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The Magnolia League

(Magnolia League #1)

3.38  ·  Rating details ·  2,616 ratings  ·  446 reviews
When her free-spirited mother dies in a tragic accident, sixteen-year-old Alexandria Lee is forced to leave her West Coast home and move in with a wealthy grandmother she's never known in Savannah, Georgia. By birth, Alex is a rightful if unwilling member of the Magnolia League-Savannah's long-standing debutante society. But white gloves and silk gowns are a far cry from t ...more
Hardcover, 348 pages
Published May 3rd 2011 by Poppy (first published January 1st 2011)
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No. Just no. If CoFA hadn't come along strutting its stuff, The Magnolia League might quite possibly have ended up on my Absolute Worst Book of 2011 list. Trust me on this one, Sane = Staying the Hell away from this book.

In all fairness, the book got off to a fairly good start. Perhaps even *gasp!* unique. Alexandria Lee, who prefers to be called Alex, has just come to live with her grandmother Dorothy, after her mother dies in a car accident. Dorothy is the head of a bunch of what
Wendy Darling
May 04, 2011 marked it as will-never-read
Shelves: young-adult
Link to authors' interview on Slate: ...more
Edit: Had I known about this author's condescending Slated article, I would have passed over this and any future work. Her attitude towards YA books can be boiled down to 'throw it together, let marketing build the hype and then smugly simper at fan girls', that for some reason YA readers do not require books that are well written simply because they are YA. According to Ms Crouch, we are less worthy of good writing.

As a hopeful YA writer and a YA reader, my thoughts on this are pretty much unp
May 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
um, i wrote this, so obviously i like it!
Apr 24, 2011 rated it did not like it
Recommended to Cheyenne by: -
Shelves: arcs
Also see the review on my blog.

For me, reading The Magnolia League was like pounding my head repeatedly on a wall with the intentions of getting smarter. It just wasn't working.

Alex Lee is a sixteen year old pot-head who lived on a pot-farm with her pot-head mother and her pot-head friends. When her mother dies suddenly from a car crash, she is shipped off to her grandmother's, but not before she oh-so randomly finds and grabs her mother's stone necklace, which was oh-so randomly tossed in the p
Apr 16, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2011, paranormal, series
Why did I finish this book? I keep asking myself this. In the beginning I seriously thought of chucking it, but my interest got peaked in the middle but gosh it just didn't cut it. This book should have been a sure hit. I mean the premise is just too enticing to pass up. I love southern settings and there is the element of southern magic. There are secrets that need to be uncovered and our heroine isn't your run of the mill girl. But it still fell flat to me. I'm actually a little sad really tha ...more
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The MC is a pot-head and I don't like reading characters like this. Hence I will not be finishing up this book. I don't know what the author was thinking when she wrote this character. I don't see the reason why she had to smoke pot. She seems to be doing recreational drug use for what reason, exactly? Just because this is a young adult novel it doesn't mean that it's okay not to have some sort of explanation.

On an unrelated note, I don't even remember a time when drug use is cool. I thought th
May 19, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: teen, magic
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Someday, I'm going to read a book where a character that comes from California but isn't from a hippie commune. I'm just saying. Some day it's going to happen.

The Magnolia League--which I keep accidentally calling The Magnolia Legacy--tells the story of Alex. Before her mother died, Alex lived on a commune in Northern California, where her mother was an herbalist and she grew dreadlocks in order to impress a boy. After her mother's dea
Dec 26, 2012 rated it it was ok
I cannot count all the ways in which Alex is pathetic beyond all reason. She is one of the worst female protagonists I've encountered in quite awhile. Almost everything about her is intrinsic of a stereotypical teenager. Her mentality, her judgement...God, her voice. How can I take anyone seriously who says things like-

"Oh my God, I hate my life."

-after a disappointing email from a not-even-boyfriend? Do I even need to go into how annoyed I was by her delusions of this Reggie guy even being her
Jun 29, 2011 rated it liked it

This book has all the ingredients to push my reading buttons - Savannah, one of my all time favorite cities, hoodoo/magic, a hippie chick for the main character- I love all these details. Somehow though, I didn't love this book. I really wanted to though.

