The Last Academy
Author: Anne Applegate
Published: April 30th 2013
Rating: 2 Stars
What is this prep school preparing them for?
Camden Fisher arrives at boarding school haunted by a falling-out with her best friend back home. But the manicured grounds of Lethe Academy are like nothing Cam has ever known. There are gorgeous, preppy boys wielding tennis rackets, and circles of girls with secrets to spare. Only . . . something is not quite right. One of Cam’s new friends mysteriously disappears, but the teachers don’t seem too concerned. Cam wakes up to strangers in her room, who then melt into the night. She is suddenly plagued by odd memories, and senses there might be something dark and terrible brewing. But what? The answer will leave Cam—and readers—stunned and breathless, in this thrilling debut novel.
I love stories about boarding schools. Ever since I was a little kid, I wanted to go to boarding school and experience what it’s like, so when I find a story centred in one? I’ll pick it up almost immediately. So that, plus this beautiful mysterious cover had me completely sold. I picked up this book and I dived on in. And it was such an uninteresting read. Had me really disappointed.
I’m thinking back to the events of this book and it all seems like a daze. Like nothing sank into my brain. The characters, the plot, the ending, everything feels like it entered my brain for a split second then disappeared. The story was so unmemorable and boring that all I’m left with is my feelings of distaste instead of the actual story.
The characters were average. Not one of them stuck out to me. They could have all blended into one person, that’s how much depth they had. The plot had so many holes it was funny. And on top of that it felt like everything that happened in the book had already been done before. There was nothing unique, nothing outstanding. Just 320 pages of me wishing I was reading something else.
A part of me hates that I won’t DNF a book. I force myself through it, in the hopes that something will redeem the story. But this book made me wish that I was someone who DNF’s. Because I definitely would have.
The ending did offer me a plot twist that I surprisingly didn’t see coming. That was the one thing this book had going for it. Besides that, I’m just over it. I’m over the story, I’m over the characters, I want to forget it completely and move on to better things.
I’m giving this book 2 stars. Two might even be too generous but the ending did leave me surprised in a good way. Besides that, I would not recommend this book to you. I’d say find a better book about a boarding school mystery because there are so many amazing ones. This one unfortunately is not. It’s honestly too bad that this was her debut novel.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Anne Applegate was born in Chico, California. Most of her childhood was spent moving across America with her family, nomad style.
When Anne was fourteen, her parents sent her to boarding school so she could spend four years in a single educational system. As it turned out, her family then promptly settled into a small mid-western town and lived there for the next sixteen years. Anne still hasn”t figured out if this means something.
After graduation, she went on to Tufts University in Medford, MA, where she had a wicked good time. Eventually, she wound up back on the west coast, where she married a fantastic Californian guy. Together, they have three children.
For the last twelve years, Anne has lived in San Luis Obispo County. This is by far the longest time she has stayed in any one place her whole life. She immensely enjoys living where 1) the sun always shines and 2) she isn”t the weirdest person in town.