I hope everyone is having a great Wednesday (or had a great Wednesday as for my time it is late evening). Welcome all to a new Waiting on Wednesday! This week I am featuring The Divines by Ellie Eaton.
A book I saw popping up on blogs and twitter and which sounds absolutely awesome. A book with two timelines, one taking place in a boarding school (favourite setting so hype) and the other in the present day in which our MC returns to the school and finds herself overrun with memories and recollections (which sounds very awesome and I am curious how she will react to these memories). I am quite curious if this will work, while often it works though to have a past and a now, sometimes it just doesn’t, I am hoping that it works! I am even more curious on what happened in those final weeks before a big scandal. Also I am in love with that gorgeous cover. It is also a bit weird, but that is part of the charm to me. The book was released around a week ago, hopefully I can get a copy soon!
With the emotional power of Normal People and the reflective haze of The Girls, a magnetic novel that moves between present-day Los Angeles and a British boarding school in the 1990s, exploring the destructive relationships between teenage girls.
Can we ever really escape our past?
The girls of St John the Divine, an elite English boarding school, were notorious for flipping their hair, harassing teachers, chasing boys, and chain-smoking cigarettes. They were fiercely loyal, sharp-tongued, and cuttingly humorous in the way that only teenage girls can be. For Josephine, now in her thirties, the years at St John were a lifetime ago. She hasn’t spoken to another Divine in fifteen years, not since the day the school shuttered its doors in disgrace.
Yet now Josephine inexplicably finds herself returning to her old stomping grounds. The visit provokes blurry recollections of those doomed final weeks that rocked the community. Ruminating on the past, Josephine becomes obsessed with her teenage identity and the forgotten girls of her one-time orbit. With each memory that resurfaces, she circles closer to the violent secret at the heart of the school’s scandal. But the more Josephine recalls, the further her life unravels, derailing not just her marriage and career, but her entire sense of self.
Suspenseful, provocative, and compulsively readable, The Divines is a scorching examination of the power of adolescent sexuality, female identity, and the destructive class divide. Exposing the tension between the lives we lead as adults and the experiences that form us, Eaton probes us to consider how our memories as adults compel us to reexamine our pasts.