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The Year of the Gadfly

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2012

    Awesome

    Great book! I read this in a day, when i had absolutely nothing else to do! If you have ever had a tough time navigating the social scene, lost friends, felt betrayed by ulterior motives, etc. You will totally be able to relate. Even if you havent its a bit of a mystery and a page turner till the very last page! I have never written a review before but felt compelled to write this one. Read it!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 31, 2014

    Ok, conservatives shouldn't bother.

    Ok story, worth finishing. Ending kind of a letdown. I will not read this author again. I really hate it when authors put snide, nasty comments about people with political views that are different from theirs. I thought liberals were all love and tolerance. I guess she thinks conservatives don't read or she doesn't want our business. My pleasure to comply. You might want to expand your horizons and try something other then MSNBC, Jennifer...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2014

    Not stormclan

    This is not stormClan

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2014

    EmberClaw

    Not yet. I ussally hang out at res12 tho

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 24, 2013

    This story is part coming-of-age and part mystery with elements

    This story is part coming-of-age and part mystery with elements of mean girls (raised to the fourth power).  The mystery interestingly unfolds through three point of views.  Iris, a new-comer to the private Mariana Academy because of  recent tragedy, and Jonah, a biology teacher who had previously attended the school, tell their stories in the present.  And Lily, an albino new-comer who didn't quite fit in, tells her story in the past.  As an albino, Lily's limitations and looks made it difficult for her to fit in, making her vulnerable to whims of her peers.  Jonah, now a teacher, wants his students to think outside the ordinary; meanwhile, he can't seem to escape his notorious reputation from his time spent in the Mariana halls.  Iris doesn't struggle to fit in so much as she struggles to pursue her journalism dream of her mentor and journalism hero, Edward R. Murrows.   It is through these three different views, the past, and the present do we unravel a troubling mystery.




    Wow!  This book is so different and wonderful at the same time.  I absolutely love the different point of views which makes this novel.  The point of views switch at each chapter and at no point does it create confusion.  I loved how the characters came together to explain the mystery and everything became clear at the same time.  In addition, the point of views made me equally invested in Iris, Jonah, and Lily.  There are so many twists and turns that I really had no idea what was coming.  When I began to have an inkling, I was still blown away by the ultimate conclusion.  More importantly, this book wasn't about teenage angst.  There were teenage issues and insecurities but the story encompassed so much more.  I felt like Ms. Miller did a great job tackling teenage issues without making it seem as though a teenager's only problem in life is snagging the popular guy.




    Overall, a wonderful read, but please be warned, these teenagers do surprise with the depth of their meanness and bullying.

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  • Posted February 21, 2013

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    Compulsively readable! The book's setting is an exclusive priva

    Compulsively readable! The book's setting is an exclusive private school in New England. Once a boarding school, it's now a day school, drawing the best and brightest from the surrounding area. Two parallel stories occur, one set twelve years before,the other in the present time. The stories bear a remarkable similarity - the less-than-socially-acceptable girl in each becomes entangled in a secret society that seems to have eyes everywhere, and their "initiation" ritual brings trauma to each one. This is very well-written, but what it boils down to is the angst of adolescence, along with that of adults who evidently never got over their teen years at the same school. At the end, it brought to mind the phrase about a lot "of sound and fury, signifying nothing." And yet the book was very hard to put down.

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    Posted April 29, 2013

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