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19 August 2017

Zoella Book Club Review: Girlhood by Cat Clarke

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?

A darkly compulsive story about love, death, and growing up under the shadow of grief.

Source: Purchase | NetGalley Request

5 Words: Friendship, secrets, lies, boarding-school, privilege.

From the very first chapter I was hooked, desperate for more. Boarding School books are like catnip for me, I can't get enough of them. I love the tension, how everything is more intense at such close quarters.

And this book was pretty much perfect.

I loved the focus on friendship and family, how it was explored against a backdrop of privilege. I loved how it lead to resentment, the stark contrast between the Have and Have-Not slowly becoming more and more apparent, the devastation it all caused.

Girlhood doesn't hold back on the nitty-gritty, the crush of grief and blame. The chilling Scottish setting sent shivers up my spine and made the whole story a little more hard hitting, especially against the flash-backs to Harper's life before.


  1. You know, I haven't actually read a book in a longggg time! I don't know why, I think because I'm currently at uni and doing so much reading, I just don't fancy reading for pleasure! Reading your book reviews has made me really want to get back into it though, this book sounds really interesting, I love that it's dark - right up my street!

  2. Thank you and your blog for being the reason I've started reading a lot again this year 💖🍵

  3. I must admit that I'm not really one to read books about privilege; personally I prefer to know about what would maybe be considered as 'lower classes'-I'm not sure how to articulate it otherwise, sorry if that's offensive :D But this sounds like an epic book; on my TBR pile now!

  4. Ooh I will add this to my TBR. Saw this in her book club and was thinking of getting it. Thanks for sharing x

  5. Interesting. I read one of Cat Clarke's books years ago and was really into her writing style. I've been really looking forward to Girlhood. I'm definitely going to give it a go. Great review!

  6. Great post. Definitely adding this to my list of books to read!


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