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The Swallows
The Swallows: A Novel | Lisa Lutz
A new teacher at a New England prep school ignites a gender war--with deadly consequences--in a provocative novel from the bestselling author of The Passenger and the Spellman Files series. What do you love? What do you hate? What do you want? It starts with this simple writing prompt from Alex Witt, Stonebridge Academy's new creative writing teacher. When the students' answers raise disturbing questions of their own, Ms. Witt knows there's more going on the school than the faculty wants to see. She soon learns about The Ten--the students at the top of the school's social hierarchy--as well as their connection to something called The Darkroom. Ms. Witt can't remain a passive observer. She finds the few girls who've started to question the school's "boys will be boys" attitude and incites a resistance that quickly becomes a movement. But just as it gains momentum, she also attracts the attention of an unknown enemy who knows a little too much about her--including what brought her to Stonebridge in the first place. Meanwhile, Gemma, a defiant senior, has been plotting her attack for years, waiting for the right moment. Shy loner Norman hates his role in the Darkroom, but can't find the courage to fight back until he makes an unlikely alliance. And then there's Finn Ford, an English teacher with a shady reputation who keeps one eye on his literary ambitions and one on Ms. Witt. As the school's secrets begin to trickle out, a boys-versus-girls skirmish turns into an all-out war, with deeply personal--and potentially fatal--consequences for everyone involved. Lisa Lutz's blistering, timely tale shows us what can happen when silence wins out over decency for too long--and why the scariest threat of all might be the idea that sooner or later, girls will be girls.
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IheartYA
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Mehso-so

I expected this to be deliciously sinister, phenomenally powerful. It was not. I wanted this to be deep and magnificent but all I found was a shallow pond of ordinary. The excessive cast of unrelatable and unlikable characters, stirred with alternating POVs and unnecessary details clogged up the storyline. If I hadn't liked the writing so much, The Swallows would have been swallowed up by my DNF pile.

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MicheleinPhilly
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SUPER SALE ALERT! $1.99 each. #KindleDailyDeal #KindleDeals

MicheleinPhilly AND MAKE SURE YOU CHECK YOUR SHELVES FOR THE HB COPY YOU PURCHASED AT FULL PRICE FIRST! 🤦🏻‍♀️ 2w
RachelO Oops! 2w
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kedupre
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Mehso-so

i had a few issues with character-overload, and believability/likeability. I kept silent-screaming “where are the adults?!?” Even the adults acted like children. But I guess a novel where the problem was solved calmly and logically wouldn‘t be a very exciting novel 😆

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AmberWB
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Pickpick

YES!!! This book—-wow. It was dark and quirky and powerful. The last chapter made me want to run around yelling “Smash the patriarchy!!” ✊🏻✊🏻✊🏻

Megabooks Loved this book! 4w
AmberWB @Megabooks I want that last paragraph on a t shirt!!! 4w
JoScho Love this 🙌🏼 4w
gibblr Umm hello I need this in my life 4w
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Kappadeemom
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Loved this book and the last paragraph is the best part of the book, in my opinion. #girlpower

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Kappadeemom
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Multi tasking - golf, reading and hanging with my dogger #dorkie #jack

Tamra That‘s a happy face! 1mo
JulietBooks That's one happy dog. 1mo
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Kappadeemom
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Reading with my #dorkie #Jack

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Bren912
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Pickpick

Well that was a spin of a read! I never thought about that story line but as one of the characters in the book said “every writer uses reality in some stretch”. I don‘t wish the ending, but can‘t say I‘m sorry about part of it.

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jennw1212
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AmberWB
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Really enjoying this one so far!

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TheNerdyProfessor
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Grateful that Riley Dog isn't as devious as the characters in this novel.

OriginalCyn620 So cute!!! 🐶❤️ 1mo
Suet624 Awww...💕 1mo
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Bren912
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Sparrow. Loon. Owl. Hawk. It doesn‘t take a rocket scientist to figure out the missing birds name. 🤷‍♀️

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Erinreadsthebooks
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Pickpick

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 A super important novel that reiterated the importance of the Me Too movement. I loved the characters and setting the author created. I loved the badassery shown by the young female characters. My English teacher heart loved the prep school setting and English teacher main character. I wish the ending had been handled differently, but that‘s my only complaint...and it‘s a tiny complaint 🤷‍♀️ A total pick in my book 👍🙌✔️🔥

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Bren912
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What kind of person DOES eat a wrapped brownie by an anonymous stone path making lunatic?! Read on grasshopper. Read on.

