Saturday, 6 May 2017

Girlhood by Cat Clarke

I received a digital copy of this book for free. Thanks to Hachette Children's Group and NetGalley.
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Real, compulsive and intense: Cat Clarke is the queen of emotional suspense. For fans of Paula Hawkins, Gillian Flynn, Megan Abbott and Jandy Nelson.

Harper has tried to forget the past and fit in at expensive boarding school Duncraggan Academy. Her new group of friends are tight; the kind of girls who Harper knows have her back. But Harper can't escape the guilt of her twin sister's Jenna's death, and her own part in it - and she knows noone else will ever really understand.

But new girl Kirsty seems to get Harper in ways she never expected. She has lost a sister too. Harper finally feels secure. She finally feels...loved. As if she can grow beyond the person she was when Jenna died.

Then Kirsty's behaviour becomes more erratic. Why is her life a perfect mirror of Harper's? And why is she so obsessed with Harper's lost sister? Soon, Harper's closeness with Kirsty begins to threaten her other relationships, and her own sense of identity.

How can Harper get back to the person she wants to be, and to the girls who mean the most to her?

A darkly compulsive story about love, death, and growing up under the shadow of grief.

 Girlhood by Cat Clarke

My rating: 3.25 of 5 stars

Girlhood “I guess that means we’re the founding members of the Dead Sisters Club.”

This was a YA contemporary story set at a boarding school.

I liked the characters in this, and I felt sorry for Harper having lost her sister to anorexia, but she also annoyed me at times. When her best friends told her not to tell a certain person something, and she did so anyway was irritating, and I didn’t quite understand how she could be so dense.

The storyline in this was about Harper attending boarding school after her sister’s death, partly because her parents had won the lottery, and partly because Harper wanted some space. There was a new girl at school, Kirsty, who Harper made friends with who didn’t seem to have many other friends, and who seemed to be hiding something from Harper, and also seemed to maybe want to be a little too close to her – borrowing her sister’s necklace and copying her hairstyle. This mystery aspect was interesting, but the pace was quiet slow, and I did start to lose interest a bit at around the half-way mark.

The ending to this tied things up nicely, and the mystery of what Kirsty was hiding was eventually solved. I do think this book could have been a bit better if the pace had been a little quicker though.

6.5 out of 10

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