Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 3.5
What did you like about the book? Katie O’Brien grew up with an abusive father who murders her mother. She is in a string of foster homes, finally ending up at an excellent private school with the hope of gaining entrance to Yale. She befriends rich girl, Olivia Sumner, goes to live with her and they even get a dog, a Katie dream! Olivia’s father travels for business, is seldom home so they are left in the care of a housekeeper. Olivia has secrets, one of which is a diagnosis of psychosis. She begins a sexual relationship with a perverted teacher from her school – as do many other girls. This seems very unrealistic to me. The dialog of this character is very unbelievable.
Anything you didn’t like about it? I felt the ending ruined the story. Katie O’Brien has been through unbearable trauma in her life, she has done her utmost to overcome it and also does all she can to help Olivia Sumner and at the end she is just screwed.
To whom would you recommend this book? I’m not sure that I would though it might make for interesting discussions.
Who should buy this book? Public libraries and high schools
Where would you shelve it? YA Fiction
Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Not quite.
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Katrina Yurenka, Moderator, Youth Services Book Review
Date of review: 1/24/2017