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Magnolia League by Katie Crouch

 
  May 3rd 2011, Little Brown Company
368 pages, Hardback
From the publisher for an honest review
First in the the Magnolia League series
Young Adult

From Goodreads:

After the death of her free-spirited mother, sixteen-year-old Alex Lee must leave her home in northern California to live with her wealthy grandmother in Savannah, Georgia. By birth, Alex is a rightful, if unwilling, member of the Magnolia League, Savannah's long-standing debutante society. She quickly discovers that the Magnolias have made a pact with a legendary hoodoo family, the Buzzards. The Magnolias enjoy youth, beauty and power. But at what price?

As in her popular adult novels, Crouch's poignant and humorous voice shines in this seductively atmospheric story about girls growing up in a magical Southern city.

Opinion:

This was a good book, but I had various problems with it. I’ll go through my issues and then give the reasons why it was still a good book.

My first issue and the reason I almost put this book down. Marijuana consumption is made to be seen as cool with absolutely no consequences. I have a post coming about this so I won’t really go into it here, but I find it irresponsible to have illegal substances shown positively in YA. I would not recommend this book to those younger than 17.

The sweeping stereotypes were annoying, but by the end they were almost justified. California was shown as cooler, more focused on the needs of not only the world’s human population, but mother nature. The south was shown as backward, shallow, and only caring about themselves.
Okay, now why I enjoyed it. The voice immediately got my attention. Alex is loyal, strong, and smart. She’s socially awkward since she grew up on a commune away from influences teaching her social graces and this lends to her being naive.

Her love for her mother is very respectable. The plot was interesting and the storytelling was incredibly interesting.

Rating: 3/5
Plotline: 4.5/5

Not suitable for younger readers.

11 comments:

  1. I agree with the part about stereotypes. I loved the book though, but I completely disagree about marijuana use. It should be as legal as alcohol is at a certain age. While I wouldn't recommend teens drink alcohol underage, they do it anyway. And I don't think it was really portrayed all that positively. The characters that lived on that side of the country ended up being douchebags. And turning her mother's garden into a pot farm wasn't exactly positive either. I pretty much think it was portrayed neutrally and I'm totally fine with that. I think sometimes we get too serious about what we read. It is fiction after all and reading is for enjoyment. How do you feel about teen sex in novels?

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  2. I quite fancy reading this one!

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  3. I'm fine with sex, alcohol, and even drugs being shown in YA as long as the consequences are clearly shown. I don't feel as it was clearly shown in this book.

    And I agree pot should be legalized. I skimmed over the subject, but I have a discussion post coming up that I'll delve into it more.

    I simply don't want adult subjects glamorized for teens anymore than it already is.

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  4. Oh no, those stereotypes could be a deal breaker for me. Too bad. Thank you very much for the heads up about them!

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  5. @10cbdf4d0445be2a0b9d5da91c80cb34 I actually encourage you to read it if your only issue is the stereotypes as they even out by the end. It can simply be annoying throughout until we get to the justification.

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  6. I completely agree with your comments on pot, people think it has no consequences but I've seen people transformed through giving it up, I know it's a phase a lot of people go through as YA's but we have a responsibility to show the consequences.

    That said, I still really want to read the book..... Plus I love the cover!!

    Louise
    www.book-bliss.com

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  7. Thanks for the review! Look forward to seeing what I think of it. Love the cover.

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  8.  Interesting review. I appreciate your honesty. I'm still not entirely convinced whether I want to read this book yet...

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  9. OMG! I love this review!  I love it when someone points out the flaws of a book like that when they still love it!  Love the design BTW...who did your design?

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  10. Thanks for the great comments on the review!

    I did my own design! 

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  11. I completely agree with your comments on pot, people think it has no consequences but I've seen people transformed through giving it up, I know it's a phase a lot of people go through as YA's but we have a responsibility to show the consequences.

    That said, I still really want to read the book..... Plus I love the cover!!

    Louise
    www.book-bliss.com

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