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'St Trinian's for grown-ups'
on 25 April 2017
I really enjoyed this novel - a bit of light reading but one which really evokes the memories of being a teenager back in the 70s. School, friendships, a future career, family problems are all part of the life of the main character, Amanda Baker. A rebellious 15 year old, who with her friends delights in breaking rules and organising pranks, Amanda can see the pettiness of school life...
(spoiler alert) The author's epigraph: "The Hate had started", is taken from George Orwell's 'Nineteen Eighty-Four'. We learn that Amanda is studying Orwell, and Levene very loosely structures her novel around that work. Amanda is a latter-day Winston Smith, making a stand against authority - there's even a friend and co-conspirator, Julia - but will medicine and drugs bring her into line?
Very enjoyable but doesn't really seem to go anywhere, so more of a *3.5.