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Saturday, March 3, 2018
YA Fiction Review: S.T.A.G.S. by M.A. Bennett
S.T.A.G.S. is a YA novel by British author M.A. Bennett. It is very clearly inspired by Donna Tartt's beloved The Secret History, and it's a partial read-a-like. It's about a smart and smart-mouthed teen from Manchester named Greer who gets a scholarship to attend a posh and very old boarding school. She is ignored and sometimes bullied by the very wealthy and old-money students. The school is ruled by The Medievals, six prefects who are the richest, snobbiest, poshest, etc., and are kowtowed to by students and faculty alike. Greer thinks are turning around when she and two other outsider students are invited for a long weekend at the country house of Henry, the ruler of The Medievals. But of course it turns out that the three of them are there to be hunted, rather than to participate in the hunt. I am a sucker for stories about boarding schools, posh Brits and their terrible behavior, and secret societies, so needless to say, I enjoyed this book quite a lot. It was a fun and very fast read, and there was even a fair amount of social commentary about class.