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When her free-spirited mother dies in a tragic accident, sixteen-year-old Alexandria Lee is forced to leave her West Coast home and move in with a wealthy grandmother she's never known in Savannah, Georgia. By birth, Alex is a rightful if unwilling member of the Magnolia League-Savannah's long-standing debutante society. But white gloves and silk gowns are a far cry from t...more
Hardcover, 348 pages
Published May 3rd 2011 by Poppy
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Vinaya
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No. Just no. If CoFA hadn't come along strutting its stuff, The Magnolia League might quite possibly have ended up on my Absolute Worst Book of 2011 list. Trust me on this one, Sane = Staying the Hell away from this book.

In all fairness, the book got off to a fairly good start. Perhaps even *gasp!* unique. Alexandria Lee, who prefers to be called Alex, has just come to live with her grandmother Dorothy, after her mother dies in a car accident. Dorothy is the head of a bunch of what...more
Wendy Darling
Sep 26, 2011 Wendy Darling marked it as will-never-read
Shelves: young-adult
Link to authors' interview on Slate: http://www.slate.com/id/2296056/
Lexie
Edit: Had I known about this author's condescending Slated article, I would have passed over this and any future work. Her attitude towards YA books can be boiled down to 'throw it together, let marketing build the hype and then smugly simper at fan girls', that for some reason YA readers do not require books that are well written simply because they are YA. According to Ms Crouch, we are less worthy of good writing.

As a hopeful YA writer and a YA reader, my thoughts on this are pretty much unp
...more
Cara
Why did I finish this book? I keep asking myself this. In the beginning I seriously thought of chucking it, but my interest got peaked in the middle but gosh it just didn't cut it. This book should have been a sure hit. I mean the premise is just too enticing to pass up. I love southern settings and there is the element of southern magic. There are secrets that need to be uncovered and our heroine isn't your run of the mill girl. But it still fell flat to me. I'm actually a little sad really tha...more
Cheyenne Schenck
Jun 08, 2011 Cheyenne Schenck rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommended to Cheyenne by: -
Shelves: arcs, netgalley, kindle
Also see the review on my blog.

For me, reading The Magnolia League was like pounding my head repeatedly on a wall with the intentions of getting smarter. It just wasn't working.

Alex Lee is a sixteen year old pot-head who lived on a pot-farm with her pot-head mother and her pot-head friends. When her mother dies suddenly from a car crash, she is shipped off to her grandmother's, but not before she oh-so randomly finds and grabs her mother's stone necklace, which was oh-so randomly tossed in the p...more
Erin

This book has all the ingredients to push my reading buttons - Savannah, one of my all time favorite cities, hoodoo/magic, a hippie chick for the main character- I love all these details. Somehow though, I didn't love this book. I really wanted to though.

This book somewhat reminded me of A Great and Terrible Beauty- secret societies, magic, popular girls bordering on mean girls. I think that Beauty had better character development and was overall done better, but both books had similar themes,...more
Shannon (aka Readergirl)
I was very surprised by this book, as I wasn't sure what to expect when I went into it. The basic story idea was interesting, and although it wasn't terribly unique, the author brought something new to it. I've read books before where the story takes place within a secret society of some sort, but the idea of mixing a group of Georgia ladies with a family that practices hoodoo was completely new for me. The author gave what was, to me, a very believable reason why these two groups would end up w...more
Ruby
May 19, 2011 Ruby rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: teen, magic
This review was first posted at http://www.rubysreads.com.

Someday, I'm going to read a book where a character that comes from California but isn't from a hippie commune. I'm just saying. Some day it's going to happen.



The Magnolia League--which I keep accidentally calling The Magnolia Legacy--tells the story of Alex. Before her mother died, Alex lived on a commune in Northern California, where her mother was an herbalist and she grew dreadlocks in order to impress a boy. After her mother's deat...more
Beth
Release date: May 3rd 2011!
Review copy received from NetGalley.

The Magnolia League is an unexpected joy – “orgasmic” as Alex Lee, the grew-up-in-a-commune-in-California heroine of the tale, might say. A slightly awkward but still somehow smile inducing way to begin a review? Perhaps. Totally in keeping with this book? Oh hell yeah! Judging by my indecent lack of subtlety here, you might have guessed that I loved this book. But why?

