When Alexandra Witt arrives at Stonebridge Academy and insists ...more
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this book is campy and silly while dealing with some very serious subject matter and all those earnest hand-wringing folks will likely ask if this is what we “need” right now as a society, but today—seduced by the unexpected option—i bought lavender-scented roach spray, and now i will forever associate bug-extermination with vaporized grannies, so there are a lot of things we do not need as a society, but which make unpleasant things just a little bit weirder. and that’s what this ...more
I was a huge fan of Lutz’s The Passenger and the entire Spellman series. While the Spellman books were all just great fun, The Passenger showed she had the chops to do an intriguing, serious mystery.
With The Swallows, we get something different again. Alex Witt arrives at a New England boarding school thinking she’s going to teach English Lit, but gets handed creative writing instead. This isn't some posh school, it seems to be more half baked than serious. And what a cast ...more
Perhaps the fact that this one felt so off base from her previous works is what threw me off initial ...more
The message it brings to light is similar to the new form of hazing/bullying that is greatly magnified with social media. But the story is much deeper than the flippant “technology is bad” philosophy. By the end of the story, we learn the origins of the behavior and compliance of many adults, are what has allowed this culture to continue.
This was a fast paced novel and I wa ...more
The plot focuses on a group of over-indulged, privileged boys who rate the performance of eager-to-please teenage girls as they drop ...more
I thought the character Alex Witt was badass - her mother was as well so she got it honest. Gemma was a true leader and her decisiveness ...more
I absolutely love Witt’s character. The Blowchart she makes, while you may first giggle at the title comparative to the subject matter, you quickly learn the true meaning and the lesson behind it all. LOVE the final ...more
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Although it was an entertaining read, this book was not perfect. There were way too many characters with their own POVs (and some felt unnecessary). I think this could have been a really great story with some editing and tightening of the plot. It did go on for a little bit too long and I began to lose interest. It's almost like this book had all the pieces for an amazing story, but they ...more
There is, of course, a teacher that buys them alcohol and a blind eye fro ...more
It's multi-POV, 1st person with helpful chapter headings to let you know whose POV you're in. I only had to go back to remind myself who I was with once or twice--honestly it's a case where it could have ...more
Yes, friends! That’s a direct quote. Please feel free to laugh out loud like I did. The Swallows, is filled with tons of wittiest, wildness and it even speaks of a few ok- busted many “B.J.’s” but it has no BS.
The Swallows was light, fluffy, youthful read to which you gladly “swallow” rather than spit. But being an adult and a parent it is one that I fin ...more
So, this is the story of what goes on behind the walls of Stonebridge Academy, and private boa ...more
This dark, twisty, disturbing, provocative, feminsta of a read will have you second guessing sending your kids to boarding school.
Now I suppose the first question we must ask ourselves as parents:
Whose keeping score? Boys v Girls?
Alexandra Witt was a teacher who ignited a passion for justice and a firestorm literally of action.
"Gaslighting is revenge."
"Boys will be boys"
Girls will do what girls need to ...more
The crux of the plot revolves around prep school boys compiling a database of their female peers' sexual aptitude, and said girls' retaliation upon discovering the database. While the book seems like it was set up to be suspensef ...more
I’ll admit that I wasn’t sold at the beginning. For starters, there were a lot of characters to remember. The story takes place at a New England boarding school, and there are plenty of students’ and teachers’ names to remember. Also, the beginning - although interesting - moved a little slowly. However, by the fourth chapter, I was hooked.
Once the story gained m ...more
I don't read many contemporary novels, but this book looked especially compelling. Before reading I had seen some reviews that warned that the book shouldn't be taken too seriously and that it was over the top. I can definitely agree with those statements. The subject matter of The Swallows initially lead me to believe that this would be a hard hitting novel about feminism and a powerful read, while it was a feminist novel ...more
This is the kind of book where it's important to start reading early enough in the day that you won't ...more
Alexandra Witt arrives at her new job teaching at Stonebridge Academy, a private boarding school, and is immediately thrown a bit off kilter, when the class schedule she is given on the first day of class consists of a completely different set of courses than the ones she had been asked to teach. Then she finds a dead rat in her desk drawer, which she soon realizes was an omen more than an aberration. The social hierarchy at Stonebridge is ruled ...more
I had mixed feelings about the ending, but it didn’t mar the overall experience. A satisfying and timely read ...more
Firstly I would like to thank Titan Books for gifting me with an ARC copy of this book for review; although I was gifted this book all opinion discussed here are my own.
I was so intrigued by this book mostly because of the tagline "girls will be girls" and it did not disappoint. This is a real contemporary story with a mix of almost psychological thriller; what these girls experience really encases it into a psychological thriller. Looki ...more