Wild Girls

Wild Girls

A Novel

Book - 2012
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Curtis Sittenfeld's Prep meets Donna Tartt's The Secret History , this daringly imagined, atmospheric, and original debut is part coming-of-age story and part supernatural tale about teenage girls learning their own strength.

Daringly imagined, atmospheric, and original, Wild Girls is an exhilarating debut--part coming-of-age story and part supernatural tale about girls learning their own strength.

Kate Riordan fears two things as she grows up in the small Appalachian town of Swan River: that she'll be a frustrated townie forever or that she'll turn into one of the mysterious and terrifying wild girls, killers who start fires and menace the community. Struggling to better her chances of escaping, Kate attends the posh Swan River Academy and finds herself divided between her hometown--and its dark history--and the realm of privilege and achievement at the Academy. Explosive friendships with Mason, a boy from the wrong side of town, and Willow, a wealthy and popular queen bee from school, are slowly pulling her apart. Kate must decide who she is and where she belongs before she wakes up with cinders at her fingertips.

Mary Stewart Atwell has written a novel that is at once funny and wise and stunningly inventive. Her wild girls are strange and fascinating creatures--a brilliant twist on the anger teenage girls can feel at their powerlessness--and a promise of the great things to come from this young writer.
Publisher: New York : Scribner, 2012.
ISBN: 9781451683271
Characteristics: 273 p. ; 24 cm.


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JCLJessecaB Feb 06, 2017

I really enjoyed this novel. It’s atmospheric, has some intriguing mysteries centered around a private university, and the story has a touch of magic. A really fun read!

jeanner222 Nov 09, 2012

The small Appalachian town of Swan River is of no interest to teen Kate Riordan. She cannot wait to graduate and get out of there. She also wants no part of the town’s fabled wild girls, teen girls who kill with fire.

As she attempts to better herself at the town’s exclusive Swan River Academy, Kate becomes entangled with males and females who may prove to be dangerous. Why, wonders Kate, is it so hard to leave this place unscathed?

Kate’s ambitions, the town’s lore, and the wild girls themselves will drive this plot in an unexpected and interesting way.


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