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Thursday, February 19, 2015

The Hive (Gill Hornby)

Welcome to St. Ambrose Primary School. A world of friendships, fights, and feuding. And that is just the mothers. Meet Beatrice, undisputed queen bee; Heather, desperate to volunteer, desperate to be noticed, and desperate to just belong; Georgie, desperate for a fag; and Rachel, once Bea's best friend, now dumped for no good reason.

Quote: "It's a beautiful place. Full of great people. It had been one of the best mornings she'd had for ages. She loved it when everyone was in the same boat, pulling together, all going in the same direction. And she loved it most when she was actually in there with them. Too often in her life, she'd had that feeling that everyone was indeed in the same boat but she was clinging on to the edge at the back somewhere, not quite able to scramble on board, getting cold and wet."

Why this book speaks to me: It is the start of another school year at St. Ambrose, but while the children are in class, their mothers are learning sharper lessons on the other side of the school gates. Lessons in friendship and lessons in betrayal.
I found this novel to be warm, witty and true. Wickedly funny, but also a fascinating and subtle story of group politics and female friendship.
Nothing out of the extraordinary but a good read!

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