Teen Review: “A Great and Terrible Beauty” by Libba Bray

Gemma Doyle has grown up in India with her family, but she has dreams fueled by her grandmother of how wonderful life would be if she lived in England. After a yet another argument with her mother, Gemma runs off while walking through a market. After she realizes how foolish she is being, Gemma tries to go back and apologize, but she is overcome with a vision of her mother’s death, which comes true moments later. With her father not handling the news very well, Gemma moves to England and is enrolled in a prestigious girls boarding school called Spence. At Spence, Gemma finds herself on the bad side of the most popular girls in school, Felicity and Pippa, but she eventually works her way in. Gemma, her roommate, Ann, Felicity and Pippa form a club surrounding the myths of an order and the stories from a diary found by Gemma. The girls think that the accounts in the diary are make-believe, but Gemma knows better. She has been experiencing the same things as the writer of the diary.

Aedan, Central TLLC, 17

"A Great and Terrible Beauty" by Libba Bray book cover

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