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Lessons I Never Learned At Meadowbrook Academy

3.43  ·  Rating details ·  53 ratings  ·  26 reviews
The most important lessons aren't learned in the classroom.

It’s the first day of sophomore year for Roberta Romano, but instead of the comfort of her local high school, she's been thrust into the elitist embrace of the affluent Meadowbrook Academy.

Surrounded by wealth, Roberta battles her own insecurities, as well as evil teachers and mean girls, to prove her worth and m
Paperback, 193 pages
Published November 4th 2014 by Diversion Books
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Mandy Peterson
Oct 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this book from and Diversion Books in exchange for an honest review. Thanks, guys!

Roberta's first day at a upper class private school is chronicled in all of its silly, intertwined, dirty glory. That's right: whole book = 1 day. Maccie thoughtfully gives you the time at the beginning of each chapter, which was very helpful. I found the "feel" of this book to be reminiscent of The Breakfast Club. It was raw, delved into a lot of issues fluidly and without preach
Nov 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
Thank you to Netgalley and Diversion Books for allowing me to read and review an ARC of this novel.

Wow, this book really caught me by surprise! I'm not sure what I was expecting, but I can honestly say that I was impressed with the level of depth and intelligence displayed here.

Roberta is an excellent character! I just loved her!!! So. Much! She's got so many facets, and I'm not going to describe all of them here, but she was continually surprising me. I will say this - that cafeteria scene? Fr
Sep 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this book from Net Galley and Diversion Books in exchange for an honest review.

I love a good coming of age story. It's why I requested this title. And I wasn't disappointed.

Roberta Roman is starting her first day at a richy school. And she definitely doesn't want to go. Finally feeling like she's fitting in in her old high school, the idea of going to this new school isn't appealing. After all, how is she going to fit in when all the other kids are perfect and rich and she's
Sarah Elizabeth
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Diversion Books and NetGalley.)

This was an okay story, but I didn’t like the main character.

Roberta wasn’t a bad person, but she was selfish and stupid. Why she was surprised that her parents wanted her to change schools when she was drinking, smoking, and failing all her classes was a bit silly. Did she really expect them to just let her carry on that way? And why didn’t she consider how much it was co
Brit McCarthy
I’ve never seen Stephen Chbosky blurb anything. Maybe he has and I just haven’t come across them. But when I saw his recommendation for Lessons I was encouraged by it and decided to request it on Netgalley. What I learned from this is just because I adore Stephen Chbosky’s book, that doesn’t mean we’re going to have the same reading tastes. I don’t know what else he likes to read, but we definitely don’t agree on this one.

Due to a series of misdemeanours and the influence of a bad friend at her
Oct 20, 2014 rated it it was ok
When I got an email from Diversion Books/Netgalley inviting me to read & review Lessons I Never Learned At Meadowbrook Academy, I thought it sounded super interesting and on reading the first few pages, that initial though held through, but come the end of the novel, I was left with questions. I didn't understand why the novel only took place over the course of one day - it seemed way more drawn out than that, and it could have done with being set over a term or a semester, whatever, rather than ...more
Calla Gold
Jun 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
Just got back from the Santa Barbara Writers Conference. I picked up Lessons... after hearing the author speak.
I loved the smart and rebellious Roberta Romano. She had people who loved her who she rejected, a friend she needed who wasn't doing her any favors and a day that changed everything.
This is about friendship, getting a clue, exploring, trusting and finding out what matters.
I fell into her world head first, relating to so much about it.
Even when nothing was really happening it was lively
Jan 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book was genuinely a hilarious and heart warming read. It's true to life, the characters are vibrant and likable, and the author captures a sense of place amazingly well.
I really enjoyed this, and will definitely be reading it again, probably sometime soon.
Sep 23, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult, ibooks
This book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

3.5 Stars

Full review to be posted on November 13th, 2014!
Jun 27, 2015 marked it as dnf-or-not-for-me
After reading about 50 ish pages I decided not to carry on reading this one. I couldn't get into the story and really disliked the main character's personality.
Tina Stewart
Mar 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Similar to Love Letters To The Dead. A moving, heartbreaking story, that also tells how the power of friendship can make all the difference in life.
Oct 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
Check out this review and others on my blog SleepsOnTables

Actual rating: 3.5

First things first: Lessons I Never Learned At Meadowbrook Academy is an insanely long title to type so in this post I will be referring to it as LINLAMA.

