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All Girls – Book Review

Book Title: All Girls
Author: Emily Laydon
Genre: General Fiction (Adult) | Women’s Fiction
Publication date: 18 Feb 2021
Format: Kindle


What it’s about

A tender and unflinching portrait of modern adolescence told through the shifting perspectives of nine female students, All Girls explores what it means to grow up in a place that promises you the world – when the world still isn’t yours for the taking.

An all-girls boarding school in a hilly corner of Connecticut, Atwater is a haven for progressive thinking and feminist intellectuals. The students are smart, driven and worldly; they are also teenagers, learning to find their way. But when they arrive on campus for the start of the Fall term, they’re confronted with startling news: an Atwater alumna has made a troubling allegation of sexual misconduct against an unidentified teacher. As the weeks wear on and the administration’s efforts to manage the ensuing crisis fall short, these extraordinary young women come to realise that the adults in their lives may not be the protectors they previously believed.

All Girls unfolds over the course of one tumultuous academic year and is told from the point of view of a small cast of diverse, interconnected characters as they navigate the social mores of prep school life and the broader, more universal challenges of growing up. The trials of adolescent girlhood are pitched against the backdrop of sexual assault, consent, anxiety and the ways that our culture looks to young women as trendsetters, but otherwise silences their voices and discounts their opinions. The story that emerges is a richly detailed, impeccably layered, and emotionally nuanced depiction of what it means to come of age in a female body today.

A sincere and poignant and moving story of a group of teenage girls coming to terms with the world they’ve inherited’ Taylor Jenkins Reid, New York Times bestselling author of Daisy Jones and the Six

About the Author

Emily LaydenEmily Layden is a graduate of Stanford University. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, Marie Claire, The Billfold, and Runner’s World. ALL GIRLS is her first novel.

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What I Thought

Thank you, NetGalley and John Murray Press for the eARC in exchange for an honest opinion.

From reading the synopsis of this I was looking forward to this but in all honesty, I got confused between all of the characters except Lauren.

This small cast of characters didn’t feel small to me and it got to a point where I felt they weren’t fully developed. This book wasn’t for me but it wasn’t badly written.


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