Friday, November 17, 2017
S.T.A.G.S by M.A. Bennett
Greer is having a difficult time fitting in at her new private school, St. Aidan the Great otherwise known as S.T.A.G.S. Her roommate refuses to even speak to her until Greer receives an invitation to a weekend house party at the manor of Henry de Warlencourt, the popular leader of the most exclusive group at school who call themselves The Medievals. The invitation promises a long weekend of "huntin', shootin', and fishin'". Surprised to be noticed by the group, Greer accepts the invite despite a warning from another girl at school who attended the previous year. When she arrives at the house she finds that there are no adults present except for a bevy of servants who are there to do whatever is commanded by the teens. Other than herself and the popular Medievals, there are two other misfits from school. As the "huntin'" portion of the weekend begins it becomes clear that the Medievals have their own idea of what will happening for the next three days.
If you have read much or watch movies and TV much, there are no big surprises in this book other than the fact that the Medievals are content to injure their prey rather than going for the kill in every situation. But just because you know what's going to happen, that doesn't mean it's not a fun ride along the way. There were plenty of times where I gave myself a self-satisfied pat on the back for guessing a plot twist as well as times I shook my head about how oblivious Greer seemed to be. Even after she bonded with the other misfits she was still blinded by the slick ways of the Medievals! It's often interesting to get a glimpse behind the slick mask of an evil person or, in this case, to be unsure if a person truly is evil. Although I wouldn't count this title as a deep, meaningful read, I enjoyed it for what it was and I know that it will not be predictable to my students who haven't been exposed to as many similar stories as I have. A definite winner for teens!