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The scandalous sisterhood of Prickwillow Place (original 2014; udgave 2014)

af Julie Berry

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"Seven very proper Victorian young ladies conspire to hide a murder from the authorities at their boarding school"--
Medlem:23points
Titel:The scandalous sisterhood of Prickwillow Place
Forfattere:Julie Berry
Info:New York : Roaring Brook Press, 2014.
Samlinger:Dit bibliotek
Vurdering:****
Nøgleord:2016, audiobook, female author 2016, england, fiction, mystery, murder, victorian, school, girls

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The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place af Julie Berry (2014)

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I really enjoyed the mystery aspect of this story, and the girls. The author's note at the end was also nice because it gave some context for the time period and the details the author researched. The part that I liked least was the distinction of each girl by her trait (Dull Martha, Stout Alice, etc.), which happened over and over and over until I was drawn out of the story by my irritation. And weirdly I think it made them LESS individual than they might have been otherwise because I could always rely on the trait to tell me who a character was, so I never bothered to try and learn them separately on my own. ( )
  bookbrig | Aug 5, 2020 |
If you like farce you will love this middle grade book; yes, it is aimed at children, but adult readers would get a chuckle out of reading it too.

The character descriptions are very basic and, as in most children’s books not full of the in-depth backstories that readers have to cope with as they get older. To make the characters more memorable to the age group this book is aimed at, the Author associates traits to them and then uses these traits in the naming protocol for the characters throughout the book. As fun as this was, and a middle grader would probably enjoy it immensely, this was the weakest link in this book for me, and the reason it only gained a three thumbs review. All the characters are nicely stereotyped though, and as with all things farcical this fits the overall tone of the novel very well indeed although it did bring up the problem for me that, as I read through the book, all the schoolgirls tended to ‘speak’ with the same voice. Again I couldn’t see this been a big issue with the audience the book was aimed at, and put it down to my ancient age. As the book progresses though, despite the Authors attempts to keep the main characters tied to their adjective laden names, their true characters begin to leak through and the reader gains a small insight into the backgrounds and home lives these girls have. One thing that comes through loud and clear, and ties all these girls together is that none of them want to return home, and this is major driving force behind the book.

Although this is a complete farce, with murder, mystery and a few thrills thrown in, it is also a cleverly written historical novel which brings to light the societal perception of women in the nineteenth century. Not only does the reader subtly learn of how society perceived women, but it also gives them a look at what it meant to be a young woman/girl in this time, and how the ‘rules’ affected the way they not only saw themselves but the world around them. The book itself is a very effective period mystery that has been well researched and then had the facts woven together with fiction in a clever way. However I do feel that this may receive a better reception if aimed at the high school age group rather than middle school, as they would be more attuned to picking up on some of the nuances than a younger reader may be.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, apart from naming protocol, and read through it in a weekend. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys farce, and also those who are looking to introduce younger readers in their circle to something new.


Originally reviewed on: http://catesbooknuthut.com/2014/12/01/the-scandalous-sisterhood-of-prickwillow-p...





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  TheAcorn | Nov 8, 2019 |
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  Jonez | Oct 24, 2019 |
I love a good melodrama written as a novel. ( )
  RobertaLea | Sep 20, 2019 |
Ah, how I do adore when a book seems like it won't be something I'll enjoy and then it snatches me up and proves me wrong! The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place did just that, and I couldn't be more pleased. Very much a Victorian farce, this is the story of seven young girls who suddenly find themselves in a rather unpleasant predicament. What follows contains murder, mystery, and plenty of witty banter. Delicious.

It took me a while to warm up to the young ladies contained within this story. Each one has a very distinct personality which, as you might imagine, is very easy to remember when their name is preceded by an adjective to describe them. From "Disgraceful" Mary Jane, to "Smooth" Kitty, each one matches their description to a tee. So my big question was, at first, why did we need the addition? What was the point? I'll tell you though, it grew on me after a while. It added to the feeling of tongue in cheek humor, and after a while it didn't bother me anymore.

On to the story, shall we? This reminded me a bit of the movie version of "Clue" in the way that it really didn't take itself seriously. I was given seven young women who, somehow, manage to cover up two deaths and pose rather well as though nothing is wrong. The twists thrown in were fabulous, the cast of supporting characters vibrant, and the clues perfection. I cracked up laughing more than once at the absurd entrances that possible suspects made. I loved that Julie Berry was able to write such a fun set of characters, each one perfectly fitting the space they filled.

So, as you can see by my four star rating, I ended up enjoying this much more than I thought I would. The mixture of tongue in cheek humor, witty banter, and mystery wrapped me up and kept me reading. I'm so happy I gave this a shot! Much love to The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place.

Note: This is shelved as Middle Grade Fiction but I highly doubt most readers that age would appreciate it. I'm shelving it as Young Adult Fiction instead. ( )
  roses7184 | Feb 5, 2019 |
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