The Unseemly Education of Anne Merchant by Joanna Wiebe
Publisher: BenBella Book Inc. (Thanks for sending me the book to review)
Published in: 2014
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Synopsis: (from Goodreads)
So many secrets for such a small island. From the moment Anne Merchant arrives at Cania Christy, a boarding school for the world’s wealthiest teens, the hushed truths of this strange, unfamiliar land begin calling to her—sometimes as lulling drumbeats in the night, sometimes as piercing shrieks.
One by one, unanswered questions rise. No one will tell her why a line is painted across the island or why she is forbidden to cross it. Her every move—even her performance at the school dance—is graded as part of a competition to become valedictorian, a title that brings rewards no one will talk about. And Anne discovers that the parents of her peers surrender million-dollar possessions to enroll their kids in Cania Christy, leaving her to wonder what her lowly funeral director father could have paid to get her in… and why.
As a beautiful senior struggles to help Anne make sense of this cloak-and-dagger world without breaking the rules that bind him, she must summon the courage to face the impossible truth—and change it—before she and everyone she loves is destroyed by it.
The story starts off by Anne told the reader what were her objectives on the island, but there was no explanation why Anne was on the island in the first place. I do like the mystery part of the book, why Anne was on the island and why there were so many weird incidents happened on the island, these events did give me some suspense feeling about the book. The plot of the story is fine, although sometimes I feel like it’s not a very natural story line, like the author is piling up random events to make the story looks mysterious. I won’t say it’s not a good plot, but it doesn’t feel like a great one. The writing is cool, while shaping of the characters are non-existing (which is probably why I end up giving it a not-so-good rating).
I was quite satisfied with the book until some very unreasonable events happened between two characters, and it’s not a one-time thing, it keeps on coming which makes me started to hate the book. But I’m glad the story was becoming more reasonable and more exciting when it comes to the final quarter of the book. If the author can stop forcing some irrational events in this book, I think it can be a much better story to read.
I give this book 3/5 star, it’s an okay book.