I received this ARC from Netgalley and St. Martin’s Press in exchange for an honest review.
I forgot how hard it is to be 17, white and rich…oh wait I was never two of those things.
Flora Goldwasser is quite possibly one of the least relatable characters I’ve ever encountered. This is 2017 and for some reason Ms. Davis thought writing about an affluent, ultra-privileged white girl and her struggle for meaning was an excellent idea.
One of my aims here is to certainly tell a story. But assembling this collection is really about seeing that story happen in just the way it happened, in all its urgency and all its absurdity.
Absurdity is right. I normally don’t review books I don’t like, choosing instead to relegate them to “not my cup of tea” but this was too much.
Follow Flora as she departs her private all-girls school in New York City for the woo-woo Quaker upstate boarding school with 36 students run by people who espouse “non-violent communication” and disavow “shell speak”. There is a male of color but he’s in the background and his name is Agnes, his moms are lesbians and one is even a famous gender theorist! I feel like Ms. Davis made a list of all the relevant issues of our day and attempted to address them all at once in the most bizarre setting.
I’m going to stop now because all I have left are expletives and it’s not worth that.
Zero (0) Stars.
Publication Date: October 3, 2017