Reviewer: Rebecca, Grade 9
Genre: Fiction, Young Adult fiction
Setting(Time): Early/Mid 2000s. (2004-6)
Setting (Place): Easton Academy (The Private highschool Reed attends)
Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars
I rated this book a 5 stars due to how it portrays some of the lives of our countries students. Attending private schools and pretending to be who they are not to escape these unknowing voids that have been with them for years, Learning from their mistakes, and making decisions that shall impact their lives as they know it. You tend to feel bad for almost every single important character in the story at one point or another. I would go into details why, But that spoils the whole thing.
Private is a story about a young girl named Reed Brennan who narrates the tale of her new high school career far from home. She explains her experiences and the people she meets along the way. Whether or not they are good,helpful, nontoxic people is another question. As peer pressure is a major part of the story.
I feel like Teens that feel discouraged or left out of the “Popular” scene, or those who want to view life from another angle may like this story. The narrator is able to show her emotions to the reader other than the characters themselves. So you can notice her inner turmoil. And can help one understand how their actions affect people.
Want to make a recommendation?
* Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh's Young Adult Booklists
* New York Times Books Section (links to their Best Seller Lists)
* YALSA Book Awards & Booklists
* YALSA's Teens' Top Ten