Updated: May 2, 2020
We are in yet another week of social distancing and here's a new book review that'll hopefully help you find your next, great read. Tenth Girl is quite a special book considering it's written by a latinx author and it combines genres in a very unique way. I had the pleasure of meeting Sara Faring during YALLFest, and she is such a beautiful soul. I advice you to keep an open mind with this book because it is unusual, and that is why I love it the most.
Let me tell you a bit about it:
Simmering in Patagonian myth, The Tenth Girl is a gothic psychological thriller with a haunting twist.
At the very southern tip of South America looms an isolated finishing school. Legend has it that the land will curse those who settle there. But for Mavi—a bold Buenos Aires native fleeing the military regime that took her mother—it offers an escape to a new life as a young teacher to Argentina’s elite girls. Mavi tries to embrace the strangeness of the imposing house—despite warnings not to roam at night, threats from an enigmatic young man, and rumors of mysterious Others. But one of Mavi’s ten students is missing, and when students and teachers alike begin to behave as if possessed, the forces haunting this unholy cliff will no longer be ignored. One of these spirits holds a secret that could unravel Mavi's existence. In order to survive she must solve a cosmic mystery—and then fight for her life.
I was welcomed into Vaccarro school with Sara Fairing's rich prose. That is the first thing I remember savoring, the dark, smooth imagery that bewitched me from the very first page.
There was an air of melancholy surrounding Mavi's storyline that instantly draws you in, the historical elements submerges you into a politically tense 1978 Argentina, making Vacarro school a gothic safe haven to Mavi's complicated past.
The book is narrated by two characters, Mavi and Angel. Their interactions and relationship is the heart of the book because it moves the plot forward as they try to come to terms with the hidden forces within Vacarro school that are consuming the other occupants. Students begin to get sick and the legend of the plague that had once deserted the school before begin to weight heavy upon the new generation.
I was intrigued by the combination of characters, and their part in the book. Tenth Girl is deceiving, and the plot twist is truly something you won't see coming because I don't think we're used to that kind of twists in YA literature. There are feaster eggs carefully placed throughout the book which I didn't catch until much later in the story.
Saying I loved this book wouldn't be enough. The romance is light, but present in a subtle way. The characters are complex in their own way. And the conclusion...reading this book left me feeling like I had devoured an episode of Black Mirror.
Here is all the info for The Tenth Girl :
Reading Challenge No.: 9/45
Author: Sara Faring
Publication Date: September 24, 2019
Length: 456 pages
POV: #FirstPerson POV
Series or Standalone? #Standalone
"At the very Southern tip of South America, where fields of ice meet mountains of salt, a finishing school for girls existed on a lone shelf of rock."
Favorite Character: Angel, sweet Angel.
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Thank you for reading my review of Sara Faring's Tenth Girl. I really hope you pick up this book because I think it opens a world of new possibilities for genre and Young Adult literature. If you've read it, feel free to leave a comment because I'd love to hear your thoughts.
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