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League of Strays

3.34  ·  Rating details ·  548 ratings  ·  143 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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Emily May
Jun 18, 2012 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.

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
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,
Wendy Darling
Nov 11, 2011 marked it as will-never-read
How ironic.
Jun 12, 2012 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. ...more
Lisbeth Avery {Domus Libri}
Reason I didn't want to read it (then I got an ARC).


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
Anna Staniszewski
Jun 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Jul 17, 2012 marked it as do-not-read
Never going to happen.
Nemo (The Moonlight Library)
See this review and more on The Moonlight Library!

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
Tomoe Hotaru
Jul 17, 2012 marked it as how-about-no
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
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?

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
Jun 23, 2012 rated it did not like it
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
Apr 25, 2012 marked it as nope
This could be a good trashy YA.


Nothing has brought as big a smile to my face as this site.

— L.B. Schulman (@lbschulman) July 12, 2012
Jun 04, 2012 rated it did not like it
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.
Jun 10, 2012 rated it did not like it
A book where its ok to bash gay teens? Fuck no! My son is gay and I don't tolerate shit like this. ...more
Sep 11, 2012 rated it did not like it
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
Jun 18, 2012 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

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
Jul 13, 2012 marked it as to-read-via-netgalley-and-edelweiss
Yes, I'm going to read this book. If I don't like it, my dislike will have nothing to do with LB Schulman and the controversy surrounding her lately. My review will be completely, 100% honest and will address how I feel about the book, not the author.

STGRB, you can back off.

(Gosh, it's kind of sad how I have to clarify!)
Aug 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya
My review in French:


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 i
Jun 08, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Jun 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Cynthia Levinson
Jun 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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. ...more
Jun 25, 2020 added it
This should be titled "Biography of A Sociopath". It had no redeeming features and showcased a teen who was so totally manipulative that he was disgusting. His band of enthralled cultists were blind to his character and worshiped at his altar. This gets no stars. ...more
Jun 14, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
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Kathy Martin
Sep 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Jun 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Natalie Lorenzi
Mar 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Story Carnivores
Jun 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
(Reviewed by Shaunta)

Here's the thing. Readers aren't supposed to love the characters in League of Strays. These kids are doing very bad things for the first 2/3 of the book. Like damaging-to-other-people bad. They belong to a revenge club, after all. And even when those bad things get out of hand, they keep doing them. The main theme of League of Strays is how off-the-rails decent people can get while under the influence of a sociopath.

The book starts with Charlotte Brody, the main character, m
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L.B. Schulman is the author of two young adult novels. Her most recent, STOLEN SECRETS (Boyds Mills Press), was released on September 19, 2017.

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