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3.27 of 5 stars 3.27  ·  rating details  ·  386 ratings  ·  145 reviews
This suspenseful debut follows a group of teenage misfits in their delicious quest for revenge on those who have wronged them at their high school. When a mysterious note appears in Charlotte’s mailbox inviting her to join the League of Strays, she’s hopeful it will lead to making friends. What she discovers is a motley crew of loners and an alluring, manipulative ringlead...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published October 1st 2012 by Amulet
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Blythe
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Emily May
Jul 17, 2012 Emily May added it
Shelves: young-adult, arc
Edit 07/12: I still stand by everything I've said in this review, however I do not and will never support Stopthegrbullies and I feel sad that the author is doing so. Especially when her book is about how bullying - even of those who are bullies - is wrong.
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If I ever say I'm not going to read a book which has been the centre of goodreads controversy, just ignore that and take it as I will probably...more
Rose
Bullying is a difficult subject matter to write about, but I think it's one that's worth merit considering many kids, pre-teens, and teens are subject to it at schools. It is also worth talking about peer pressure and how being part of certain groups that influence one to do terrible things to other people are immoral.

That said, I think "League of Strays" started out as being a book that wanted to show the induction of a girl, among many students, into a secret group that functions like a cult,...more
The Holy Terror
Jun 12, 2012 The Holy Terror marked it as will-never-read
Shelves: sounds-awful
The cover makes this look like a Twilight rip-off, but it's not even paranormal. I also don't like the plot's idea of people bullying others because they were bullied. That doesn't make them better than someone, it makes them worse.
Lisbeth Avery {Domus Libri}
Reason I didn't want to read it (then I got an ARC).

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Actual Rating: .5/5 stars

**Caution: spoiler alert and ranting**

This book is wrong on so many levels. The story is about kids who decide to et revenge on all the injustices in their highschool. The injustices include a mean physical education teacher, a homophobic bully, and a mean girl.

Ok, not all people may find that plot idea offensive. If the author wrote this better, it coul...more
Nemo (the Moonlight Library)
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League of Strays delivers an interesting, twisted concept that leaves a distinct impression of distaste in one’s mouth all wrapped up in a nicely decorated book cover. The cover art is intensely accurate – from the pose of the two models, the uncertain, uncomfortable fear in Charlotte (who is physically accurate) and the brooding, constipated look of Kade (who is also physically accurate). I say constipated because Kade is an intensely unlikeable...more
Anna Staniszewski
This book was filled with interesting characters and subtle mind games. I was intrigued to see what lengths the league might go to as they were led by a character who seemed to know how to push all their buttons.

Others have mentioned that this book had a negative view of gay teens, but I didn't see that AT ALL. In fact, I thought it was the exact opposite.

The characters did some questionable things in the name of revenge and had to deal with the consequences, which I thought was fascinating to w...more
Rayne
Jun 18, 2012 Rayne marked it as not-gonna-happen
Two wrongs don't make a right.

I understand the point of the book. I really do. To be honest, if someone had approached me while I was in High School and offered me a chance to get revenge on the people that bullied me and my gay best friend, I probably would've accepted the invitation. But even back in those immature days of my youth, I had a working brain, which means that if getting revenge would physically hurt or emotionally scar people, or if it would in any way make me every bit the bully...more
☣Lynn☣
A book where its ok to bash gay teens? Fuck no! My son is gay and I don't tolerate shit like this.
Lucy
Jul 17, 2012 Lucy marked it as do-not-read
Never going to happen.
Samara
Jun 30, 2012 Samara rated it 1 of 5 stars
Shelves: arc
I had read a mixed review on League of Strays, but I wanted to give it a try and see whether I'd enjoy it or not. These are one of those times were I wish I had checked the reviews first before I read it and listened!
League of Strays is a group of "misfits" who want revenge, and tend to use violence quite a few times (ever heard of: violence doesn't solve anything?!). Right of the bat I didn't like Charlotte. I could just tell that she would get on my nerves throughout the entire book. That d...more
Evie
Have you ever been bullied or teased? Have you been laughed at for being overweight, too tall or too short, too nerdy, or simply not cool enough to fit in? What if you could do something about it? What if you were offered a chance to join a secret group, one that would offer you understanding, support and friendship? And what if you could get revenge on all the people that humiliated you over and over again, hurt your feelings, smashed your confidence and dreams to pieces? Would you do it?

When...more
Amanda
Jul 17, 2012 Amanda marked it as no-thank-you
As a disclosure, this is on my "no thank you" shelf simply because the book description does not catch my interest.

However, in the book (or/and author)'s defence, I've seen a fair amount of discussion for quite some time now, classifying this book as "gay-bashing", hence why a lot of people have decided not to read it.

I haven't read a single page of this book, so I really can't speak much, but these things really do pique my interest for a genuine discussion.

As I believe it's unwise to judge a...more
Katie_la_geek
I didn't find this as contoversal as others probably because this book had almost bored me to the point of sleep by the time it got to that point.


Full review to come closer to publication.
Crystal Starr Light
Dec 04, 2013 Crystal Starr Light marked it as not-my-thing
Shelves: young-adult
7/17/12
Back on the list because of new information. Was moved to "not for me" because book didn't seem like something I would care to read.
Suzanne
Crappy title, often a harbinger of a crappy novel. This one ought to come with a warning: "No real teens were depicted in the making of this story."

