An interesting story that blends insights into teenage girls; relationships old, new and slightly bizarre; the challenges of running a school and “modern” teenage trials and tribulations.
There’s a variety of characters including Eve, the formidable head of a Prep school, her ex-husband Simon and her two daughters, Zoe and Alice. Simon and his new partner Ed have adopted a son Jordan who has special needs and there’s also Eve’s secretary Gail and Gail’s dishy next door neighbour, Mike the SuperHead. Oh and there’s the super-wealthy Sorensons and Eve’s journalist BFF Cathy…
After a lot of scene setting, Zoe is offered an internship with the Sorensons — and on her very first day is told she is flying to NYC with her male boss. Cue the drumroll. No spoilers, this was in the blurb!!
What follows is as predictable as day follows night. Once it is revealed (and how will be kept under wraps or it spoils the story), the protagonists come together in a very modern fashion to address the fallout.
Clever, witty and spot-on with some of her observations, Kathryn Flett has given us a well-written story that unfolds in a pacy yet intriguing fashion. It’s also a cautionary tale for people whose children haven’t yet entered their teenage years…
MetLineReader Rating: 4🌟🌟🌟🌟 Jubilee
About this book
Eve Sturridge, a high-flying divorcee and mother of two girls, is head teacher of Ivy House, an Ofsted ‘Outstanding’ prep school in Sussex. Eve is passionate about her school and its pupils.
When Danish power couple, Stefan and Anette Sorenson, jet in and choose Ivy House over other schools, Eve is justifiably proud. The Sorensons are A-listers who bring an aura of style and power to Ivy House.
Zoe is Eve’s pretty seventeen-year-old daughter. Unlike her mother, Zoe’s not so keen on school. She prefers sending nude selfies to her boyfriend.
When glamorous Stefan Sorenson proposes that Zoe interns at his company and invites her to accompany him to New York, Zoe is over the moon with excitement, while Eve is too focused on her job to smell danger . . .
My thanks to the publisher Quercus for an advance copy in exchange for a fair and honest review. Outstanding is published on Thursday 7th April and is available from Amazon and other bookshops.