THE SWALLOWS by LISA LUTZ

The Swallows

Alex Witt has come to Stonebridge Academy to teach creative writing. And maybe fencing. Her fathers’ relationship to the Dean has secured her position and she isn’t exactly happy.

The daughter of a somewhat successful author and a Russian no-nonsense mother, Alex has perhaps inherited some qualities from both sides. Stubborn, single and not looking and very to the point!

Her first look at some of her students is a simple enough assignment.

What do you love? What do you hate? What do you want? Don’t sign your paper.

Some of the answers are easy to assign to the authors. Some look like a code of some type and Alex gets the impression not everything is kosher at this odd school.

My take:

Adults and children behaving very, very badly. Hundreds of students and only a few teachers? And there were maybe 2 redeeming characters and the rest were horrible.

It’s not an original tale. There have been cliques in schools for decades. Adam has taken it to a whole new level. Find the dirt on everyone and use it to leverage things in his favor. Apparently, this system and his band of merry men who love blow jobs have been around awhile. These guys have just elevated it. And they would still be getting away with treating girls as sexual objects, grading their partners without their knowledge until the saying changed and girls will be girls.

All it takes is one warrior. One person willing to stand up and say, “Enough!” And with the Blow Job Chart, it should be easy to decide. Genius! What happens is a full-on war between the sexes. These girls were scary good! In the end, all I could think was, “Girls will be Girls”. And laugh.

This isn’t my favorite book by Lutz. Some of the characters were a bit cliche’. All in all, I was cheering for Gemma!

NetGalley/ Ballentine August 13, 2019

 

 

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