That was probably my biggest problem with it: I couldn't stop saying to myself, What teen I know acts like this or would recognize themselves in the stereotypes depicted? Anyone in touch with high schools in 2012 would know there are cameras and that teachers rarely rely exclusively on paper records for grades. So much two dimensionality.

So a new gir...more
Kyle
Jul 17, 2012 Kyle marked it as will-not-read
I do have a reason for why I will not be reading this book. It's more than just the author siding with stopthegrbullies.com.

Today, that site has labeled me a bully, and a bad person, and I view that as a personal attack on my character. All my life I've been told I'm ugly, fat (okay, I was a little chubby, but I lost weight! :P), worthless, suicidal, emo, disgusting, and would never be happy. Yes, I am the kind of person to lash out and fight back, and become sullen and quiet and give dark look...more
Patricia BookExhibitionism
Aug 13, 2012 Patricia BookExhibitionism marked it as nope-not-interested-dnf
The title is so intriguing, and the cover suggests some..

H: I only mean to hug and protect you and look at the reader with a very weird expression on my face saying something like "I'm (over-) confident and don't care about the discomfort about the girl in my arms. Also: Why are you looking at me like that?"
S: I'm afraid, dunno of what/whom yet. Also slightly uncomfortable. Are you happy to see me or..?


NOT ANYMORE.

Nothing has brought as big a smile to my face as this site. http://stopthegrbulli
...more
H.D. Tolson
.5 stars is more like it.

It is a problem when I close a book and don't reflect on it. League of Strays leaves you with nothing to reflect on. It is so dull, and the characters are just so boring and weird.

full review to come.
Cas
Jul 22, 2014 Cas marked it as hell-freakin-no
You were bullied and so, you are now going to bully your bullies? That makes no sense. I get the revenge thing, but by doing that, aren't you as bad as them? If you want to get your "revenge" then stand up to them. Show them you're not afraid of them. Get help from your school, family & friends and talk to them, it'll help.

As for the prank "gay bashing". WTF? Excuse the language, but it's necessary. I have (& had, bless their hearts) gay friends who went through that bullshit. I almost w...more
Beryl
Wow, what a page turner! Caveat: As the author's annoying big sister I have every reason to give this book a hard time, but it gets my highest compliment:it took me out of myself and into its world. I said to others "be quiet, I'm reading" because I was so caught up in the intriguing interplay of people. Each character has a personal agenda and a group agenda, Kade was a fascinating character study and the primary voice in the book, Charlotte, wasn't one dimensional and predictable like so many...more
Michelle
Dear Reader,
Throughout reading the entire book, it was impossible to tear myself away from the fantastic story that is League of Strays. The only two things that could take me away from finishing this novel were: 1) sleep deprivation and 2) my mom pushing me out the door to whatever was planned for me to do that day. This innovative tale exemplifies both great writing skills and a phenomenal story line. The “dark” demeanor of this story adds an intriguing fervor, but the League of Strays so call...more
Pauline
Sep 26, 2012 Pauline rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: ya
My review in French: http://featherandink.blogspot.fr/2012...

BRRRRRR I NEED TO SHAKE OFF THE CHILLS!!!!!!

It was an interesting thriller. I felt ill-at-ease all the way through expecting bad shit to happen. I was freaked out. But then again, I'm easily scared! ^^

Kade is a sociopath, a master of manipulation and a sadistic son of a b****. I mean, the kid is intense and if he wasn't so twisted, he could have worked for the secret intelligence! The things he knows, the way he manipulates and gets in...more
Cynthia Levinson
It's hard to believe that this is a debut novel. The characters are sharply delineated and complicated. The plot is complex and suspenseful. The setting is convincing. The writing is spare and incisive. This will keep YA readers engrossed and goose-pimply.
Jazmin
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Lee
The League of Strays is a wonderful debut novel from LB Schulman. It deftly addresses what happens when some of the well known pitfalls of High School are augmented with potentially unscrupulous intentions. Alienation, the need to find one’s crowd and friends, peer pressure and developing one’s identity are all combined into a tasty meal of a story. It is a story of growth perfect for the YA audience it is intended for.

While the cast of characters are clearly recognizable – the brain, the pretty...more
Julie-anne
OK so one thing I have learned not to do is read reviews on Goodreads just as I've started reading a book, cause people on there are really judgemental and a bit weird about what they find to be "disgusting".

League of Strays is about a group of misfits/outsiders that are rounded up by "alluring" (read: creepy as fuck) Kade, who seems to know everything about them. He groups them as friends but in reality he wants them to get revenge on their bullies. All of them have stories of their worst momen...more
Kathy Martin
This story could be subtitled "The Pied Piper Returns." Charlotte has moved to a new school for her senior year because her father was offered at partnership at a new law firm. She was more than willing to start over and get away from her nemesis Tiffany who had been teasing her since kindergarten. Unfortunately, Tiffany's family moves too and they are back together at school. Charlotte is having trouble making new friends when she receives an invitation to be part of a club called The League of...more
Natalie Lorenzi
I could not put this book down! Charlotte, a nice girl who always follows the rules, slowly gives up who she is to fit in with the expectations set by Kade, the handsome leader of the League of Strays. The small decisions she makes add up over time until Charlotte no longer recognizes herself and she must make a choice: stand up for what's right and go back to being friendless, or follow the security of a crowd that smothers her soul.

There are books out there about bullying, but this story is a...more
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