This book somewhat reminded me of A Great and Terrible Beauty- secret societies, magic, popular girls bordering on mean girls. I think that Beauty had better character development and was overall done better, but both books had similar themes,
Shannon Rogers
May 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own-arc
I was very surprised by this book, as I wasn't sure what to expect when I went into it. The basic story idea was interesting, and although it wasn't terribly unique, the author brought something new to it. I've read books before where the story takes place within a secret society of some sort, but the idea of mixing a group of Georgia ladies with a family that practices hoodoo was completely new for me. The author gave what was, to me, a very believable reason why these two groups would end up w ...more
Apr 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Release date: May 3rd 2011!
Review copy received from NetGalley.

The Magnolia League is an unexpected joy – “orgasmic” as Alex Lee, the grew-up-in-a-commune-in-California heroine of the tale, might say. A slightly awkward but still somehow smile inducing way to begin a review? Perhaps. Totally in keeping with this book? Oh hell yeah! Judging by my indecent lack of subtlety here, you might have guessed that I loved this book. But why?

As a southern English girl, I do love reading about southern Amer
Dana Al-Basha دانة الباشا
[Saturday, December 10, 2011] After the death of her free-spirited mother, sixteen-year-old Alexandra Lee is forced to move from Northern California to Savannah, Georgia, to live with her wealthy grandmother, who expects Alex to join a long-standing debutante society, which, Alex learns, has made a pact with a legendary Hoodoo family.

[Tuesday, August 21, 2012] I'm in LOVE with this book! If I didn't have a huge pile of "to-read" books I would finish it... But I must warn you all, I think the spe
Dark Faerie Tales
Aug 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie tales

Quick & Dirty: A great paranormal twist to the life of Southern Belles and the Savannah Magnolias.

Opening Sentence: You know what I hate? Sweet tea.

The Review:

In Savannah, Georgia, the women are polite, the young ladies are presented to society, and they all have afternoon tea. What you don’t know is that under the perfect and pristine, lies a little hoodoo. It shouldn’t matter what you do to put your best foot forward, does it, as long as you do it with th
Jean Valjean (OG 2010)
I adore books that take place in the South, so when I read the blurb for this one, I knew I needed to read it. If Margaret Stohl & Kami Garcia’s Beautiful Creatures had a love child with Mean Girls (the film), this would be it. A fish out of water story with a dash of Southern gothic romance, witchcraft and gool ol’ fashioned Southern elitism. It was a pretty quick read, but I really enjoyed it nonetheless.

I found Alex Lee to be a bit lacking in the character department. At times I found her t
Admittedly, I have a soft spot for southern gothic, which made me predisposed to liking The Magnolia League and judging it more favorably than it probably deserves. In many (or most) ways the novel is very cliched. The premise is a teenaged California hippy chick playing the duck out of water role when she moves to the more stuffy and "superficial" south.

Despite the plot's initial triteness, I liked Alex, our main character, at least in the beginning. She was spunky and considering YA's recent "
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This one was a pretty quick read and the pacing of the prose makes the story go by at breakneck speed. While I love stories about "Mean Girls"-type cliques and witches, combining the two in this instance was fun, but nothing really very groundbreaking.

I found Alex, much in the vein of the protagonist of "This Girl is Different" extremely annoying in her "unconventional" ways and personality. I love hippie heroines more than the next girl, but I just kept wanting to smack her up until her "transf
Jun 17, 2011 rated it really liked it
What happens when a vegetarian hippie girl from California finds herself living in Savannah, groomed for something called The Magnolia League?

Alexandria Lee grew up with her single mother in a commune, and now at sixteen, devastated by her mother's tragic death, she has lost all of her significant connections. Her grandmother seemingly wants to provide for her, but her care comes with a price. And there are many secrets that Alex will only discover after weeks and even months have passed. Will i
Oct 23, 2011 marked it as to-read
Right off the bat I didn't like the main character. She is pretty negative and within the first couple pages is smoking pot. So I stopped reading. Not the book for me.

I read through some of the other reviews and came across Cara's review and link to an article from the author. I thought Cara said it perfectly and thought I'd share...

