Book Review | The Crazy School by Cornelia Read
The Crazy School
by Cornelia Read
Grand Central Publishing
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 characterâ€”the woefully misguided souls who teach at Santangelo, the students in all their dysfunctional gloryâ€”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.
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.