Girlhood, by Cat Clarke

Synopsis

Harper has tried to forget the past and fit in at expensive boarding school Duncraggan Academy. Her new group of friends are tight; the kind of girls who Harper knows have her back. But Harper can’t escape the guilt of her twin sister’s Jenna’s death, and her own part in it – and she knows noone else will ever really understand.

But new girl Kirsty seems to get Harper in ways she never expected. She has lost a sister too. Harper finally feels secure. She finally feels…loved. As if she can grow beyond the person she was when Jenna died.

Then Kirsty’s behaviour becomes more erratic. Why is her life a perfect mirror of Harper’s? And why is she so obsessed with Harper’s lost sister? Soon, Harper’s closeness with Kirsty begins to threaten her other relationships, and her own sense of identity.

How can Harper get back to the person she wants to be, and to the girls who mean the most to her?

Genre

Young Adult – Contemporary 


My thoughts

In a world filled with countless amazing books, but so little time to read, I have to admit this one wasn’t on my radar. But, thanks to the French publisher of Girlhood I received a copy, and, most importantly, I got to meet the author. So today, I’m here to talk to you about this lovely book that is Girlhood.

I started reading this novel without really knowing what I was getting into, and it was a really nice surprise. I enjoy Girlhood greatly and food it refreshing. Indeed, it is so different from what I usually read and that was a much-appreciated novelty. I especially loved the fact that there is no romance in this book. Sure you get some hints of it and romance is a bit in the background there but it’s never the main story. This is above all about friendship, about personal growth and healing.

« I do believe in forgiveness – for other people. If only it were as simple to forgive yourself. »

The relationships between all the characters are the heart and soul of this book and all of them were complex, realistic and fascinating. I didn’t particularly like Harper, our main character, even though I was really moved by her story. Indeed, I found her to be quite annoying at times, and would have loved to snap her back to reality.

However, I loved Harper’s friends, Lily, Ama and especially Rowan, her best friend. She was really endearing. I actually would have liked to know more about the three girls, it’s one of the things I would have changed about Girlhood. And then there was Kirsty. I couldn’t tell you why (great writing I guess) but right from the start, I knew something was off about her. I knew she was trouble and I really thought there was no redeeming her. The fact that the author managed to make me see her in another light towards the end was a nice surprise.. bravo!

In conclusion, I wouldn’t say that Girlhood became a new favorite of mine, but I do recommend you check out this beautiful book. 

My rating

4/5

 

Happy Readings,

Gaëlle

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