"through a goodreads friend I found this article. I don't think the author's intention was to put down the reader, but now I understand why I didn't love the book.
May 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This book is awesome. Katie Crouch is an amazing author. I dare you not to absolutely adore the main character, Alex, within the first two paragraphs of the novel. Crouch manages to create an atmosphere of wit, suspense, sarcasm, and seriousness all in one! This book is definitely at the top of my list, and I can't wait to read the next book in the series, The White Glove War. This is a book I would definitely have no objections to re-reading.
Feb 12, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya-fantasy
Interesting read. Not enough magic and it seemed like the author was too intent on showing the diversity of the two places this story was set in, the same with the main character Alex.
*Genre* YA Hoodoo
*Rating* 2.0


16 year old Alexandria (Alex) Lee has been living alone in Mendocino, California since her mother died in a car accident. Alex has spent her entire life living on a commune with her mother. She's slightly on the chubby side, has dreads, loves vintage t-shirts and hates sweet tea, and knows about herbs and there uses thanks to her mother’s teachings.

After her mother’s death, Alex is brought to live with her grandmother Dorothy Lee in Savannah, Georgia with th
Apr 05, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult
I won't add a synopsis because the other reviews have done that. Instead, I will say that I think we needed more depth. This was ok - but could have been really good had the author spent more time and effort developing the characters, the settings and the plot.

I was often reminded of the Caster Chronicles while reading this. We know that there are bigger and more sinister things going on then we have all the information about. There were some wonderful lines early on that gave me great hopes fo
Oct 02, 2011 rated it did not like it
The biggest thing I learned from this 'novel' is to never ever judge a book by its cover

I learned the hard way. I saw this book and without even bothering to read the back, I drooled over the beautiful cover and bought it which is why it is now looking down at me from my bookshelf.

I hated this novel. H-A-T-E-D! Before, I was in too much shock that a book with such a beautiful cover could disappoint me that I gave it 2 stars and no review. Guess what? I'm back and even more pissed because I read
Nov 16, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I have been long awaiting this book, so as you can imagine, I was ecstatic when I could finally hold it in my hands. However, I was many times more ecstatic when I read this novel and found out how absolutely incredible it was. It even secured a spot on my favorite books list (a most coveted achievement).

Alex had a different upbringing that most kids. She lived on a communal farm (which secretly grew pot) with her mother. Never once attending school and never worrying about money or the future.
Jul 09, 2011 rated it did not like it
In theory, this is a great story line. I actually stuck with it for quite awhile. But I just couldn't make myself finish it. The dialogue was strained, like it was trying way too hard to sound like a teenager. You know, cheesy insults and stupid lines usually coming from Hayes or Madison. And I just plain didn't like Alex. She was too busy trying so hard to be different from everyone else. This book fell a little flat for me.

The thing that bothered me was Alex's whining about the environment. Sh
Nasty Lady MJ
Aug 18, 2011 rated it did not like it
I can't help but be angry when I think of The Magnolia League. I think it's in part because there was so much potential yet this potential was never realized. Instead, the authors wrote the book in the worst way possible. I'll start with the first and most obvious problem with the story: the main character. Alex is just not at all likable. First of all, she complains for the first half of the book about her new life in Savannah. I get it, honey, you miss your life as a damn hippy with your pot ...more
Oct 24, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed
The Magnolia League is about a book of hoodoos and/or voodoos. It's about a group of girls obsessed with power, youth and beauty. And Alexandria(a.k.a. Alex) is about to be a part of them.

Honestly, I was actually happy when I found out that I would be reading about a book without vampires and werewolves in it. And to top it all off it concentrates on hoodoos. But after reading I felt a little disappointed in it.

First of all, I hated Alex. To begin with, she was a fat girl whom everyone in her
Apr 10, 2015 rated it liked it
This book caught my eye at the library. It had a great cover and the summary sounded really intriguing.

I really wanted to like this book...I thought it was a great concept and had some very interesting characters. This book had great potential, however, it fell flat for me.

There were several things that bothered me about this one...
The main character wasn't necessarily likeable (not that they have to be), but she irritated me for most of the book-which made it hard to want to keep reading. The P
Apr 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
Alex is a normal teenage girl - especially for someone who lives in a "free thinking" colony out in California. Unfortunately, life changes for Alex when her mother is killed in a car wreck, and she is sent to live with her grandmother in Georgia. Not only does Alex have to contend with her mother's death, she also has to deal with her grandmother's ideas of being a "proper" lady - society balls and all.

But, stranger things are in the works, as Alex soon finds out. Alex's grandmother is the head
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I received my MFA from Columbia University, and have won fellowships to the MacDowell Colony and the Sewanee Writers Conference. My three year old also recently awarded me the Macaroni Priz

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