A blistering, timely tale of revenge from the bestselling author of The Passenger
GIRLS WILL BE GIRLS
What do you love? What do you hate? What do you want?
It starts with this simple writing prompt from Alex Witt to her students at Stonebridge Academy. When their answers raise disturbing questions of their own, Ms. Witt knows there’s more going on at the school than...more
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 ...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 was ...more
I’ve long been a fan of Lutz’ work. I laughed through her Spellman series, enjoyed her cleverness in The Last Word and The Passenger was a wild ride in thriller territory. But this one seems to take everything from all of those previous, the humor, the ingenuity and suspense and raises the bar. This is a revenge story for our times.
You can keep telling girls to be polite, to keep a level head and it’ll all work out in the end. But don’t ...more
“Non ducor, duco. I am not led. I lead.”
In what has become a season of mediocre reactions and wrongreading, allow me to take a moment for a book that made me say . . . . .
Lisa Lutz is an author who has been on my radar basically since I became active on Goodreads, but one I avoided in fear of disappointing my Goodreads friends (I did finally buy The Spellman Files a couple of weeks ago when I found it at HPB clearance ...more
Lisa Lutz was already one of my favorite authors, and this book just further cemented her status. It's her most thought-provoking novel yet. This book stirs up emotions and makes you think which is always a winning combination.
Alexandra Witt takes on a position as a creative writing teacher at Stonebridge Academy. She's curious about something called the Darkroom and starts investigating as it sounds super shady. She soon learns some of the female students aren't too happy with the ...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
The main character in The Swallows is actually an adult, Alexandra Witt, who has found herself in the position of needing a new teaching job. This brings Ms. Witt to Stonebridge Academy where after ...more
This was a thought-provoking and entertaining read and so much more than just a suspense book.
What do you love? What do you hate? What do you want? This is the writing prompt from Alex Witt, the new creative writing teacher at Stonebridge Academy boarding school. The students answers bring out some disturbing revelations. There’s a social hierarchy at school that involves “The Darkroom.” Ms. Witt unifies the girls at the school into a resistance ...more
All the things get stirred up when a new teacher arrives at the school. She has the teens fill out an anonymous questionnaire and notices some ...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
There is, of course, a teacher that buys them alcohol and a blind eye ...more
I tried for over a month and just couldn't finish. It doesn't help that it sparked my reading slump.
I kept waiting for something to happen and nothing ever did. There was a lot of hinting but nothing seemed to come of it. Alex Witt's and Finn's characters both annoyed me and honestly sometimes I couldn't tell their POVs apart.
I received an advanced copy through Netgalley in return for an honest review.
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
This book focuses on a dysfunctional prep school for high school aged boys and girls. A group of boys run a (sort of) secret website called The Dark Room that has a secret channel in which they rank girls based on their oral sex ...more
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Opening Hook: Blow jobs weren’t on the curriculum.
Main Character: Good at flowcharts.
Plot Twisty-ness: Needs some spit on it.
This is a popular read with high ratings on Goodreads from other reviewers, but my overall opinion is basically WHAT THE FUCK THIS IS REALLY DUMB???
I don’t mind being one of only a few people going against the grain here, but honestly, I just can’t even with this book. I had to suspend disbelief in such an extreme way that I started to feel ...more
Thank you ...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
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
So, this is the story of what goes on behind the walls of Stonebridge Academy, and private ...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 ...more