From the boroughs of New York, to the beaches of San Francisco, girls hail from all walks of life, to sport the violet blazer, pink beret, and coveted Galstanberry Girl title.
The Galstanberry twenty acre estate, flanked by a magnificent rose garden and horse stables, rises up from the horizon like a French chateau with interconnected balustrades and high-spiraling turrets that seemed to touch the clouds. It was constructed in 1926 by Mr. Charles Galstanberry, an earnest gentleman that believed a son to be the only proper heir to the vast family fortune. Yet when Eleanor gave birth to their only child, Aundrea, not Andrew, he vowed to make her as academically astute as her male counterparts.
Decades later, 5 girls;a spoiled equestrian, funky B-girl, skilled ballet dancer, freestyle poet, and clever debater; from different cities, socio-economic backgrounds and ethnicities are admitted into Galstanberry Girls Academy, a now world renowned boarding school in Connecticut. Their varied personalities and backgrounds lead to inevitable drama and internal conflicts. However, with each triumph and tribulation, the girls grow, transforming themselves and the academy.
In the first installment of the series, readers will travel around the United States to meet these 5 dynamic girls and Galstanberry Academy.
I am reviewing these books together because the first book consists of introducing the characters and getting to know them and the second book is their first few days on campus.
There are 5 girls that are focused on in these books Lillian, Brandi, Fei, Tabitha, and Nisha they are all very different and have very different backgrounds which I really appreciated. And while I liked some of the characters but others made me want to scream. This was made even more so when I got to the second book and they started connecting with each other. In a way it was good that there were characters that were spoiled and bratty while having others that are sweet and less fortunate, not that the two were mutually exclusive. It reminded me a lot of when I went to middle school with the cliques and how people thought they were better because of X reason. So I felt that it was very true to life in that aspect.
Overall these books were short and very character driven, but were a good representation of middle school and its drama in a high class setting.