A Dangerous Education by Megan Chance

Print Length: 397 pages
Expected Publication: February 7, 2023
By: Lake Union Publishing
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About The Book:
Rosemary Chivers is haunted by the choices she made as a teenager—and by those made for her by a controlling mother. Now, in the Cold War era of conformity and suspicion, Rosemary is a modern new teacher at a school for troubled girls, where she challenges the narrow curriculum meant to tame restless young minds. She also keeps a devastating secret. She knows one of the students is the child she gave up. But which one? Ignoring warnings, Rosemary forms an impenetrable bond with the three girls who are the right age: shrewd runaway Maisie, alcohol-indulging Sandra, and overly flirtatious Jean. But these are no ordinary girls, and what begins as an effort to bring closure to her own rebellious youth soon spirals dangerously out of control. Rosemary is prepared to do anything to find her daughter. What she isn’t prepared for are the deadly consequences that come with discovery—or just how wicked wayward girls can be.

My Review:
This book ticked a lot of boxes for me and was a slow burner in a really good way. It's historical fiction with a lot of suspense and teen girls gone bad. Add in a touch of dark academia and you have a recipe for a damn good novel. Rosemary Chivers starts a job at a reform school, as suggested by her mother. She is the home economics teacher and falls in with "mean girls" type of clique. A little too late she realizes that being the favourite teacher isn't all that it's cracked up to be. Add in an out-of-date curriculum and a secret she is hiding things get very complicated for her.

There was so much tension in this story, it had me on the edge of my seat the entire time. Rosemary doesn't always make the best decisions and I often felt like shaking her and scream "Don't do it!" I loved the two timelines, especially Rosemary's backstory. What a horrible time in history to be a woman who is aware of her own thoughts, feelings and sexuality. The grief and anger of Rosemary was palatable and carried on through her life in the present. The ending was surprising and satisfying even if I was frustrated with the injustice of it all.

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the Advance Readers Copy.

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