the end. Instead the ending felt flat and anti-climactic.
I give it half a headband (out of three headbands), my preppy rating system.
*Note: Keep in mind that I'm not a critic by occupation but instead just lover of books*
I'm interested to hear your opinion of this book. Please let me know if you agree or if I'm off base, which I totally could be! Read the above note ;-)
Hope everyone has a terrific weekend!