BookSparks Fall Reading Challenge: The Other New Girl

Are you a bookworm looking for a new read? You’re in luck! It’s senior year of the BookSparks Fall Reading Challenge! We started off with The Cottingley Secret by Hazel Gaynor then followed it up with Glennon Doyle’s popular memoir, Love Warrior, Ali Land’s thriller, Good Me Bad Me, and Kris Radish’s Western, A Dangerous Woman from Nowhere. For extra credit, we ventured abroad with Christine Evelyn Volker’s mystery, Venetian Blood. Today, the challenge continues with LB Gschwandtner’s coming of age novel, The Other New Girl.

The BookSparks fall reading challenge continues with LB Gschwandtner's coming of age novel, The Other New Girl.

From the Amazon:

During her first week at coed Quaker prep Foxhall School, sassy Susannah Greenwood, one of two girls who’ve entered as sophomores, gets pulled into the cool girls’ clique. While the school is instructing her in the moral and ethical tenets of the Quaker faith, the cool girls allow her to enter their world beyond the rule book—but in trying to find a balance between idealistic faith and the reality of a competitive system, Susannah runs afoul of the school’s most authoritarian dean and befriends the only other new sophomore, a brainy, socially inept outcast. Then her new friend runs away after being shamed by the dean, and Susannah finds herself caught between the two forces of loyalty and authority: Should she cooperate with the unforgiving, and now vulnerable, dean, who, with her job on the line, is pleading for information from her about her runaway friend? Or should she keep the secret she’s sworn to protect?

The BookSparks fall reading challenge continues with LB Gschwandtner's coming of age novel, The Other New Girl.

My thoughts on The Other New Girl

I don’t know why it is, but I love a book with a school setting. The little details about the Quaker faith are interesting, but the boarding school shenanigans are what you would expect to find in a coming of age novel. The story itself unspools like a long forgotten memory.

I quickly became absorbed in Susannah’s journey to fit in at her new school. Interestingly, the main drama of the story doesn’t happen until the last quarter of the book. I really enjoyed the writing, so the meandering story didn’t bother me like it could have.

The school setting makes this book perfect for fall reading, and I definitely recommend The Other New Girl for fans of literary fiction and coming of age novels.

This book was sent to me for review and is part of BookSparks Fall Reading Challenge.

What are you reading?

P.S. If you liked this post, you might, also, enjoy The Guineveres!

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  1. We don’t have much of the Quaker faith/religion in my region, but it would be interesting to read more about it in this book. You always find fun reading challenges! I wish I had time to join one of these… maybe someday!


  2. It sounds like an interesting story to read, although I don’t know if I’d like the main dram being nearer the end, as that’s the bit that sounds most interesting to me, haha! 🙂

    Hope you had a good weekend, and you got some bargains in the sales. I did some Christmas shopping last week but I haven’t bought anything in the sales yet.
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  3. This book sounds quite interesting. I think my teen and I might enjoy this, perhaps a future reading club book for us?
    I kind of feel left out of my kids’ (all three of them) Olympus chats lately….