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Dreams of Significant Girls

By Darienne Stewart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Rich girls come of age in powerful book with mature themes.

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Beneath the trappings of wealth, Garcia's fascinating characters are alternately disappointing, inspiring, frustrating, appealing -- and always wholly realistic. Each of the three girls tells her story in her own distinct voice. Rather than fracturing the narrative, this approach underscores that while each protagonist has a unique perspective and experiences, their coming-of-age struggles are universal: They're teen girls discovering the complexity in themselves, their relationships, and the larger world. At times, the mature content is unnecessary, but mostly it serves the narrative.

The setting -- a French boarding school in Switzerland catering to the wealthy -- sets the stage for some laughably over-the-top situations. It's a testament to the strength of Cristina García's writing that even within this setting, her characters resonate so deeply.

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