The Swallows Author: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 ... more »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.« less
OMG! This is a horrible book! I admit I only got to about the 150 page mark which is more than I would usually allow for such an awful book, storyline and writing main reason, so this is what I got from it:
Witt joins an Academy to teach Eng Lit but instead is put to teaching creative writing (that's the beginning) and she has a horrible secret (of course) well all I got from that was the fact she walked in on her father getting a blowjob from his wife assistant--sorry spoiler!
The main theme is the Darkroom that the boys belong to online--spoiler--they judge/grade girls on the blowjob they give (and here's a book about that-wow-stupid), then you have the girls that are going to get revenge (I gave up about that point--I didn't care)
It has too many POV that just got boring and more boring, I'm sorry I gave this book my time for the 150 pages I did read
So by giving you an honest opinion about students at an Academy/high school (is there such a thing in the USA?) and you want to read about blowjobs then I say more power to you but there are much better books with much better plots than this one!