I loved this book for it’s complicated friendships, ominous relationships and the sense of being pulled further in to a web. It was compulsive reading and I sat up until the early hours of the morning unable to put it down. It’s exactly the kind of book to disappear into on a gloomy, rainy day.
‘Harper has tried to forget the past and fit in at expensive boarding school Duncraggan Academy. Her new group of friends are tight; the kind of girls who Harper knows have her back. But Harper can’t escape the guilt of her twin sister’s Jenna’s death, and her own part in it – and she knows noone else will ever really understand. But new girl Kirsty seems to get Harper in ways she never expected. She has lost a sister too. Harper finally feels secure. She finally feels…loved. As if she can grow beyond the person she was when Jenna died. Then Kirsty’s behaviour becomes more erratic. Why is her life a perfect mirror of Harper’s? And why is she so obsessed with Harper’s lost sister? Soon, Harper’s closeness with Kirsty begins to threaten her other relationships, and her own sense of identity. How can Harper get back to the person she wants to be, and to the girls who mean the most to her? A darkly compulsive story about love, death, and growing up under the shadow of grief.’
Thank all that is bookish and beautiful for Cat Clarke. Openly gay and bi characters, friendship struggles, snarky girls, secrets, and lies. It’s all here in Girlhood. What I would have given for this book when I was a teenager trying to find my place in the world – in a girl’s school – feeling like the only gay in the village. I grew up reading boarding school stories and it’s a joy to return to one now. Especially a contemporary one filled with beautifully diverse characters and lots of nods to modern politics.
A fast-paced and fierce celebration of friendship not to be missed. You can get your copy here.
Source – kindly provided for review by the publisher.