Saturday, 8 July 2017

Review - Girlhood by Cat Clarke

Title: Girlhood
Author: Cat Clarke
Pages: 384
Publisher: Quercus Children's Books
Release date: 4th May 2017

Blurb from Goodreads: 
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?

My Review:
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to Hachette Children's Group and NetGalley*

Harper goes to the Duncraggan Academy, a boarding school in Scotland where she has made several close friends during her time there. But she has never told them the guilt she feels over the death of her twin sister, Jenna, from an eating disorder.
Then a new girl, Kirsty, starts at the school. Harper and Kirsty have a lot in common - Kirsty has also lost a sister - and they start to grow close.
Kirsty starts behaving strangely and some things she's told Harper don't add up.
What is Kirsty hiding?
Can Harper forgive herself for what happened to Jenna?

My favourite thing about Girlhood was that it's a diverse read - Harper is bisexual and there were other LGBT characters, and there were also characters that were different ethnicities.
Reading the blurb I thought that Girlhood would be a thrilling, creepy read but for me it was neither. I also expected there to be more about Jenna, Harper's twin sister, and I would have liked to find out more about her.
Harper was an okay protagonist and I can't imagine what it would be like to lose a twin. However, I didn't really like her that much - she could be quite tough on her friends when she should have been supporting them and she was quite selfish at times.
Rowan was probably my favourite character and I didn't like Kirsty at all - I saw straight through her.
The plot was alright but it didn't grip me and not much seemed to happen.
I liked the writing style and found it easy to follow.

Overall this was a mixed read for me.