A School for Unusual Girls

A School for Unusual Girls

Book - 2015
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Scientific-minded Georgiana Fitzwilliam is sent to a school for unusual high society girls for the ostensible purpose of being reformed into a respectable lady, but is instead secretly enlisted into the war effort alongside Lord Sebastian Wyatt.
Publisher: New York : Tor Teen, a Tom Doherty Associates book, 2015
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780765376008
0765376008
Branch Call Number: YF BALDW-K
Characteristics: 351 pages ; 22 cm

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Birdcat
Jun 29, 2018

To be frank, there's nothing particularly original about this book. The main character is just a walking embodiment of the tired old "I'm not like other girls, I like science and Do Experiments and I Don't Care How I Look and I Never Think About Boys" trope. This character is presented to us as though we're supposed to find it astonishing that a girl Likes Science. Co-education was nowhere near as unheard of and scandalous in the 19th century as the author seems to think, especially not among the upper classes. Ada Lovelace, one of the most celebrated mathematicians of all time, would reach the height of her fame not long after the year this book is set in. I would find the attitude of Georgiana's parents more believable if they were low class, meaning that Georgiana would be required to spend the vast majority of her time working within the home or outside the home to assist with income. I ultimately found her very obnoxious. Much of the action and dialogue in this book is not communicated well, the scene where Georgiana falls and is caught by Handsome And Mysterious was weird as hell. How much dialogue can take place while while you are being held in the arms of a handsome young lord, appqrent against your will, since that's such a dreadful situation to be in I guess?

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Chloe565
Jun 23, 2017

This is a great book,the author starts the series of kind of fast,but it gets better as you go. What I really want to see is the 3rd book
Have an epilogue,or if there's more than 3 I want to see the last book have an epilogue.Honestly I got so frustrated when each book so far,ended abruptly,so I guess it's waiting for the last book.

Kereesa Sep 09, 2015

DNF-This is literally a YA version of a historical romance. And a pretty pathetic one at that.

martha_w May 25, 2015

I wanted to love this series-opener, set in a boarding school during the Napoleonic Wars that trains young ladies to be spies, but I couldn't quite manage it. The characters' dialogue felt jarringly modern (and American) at times; the protagonist's internal monologue was frequently tiresome; and the romance at times felt forced. However, I give the author high marks for a really intriguing premise, which I enjoyed enough to ensure that I will probably read the subsequent volumes. I think the foundation for a really solid series is here, it just needs to be polished a bit.

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