As a southern English girl, I do love reading about southern Amer...more
Dark Faerie Tales
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie tales

Quick & Dirty: A great paranormal twist to the life of Southern Belles and the Savannah Magnolias.

Opening Sentence: You know what I hate? Sweet tea.

The Review:

In Savannah, Georgia, the women are polite, the young ladies are presented to society, and they all have afternoon tea. What you don’t know is that under the perfect and pristine, lies a little hoodoo. It shouldn’t matter what you do to put your best foot forward, does it, as long as you do it with t...more
Laurel-Rain
What happens when a vegetarian hippie girl from California finds herself living in Savannah, groomed for something called The Magnolia League?

Alexandria Lee grew up with her single mother in a commune, and now at sixteen, devastated by her mother's tragic death, she has lost all of her significant connections. Her grandmother seemingly wants to provide for her, but her care comes with a price. And there are many secrets that Alex will only discover after weeks and even months have passed. Will i...more
CeCe
I cannot count all the ways in which Alex is pathetic beyond all reason. She is one of the worst female protagonists I've encountered in quite awhile. Almost everything about her is intrinsic of a stereotypical teenager. Her mentality, her judgement...God, her voice. How can I take anyone seriously who says things like-

"Oh my God, I hate my life."


-after a disappointing email from a not-even-boyfriend? Do I even need to go into how annoyed I was by her delusions of this Reggie guy even being her...more
the golden witch.
This one was a pretty quick read and the pacing of the prose makes the story go by at breakneck speed. While I love stories about "Mean Girls"-type cliques and witches, combining the two in this instance was fun, but nothing really very groundbreaking.

I found Alex, much in the vein of the protagonist of "This Girl is Different" extremely annoying in her "unconventional" ways and personality. I love hippie heroines more than the next girl, but I just kept wanting to smack her up until her "transf...more
Kathy
Right off the bat I didn't like the main character. She is pretty negative and within the first couple pages is smoking pot. So I stopped reading. Not the book for me.

I read through some of the other reviews and came across Cara's review and link to an article from the author. I thought Cara said it perfectly and thought I'd share...

"through a goodreads friend I found this article. I don't think the author's intention was to put down the reader, but now I understand why I didn't love the book....more
Alicia
This book is awesome. Katie Crouch is an amazing author. I dare you not to absolutely adore the main character, Alex, within the first two paragraphs of the novel. Crouch manages to create an atmosphere of wit, suspense, sarcasm, and seriousness all in one! This book is definitely at the top of my list, and I can't wait to read the next book in the series, The White Glove War. This is a book I would definitely have no objections to re-reading.
Katie
May 03, 2012 Katie rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)
um, i wrote this, so obviously i like it!
Kristen
I won't add a synopsis because the other reviews have done that. Instead, I will say that I think we needed more depth. This was ok - but could have been really good had the author spent more time and effort developing the characters, the settings and the plot.

I was often reminded of the Caster Chronicles while reading this. We know that there are bigger and more sinister things going on then we have all the information about. There were some wonderful lines early on that gave me great hopes fo...more
Gemma
If done properly, this would have been an amazing book. If done properly, which it wasn’t.

Question: What do you take when you mix snotty rich girls, a clique formed from a semi-secret society, black magic and the Deep South?


Answer: One heck of a mess.

The Magnolia League had the most ridiculous “plot” I’ve read in a long while, and yet it wasn’t remotely entertaining. The events that happened all seemed so over-the-top preposterous, and when it was strung together in the end, the effect is even...more
Darby
In theory, this is a great story line. I actually stuck with it for quite awhile. But I just couldn't make myself finish it. The dialogue was strained, like it was trying way too hard to sound like a teenager. You know, cheesy insults and stupid lines usually coming from Hayes or Madison. And I just plain didn't like Alex. She was too busy trying so hard to be different from everyone else. This book fell a little flat for me.

The thing that bothered me was Alex's whining about the environment. Sh...more
Kathryn Laliberte
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Britta
I have been long awaiting this book, so as you can imagine, I was ecstatic when I could finally hold it in my hands. However, I was many times more ecstatic when I read this novel and found out how absolutely incredible it was. It even secured a spot on my favorite books list (a most coveted achievement).

