This book is an easy read despite the subjects. A young girl seeing her mother take her life and having to build a new life in a strange country at a boarding school. There was self mutilation, girls trying to belong, bullying and a lot of not so nice things but it did not stop the speed of the developments in the story. I did feel it gave an accurate view on teenage girls. Which brings me to the part I do not understand. The easiness in which two of the popular girls went with two of the least popular girls without there being much of a hiccup. I do not feel that something like that could develop so easy despite the secrets they share. I am really curious what people who read this book think about that actually.
The characters were pretty obvious ones. Ann, the silent and normal one. Pippa, the pretty but ignorant one. Felicity smart, sassy with looks and Gemma who stays mysterious in a way even though you know more. The places the characters take in the story are very predictable and there was one decision made by one of the characters that surprised me because it felt out but in a way I could have peace with that one. I would have loved to know more about Kartik.
Though this might not sound as if I enjoyed the book at all it will get a three star rating because there was one thing I could not deny. The atmosphere and style of this book are great. I might not read another book in this series but I will for sure try other material by this author to see if it fits my taste better because the writing style is pleasant.
A Great and Terrible Beauty
Author: Libba Bray
Series: Gemma Doyle #1
Publisher: Trade Paperback