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Review | Flunked

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Would you send a villain to do a hero’s job?

Full of regret, Cinderella’s wicked stepmother, Flora, has founded the Fairy Tale Reform School with the mission of turning the wicked and criminally mischievous into upstanding members of Enchantasia.

Impish, sassy 12-year-old Gilly has a history of petty theft and she’s not too sorry about it. When she lifts a hair clip, she gets tossed in reform school-for at least three months. But when she meets fellow students Jax and Kayla, she learns there’s more to this school than its sweet mission. There’s a battle brewing and she starts to wonder: can a villain really change?

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Hott Review:

Wow. I picked up Flunked and couldn’t put it down. I LOVE this story!!

Gilly is so much fun. She’s been stealing to keep her siblings fed and smiles on their faces. She has a heart of gold, even if she’s using it for less than savory purposes. Before I was even a quarter of the way through Flunked I felt like I’d known Gilly forever.

It was great to see Gilly make friends and see things outside of herself. She was always an unselfish character but she definitely shows growth and becomes a terrific friend, somewhere between the attacking gargoyles and the mind-numbing goo.

The only thing I didn’t like about Flunked is that, while Gilly does come to learn that stealing from the rich is wrong, even with a good reason, there’s no explanation or delving into that change. It simply happens.


Author: Jen Calonita
Source: I purchased this at Target over the summer because it looked cute, then when it popped on my schedule I bought the eBook because I couldn’t pry it from my daughter’s fingers. I’m not even sorry I’ve paid for this twice… absolutely worth it.
Publisher & Date: March 3rd 2015 by Sourcebooks Jabberwocky
Genre: Middle Grade, Fantasy Adventure
ISBN: 149260156X (ISBN13: 9781492601562)
Pages: 256
Grade: A+
Ages: 10+
Steam: Nada
Setting: Enchantasia
Series: Fairy Tale Reform School #1

Author Bio:

Jen CalonitaIt’s no secret how Jen Calonita knows the inside scoop on Hollywood. A former entertainment editor at a teen magazine, Jen started out her career chronicling backstage life at concerts with Justin Timberlake and interviewing Zac Efron on film sets. It was her work in the entertainment world that inspired her first series, Secrets of My Hollywood Life. The six-book series is about a teen starlet named Kaitlin Burke who grows weary of the fame game, but loves being an actress and it’s been published in nine countries.

Jen usually likes to write about worlds she knows so she moved on to camp life in the books Sleepaway Girls and Summer State of Mind (since she was a camp counselor as a teen), then tackled reality TV (which she also covered in magazines) in Reality Check. It wasn’t until she wrote Belles, which is about two polar opposite girls who share one life-altering secret, that she entered a world different from her own.

It was so much fun creating a new world that Jen jumped into a fairy tale one for her first middle grade series, Fairy Tale Reform School. Fans have loved getting to know spunky Gilly and the enchanted reform school she attends run by Cinderella’s formerly wicked stepmother in Flunked and the sequel, Charmed. The third book in the series, Tricked, will be released March 2017. Jen’s other middle grade series is one close to her heart. The VIP series and the first book, I’m with the Band, is a diary-eye look at life on the road with the world’s biggest boy band as told by their number one fan, Mackenzie Lowell. (If you’re wondering where Jen got that idea, go back and reread the first paragraph of this bio!)

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