Review: Lessons I Never Learned at Meadowbrook Academy by Liz Maccie

Posted November 8, 2014 by valeranne in Reviews / 7 Comments

Review: Lessons I Never Learned at Meadowbrook Academy by Liz Maccie

Lessons I Never Learned at Meadowbrook Academy

by Liz Maccie
Published on November 4th, 2014
by Diversion
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley
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The most important lessons aren't learned in the classroom.

It’s the first day of sophomore year for Roberta Romano, but instead of the comfort of her local high school, she's been thrust into the elitist embrace of the affluent Meadowbrook Academy.

Surrounded by wealth, Roberta battles her own insecurities, as well as evil teachers and mean girls, to prove her worth and maybe land the boy of her dreams. With the help of two unlikely allies—​and an inflatable toy raft—​Robert embarks upon a journey of dark secrets and self-discovery to learn the true meaning of friendship and acceptance.

1.5 Stars

I’m gonna keep this review short and sweet because this book is…. short.

Let me tell you, ​Stephen Chbosky (The Perks of Being a Wallflower), Ava Dellaira (Love Letters to the Dead), AND Siobhan Vivian (The List) all RAVED about this book, I however did not share their feelings. I honestly feel like I must have missed something but alas, this was just not a book for me. If you like any of the authors listed above then you should give it a shot though!

Roberta, our MC, is starting her first day at Meadowbrook Academy when we first meet her; she was attending the local high school but she got into some trouble and her parents removed her from the situation. This book got off to a bad start for me when I could not find it in my heart to like/care about Roberta; she’s dramatic (aren’t we all a little) but her choices and thoughts never made any sense to me. We find out some about her but it doesn’t all align with me; also, since it’s a shorter book, I didn’t feel like I got enough information.

She is quickly befriended by Mervin, a nerdy student who helps her with her locker, and his friend Annie. Mervin would have to be my favorite part of the book but his character didn’t make a whole lot of sense (in my opinion). Annie was…. crazy? She was quick to anger and her mood flipped back and forth more than the Mayor in Halloween Town.

Mayor NBC

The entire book spans one day, Roberta’s first day at Meadowbrook Academy, which was quite the busy day; EVERYTHING happened in the confines of  this one day.

Overall, this book wasn’t for me but I think that other people could like it if they’re a fan of story with a dark side. Oh! I do like that cover!



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7 responses to “Review: Lessons I Never Learned at Meadowbrook Academy by Liz Maccie

    • Oh good, I kept seeing more and more great reviews and I thought I was the only one who hated it. I’m really interested in reading your review when it comes out.

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