[Read] ➻ The Swallows ➸ Lisa Lutz – Tkcleaningservices.co.uk

The Swallows 4.5 stars, rounded upI was a huge fan of Lutz s The Passenger and the entire Spellman series While the Spellman books were all just great fun, The Passenger showed she had the chops to do an intriguing, serious mystery With The Swallows, we get something different again Alex Witt arrives at a New England boarding school thinking she s going to teach English Lit, but gets handed creative writing instead This isn t some posh school, it seems to be half baked than serious And what a cast of characters We hear not only from Alex, but a variety of teachers and students The students run the gamut of teenage personalities, but the adults other than Alex are off the chart weird as you would expect of anyone teaching at a third rate boarding school Lutz retains her wicked turn of phrase ability Stonebridge May look like Green Gables, but it s the Bada Bing Club for the preppy set Normally this subject matter wouldn t enthrall me Pissy, entitled teenager boys lord it over the girls in the school But, it just kept me engrossed I wanted to see if how the boys got their comeuppance It s sad to think that in 2009, the girls are still seen as objects, things to be manipulated And the ending, well, I couldn t read that ending fast enough Wow, wow, wow I had one minor quibble with the book Admittedly, we only see a microcosm of the en This is my first Lisa Lutz book and I really enjoyed the read This was so off the wall that I didn t take any of it seriously and just went with it I don t think the book was meant to be serious although there are some deep seated male female issues shining through You can read the intro to find out what the book it about, but let me tell you what I liked.I thought the character Alex Witt was badass her mother was as well so she got it honest Gemma was a true leader and her decisiveness helped move the story along Most of the males were immature jerks The headmaster was totally clueless I thought the blowchart was a nice touch.The writing, the characters, and the plot all kept me interested I will probably pick up another of Lisa Lutz s books soon because I enjoyed the writing.The only thing I didn t really like was the number of points of view the story was Dang it Honestly, it pains me to give this one anything less than a stellar review, as Lisa Lutz is one of my favorite authors, and I credit her Spellman Files series to getting me out of a multi year reading slump All that to say, please take this review with a grain of salt, and know full well that I could be the outlier here, due to the fact that I know she can write the heck out of a story Perhaps the fact that this one felt so off base from her previous works is what threw me off initially, so the predictable nature of this story left me underwhelmed and unsatisfied There are a lot of characters in this story, and it was quite difficult keeping them all straight and determining just why some were even included I love a good challenge in my reading, but I need for it to have purpose and meaning, not to just be used as a plot device to bloat the page count Upon finishing this book, I m hard pressed to tell you what genre this book technically falls Overall, I got a heavy YA vibe from the voices of the characters, setting, and plot, yet I m unsure that this would actual At the beginning of this book I thought, Okay, this clearly takes place in a fictional universe of boarding school novels where we have dropped all pretense that anything in it is real or related to real life And I was willing to suspend my disbelief for that Boarding school novels can be campy fun or dark microcosms of teenage misbehavior I m down for that This is a school where the staff is made up of checks notes six adults while there are 400 students, though we only ever meet about ten of these students and the rest of them seem to not actually exist Okay, whatever, let s do it.Around a third of the way through I thought, Okay, we re going to get some interesting gender wars here Maybe this is satire It could be satire Nothing in it feels all that satirical but the lack of realism and the committed to weirdness plot could mean satire Let s wait for some sharp topical insight And I waited I should have stopped reading it once I d given it some space and still couldn t get my bearings But I like Lisa Lutz, I ve read several of her novels, I thought her last one was her best so far, I figured she had to have something smart waiting for me But at the end I was just mad enough to want to throw this book.There does not seem to be much of a point to it all Teenage boys are terrible Girls decide to fight back Things escalate It s not go Let me start this little spiel by praising Lisa Lutz I ve loved her talent for quite some time Shoot, I am even one of the few who genuinely loved Heads You Lose Which I still suggest for a fun read on Reddit all the time And the Spellman series permanently bonded me to Lisa Lutz as a fan So I went into The Swallows with my hopes so high that your kiss book might kill me like the wise men of Dashboard Confessional once sang So I guess we can consider me dead because my hopes were butchered up and buried Headless hope or not, The Swallows, will not deter me from reading from Liza Lutz But let the rambling and murder comparisons come to a halt and I ll spill the tea The Swallows is told from many points of views strike one Some of those views include Ms Witt, the new, mysterious and angsty creative writing teacher Basically Ms Witt stumbles upon a dark school secret that really riles up the school s female population Enters Gemma, the popular girl, who doesn t even have to try yet she is trying harder than anyone Gemma is a take no shit kind of gal, so she wants to take matters into her own hands on matters regarding this secret But as