I saw this YA novel reviewed/mentioned in a magazine and checked it out from my local library. It is the first book in a series (of six, planned) about an English boarding school in Cornwall, England. It was a bit formulaic, but that is not necessarily a bad thing in this case. Describing girls’ friendships in a funny, endearing way, the novel deals with bullying quite well. Sometimes is IS the mean girls who set the pace.
What made it readable to those older than teenagers is that it opened with Maggie, a new teacher from Scotland preparing to take a job at the “school by the sea.” Her attraction to David, her counterpoint at the boy’s school nearby wreaks havoc with her live-in boyfriend, Stan, an unremarkable character, to put it kindly. The book also traces the lives and doings of Alice, Felicia, Simone, and Flis (Felicity), girls in her English class and under her supervision.
The story leaves off where book two, Rules at School By The Sea, will pick up. It was an enjoyable, light read, but I did not care enough about the characters to read further in the series .