The Girls Of No Return is a very somber story of girls with deep problems, who are sent to a special school designed to rehabilitate. It is a novel told from the point of view of Lida Wallace, a girl abandoned by her mother that cuts herself to deal with the pain. Throughout the tale, the author weaves a sense of foreboding that induces the reader to speculate on a coming tragedy. Lida, though not always likeable as the main character, is complex and unique. She conveys the feelings of a troubled soul that often seems to act irrationally. The other characters are clearly drawn and have troubling secrets that slowly emerge in the story. At times the plot moves slowly but does maintain interest at a steady pace. It is a very realistic read with a complicated ending that is perfect for discussion. The Girls Of No Return is recommended for grades seven and up.
Reviewer: Elena Borchers
Dunbar High School