Megabooks Lolololol! I loved this book! Especially the “blow chart” 1mo
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Erinreadsthebooks
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As excited as I am about new Atwood today, I‘m not putting down The Swallows, and THAT says a lot about how much I‘m enjoying this book 💯

Bren912 I just started it and am crazy about it so far. 1mo
Erinreadsthebooks @Bren912 I just finished it and loved it! 1mo
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DebinHawaii
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My #library #bookhaul from yesterday. My hold came in on a business management book I learned about on a webinar & my hold came back around on Ayesha at Last. Then I found The Huntress available in the new books section & pulled the tagged book out of a small box of #ARC s that one of the librarians gives me to go through. 🤗 The orange wooden dragonfly was given to me at work. It‘s from Vietnam & balances on the point on its head.

Cinfhen Awesomeness 💕👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 1mo
Megabooks I loved The Swallows! 1mo
Prairiegirl_reading I‘m half way through The Swallows on audio and it‘s really good so far!! Quick read. 1mo
CafeMom I love Lisa Lutz. I didn't realize she had a new book out. 1mo
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Erinreadsthebooks
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This is a conversation between a prep school student and his teacher. That reference to Gatsby speaks to my English teacher soul...cracks me up 😏 I‘m loving this book!

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Erinreadsthebooks
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A tiny bit of morning reading before heading to work. I‘m about 💯 pages into this book and I‘m digging it 🌟🤓

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LaceyDoesLit
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IrresponsibleReader
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From the funny and dark beginning, to the perfect and bitingly ominous last three paragraphs this is a winner. Timely & appropriate, but using tropes and themes that are familiar, Lutz has given us a thriller for our day—provocative, entertaining, and haunting. One of those books that hews really close to things that could or have happened and you're better off hoping are fictional. Lutz is always very good, The Swallows is Lutz at her best.

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UnabridgedPod
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Pickpick

This is my first book by Lisa Lutz, and I will *definitely* be reading more. The Swallows is SUCH an excellent boarding school novel. It's fast paced, suspenseful, and horrifying. Alternating between multiple perspectives, the book leads the reader through the characters' discovery of an insidious plot perpetrated by The Ten, the top tier of students in each class. (continued in comments)

UnabridgedPod Alex Witt, a new teacher, is one catalyst for a plot from both within and outside of The Ten to put an end to a practice (no spoilers here!) that is cruel and misogynistic. As I came to know the characters at the novel's center and to watch the push and pull of their relationships with each other, I was completely absorbed. ⬇️ 2mo
UnabridgedPod I didn't completely love the ending--for me, it didn't quite live up to the beautiful build of tension in the rest of the book--but I absolutely adored the bulk of The Swallows. 2mo
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kbuggle
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Pickpick

Listened to this on audio and it was the perfect end of summer read- told from four viewpoints and based at a boarding school, the story follows a teacher new to the school and a secret student competition that comes to light when the female students start to learn how they‘ve been involved without their knowledge.

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ReadingSusan
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Mehso-so

This was disappointing.

I was provided an advanced copy of this book by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

mcipher Awww, I loved The Spellman Files and have Hugh hopes for this one - what would you say was disappointing about it? 2mo
ReadingSusan @mcipher I was excited to read this one because the concept was awesome with the underground resistance at a boarding school. But it ended up falling really flat for me. The characters were blah and the story wasn‘t that engaging. If it had not been an ARC I wouldn‘t have finished it. I haven‘t read the Spellman files but I have heard good things. 2mo
mcipher Well I hope you try them and like them better! 2mo
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TheLibrarian
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Stopped into B&N last night and snagged these beauties! #bookhaul

tammysue Nice haul! 2mo
DGRachel I was surprised by how much I enjoyed The Escape Room. Looks like some great choices there! 2mo
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C_ster
Pickpick

While I miss Lisa‘s lighter writing (the Spellman series had me often laughing), her writing remains taut and thoughtful

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Megabooks
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Pickpick

I really enjoyed this darkly comic look at boarding school even though some parts of had an unfortunate ring of truth. I most related to the teacher, Ms Witt. My actions probably would have been similar to hers, for better or for worse. NSFW part of the review in a spoiler tag, but no actual spoilers.

