Book Review–Stella by Helen Eve

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This is the 3rd book from my 114 in 2014 Reading Challenge.

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Stella by Helen Eve
Published March 25th, 2014 by St. Martin’s Griffin

 

Seventeen-year-old Stella Hamilton is the star blazing at the heart of Temperley High. Leader of the maliciously exclusive elite, she is envied and lusted after in equal measure. And in the Hamilton tradition, she is in the final stage of a six-year campaign to achieve her destiny: love with her equally popular male equivalent, and a triumphant election to Head Girl.

Caitlin Clarke has lived a quietly conformist life in New York City – until, with the collapse of her parents’ marriage, she’s sent across the Atlantic for a strict English boarding school education. As soon as she arrives at Temperley, she learns that the only important rules are the unwritten ones. The upper echelons of her new society are marked not by neat dresses and Kate Middleton hair, but by skinny jeans, cigarettes and scars.  It’s a world of the beautiful and the dangerous, and acceptance means staying on the right side of the most beautiful and dangerous of them all.

As Caitlin’s popularity grows, she discovers that not everyone is happy under Stella’s rule – that it might finally be time for a new order among the Stars and the civilians. Fighting the system, however, means Caitlin must tread the same dark path as Stella, where absolute power and absolute destruction are only a breath away . . .

 

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I won a copy of this book from the Goodreads First Reads Giveaway program. Many thanks to the publisher/author for giving me the chance to read and review this book from the Goodreads First Reads program.

At first, I wasn’t so sure about this one. I did like the dual POVs of the new girl, Caitlin, and the popular “mean” girl, Stella. However, I did not like that Caitlin’s POV was written in past tense and Stella’s was in present. The only other thing that I didn’t like was the ending. It just didn’t seem to fit well to me and felt wasted after everything that had happened with Stella’s character growth.

Other than that, I enjoyed this. I will note that sometimes it was hard to keep up with all of the “Stars.” There were so many of them that I couldn’t keep track of some of them. I liked that they weren’t all the same, except Penny and Lila seemed interchangeable.

This book was similar to the movie Mean Girls, but at the same time it was different. I actually liked Stella, the mean girl, better than Caitlin. Her family had some interesting dynamics that I would have liked to see a bit more of. Caitlin seemed okay at first, but she soon began to change, and sometimes she seemed more mean than any of the other girls.

Luke and Stella was also adorable. I also liked Caitlin and Edward until he ended up being a bit of a jerk. The setting–a boarding school in the UK–was refreshing and neat to read from, as I haven’t read too many books that take place in boarding school.

Final verdict: The plot was good, the character development mostly well done, and the writing was okay. Not great, but okay. Overall pretty enjoyable. 3.5 stars.

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher for this review. These opinions are my own; I was not required to write a positive review, nor was I compensated for this review.

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