Where the Drowned Girls Go

Wayward Children, #7

Hardcover, 160 pages

English language

Published Jan. 4, 2022 by Tordotcom.

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4 stars (2 reviews)

There is another school for children who fall through doors and fall back out again. It isn't as friendly as Eleanor West's Home for Wayward Children. And it isn't as safe.

When Eleanor West decided to open her school, her sanctuary, her Home for Wayward Children, she knew from the beginning that there would be children she couldn't save; when Cora decides she needs a different direction, a different fate, a different prophecy, Miss West reluctantly agrees to transfer her to the other school, where things are run very differently by Whitethorn, the Headmaster.

She will soon discover that not all doors are welcoming...

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Where the Drowned Girls Go

2 stars

This novella is book 7 in the Wayward Children series. This book focuses on recurring character Cora (as well as Sumi and Regan, with some mentions of Eleanor and Kade). I wanted to like this book more, especially with how absolutely creepy the competing Whitethorn school is and how much it feels to me like a conversion therapy metaphor.

But, there's just a lot of things that don't work for me. There's so much retelling of who all of these characters are (and even when I agree with the politics it's a lot of telling instead of showing). It's way too much retread ground if you've read them all but also likely not enough for somebody who hasn't. Cora is clearly going through some trauma, but I don't feel like there's any growth for her or anybody else; by the end of the story, there's not any shift in what's …