League of Strays
L. B. Schulman
First Published: October 2012
Source: Publishers for Review
Available From: Amazon UK
League of Strays is a suspenseful debut novel that follows a group of school outcasts in their quest to get revenge on those who have wronged them. When a mysterious note appears in lonely Charlotte's locker inviting her to join "The League of Strays," the good girl's interest is piqued. What she finds is a motley group of loners and an alluring, manipulative leader; Kade. Kade convinces the group that they need each other to get back at the classmates and teachers who have slighted and wronged them. But Kade has bigger plans. From vandalizing their school to causing fights between other students, the story culminates in a dangerous plot where lives are threatened and Charlotte must finally decide between her loyalty to the League or her own conscience.
I first heard about this book through NetGalley, they had it up for review and I was interested in reading the book. I must admit after that I had a look on Goodreads I was a little hesitate in reading the book. However I don't think the criticism of this book is needed, no it is not perfect but it doesn't deserve the hate it has been receiving.
It is a story about revenge and friendship and what you need to do to over come the barriers and find out for yourself what is right and what is wrong. This book does this perfectly by using Charlotte, the new girl in town, who hasn't made a lasting impression on anyone, who is vulnerable and easily influenced. It works well, not only do we find Charlotte but there is also Zoe who doesn't let anyone close, so no one hurts her and then there is Nora who does everything in her power to be perfect, yet has no friends to show for it. Ritchie and Kade are a double team to start with, we have Ritchie who never does anything without Kade's say so. I really enjoyed the dynamic of the group and how each couldn't truly trust the other as no one knew who was capable of what. I actually really liked the way the characters interacted and how they became their own persons as the story went on, however I think some believed in the League more than others.
Now lets talk about the scene in which everyone on Goodreads seems to have a negative opinion on, was it needed yes it was, we really got to see the characters for who they were, we got to see how the reacted to the situation and that made the story more believable. A lot of the characters changed that night for me, I felt for Nora up until that night. It didn't have to go for as long as it did but I felt at that point no one could walk away everyone was were Kade wanted them to be.
Overall this was a great contemporary read were you didn't know how far the characters would go right until the end of the book. I think the ending was perfect as we knew that not all the characters came out of it better people.