Title: League of Strays Author: L.B Schulman Published by: Amulet Books Publication date: 1st October 2012 Pages: 288 Genres: Young Adult/Paranormal Format: Paperback Source: Review copy from the publisher
When a mysterious note appears in Charlotte’s mailbox inviting her to join the League of Strays, she’s hopeful it will lead to making friends. What she discovers is a motley crew of loners and an alluring, manipulative ringleader named Kade. Kade convinces the group that they need one another both for friendship and to get back at the classmates and teachers who have betrayed them. But Kade has a bigger agenda. In addition to vandalizing their school and causing fights between other students, Kade’s real intention is a dangerous plot that will threaten lives and force Charlotte to choose between her loyalty to the League and her own conscience.
Charlotte has just moved to Kennedy High. No one bothers to make friends with her - why would they?. She keeps to herself and lives her life by following her parents suggestions and orders. She follows their dreams and not her own. One day, she gets a note telling her to join the League of Strays - a group of loners led by Kade, the boy with a troubling and dangerous past. The thing is...none of them know he is a stalker, a sociopath...a murderer. What kind of danger have they all gotten themselves into?
My favourite character was Zoe, because she was down to earth, kind and looked after her alcoholic mother. She tries to act tough, but sometimes you would catch a glimpse of her more vulnerable side. Zoe was a good friend for Charlotte, and not just because they were both part of the League. I also liked Richie, Kade's best friend and member of the League. He was funny, and got bullied for being gay but he wasn't afraid to be different.
My least favourite character was Nora. In the beginning she seemed nice and sweet, but towards the end of the book I began to dislike her. She wasn't loyal to Charlotte or the rest of the group - I think she was driven by jealousy (I would explain why but that would be a spoiler!). Also I didn't like how she was a straight A+ student, and then as soon as she joins the League she drops everything and lets her grades slip without a second thought.
I like the cover because it gives us an insight into what the characters Charlotte and Kade might look like. However, my edition is just a proof so I'm not sure if the cover might change when it's published in October.
I really enjoyed this book and read it all in one sitting. It's a mild thriller with a sprinkle of romance. I recommend it to readers aged 13+ and give it a rating of 3.5/5.
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