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The Eliot Girls

2.8  ·  Rating Details ·  103 Ratings  ·  18 Reviews
For years, Audrey Brindle has dreamed of attending George Eliot Academy, the school where her mother, Ruth, has taught for a decade. But when she is finally admitted, she discovers a place of sly bullying, ferocious intolerance, and bewildering social standards. Ruth, meanwhile, finds her world upended by her attraction to a new teacher, and the ambitions and desires of bo ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published April 2013 by Douglas & McIntyre
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Mar 15, 2014 Allison rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, canadian
Picked this up at random while at the library - something I do increasingly rarely. At first I found it a bit overwritten and self-consciously first novel-ish, and I still find that Ruth's character was sort of half-drawn, with some dimensions very finely shaded and others completely missing. I also wonder, in works like this, if there isn't a way to put in some characters that are normal, for lack of a better term. Everyone is always either the protagonist or a kind of caricature - all the othe ...more
Amanda Coak
Jul 11, 2015 Amanda Coak rated it it was ok
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Danielle Lemon
Mar 22, 2015 Danielle Lemon rated it liked it
Shelves: canlit
Promising character study that never quite developed in terms of plot, with a somewhat dissatisfying conclusion. This author's first book was a well-received collection of short stories - not sure if she's ready for novel-length yet?
Ali Rowan
May 21, 2014 Ali Rowan rated it really liked it
I'm still not quite sure what to make of The Eliot Girls. At the beginning, I trudged through what felt like ostentatious language for its own sake while a story struggled to claw its way out from underneath, but around page 70, a switch flipped, and I was hooked. I'm just not sure what that switch was, whether that was the book or my mindset improving. The other strange thing is that, while I read it compulsively, it was a detached compulsion. I'm not sure why I liked it, what I got from it, or ...more
Karen Lowe
Jan 08, 2014 Karen Lowe rated it liked it
A well written book, with fully developed characters and environment. Bridge captured the school world and the teenage existence in that world very realistically. But overall I was disappointed that the characters didn't reveal anything extraordinary, that they didn't lead me to any insights in how we as a society cope with that world. Being a teenaged girl is hard, especially in a place surrounded by so many other teenaged girls, just like being an adult woman is hard, living with the choices t ...more
Lindsay Heller
Sep 18, 2015 Lindsay Heller rated it liked it
Shelves: academia, 2015
There wasn't anything really wrong with this book. It just wasn't... it didn't really... the characters were too... I don't know what was wrong with it but there was something. It wasn't enough of anything.
Julie Aquilina
Oct 05, 2014 Julie Aquilina rated it liked it
Shelves: ridgeway-reads
The neat thing about this book: typical school and life scenarios experienced by the main characters (mainly Audrey & Ruth), but with atypical reactions.
Jul 19, 2014 Heather rated it did not like it
Shelves: could-not-finish
This just dod not capture my imagination at all, I tried but only got about 100 pages in before giving up.
Hey, Everyone! Please check out my interview with Toronto author Krista Bridge as we discuss private schools, bullying and her debut novel The Eliot Girls (Douglas & McIntyre, 2013). Read the interview now on my TTQ Blog. http://thetorontoquarterly.blogspot.c...
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This is a well written story of an exclusive private girl’s school. The main characters are a mother and a daughter whose relationship is complicated by their roles as teacher and student at the school. Bridge manages to capture the nuances of the school society both in the classroom and the staff room.
Nov 17, 2013 Jillann rated it liked it
Audrey has waited her whole life to get into the prestigious Toronto private school where her mother teaches. When she finally is accepted for grade ten, the reality of bullies, fitting in, keeping up, results in damaging choices.
Rachel Seigel
Dec 24, 2013 Rachel Seigel rated it liked it
An interesting fictionalized account of a girl who starts at a girls`private school in Toronto in grade 10, and the struggle to fit in. Not brilliant, but enlightening. ...more
Dec 11, 2013 Katie rated it did not like it
It reads like Krista Bridge believes that all women are caddy, lying, self-absorbed, tyrannical, and simultaneously dependent, emotional, and servile.
LInda L
Mar 05, 2016 LInda L rated it it was ok
Strange book -- did it happen to the author?? Didn't much like it, but I finished it. Only person I liked much was the father.
Jun 04, 2015 Larae rated it liked it
Hmmm, not sure I liked this story or the characters but a compelling read. Amazing we all survive our teenage years and our mothers!
Nov 16, 2013 Stefanie rated it liked it
The concept of an all girls private school was interesting, but the story itself was thin and could have been more compelling.
Sep 19, 2013 Stacey rated it liked it
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Sep 07, 2013 Josh rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
Well, that explains schoolgirl antics a little bit.
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