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As the girls become friends, they learn about each other’s struggles. On the negative side, book characters invoke negative stereotypes of Gypies, suggesting they are dangerous and “filthy thieves.

The book includes both negative and positive role models.

A Great and Terrible Beauty

On the one hand, Felicity ligba Pippa are mean to Ann, playing pranks, putting her down, and falsely accusing her of stealing. They break rules, try to manipulate adults, and exclude other students from their group.

They prefer to live in a fantasy world and ignore warnings about using their power in real life. They make mischief with this power rather than changing anything for good.

The girls blame their teacher for corrupting them, to deflect getting in trouble. Felicity seeks her own power, accusing Gemma of wanting the realms all to herself. On the positive side, the girls chafe against the restricted gender roles and societal expectations brzy the late s. Pippa worries they’ll become “living ghosts, haunting each other with what could be.

Gemma comes to accept her mother’s death and take control of her own destiny. A dark shape devours a man. To avoid being devoured as well, Gemma’s mother commits suicide by stabbing herself with a knife.

When Gemma sees her mother’s body, “a deep red pool of blood widens and flows beneath her lifeless body. Pippa would rather die than face an arranged marriage with a year-old.

Felicity slaps Pippa in the face. Two girls are killed in terroble mysterious fire. Mary and Sarah tsrrible a child, with Mary smothering her with her bare hands. The girls except Gemma get naked, chase, and kill a deer, hitting it in the head until it’s pulpy. Felicity scrapes Kartik in the beay with a sharp stick. The creature tries to control Gemma.

Gemma’s brother asks if she’s “still chaste. Felicity kisses Gemma full on the lips. The girls discuss “carnal” acts and Felicity says, “I’m going to have many men. Gemma’s father is addicted to laudanum, an opiate. He also smoked a hookah while in India. The girls drink liquor together and pressure Ann even when she doesn’t want to: Parents need to know this Victorian Era-set novel involves the supernatural, including girls who visit with the dead and help spirits cross over into the afterlife.


It has a few sexual moments and a fair amount of violence, including a suicide and sacrificial killing of a child. Add your rating See all 6 parent reviews. Add your rating See all 17 kid reviews. Sixteen-year-old Gemma is sent to a girls’ boarding school in England after her mother’s mysterious death.

Gemma’s visions give her the power to enter another realm where illusions seem real. Here, unlike in the stifling real world for proper young ladies inGemma and her friends can pursue whatever most delights them. Emboldened by their new power, the young women refuse to acknowledge the realm’s darkness until it threatens to destroy them. This juxtaposition of detailed worlds forms the book’s heart.

The start of a trilogy, A Great and Terrible Beauty resolves enough to serve as a standalone but leaves an evil character’s identity and its heroine’s future open for the sequels. Families can talk about their heart’s desire. Do teens identify with Pippa’s wish to find true love, or Ann’s desire to be beautiful, or Felicity’s craving for power?

A Great and Terrible Beauty (Gemma Doyle, #1) by Libba Bray

Miss Moore, one of Gemma’s teachers, tells the girls that the mind is libga garden that requires cultivating. How do you “cultivate” your mind? Miss Moore also says “There are no safe choices. Every choice has consequences. Common Sense Media’s unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren’t influenced by the product’s creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

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Adult Written by southernbelle57 June 11, Parent of terrigle 2 and 3 year old Written by readresponsibly June 4, Not a tasteful book for anyone I don’t recommend this book to anyone, adult or teen. I came away feeling worse than when I started.

It is a beautiful idea executed poorly. Teen, 16 years old Written by Historylover15 July 8, From the teen herself A Great and Terrible Beauty is a book that I read in sixth grade, I was just coming out of my “Twilight” faze, and didn’t really want to read any Teen, 15 years old Written by fitzygrl10 September 25, An amazing teen novel I read this book when i was 13, bdauty reread when i was I definitley understood it better the second time around.

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