Sunday, August 13, 2017

{Book Review} Donna (The Girls of Spindrift #2) by V.C. Andrews

Donna (The Girls of Spindrift #2)
by V.C. Andrews
Publisher: Pocket Star
Release: August 14th 2017
Genre: Fiction- YA: Contemporary
How I got it: Received a copy from the publisher

Book Two of the Girls of Spindrift. From the New York Times bestselling author of the Flowers in the Attic and My Sweet Audrina series, now Lifetime movies, continues a haunting new series featuring highly intelligent teenage girls who struggle to survive a specialized high school and find their place in a world that doesn’t understand them.

Such is the burden of being brilliant.

Being gifted is not something Donna ever wanted. It’s difficult enough to have a Latino father and Irish mother, and her genius only separates her even more from the other girls. They don’t say it, but they blame her for everything that goes wrong, just because she’s different.

And on the precise day she tries her hardest to fit in, everything turns out a disaster. A fight breaks out, and somehow Donna ends up in the middle. It’s not her fault, but it’s her word against theirs, and this time, the other girls aren’t going to stay quiet. The only solution might be to escape to the mysterious school her counselor is telling her about: Spindrift.

The four Girls of Spindrift novellas together form a prequel for Bittersweet Dreams—available now!

Review: This is book 2 in the Spindrift novellas. Just like in the first book we have a girl who's too smart for her own good. Donna is a genius, who even intimidates her teachers. The only one who gives her the time of day is a classmate named Greg. When he asks her on a date, she agrees to go not knowing it would turn into a nightmare.
The story takes on underage drinking and youth violence. Donna blames herself for what transpires, yet the whole thing left me confused. She never really faced any consequences for what happens, or anyone who blamed her. Greg even gives her a pass, and still wants to date her. Yet she just avoids any real conflict and runs off to Spindrift.
This left me feeling the plot was sort of blah. Once we moved pass the date, it was poor me from Donna. I was interested in seeing a bit of Spindrift and to see Corliss again, but most of this installment seemed phoned in.


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