Gossip of the Starlings by Nina de Gramont

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When Catherine Morrow is admitted to the Esther Percy School for Girls, it's on the condition that she reform her ways. But that's before the beautiful and charismatic Skye Butterfield, daughter of the famous Senator Butterfield, chooses Catherine for her best friend. Skye is in love with danger and the thrill of breaking rules, taking risks, and crossing boundaries, no matter the stakes. The problem is, the stakes keep getting higher, and Catherine can neither resist Skye nor stop her from taking down everyone around her.

De Gramont's chilling novel is a portrait of the seductions of adolescence in all their beauty and terror. Caught in this alluring world, the girls of Esther Percy are optimistic and willful, loving and selfish, daring and cruel—all the while believing they're utterly indestructible.

About Nina de Gramont

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Nina de Gramont is the author of the collection "Of Cats and Men", which was a Book Sense selection and won a Discovery award from the New England Booksellers Association. Her fiction has appeared in "Seventeen, Nerve, post road", and "Exquisite Corpse". She lives in North Carolina with her husband and daughter.
Published June 10, 2008 by Algonquin Books. 316 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction

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It’s difficult not to like the well-meaning Catherine despite her unwise choices (the urge to wave her away from self-destructive Skye arises frequently).

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A symbol of idealistic American wholesomeness, Skye is quick to push the boundaries at the Esther Percy School, and soon she joins Catherine in a blur of drunken nights and cocaine binges.

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Though Skye is clearly not all prim and proper—at one point, Catherine is alarmed at the size of Skye’s self-inflicted gash when they decide to make a pact in blood—but her naive delight in the cocaine makes her seem relatively unworldly compared to Catherine.

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