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Glad I had read but not great book
on 25 September 2006
This book was read by my 13 year old daughter and looked interesting - so I thought I would read it as I try to be up to date with the sort of books she is reading.
Initially it appealed on an Enid Blyton boarding school book level having read all of those as a child myself, but I very quickly realised that this was a lot deeper.
The book reads well as a diary and you can hear the narrator clearly describing her thoughts.
She wildly flits about from loving to hating the personalities around her and feels strongly about everything, which very well describes the teenage mind.
She seems to want to find something to hate in Ernessa and ends up creating an aura of fear around the fellow pupil, among a group of girls at emotional period of life, all with some sort of trauma having happened - parents dying, parents moved away, difficult realtionships with step parents, etc.
I got a bit hung up on the fact that the narrator's name is never mentioned. Not sure what effect this is trying to give, but I found it a little distracting.
As the book progresses elements of madness creep in, although they are not overplayed initially and the reader can easily believe the development of an overactive teenage imagination to the strange events going on.
In the end I found myself looking forward to the end of the book but was glad that I had read it