Wild Girls

Wild Girls

A Novel

Book - 2012
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A mix of Prep's critique of boarding school culture and the suspenseful and high-stakes plot of The Secret History , this highly original debut is part coming-of-age story, part riveting supernatural tale about teenage girls learning their own strength.

Kate Riordan fears two things as she grows up in the small Appalachian town of Swan River: that she'll be a frustrated townie forever, or that she'll turn into one of the monstrous Wild Girls that menace the community, throwing flame from their hands. Struggling to better her chances of escaping, Kate attends the posh Swan River Academy and finds herself divided between two worlds: the simple town and its dark twin, a commune off Bloodwort Road, where hippie farming and occult practices led to a disastrous end; and the realm of privilege and achievement at the Academy. Explosive friendships with Mason, a boy from the wrong side of the river, and Willow, a wealthy and charismatic queen bee from school, are slowly pulling her apart. Kate must decide who she is and where she belongs before she wakes up with cinders at her fingertips.

Publisher: [Toronto] : Doubleday Canada, c2012.
ISBN: 9780385677752
Branch Call Number: FICTION ATW
Characteristics: 273 p. ; 21 cm.

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JCLJessecaB Feb 06, 2017

I really enjoyed this novel. It’s atmospheric, has some intriguing mysteries centered around a private university, and the story has a touch of magic. A really fun read!

jeanner222 Nov 09, 2012

The small Appalachian town of Swan River is of no interest to teen Kate Riordan. She cannot wait to graduate and get out of there. She also wants no part of the town’s fabled wild girls, teen girls who kill with fire.

As she attempts to better herself at the town’s exclusive Swan River Academy, Kate becomes entangled with males and females who may prove to be dangerous. Why, wonders Kate, is it so hard to leave this place unscathed?

Kate’s ambitions, the town’s lore, and the wild girls themselves will drive this plot in an unexpected and interesting way.

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