Saturday, 22 November 2014

Lessons I Never Learned At Meadowbrook Academy by Liz Maccie

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Diversion Books and NetGalley.
Lessons I Never Learned At Meadowbrook Academy
Blurb (from Goodreads):
"Liz Maccie's debut novel is as tough, optimistic, and beautiful as her heroine, Roberta Romano. Roberta's voice is heartfelt and funny. Her story is exceptionally moving and honest. I love this book and the hope it has for young women everywhere." ​—​Stephen Chbosky, New York Times bestselling author of The Perks of Being a Wallflower
The most important lessons aren't learned in the classroom.

It’s the first day of sophomore year for Roberta Romano, but instead of the comfort of her local high school, she's been thrust into the elitist embrace of the affluent Meadowbrook Academy.

Surrounded by wealth, Roberta battles her own insecurities, as well as evil teachers and mean girls, to prove her worth and maybe land the boy of her dreams. With the help of two unlikely allies—​and an inflatable toy raft—​Robert embarks upon a journey of dark secrets and self-discovery to learn the true meaning of friendship and acceptance.

"Roberta will charm and delight you with a voice that’s candid, hilarious, and hopeful, as she narrates her first day at a new high school, reminding us of the epic nature of each hour in our adolescent lives. Lessons I Never Learned at Meadowbrook Academy will make you laugh, cringe, cry, and cheer for the power of friendships that can change us in a single day." —​Ava Dellaira, author of Love Letters to the Dead

"You wish your first day of prep school was this epic! Every single page of Lessons I Never Learned sparkles with heart and humor. Like a teenage Bridget Jones, Roberta Romano will make you laugh, cry, and cringe as she tries to navigate her first day at Meadowbrook Academy. She finds friends and enemies, earns detentions and serious respect, and makes memories that will last her a lifetime." —Siobhan Vivian, author of The List.

Lessons I Never Learned At Meadowbrook Academy by Liz Maccie

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Lessons I Never Learned At Meadowbrook Academy(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Diversion Books and NetGalley.)

This was an okay story, but I didn’t like the main character.

Roberta wasn’t a bad person, but she was selfish and stupid. Why she was surprised that her parents wanted her to change schools when she was drinking, smoking, and failing all her classes was a bit silly. Did she really expect them to just let her carry on that way? And why didn’t she consider how much it was costing her parents to send her to the new school?

The storyline in this took place over the course of Roberta’s first day at her new school, so actually covered only a small amount of time. It seemed that Roberta had learned nothing concerning her behaviour at her old school though, as she spent most of this book slacking off, and getting herself into trouble, both at school, and with the law! I couldn’t believe that she thought ‘I didn’t feel like going’ to be an acceptable excuse for why she didn’t go to class, and lying about her Nonna being dead was just disgusting!

There was some romance in this in the way of a major crush that Roberta had concerning a boy at her new school, and there was some kissing. Considering that this book was about her first day at school, she certainly moved quick.

The ending to this was alright, but I was just glad it was over really. I don’t think I’d want to read another book if this turned into a series.
6 out of 10.

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