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The Girls of No Return by Erin Saldin

Tuesday, January 17, 2012
CUT meets HATCHET in this lacerating debut about girls, knives, and redemption.

The Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness Area stretches across two million acres in northern Idaho. In its heart sits the Alice Marshall School, where fifty teenage girls come to escape their histories and themselves.

Lida Wallace has tried to negate herself in every way possible. At Alice Marshall, she meets Elsa Boone, a fierce native Idahoan; Jules, who seems too healthy to belong at the school; and Gia Longchamps, whose glamour entrances the entire camp. As the girls prepare for a wilderness trek, Lida is both thrilled and terrified to be chosen as Gia's friend. But everyone has their secrets--their "Things" they try to protect; and when those come out, the knives do as well.

THE GIRLS OF NO RETURN is a bold and powerful debut.

Goodreads Summary

A new author, but a book that could have been written by someone with many published books behind her belt.  Not too many books focus mainly upon female friendship in young adult/teen books these days.  This novel's main plot concerns the implications, complications, and intricacies of female friendship.  The reader will be absorbed into the book within a few chapters; the main character, Lida, has a somewhat difficult, reserved personality, but she is captivating.  The reader will not always understand why Lida makes certain decisions, but some things are better left to the imagination.

Lida has been sent to a school for girls...difficult girls who do not like or do well in typical schooling environments.  Her first few days there are somewhat rocky, but she begins to adjust gradually.  The reader will be introduced to the other secondary characters, ones who will be around Lida 24/7.  They have such varying personalities that it is easy to keep them straight.  Some the reader will take a liking to, while others remain more enigmatic or have a pretty long mean streak.  The author creates these characters carefully to fulfill the plot's purpose.

The events were moderated.  They were not particularly fast all of the time, but they weren't slow.   The author purposely gave the events a certain pace depending on the undertone at the time.  The setting, the Alice Marshall School for girls, lends itself perfectly to the female friendship plot, it will be easy to concentrate on the point of the novel.  A reader will be eagerly awaiting this book's release, recommended to young adult/teen readers.

4 Stars

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