This school may be her dream come true…or her worst nightmare.Dickensen Academy isn’t a typical boarding school. The faculty is hiding an unbelievable secret within their fine arts program. When Autumn Mattison receives an invitation to attend the high school, she yearns to escape her overbearing father yet remains reluctant to leave her mother and brother. Her doubts fade away when a vivid dream convinces her she belongs there. Away from home, Autumn discovers a unique school environment that awakens her creative potential, and her new friends become like a second family. However, as she uncovers more about the dark side of the school and struggles with its curriculum, she questions whether Dickensen Academy is truly where she belongs. When tragedy strikes, Autumn must learn to believe in her own power and stand up to her greatest fear or risk having her memories destroyed to protect the school’s secrets. Caught between secrets and dreams, can she find her true self?
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This book is about a 14 year old girI who goes off to a boaring school in the middle of nowhere and discovers there’s something not so right about the school.I was very excited to read this book as it was set in a boarding school,and I love boarding school settings. While this was an enjoyable read, I found it to be very slow. I was waiting for the character to do or say something and it took her very long to do anything. I found this to be very frustrating. I found the writing to be simple and easy to understand. I was expecting there to be more of a plot but I found I was just following Autumn around as she learned about her school and subjects. I did like her doing all that, but I expected there to be a bigger plot. The ‘plot twist’ was not what I thought it was going to be. I felt like it had nothing to do with the school and didn’t really enjoy it at first. It was also very heartbreaking!
I really liked the different characters especially Josh. I found Autumn and him to have an amazing sibling relationship. I also really liked Autumn’s friendship with Aditi and Hannah. A great female friendship! The group of 5, Autumn,Aditi,Ben,Hannah,and Ryan had a great relationship and it was a joy to read. So if you want a book with great friendships, this is definity a book you should check out.I didn’t like Autumn’s relationship with her Dad but I won’t say why because of spoilers.I found I liked Autumn for the most part but she made some questionable choice. One choice towards the end, I think is going to haunt her later on.
One thing to point out ,this book is classfied as YA and it seemed more like a middle grade. As it is a series, I think it’ll eventually be a YA in further book.I’m looking forward to seeing that in the next books!
If you like books set in a boarding school and great friendships, I recommend this book.
About the Author
Dickensen Academy is Christine’s debut YA novel. After graduating from the University of Washington, she earned her MBA at the University at Albany. She honed her technical writing skills in marketing and consulting but attributes the creative part of the process to her passion for reading.
When she isn’t reading or writing, Christine can often be found running, skiing, or hiking. She lives in Newcastle, Washington, with her supportive husband, two avid teen readers, and their energetic wheaten terriers.
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