Megabooks The top five senior guys (by popularity) run an online bulletin board rating girls by their ability to give blow jobs. Any guy can rate, but only the top five decide the winner each year. Sick. The girls find out, and all hell breaks loose! (edited) 2mo
DrexEdit I *almost * bought this one today. 😊 Still looking forward to reading it! 2mo
Megabooks @DrexEdit I hope you enjoy it!! 2mo
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Megabooks
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For all you map lovers!

I‘m really enjoying this tongue-in-cheek look at prep school! Yesterday‘s book mail 📭

ChasingOm I can‘t wait to read this one — I‘m waiting for my library hold!! 2mo
Megabooks @ChasingOm I‘m about 150 pages in and loving it!! 2mo
ChasingOm Right after I read your comment, I checked my email and my hold has come in! 😂 I‘m meant to read this book!! 2mo
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ReadingSusan
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Mehso-so

This book wasn‘t my favorite but I definitely enjoyed bits and pieces of it.

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Soscha
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It‘s National Book Buyer‘s Day, right?

Happy Book Lover‘s Day! I‘m looking forward to next week! 📚🎉

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BookishTrish
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Pickpick

I‘m new to Lisa Lutz and I liked how the story unfolded from multiple POVs. It was like Heathers for the #metro era and ended strong.

AlaMich Her Spellman File books are a lot of fun, too, and very enjoyable on audio. I haven‘t read her other work, though. 3mo
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BookishTrish
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Evening reading view #EarlGrey

Lady_Tigana_20 I love dark grey cats. 😍 3mo
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Bookgirl
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Pickpick

This was fun. I love an elite secret society gone wrong story. What I liked about this is that it comes mainly from an instructor POV although there are student POVs too. The plot revolves around taking down the rotten secret society and the chaos that ensues. A change of pace, slightly satirical, definitely a knowing wink, an interesting book for the #metoo era. I had some issues with believability, too many POVs, but overall pick. #netgalley

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BookishTrish
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Let‘s keep this party going #24in48

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TorieStorieS
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Pickpick

I‘ve been a huge fan of Lutz‘s since first reading her debut novel so I was so excited when #NetGalley approved me to check out her newest book! Set in a Vermont boarding school, the girls here are doing more than #TalkinAboutARevolution against the male traditions of the “Darkroom”- with humor, fury and charming characters, this is an engaging and enjoyable read! #LilithJuly

KarenUK You had me at Vermont boarding school! sold! stacked! 👍😊💕 3mo
TorieStorieS @KarenUK Yay! I hope you like it as much as I did! It‘s out August 13!🤗 3mo
SilversReviews What a pretty photo!! 3mo
TorieStorieS @SilversReviews Thank you so much!!! 😊❤️😊❤️ 3mo
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Booksnchill
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Score! I loved the Spellman Files series and this is her new book- hope it is as funny and quirky! Thanks @penguinrandomhouse 😍

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ReadingOver50
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Pickpick

Teacher Alex Witt is new to Stonebridge Academy. As a new teacher trying to learn about her students and get the lay of the land, Alex uncovers some disturbing things going on. As she investigates further more and more people get upset. And the lengths they go to maintain the status quo is chilling.

The book is fast paced and has a strong message about the objectification of women. I found myself eagerly anticipating what would happen next.

Melissa_J This one sounds interesting. 4mo
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ReadingOver50
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I‘m loving this book so far. I‘m want to finish tonight. I am at the 78% mark. So close. I hope tonight is slow at work so I can get some reading done.

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Liberty
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Evening reading: Hope everyone had a lovely Towel Day! I‘m excited to start this - I love Lisa Lutz! 🍒🔥❤️

DogEaredBooks I love Lisa Lutz! I‘m hopeful this one is as good as her others! 5mo
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