Flunked by Jen Calonita
Editor’s note: MERRY CHRISTMAS!!
What I drank prior:
Rose, it was my last day at the job before the second ‘sabbatical’ of my life so I’m doing pretty well at the moment.
So I got this as an audiobook as I try to figure out what works for me in audiobooks vs a more traditional format. This was a cute middle grade book about Gilly who is sent to the fairy-tale reform school after she was caught stealing too many times (for her family who is struggling – to make sure she is still seen as a good person). At the school she makes some friends, deals with some reformed baddies turned teachers and sometihnga bout the big bad.
Spoiler Free Review:
I had to remind myself that this was a middle grade book as a number of the twists and turns were unnecessarily obvious. This was still a really sweet book about overcoming adversity and dealing with not-ideal situations while in a fairytale setting.
Characters: Gillly did have a surpising set of morals and the characters were cute archetypes. I did wisha little more depth ahd been given to the professors but as far as it goes, Gilly was written as a character that kids could identify with and root for and I think that was done quite well. I think one of the twists witht eh school friend would have been a little bit better had the character been a little better fleshed outl.
Plot: The plot was pretty basic; girl goes to school and gets mired in a plan to defeat a big baddie. Pretty much exactly what you would expect.
What to pair it with: Strawberry cosmo, basically candy. Very sweet but also gone quicker than you might expect. It was an easy listen.
Rating: 3.5/5 Stars
COMMENT DOWN BELOW: Hope you enjoyed the review. I’d love to hear your opinion when you read this book!