Friday, April 16, 2021

The Mary Shelley Club by Goldy Moldavsky - HIGH

The Mary Shelley Club by Goldy Moldavsky, 352 pages. Macmillan Children’s Publishing, 2021. $19.

Language: R (92 swears, 21 “f”); Mature Content: PG13; Violence: PG13



Being in a new school is hard as an 11th grader but Rachel’s mostly been able to fly under the radar -- until the night she laughs at the popular girl’s humiliation at a party and is blamed for the prank pulled on her. Now Rachel is on a mission to figure out what really happened at the party. The deeper she goes, the more Rachel has to give up of herself to stay there.

What a thrill! Moldavsky has written a masterpiece. Throughout Rachel’s story, Moldavsky feeds readers just enough to stay patient until the connecting link for all the seemingly-random pieces falls into place with a near-audible mic drop. If I could choose to forget having read this book, I would do so in a heartbeat in order to read it for the first time again. It was scary fun. The mature content rating is for underage drinking, mention of drugs, innuendo, groping, and mention of sex. The violence rating is for blood and murder.

Reviewer: Carolina Herdegen

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