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The Castle School (For Troubled Girls) by Alyssa Sheinmel – Review and Favorite Quotes

Welcome to my tour stop for The Castle School (For Troubled Girls), hosted by TBR and Beyond Tours.I had a great time reading this book, and I think many people will be able to relate to this book and enjoy the content as well. Please be sure to click the link to see all the content featured on this book tour. 

I am going to be sharing my review of the book and favorite quotes.

About this book:

Genre: Young Adult Contemporary Mystery
Publishing date: March 2nd, 2021

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Synopsis:

When Moira Dreyfuss’s parents announce that they’re sending her to an all-girls boarding school deep in the Maine woods, Moira isn’t fooled. She knows her parents are punishing her; she’s been too much trouble since her best friend, Nathan, died―and for a while before that. At the Castle School, isolated from the rest of the world, Moira will be expected to pour her heart out to the odd headmaster, Dr. Prince. But she isn’t interested in getting over Nathan’s death or befriending her fellow students.

On her first night there, Moira hears distant music. On her second, she discovers the lock on her window is broken. On her third, she and her roommate venture outside…and learn that they’re not so isolated after all. There’s another, very different, Castle School nearby―this one filled with boys whose parents sent them away, too.

Moira is convinced that the Castle Schools and the doctors who run them are hiding something. But exploring the schools will force Moira to confront her overwhelming grief―and the real reasons her parents sent her away.

Review:

4 Stars

Content warning for depictions of mental illness, self harm, anorexia, and addiction. This may be a hard read for some people, so just be warned when picking up this book. The author excels at warning the reader before the book begins. 

Wow, I was blown away by this book. I had no idea what to expect, but it well above beyond what I had anticipated in a the best ways. This book deals with a plethora of topics and handles them well. Sheinmel shows that mental illness and other issues are not just easily solved, and the people who are dealing with them are people. Each character is humanized and real, no one is just a stereotype. I loved this a lot when I was reading the book. 

Moira loses her best friend, and she does not know how to cope. This leads her to act out and she is sent to The Castle school. Her thoughts are still focused on her best friend and how much he meant to her, and she is upset she is being sent to actual castle. She is very angry with her mom, and she does not know how to deal with her grief. She is in the middle of nowhere with no one else, and she has to learn how to survive and deal with her best friend being gone.  She and her roommate, Eleanor, find there is another Castle School and has boys. This unexpected, and they are not sure how to deal.

This a story of dealing with loss, change, grief, addiction, and mental illness. It is a complex book with many interesting characters who build bonds and create actual friendships. Moira has to learn to let go of her dead best friend in some ways in order to be able to live her own life. 

A well done story with amazing writing. Cannot wait for more from this author in the future. 

A huge thank you to the publisher for sharing a copy of the book with me to read and review!

Favorite quotes:

why talk when there was no nathan to talk to anymore?

but there is nothing he can do to make my mother like me.  i may be the most hopeless case he’s got

…in fairy tales, girls always get in trouble when they eat or drink anything

that’s the never-ending strangeness of grief: even after you accept it, it doesn’t go away. in fact, i think accepting it means acknowledging that it may never go away

Meet the Author

Alyssa was born in Stanford, California, and even though she moved across the country to New York when she was six years old, she still thinks of herself as a California girl.

She still remembers the very first chapter book she ever read—The One in the Middle is the Green Kangaroo, by Judy Blume.  Before long, reading was her favorite thing in the world.  She loved it so much that when there was nothing to read, she wrote my own stories just to give herself something to read.  And when there was no pen and paper to be had, she just made up stories in her head.

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