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GROUP BUDDY READ > Conversion by Katherine Howe - MMC GBR - Starting August 15th 2016

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Sarah Elizabeth (bookworm_sarah) | 85319 comments Mod


From the New York Times bestselling author of The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane comes a chilling mystery—Prep meets The Crucible.

It’s senior year at St. Joan’s Academy, and school is a pressure cooker. College applications, the battle for valedictorian, deciphering boys’ texts: Through it all, Colleen Rowley and her friends are expected to keep it together. Until they can’t.

First it’s the school’s queen bee, Clara Rutherford, who suddenly falls into uncontrollable tics in the middle of class. Her mystery illness quickly spreads to her closest clique of friends, then more students and symptoms follow: seizures, hair loss, violent coughing fits. St. Joan’s buzzes with rumor; rumor blossoms into full-blown panic.

Soon the media descends on Danvers, Massachusetts, as everyone scrambles to find something, or someone, to blame. Pollution? Stress? Or are the girls faking? Only Colleen—who’s been reading The Crucible for extra credit—comes to realize what nobody else has: Danvers was once Salem Village, where another group of girls suffered from a similarly bizarre epidemic three centuries ago . . .

Inspired by true events—from seventeenth-century colonial life to the halls of a modern-day high school—Conversion casts a spell. With her signature wit and passion, New York Times bestselling author Katherine Howe delivers an exciting and suspenseful novel, a chilling mystery that raises the question, what’s really happening to the girls at St. Joan’s?



Sarah Elizabeth (bookworm_sarah) | 85319 comments Mod
Conversion by Katherine Howe will be our 5th GBR for August 2016.

Please read at your own pace, and hide any spoilers ☺ You are welcome to join at any time during the month ☺

Happy Reading Everybody!


Sarah Elizabeth (bookworm_sarah) | 85319 comments Mod
Pre-Reading Questions -

Anybody got any thoughts on this one before we start?

Has anyone read anything similar to this before?

Anybody read anything else by this author previously?



Karen Barber | 11248 comments Prep is one of my favourite reads, and I love The Crucible so I'm intrigued to see how this works out. My Wi-Fi access might be limited around this time of my holiday, but I'll post comments/review when I can.


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Sonu Shaji | 141 comments the book sounds intriguing! I need a copy asap :)


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PNJ (EmergencyRN) | 53 comments I would like to try this one as well!


Brooke ♥booklife4life♥ (booklife4life) | 4975 comments Read this last year, was not a fan. This will be the only GBR that i will not be reading in the challenge.


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Cinthia | 6313 comments Joining :) I got this one already, I love my library they always come through.


Anna (librairieimaginaire) | 400 comments I've read some less-than-impressed reviews of this one but it's available at my library so I guess I'll see what I think of it.


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Anna (librairieimaginaire) | 400 comments 30% (view spoiler)


Abbie | 27856 comments This is a bit dull so far.


Xiamera | 715 comments Just started 12% (view spoiler)


Sarah Elizabeth (bookworm_sarah) | 85319 comments Mod
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Anna (librairieimaginaire) | 400 comments 72% (view spoiler)


Xiamera | 715 comments 19% (view spoiler)


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Andy | 14687 comments I started today with the audiobook. This may take awhile.


Xiamera | 715 comments 56% (view spoiler)


Xiamera | 715 comments Anna wrote: "72% [spoilers removed]"

I started thinking the same thing. There's not much pages left and the so-called mystery keeps growing.


Xiamera | 715 comments Finished. Didn't really enjoy. Definitely not my cup of tea.


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Andy | 14687 comments 24% (view spoiler)


Karen Barber | 11248 comments The comments here seem quite negative. 8% in and we've just seen the start of the incidents. For a modern setting, the girls seem quite old-fashioned.


Sharon Mariampillai | 9947 comments Part 1: (view spoiler)


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Sarah Elizabeth (bookworm_sarah) | 85319 comments Mod
Sharon wrote: "Part 2: [spoilers removed]"

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Sharon Mariampillai | 9947 comments Sarah wrote: "Sharon wrote: "Part 2: [spoilers removed]"

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Karen Barber | 11248 comments 40%. I'm finding this quite puzzling. If the parallels are there, I'm not sure of them yet.


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Sharon Mariampillai | 9947 comments Part 3: (view spoiler)


Xiamera | 715 comments Sharon wrote: "Part 2: [spoilers removed]"

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Anna (librairieimaginaire) | 400 comments I just finished this last night (review (spoilers))

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Sharon Mariampillai | 9947 comments Part 4: (view spoiler)


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Andy | 14687 comments 28% (view spoiler)


Karen Barber | 11248 comments 70%. I think placing the Salem story in-between the modern one is meant to help us figure out what's going on. I haven't yet!


Karen Barber | 11248 comments 93%. Not really sure what to make of this at the moment.


Karen Barber | 11248 comments Finished. Do think this had potential, but it wasn't quite what I'd hoped for.


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Andy | 14687 comments 38% (view spoiler)


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Andy | 14687 comments Sharon wrote: "Part 2: [spoilers removed]"

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Andy | 14687 comments 64% Finally finished part 3 (view spoiler)


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Andy | 14687 comments Finished (view spoiler)


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