I picked up this book just based on the cover and I ended up being very disappointed in it. I know that may not be completely fair, but it is what itI picked up this book just based on the cover and I ended up being very disappointed in it. I know that may not be completely fair, but it is what it is. Based on the cover, I expected it to be just based on a boarding school and didn't realize it had the background story of September 11th.
I feel that the whole September 11th plot was unnecessary and didn't add anything. The main idea seems to be that Bart goes to this school and deals with bullying. I don't know why 9/11 had to be the vehicle to get him there... It's not that I have a problem with 9/11 being used in a story, exactly, it's just that it didn't seem like a book about 9/11. Instead it was just a part of the background and I found it weird.
Between the first half of the book dealing with the attacks and then the second half with the school, it felt like I was reading two completely books. Three, really, once you get towards the end, but I don't want to give too much away in case you're interested in reading it. I can't say I think it's worth it though....more
A great follow-up to Bloody Jack! I tore through Bloody Jack and couldn't put it down, so I was honestly a little worried that the next book wouldn'tA great follow-up to Bloody Jack! I tore through Bloody Jack and couldn't put it down, so I was honestly a little worried that the next book wouldn't live up to the first. I can't say it was as good, but I think that is because of the setting. While Jacky being in the boarding school was interesting, and she still got into plenty of trouble, I just preferred her being at sea. I enjoyed all the new characters and all of the situations that Jacky got into. Never a dull moment with that girl, that's for sure. Overall it was a lot of fun and I'm definitely looking forward to the next one....more