The Girls of No Return

The Girls of No Return

by Erin Saldin

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Overview


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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780545310260
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date: 02/01/2012
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 602,365
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.30(d)
Lexile: 770L (what's this?)
Age Range: 14 - 18 Years

About the Author


Erin Saldin went on her first backpacking trip in northern Idaho at age fourteen. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times and the Best New American Voices series, as well as multiple literary magazines. She lives in Missoula, Montana.

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She took out the underwear, the socks, the rain poncho, the flashlight. She took out first one hiking boot, and then the other. She took out the sock that I had stuffed in the second boot, and pulled out the knife. A long, silent minute passed.“We understand that you may have come here with old ways of being, old patterns of behavior, old habits.” Beverly tapped the knife with her index finger without looking down at it. “Those behaviors that might endanger yourself or others are cause for immediate expulsion.” She held the knife in front of her face and stared at me until I met her gaze. It was unflinching. I nodded.Beverly placed the knife next to her on the chair and repacked my bag. Then she stood up and held out her hand. “Welcome to Alice Marshall,” she said.

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The Girls of No Return 3.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
ElegantlyBoundReviews More than 1 year ago
It’s been almost a month since I’ve read this book and I still don’t know how I feel about it. I guess it just threw me completely off guard and not in a good way. When I first saw the cover and the title, I thought that the book would be a little bit scary. I was actually hoping that it would be. Here is what I thought it would be about in one sentence: A bunch of girls who are at a camp or boarding school, row off together but something so terrible happens that only one of them returns. That was not what The Girls of No Return was about. I crack open the book, so excited to get started on this super crazy, creepy mystery, that I could hardly contain my excitement when the book starts off with these really cryptic journal entries about something that happened that the main character can’t talk about. My excitement continues until about half way through the book when I realize that my assumptions are probably wrong. As it turns out, it’s about a girl who is sent to an all girl boarding school in the middle of nowhere because she’s rebellious. Lida is a pretty cool character who really discovers who she is and what she’s good at while she attends the Alice Marshall School. I felt so bad for her after another girl cut off her hair while she slept during her first night there. Which made me think there was going to be some kind of mean-girl action going on which would have been awesome, by the way. As far as the story goes, I really liked it. I’m always up for a good boarding school book and even though it was an all girls’ school, it still kept me interested. It was paced really well and I didn’t find myself getting bored. The ending was crazy and I definitely didn’t expect it. I give the Girls of No Return 3 hearts because the back and forth flash back action was done really well.
ilikethesebooks on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Alice Marshall is an alternative school for girls in the middle of the wilderness, and every one who goes there has the burden of their own "Thing" - the reason they find themselves at their secluded school. When Lida first attends Alice Marshall she meets polar opposites "Boone" and Gia. Little did she know, those two girls would get her into the kinds of situations she thought she was there to avoid.What I really appreciated about this story was how it showed the complex relationship between the girls. The relationships they have in private, how they act together in public, and the odd added effects of what happens when one is surrounded almost entirely by girls one's own age every day. That being said... I really didn't get Lida's relationships with Boone and Gia. More prominently, her relationship with Gia was dysfunctional and seemed to not be real. Although she offers an explanation in the end, I still don't see how her actions reflected how she was supposedly feeling and thinking. Overall, I did keep reading. The plot was very secretive; it held onto little bombs of information throughout the whole of the novel. Although it was slightly infuriating, it was effective at getting me to turn the pages. It takes a while to figure everything out. What I liked about this was that the story was told from alternating past tense and journal entries in the present. That aspect added to the intrigue dropping just enough hints to keep the reader guessing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Definitely got better as it went on. It never turned in the direction i hoped but kept me on the edge of my seat
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You go on to your barns&nobles account and go to MY NOOK then you find the bok ou want to delete and then you you press delete BRILLIANT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THE END
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
How do you delete a book?!