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An Uncommon Education by Elizabeth Percer
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This novel, provided to me in advance reader's edition, follows Naomi Feinstein from girlhood into her young adult years. As a girl, she longs to connect with her mother but is close with her father who instills in her the desire to attend Wellesley and become a doctor. Naomi is a lonely child, with only one intense friendship that comes to a sudden end. Most of the book focuses on Naomi's years at Wellesley where she gets involved with Shakes, a group steeped in tradition and that attracts some complex members. Her college years leave Naomi more uncertain about her future and searching for who she really wants to become.


I really enjoyed the first third of this book, the part focused on Naomi's pre-college years. I did not, however, enjoy her years at Wellesley. I had trouble following the many characters she encounters and understanding the nature of the Shakes organization. I could understand Naomi eventually questioning the plans she had as a child, but the way the doubt was developed didn't feel real. I kept hoping that the strong characters development in the first third would return, but it just didn't. Some pages just straight out confused me and I just stopped caring about Naomi and didn't develop an interest in the people she meets in college. Three stars overall though I'd give four stars to the first third.
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