LINLAMA follows Roberta as she starts her first day of school at Meadowbrook Academy, where her parents are sending her to get her away from the bad influences of her friends at her public school. Throughout the day Roberta must battle her own insecurities for not fitti
Margaret Schoen
Sep 28, 2014 rated it it was ok
This is a review of an ARC from NetGalley.

This one just did not do it for me. The story centers on Roberta, a high school sophomore on her first day at Meadowbrook Academy, a fancy private school in the New Jersey suburbs. Roberta’s parents have sent her there because they’re worried she’s “throwing her life away” at West Orange High, cutting classes, drinking, and hanging out wit, well, not a bad crowd, because having only one friend can hardly be called a crowd. Roberta has had it tough, after
Katja Berger
Sep 08, 2014 rated it liked it
Lessons I Never Learned at Meadowbrook Academy var på mange måder en bog jeg højst sandsynligt burde have dømt som forudsigelig, stereotyp og ligegyldig. Og de to første ting var den også på alle områder. Alligevel fandt jeg den aldrig ligegyldig.

Roberta er bogens hovedperson, og er egentlig ikke en voldsomt sympatisk karakter i starten. Hun er teenager med stort T og hendes usikkerhed og kejtethed har trængt hende ud i ekstremerne for at beholde den ene ven hun nogensinde har haft. Hun ryger og
Isobel Radakovic
Nov 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
The book starts off strongly and to be honest Roberta really came off as a spoilt brat; not a good first impression on me. However even though that was the case, the beginning of the book tells you a lot about Roberta's situation and that kind of explains why she's quite rebellious. I think I would feel the same if I was in the same place as her - feeling like the odd one out and being scared, and not knowing how to deal with that.

Roberta's personality is to actually be naturally really caring a
This was an okay book. There were parts that I truly enjoyed but there were also parts that made me want to scream.

Roberta, the main character, wasn't really likable. She's selfish and stupid. She made me want to strangle her. I didn't like that she was telling WHITE LIES every freaking where. The two other characters, or should I say, Roberta's new-found friends: Mervin and Annie, their personalities were likable and tolerable unlike Roberta. Also, I thoroughly enjoyed their banters between eac
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1.5/5 stars

I'm gonna keep this review short and sweet because this book is.... short.

Let me tell you, Stephen Chbosky (The Perks of Being a Wallflower), Ava Dellaira (Love Letters to the Dead), AND Siobhan Vivian (The List) all RAVED about this book, I however did not share their feelings. I honestly feel like I must have missed something but alas, this was just not a book for me. If you like any of the authors listed above then you should give it a sho
Cherie Kephart
Jul 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Liz Maccie’s "Lessons I Never Learned at Meadowbrook Academy" is an important novel. It is a story of adolescence, hardship, difficult secrets, and finding true friendship amidst a path of self-discovery. Maccie creates a lovely array of characters, especially the book’s star, Roberta Romano. Roberta’s path is riddled with rites of passage moments that bring us close to her and closer to ourselves. At the end, I felt inspired by and grateful for the deep meanings weaved in each page. Some passag ...more
Jun 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya
True, the story of a poor, unsophisticated girl in an upper-crust school has been done, but I loved that Maccie's debut novel did it right. The story happens in one day, which sounds crazy, but it works. The action flows as Roberta Romano, the scrappy underdog at the heart of this story, keeps us guessing about her next move. She bounces between less-than-perfect choices and heroic moves. In the end she finds true friendship and discovers things about herself and her family that make her grow up ...more
Read InAGarden
Oct 26, 2014 rated it liked it
Roberta starts her sophomore year at a private school for wealthy students after her parents decide she's spent too much time with the wrong influences at her local public high school. Roberta isn't happy about this turn of events and feels left out until she starts making new friends. This story is told over the course of one day and this shortness of time makes the novel feel more like a novella than a full-fledged novel.
Oct 29, 2014 rated it liked it
I'd have loved this in high school. It's more of a vignette than a novel and yet you still get to know a few characters. My only quibble is the editing -- so many typos and grammar misses that a better editor would not have missed. But I wish the author success and I'd read other books or stories by her.

It was really good, and very in-tune with the true nature of teenagers. But I also feel like there's so much that wasn't touched on, and I wanted to know about the characters. Especially Thad! Still, an enjoyable read.
Ashley Anne
Sep 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
Review to come closer to release date!
Jan 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Love Roberta and her crew. It brought all the emotions of high school back. I look forward to reading more from this exciting new author.
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