The School for Dangerous Girls

The School for Dangerous Girls

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by Eliot Schrefer

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Girl, Interrupted . . . as written by V. C. Andrews. Angela's parents think she's on the road to ruin because she's dating a "bad boy." After her behavior gets too much for them, they ship her off to Hidden Oak. Isolated and isolating, Hidden Oak promises to rehabilitate "dangerous girls." But as Angela gets drawn in further and further, she discovers that…  See more details below


Girl, Interrupted . . . as written by V. C. Andrews. Angela's parents think she's on the road to ruin because she's dating a "bad boy." After her behavior gets too much for them, they ship her off to Hidden Oak. Isolated and isolating, Hidden Oak promises to rehabilitate "dangerous girls." But as Angela gets drawn in further and further, she discovers that recovery is only on the agenda for the "better" girls. The other girls -- designated as "the purple thread" -- will instead be manipulated to become more and more dangerous . . . and more and more reliant on Hidden Oak's care.

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14 - 17 Years

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Eliot Schrefer is the author of The Deadly Sister, The School for Dangerous Girls, Glamorous Disasters, and The New Kid. He lives in New York City, and has never discovered any bodies. Visit him online at

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School For Dangerous Girls 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 37 reviews.
BookwormKD More than 1 year ago
Angela is what her parents think is a "dangerous girl" so they send her to hidden oak to get "fixed". but, as angela soon discovers, only select girls who are sent to the school get fixed. they divide the girls into gold thread and purple thread. the gold thread are the girls who the school believes are fixable and able to overcome their dangerous ways and the purple thread are the girls who the school thinks are totally unfixable, but the school doesn't expel them cause they want the money. the school locks the purple thread girls in an old gym where they are allowed to get into very violent fights with each other. the school lies to the students parents so that if a student ever tries to tell what happens at the school they sound totally crazy. angela and her friends have to figure out a way to escape and shut down the school before the snow comes and they are trapped up on the mountain where the school is located. this was an amazing book. i love angela and all her friends. i stayed up all night reading it because i just couldn't put it down. i recommend it to everyone. i would say that i hoped there was a sequel but i think that this book is better as a stand-alone novel. i hope you enjoy this as much as i did :). if you liked this book, or books like this then i also recommend the maximum ride series by James Patterson, spy goddess: live and let shop by Michael P. Spradlin, Swindle by Gordon Korman, the 39 clues by various authors, twice upon a time: Rapunzle the one with all the hair, and my fair godmother by janette rallison.
DanceBree17 More than 1 year ago
This book had so many twists and turns, but really well written. You really felt that Angela was trying not only to get out, but to make this terrible place go away forever. I loved how you really felt drawn into the scenes. Especially when they are going through the old abandoned buildings. Its gritty and intense at times, but really makes you see what it is to be a "dangerous girl".
Scholar-Berry More than 1 year ago "She blamed me. And now, I was going to get punished." Angela Cardenas isn't your typical teenager who just get in some troubles in her life. Her whole life basically defines trouble. The School for Dangerous Girls by Eliot Schrefer is about Hidden Oak Academy for Dangerous Girls. Schrefer gives the glimpses of events that lead Angela to be enrolled in Hidden Oak. All the Hidden Oak Academy girls did something bad enough for their parents/guardians to give consent to Hidden Oak's staff to do, well, anything to discipline them. There's Dr. Zsilinska, Angela's counselor who just listens and talk in a circle. There's Juin, who has been to Hidden Oak and know all these things before. There's Hidden Oak; the school that imprison its girls within. In Hidden Oak's orientation, the counselors would make the girls fight among themselves to show their true colors. Then they judge whether each girl belongs to the Golden or the Purple thread. The less dangerous you are--say, probably an emotional breakdown that made your parents think you're crazy--the more likely you'll be in Golden thread. Angela was probably one of the most innocent, isn't she? But her motto in her whole life has been to stay as dangerous as possible. This book is about survival of the fittest in Hidden Oak; the hell of teenage crimes, and the teenager's solution to societal expectations. What I love about this book: It was really about survival. The mystery in the beginning definitely build up the story and made you just want to read further and further. It was set in a good pace, and although it was a middle grade book (not too easy, not too hard--vocab wise) it was still thrilling. I love it. What I dislike: The ending wasn't..exactly proper. I was hoping for...more about the Hidden Oak's fate at the end (you'll know what I mean when you read the book--since I'm not gonna spoil it for you...). I wouldn't mind reading another 50-100 pages about the ending, because it was just such an interesting book.
