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The Crazy School by Cornelia Read
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Jun 17, 2012

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bookshelves: 2008, february
Read in February, 2008

I loved Read's debut novel, "A field of darkness," and found Madeline Dare a wry and refreshing character. Madeline just doesn't cut it in this second novel -- the acceptance of much of the plot is just too preposterous in relation to the gritty theme. Just why is Madeline teaching instead of writing? And why at such a wacky school, with rules few teachers would ever put up with? Why do her students like her, instead of run all over her? Why is her wealthy uncle willing to help her out so? Etc, etc, etc. The final flaw -- it is all wrapped up too cleanly and easily at the end. I read it because I liked the first book; otherwise, I wouldn't have finished it, and probably never picked it up.

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