by Garen S. Wolff
Published June 11, 2011
WolffHouse Books and Publishing
The second installment in the Galstanberry series, Book #2, follows the 5 characters--Lillian, Brandi, Fei, Tabitha, and Nisha-- as they navigate Galstanberry Girls Academy. Who rooms with whom? What traditions are followed? Readers and the 5 characters will discover the TRUE meaning of "Galstanberry Girl". (from Goodreads)
Galstanberry #2 picks up as the girls are spending their first night at Galstanberry Girls Academy in the chapter titled Rude Awakening. The girls are suddenly woken up from sleep in what seems to be a hazing ritual by the eight-graders, they begin to wonder "Is this the Galstanberry they signed up for?"
I like how Galstanberry #2 moves right into the story line and doesn't go back and reintroduce all of the characters again. Each girl's personality becomes apparent as they interact with each other and it is clear that they are not all going to best friends. From the beginning, competition begins as the girls size each other up based on their education, money, their clothes and even their hobbies. While Galstanberry is a place of educational privilege, it definitely is not immune to cliques.
A lot of new characters are introduced and if you don't pay enough attention it is easy to get confused. But I suppose it makes a lot of sense because the characters themselves are meeting a lot of people in a very short period of time, it would be difficult to remember too.
While this book is shorter than the first in the series, it is filled with a lot of drama. So much happens in Galstanberry #2 - friendships are formed and rivalries are too. Roommates are already fed up with each other and classes haven't even started yet!
What will the school year be like for Lillian, Brandi, Fei, Tabitha, and Nisha? Who will stay friends? Who will become enemies? What will they learn about Galstanberry and themselves? I can't wait for book three to find out.
Now for the Twitter Giveaway (hosted by publisher and open to US only):
Readers can enter an win: The Girlz of Galstanberry (book 1), Galstanberry #2, stickers and bookmarks tweeting:
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