All Girls

All Girls

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction, Crime & Thrillers
Hardback Published on: 18/02/2021
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A tender and unflinching portrait of modern adolescence told through the shifting perspectives of nine female students, All Girls explores what it means to grow up in a place that promises you the world - when the world still isn't yours for the taking.

An all-girls boarding school in a hilly corner of Connecticut, Atwater is a haven for progressive thinking and feminist intellectuals. The students are smart, driven and worldly; they are also teenagers, learning to find their way. But when they arrive on campus for the start of the Fall term, they're confronted with startling news: an Atwater alumna has made a troubling allegation of sexual misconduct against an unidentified teacher. As the weeks wear on and the administration's efforts to manage the ensuing crisis fall short, these extraordinary young women come to realise that the adults in their lives may not be the protectors they previously believed.

All Girls unfolds over the course of one tumultuous academic year and is told from the point of view of a small cast of diverse, interconnected characters as they navigate the social mores of prep school life and the broader, more universal challenges of growing up. The trials of adolescent girlhood are pitched against the backdrop of sexual assault, consent, anxiety and the ways that our culture looks to young women as trendsetters, but otherwise silences their voices and discounts their opinions. The story that emerges is a richly detailed, impeccably layered, and emotionally nuanced depiction of what it means to come of age in a female body today.

'A sincere and poignant and moving story of a group of teenage girls coming to terms with the world they've inherited' Taylor Jenkins Reid, New York Times bestselling author of Daisy Jones and the Six

  • Publisher: John Murray Press
  • ISBN: 9781529330083
  • Number of pages: 320
  • Weight: 420g
  • Dimensions: 220 x 140 x 32 mm

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All Girls
An interesting concept but left me wanting.
Atwater is a prestigious boarding school for girls and prides itself on being a safe and nurturing environment. This ethos is challenged when an ex-student... READ MORE
Louise Barber
All Girls
Not for me
I was given this book for free in return for an honest review. Whilst I loved the setting for this story, I found there were far too many characters, each ... READ MORE
Elaine Hall
All Girls
An up and down read
This is set in a girls’ boarding school and it’s difficult for me to write a review. I was drawn in at the start but got a bit lost with the school tradit... READ MORE
Brenda Birkett
All Girls
Interesting and relevant
Definitely relevant right now. Through multiple narrators we get multiple viewpoints not only on the controversy but also on the arcane world of elite boar... READ MORE
Carolyn Percy
All Girls
Good story, but too many characters
I received a copy of this book from the publisher John Murray Press, and the author in return for an honest review. I liked the sound of this book, set in... READ MORE
Deanne  Wallace
All Girls
An insight into teenage minds
All Girls by Emily Laden Having two teenage girls at home and remembering quite vividly what it was like to be their age, I thought I might have some id... READ MORE
Hayley Baxter