I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Flunked by Jen Calonita
Series: Fairy Tale Reform School #1
Published by Sourcebooks Jabberwocky on March 3, 2015
Would you send a villain to do a hero's job? An exciting new twisted fairy tale series from award-winning author Jen Calonita.
Full of regret, Cinderella's wicked stepmother, Flora, has founded the Fairy Tale Reform School with the mission of turning the wicked and criminally mischievous into upstanding members of Enchantasia.
Impish, sassy 12-year-old Gilly has a history of petty theft and she's not too sorry about it. When she lifts a hair clip, she gets tossed in reform school-for at least three months. But when she meets fellow students Jax and Kayla, she learns there's more to this school than its sweet mission. There's a battle brewing and she starts to wonder: can a villain really change?
I’ve always been a huge fan of fairy tales and the idea of a happily ever after, so when I heard about this book, I just knew that I had to read it!
Flunked is about a 12-year-older named Gilly who steals from the rich to help her family in a sort of Robin Hood-esque sort of way, since her family is poor. She figures that the rich folk won’t really miss their items if they’re taken. They could always replace it with all their money. Her family was doing okay at one point since her father is actually the one who originally created the glass slipper, but then the fairy godmother ended up getting all the shoe orders for it instead, which really made her father’s shoe-making business go down.
One day, she steals a hair clip for her sister Anna since it’s her birthday. The thing is, she gets caught. Since she’s caught, she’s taken to Fairy Tale Reform School, where she has to try to reform herself and stop stealing from people. This school is run by Flora, who was Ella’s (Cinderella’s) evil stepmother. Other fairy tale characters teach at their school, like the big bad wolf and even a siren. At Fairy Tale Reform School, Gilly befriends Kayla almost immediately, who she ends up being roommates with. She also befriends Jax, who has constantly tried to escape the school but always failed. After finding out that the school may be hiding something, they do their best to find out what it is.
This book was so amazing! One of my favorite things about this book was the idea of the evil stepmother actually running a reform school. It’s a pretty cool idea that definitely grabbed my attention. I really felt for Gilly as well; I was sad that she had gotten caught stealing even though it’s wrong because she was just trying to help her family who was struggling to get by. Sometimes such a nice gesture can be done by the wrong means.
The friendship between Jax and Gilly was such a reliable one. Jax was always there for Gilly and vice versa, unlike Kayla who I really despised at first… she grew on me though! Jax was such a sweet guy and it was very brave of him to constantly try to escape school grounds even though he knew that it would get him in trouble anyways. Another thing that I really liked about this book was the magic mirror, Miri. I love how she was added into the story, as a kind of connection between the royals. I’m so glad that I got the chance to read this one; it’s definitely one that you should pick up if you have the chance too! It was so fast-paced and I couldn’t put it down once I had picked it up.