Alex had a different upbringing that most kids. She lived on a communal farm (which secretly grew pot) with her mother. Never once attending school and never worrying about money or the future....more
Sabrina *The REAL Princess*
The biggest thing I learned from this 'novel' is to never ever judge a book by its cover

I learned the hard way. I saw this book and without even bothering to read the back, I drooled over the beautiful cover and bought it which is why it is now looking down at me from my bookshelf.

I hated this novel. H-A-T-E-D! Before, I was in too much shock that a book with such a beautiful cover could disappoint me that I gave it 2 stars and no review. Guess what? I'm back and even more pissed because I read...more
Valerie
Alex is a normal teenage girl - especially for someone who lives in a "free thinking" colony out in California. Unfortunately, life changes for Alex when her mother is killed in a car wreck, and she is sent to live with her grandmother in Georgia. Not only does Alex have to contend with her mother's death, she also has to deal with her grandmother's ideas of being a "proper" lady - society balls and all.

But, stranger things are in the works, as Alex soon finds out. Alex's grandmother is the head...more
Ashelynn
Sigh.

This book was hard to get into. I found the main character, Alex, very annoying. She's pudgy. She does drugs. She's a hippie. Her mother died and now she's going to live with the grandma she never met.

*eye roll*

I wanted to scream "NO, NO, NO!" at this book a million times. I hate the other girls in the Magnolia League, Hayes, Madison, etc. Whatever their names are. They are ten times more annoying than Alex.

I like the cover. I like the idea of a society and I want to learn more about it...more
Allison
I read one of the authors adult books and enjoyed it so when I heard she had a new YA novel and it was set in the south I knew I had to try it.

This book was a mixture of Mean Girls and the fantasy/paranormal rolled into a book. I had never heard of hoodoo before and it is definitely interesting but kind of dangerous like all other magic aspects you read about. I'm also a fan of the whole debutante lifestyle. Ever since I was young I wanted to do that whole ball and dressing up but it had the wh...more
Lorelie Lomibao
The Magnolia League is about a book of hoodoos and/or voodoos. It's about a group of girls obsessed with power, youth and beauty. And Alexandria(a.k.a. Alex) is about to be a part of them.

Honestly, I was actually happy when I found out that I would be reading about a book without vampires and werewolves in it. And to top it all off it concentrates on hoodoos. But after reading I felt a little disappointed in it.

First of all, I hated Alex. To begin with, she was a fat girl whom everyone in her...more
Howdy YAL
I can't help but be angry when I think of The Magnolia League. I think it's in part because there was so much potential yet this potential was never realized. Instead, the authors wrote the book in the worst way possible. I'll start with the first and most obvious problem with the story: the main character. Alex is just not at all likable. First of all, she complains for the first half of the book about her new life in Savannah. I get it, honey, you miss your life as a damn hippy with your pot...more
Shelley aka Gizmo's Reviews
*Genre* YA Hoodoo
*Rating* 2.0

*Review*

16 year old Alexandria (Alex) Lee has been living alone in Mendocino, California since her mother died in a car accident. Alex has spent her entire life living on a commune with her mother. She's slightly on the chubby side, has dreads, loves vintage t-shirts and hates sweet tea, and knows about herbs and there uses thanks to her mother’s teachings.

After her mother’s death, Alex is brought to live with her grandmother Dorothy Lee in Savannah, Georgia with the...more
Heywot
I couldn't finish it.

Here's the hoedown: I like the South. I went to see The Last Song just so I could marvel at the background shots and cinematography not ogle at the actors and their tragic acting. Georgia in fact is full of history. I researched houses down south and their old, old customs. I like to think of myself as an honorary Southern. Even if I wasn't, I don't know if this is how the folks in Savannah, Georgia act or speak. The text is peppered with "hee-ah"s instead of heres and "per-...more
D.C. Grace
I found The Magnolia League on the shelf at my local bookstore, and was intrigued by the teaser. Being born and raised in the South, I'm always attracted to tales of the "deep south." I'm a hard sell on the subject, but this book didn't disappoint! The Magnolia League is a great read! It takes you through the mysterious culture of hoodoo, mingled with and enriched by that haughty, yet attractive society known as "southern aristocracy." There have always been whispers of even the wealthiest famil...more
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I received my MFA from Columbia University, and have won fellowships to the MacDowell Colony and the Sewanee Writers Conference. My three year old also recently awarded me the Macaroni Priz...more
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