A Dangerous Education, a review by Shelley

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Megan Chance

Lake Union Publishing
Publication Date: February 7th, 2023
397 Pages
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This book ticked a lot of boxes for me and was a slow burner in a really good way. It’s historical fiction with a lot of suspense and teen girls gone bad. Add in a touch of dark academia and you have a recipe for a damn good novel.Β Rosemary Chivers starts a job at a reform school, as suggested by her mother. She is the home economics teacher and falls in with “mean girls” type of clique. A little too late she realizes that being the favourite teacher isn’t all that it’s cracked up to be. Add in an out-of-date curriculum and a secret she is hiding things get very complicated for her.

There was so much tension in this story, it had me on the edge of my seat the entire time. Rosemary doesn’t always make the best decisions and I often felt like shaking her and scream “Don’t do it!” I loved the two timelines, especially Rosemary’s backstory. What a horrible time in history to be a woman who is aware of her own thoughts, feelings and sexuality. The grief and anger of Rosemary was palatable and carried on through her life in the present. The ending was surprising and satisfying even if I was frustrated with the injustice of it all.

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the Advance Readers Copy.

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