the plot unfolds, it all goes incredibly wonky resulting in an epic men are from Mars, Women are from Venus show down What didn t I like No One Asks Well I shall tell you anyways First, there are about two hundred characters minimum Yes, I am slightly exaggerati 3.5 stars This one took me too long to finish, and by the end, I was just wanting to get it over with That s not to say that the story itself and writing weren t good, because they absolutely were There were just so many characters I had to write them down with little notes as to who was who, because I wasn t sure who was going to turn out to be important And they all were They all played a part.So, this is the story of what goes on behind the walls of Stonebridge Academy, and private boarding school, with a long history Over the years, the boys have created a secrfet website where they rate the girls and their sexual activities Of course, the girls are oblivious to this mostly To make matters worse, the boys created a competition for the girl who gives the best oral audition You simply submit your nomination, your review, and any others who partake also review Nothing can wrong with THAT plan, right Secrets, lie Memory and reality are like cousins Best case scenario, they re like first cousins But sometimes they re the kind of cousins who can marry Yes, friends That s a direct quote Please feel free to laugh out loud like I did The Swallows, is filled with tons of wittiest, wildness and it even speaks of a few ok busted many B.J s but it has no BS The Swallows was light, fluffy, youthful read to which you gladly swallow rather A New Teacher At A New England Prep School Ignites A Gender War With Deadly Consequences In A Provocative Novel From The Bestselling Author Of The Passenger And The Spellman Files Series What Do You Love What Do You Hate What Do You Want It Starts With This Simple Writing Prompt From Alex Witt, Stonebridge Academy S New Creative Writing Teacher When The Students Answers Raise Disturbing Questions Of Their Own, Ms Witt Knows There S Going On The School Than The Faculty Wants To See She Soon Learns About The Ten The Students At The Top Of The School S Social Hierarchy As Well As Their Connection To Something Called The DarkroomMs Witt Can T Remain A Passive Observer She Finds The Few Girls Who Ve Started To Question The School S Boys Will Be Boys Attitude And Incites A Resistance That Quickly Becomes A Movement But Just As It Gains Momentum, She Also Attracts The Attention Of An Unknown Enemy Who Knows A Little Too Much About Her Including What Brought Her To Stonebridge In The First PlaceMeanwhile, Gemma, A Defiant Senior, Has Been Plotting Her Attack For Years, Waiting For The Right Moment Shy Loner Norman Hates His Role In The Darkroom, But Can T Find The Courage To Fight Back Until He Makes An Unlikely Alliance And Then There S Finn Ford, An English Teacher With A Shady Reputation Who Keeps One Eye On His Literary Ambitions And One On Ms WittAs The School S Secrets Begin To Trickle Out, A Boys Versus Girls Skirmish Turns Into An All Out War, With Deeply Personal And Potentially Fatal Consequences For Everyone Involved Lisa Lutz S Blistering, Timely Tale Shows Us What Can Happen When Silence Wins Out Over Decency For Too Long And Why The Scariest Threat Of All Might Be The Idea That Sooner Or Later, Girls Will Be Girls A sparrow is young and pretty, or that s what they think at first, before they hook up This dark, twisty, disturbing, provocative, feminsta of a read will have you second guessing sending your kids to boarding school.Now I suppose the first question we must ask ourselves as parents Whose keeping score Boys v Girls Alexandra Witt was a teacher who ignited a passion for justice and a firestorm literally of action Gaslighting is revenge True Boys will be boys Girls will do what girls need to do The will to survive and the power to get justice.Accusations begin to swirl Activity is being conducted behind closed doors or shall we say in the dark as in the darkroom aka Dulcinea.However this action is not the norm as it is carefully thought up, executed, and served with vengeance.A certain classification exists in this boarding school One in which it s a list most don t want to be placed upon.I mean after all Loons are crazy So girls will enter as sparrows, loons, hawks, or owls.Ok, now what Glad you askedTurns out that Virgin, Crazy, Bitch, and Nerd are the alterna The Swallows was ridiculous and over the top and I loved it If you re looking for Sex Education Netflix in book form for the MeToo generation, this is your book Just make sure you go in wanting a bit of a romp, because I think if taken too seriously, The Swallows won t land It s a fun book.It s multi POV, 1st person with helpful chapter headings to let you know whose POV you re in I only had to go back to remind myself who I was with once or twice honestly it s a case where it could have easily been in third limited and felt the same the whole book has a punchy adult literary tone that really works Alex Witt is our primary main character, the daughter of a famous crime fiction writer who fled her last teaching job in scandal and has landed at Stonebridge, a middling boarding school with a dark secret.The secret is sex The boys are garbage and treat the girls like sex objects There s this whole not so secret society thing where the boys have a digital locker room of sorts where they rate girls on their blowjob skills, and the girls who find out don t like it one bit Our primary teen character is Gemma Russo, rebel with connections to the popular set called The Ten who is out to dismantle the whole system We also get POV chapters from Finn Ford, douchebag teacher novelist, and Norman Crowley, techny nerd kid who helps fuel The Darkroom but feels bad about it.Both the fema

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