CharlitaMonsquita More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing! My friend let me borrow it from her & it is one of the best books i have ever read. It takes off right from the beginning, making you guess what's going to happen next. A very thrilling book. I would definitely recommend this!
Azjura More than 1 year ago
While I would say that this was a well written book that was very unpredictable with interesting plot twists, I would not say that it was an easy read. The mystery keeps you interested but there's just SO MUCH it just makes you go "seriously...that's just simply unbelievable" and it is. The characters are well drawn out but you never get a true sense of where each characters true colors lie which leaves you feeling fustrated. Overall I would say that it is definately worth a read, but be prepared to take the time to get through it all. If your like me and have to see a book through until the end regardless of how god or bad it is, then you'll enjoy the book for what it is upon completion. But if you looking for a book that draws you in and leaves you secure from the jump, this is not the book for you. While the first two chapters are inviting, the next few chapters following leave you irritated and lightly bored. Lots of action and plot twists, but not for those who do not enjoy a challenging book.
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KikiD870 More than 1 year ago
I absolutely LOVED this book!  It is very different from most of the YA that I have read... dark, gritty, and fiercely intense.  Most of the story is set at Hidden Oak, a boarding school that is really a last resort for girls considered to be unmanageable.  Many of these girls are there less for their own actions and more because of their parents' prejudices or inability to care.  These are girls that have had less than stellar lives and now are on paths of self-destruction through drugs, alcohol, promiscuity, etc.   Angela Cardenas has been the "bad girl" for most of her life.  Her parents were frustrated and tired of dealing with her, so when her grandfather became sick, her parents sent her to live with him.  After his untimely death, her parents become convinced that she is in some way responsible so they send her off to Hidden Oak.  This is a place that embodies all of the stereotypical darkness of a delinquent facility.  It is a lockdown facility and the rules are strictly enforced.  "Gold thread" girls are  those that the powers that be have decided can be rehabilitated.  The "purple thread" girls mysteriously disappear and it is an unspoken rule that they never be mentioned again.  What happens to those girls leads Angela onto a path of discovery and a deep-seated desire to escape this dangerous place. This is a remarkably intense and compelling read.  It is dark and full of  mystery and intrigue and twists and turns that will keep you turning the pages.  It  is also an emotionally deep story that drove me to tears more than once.  This is a story about decisions, choices, and survival.  It is a book that makes you question whether the ends really do justify the means.   The characters in this book were the driving force.  I liked the fact that the cast was multiracial, multicultural, and all with their own stories and complications.  There were many that were evil  to the core, and many others with whom you completely empathize.  Regardless of your feelings for a particular character, they invoke emotion.   Things to love about The School for Dangerous Girls...    --No sunsets.  This isn't typical YA with the boy and the girl riding off into the sunset.  Yes, there is some romance, but it is not a central theme to the novel.    --The variety.  These girls are of all races, colors, creeds, and sexuality.  They are of all  body types.  They are real. Things I wanted more or less of...    --More ending.  I almost felt like the ending was a bit anti-climatic.  I wanted to know about more about what happened to Hidden Oak and the girls.    --More understanding.  Some of these teachers were just plain cruel and I would have liked to know more about why that was. Some quotastic goodness...    --She blamed me. And now, I was going to be punished (Loc. 58).    --Pay attention. Because I can destroy you (Loc. 125-126).    --You may never discuss your past with your schoolmates. Every girl here has dark stories that she would love to share late at night when the lights are down, but you may not, under any circumstances (Loc. 126-128).     --You could never undo a dangerous girl. You could only ask her to be dangerous for the right reasons (Loc. 4294-4295). My recommendation:  Gripping and intense, I highly recommend this book!
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I really enjoyed this one and a couple of other books by this author
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I thought that this book was very good. You should really read this book. I promise that you will love it.
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I'd never heard anything about this book, I just happened to see it while I was browsing through books, and thought it looked interesting. I couldn't put this book down. You should definitely buy this book!
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I reccomend this book. It was undoubtly a Great book. I would recommend this to any and every body!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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this book is simply amazing. The plot is interesting. i could barely put this book down. I have read everything from sci-fi to realistic fiction. I loved this book and would recommend it to anyone. THe plot is always changing and you really don't know what to expect.
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