A Great and Terrible Beauty is a book that I read in sixth grade, I was just coming out of my "Twilight" faze, and didn't really want to read anything else or even consider that any other book could be better, but this book, sorry Stephenie Meyer, blows it out of the water! It is extremely well writen, and I do know when something is well writen or not for my I.Q. is 120+. My mother read it and she adores it, though it is not appropriate, in my opinion for girls under thirteen, this is because it is about a girl whose mother has committed suicide in the middle of a busy street, and she is sent off to a school of all girls, where she becomes friends with the most popular girls and has to steal to become part of the group. There is drinking and illusion to sex though they never come out and say the word because they do not know it's called that. Overall it is a coming of age story, a very dark one, but a very good one.