Book Review | The Crazy School by Cornelia Read

The Crazy School
by Cornelia Read
Copyright 2010
Grand Central Publishing
352 pages
ISBN: 978-0446198202

From the Publisher: 

Dare, a 26-year-old former debutante, takes a job in the fall of 1989 as a history teacher at Santangelo Academy, an unorthodox therapeutic boarding school in western Massachusetts dominated by its authoritarian cape-wearing headmaster, David Santangelo. When a student, Mooney LeChance, reveals that his girlfriend, Fay Perry, is pregnant, Dare keeps Mooney’s secret while the couple is confined to the Farm, a punishment dorm in the woods. The book’s first half focuses on character—the woefully misguided souls who teach at Santangelo, the students in all their dysfunctional glory—but the action picks up when Mooney and Fay die from drinking poisoned punch after a birthday party at the Farm, and Dare is arrested for her role in preparing the fatal beverage. While some characters, like the social-climbing parents who drop in between vacations, verge on stereotype, Read graphically depicts the depressing underside of a supposedly elite private school.

My Review:

First, I just have to say this was one of those books that I was really interested in the plotline and wanted to know how it ends. I was caught by surprise by the ending but I loved it. It was absolutely amazing. I was mesmerized by the story lines and the characters. They were all made so real to me. There is only 1 bad thing I have to say about the book. The first part of it was a little slow going, and I was turned off by all the cursing. It got better after the first chapter and really had me interested after that. I give it 5 stars! The book lived up to all of my expectations and more. I am very interested in reading more from the author.

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Disclaimer: I received this book in exchange for an honest review. No monetary compensation was involved.


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