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Even so, A Great and Terrible Beauty was a pleasurable read.

The one good thing I have to say is that it was a fast read, and for all my complaints, not quite awful enough to abandon. These are bwauty women struggling with the confines of their time and station, dreaming of lives where they can make choices of their own rather than to suit the demands of their families and society.

Ditto for the boarding school where bgay girls seem to get away with murder because the headmistress called Mrs. It’s a wonder we do it at all. So why did I give it a 3? Vray relationship between the four girls is emotionally shallow and deeply petty, motivated by mutual dislike and composed of backstabbing and bullying tactics.

I definitely recommend the audio if you feel like picking this book up. Get full reviews, ratings, and advice delivered weekly to your inbox. View all 22 comments.

A Great and Terrible Beauty (Gemma Doyle, #1) by Libba Bray

We display the minimum age for which content is developmentally appropriate. Well-born girls were trained to smile and be proper no matter what and, eventually, “lie back and think of England”. The friendship between Gemma and the other three girls libb based on a desire for freedom as well as the tenuous sharing of secrets terrlble I don’t think the girls were ever meant to appear as the best of friends, even on a good day, so the reviews that criticize the friendship being shallow puzzle me.


On the positive side, the girls chafe against the restricted gender roles and societal expectations in the late s.

It is rather sad most of the time though. Terribke start of a trilogy, A Great and Terrible Beauty resolves enough to serve libbq a standalone but leaves an evil character’s identity and its heroine’s future open for the sequels.

Book ratings by Goodreads. I swiped this out of the classroom one day because I had lunch duty and my choices were A stare at the perpetual hacky sack game for 30 minutes or B read something. In Mary Dowd’s diary, Mary says that she has sacrificed Mother Elena’s little girl to get back the decreased power of Sarah, after reading this, Gemma thinks of her mother in a different way and hates her for what she had done.

Wow, will this be on the test? They were all dreamers, these girls. But, at the same time, do they undermine the anti-feminist messages? As the girls become friends, they learn about each other’s struggles.

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I tell you not to inhale second hand smoke and now you are smoking a joint?! We get to know some terribpe their members but nothing much about the organization. I liked Gemma – I’ve read reviews that said she was selfish, angry, and petty, and she can be – but what sixteen-year-old isn’t?


And I mean that in the best way. As you wrote about Gemma, Felicity, Pippa, and Ann, did you have anyone you know in grwat It’s the same with the truth. Not everything that comes from dreams, wonder and magic is good though.

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I found it very interesting. She saw her mother die, yet she wasn’t in eye shot of beayty. Jun 26, Regan rated it liked it Shelves: Look Inside Reading Guide.

This book is I don’t know why for so long I just assumed I wouldn’t like historical fiction, it’s not as if I don’t love history – I picked it for one of my A levels in college.

You are able to say whatever you need to say, long to say, must say. I think what gets me feeling itchy is all that emphasis on the facts of a life, while all the juicy, relevant, human oddity stuff gets left on the cutting room floor.

Dare I describe this as the historical feminist fantasy novel that I never knew I always wanted?