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The Magnolia League de Katie Crouch
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The Magnolia League (edició 2011)

de Katie Crouch, Julia Whelan (Reader)

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After the death of her free-spirited mother, sixteen-year-old Alexandra Lee is forced to move from Northern California to Savannah, Georgia, to live with her wealthy grandmother, who expects Alex to join a long-standing debutante society, which, Alex learns, has made a pact with a legendary Hoodoo family.… (més)
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Títol:The Magnolia League
Autors:Katie Crouch
Altres autors:Julia Whelan (Reader)
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Alex has lived her entire life at the RC, a hippie commune in California, helping her mother grow medicinal herbs. Sure, the RC grows a little marijuana, but Alex's mother's medicines are what really make the RC famous.

Then everything changes after Alex's mother dies in a car crash. The rich grandmother she didn't even know she had sends a lawyer to pick her up and take her back to Georgia, ripping her away from her new boyfriend and the only life she's ever known. Suddenly she's supposed to be part of something called the "Magnolia League," a sort of club for Southern debutantes. Except that Alex has dreadlocks, is chubby, and has no intention of trading in her t-shirts for designer dresses. However, she might not have much of a choice. Once you become a Magnolia Girl, you're one for life.

This is one of my very old ARCs that I picked up at a past conference and never got around to reading. Better late than never, I guess.

Unfortunately, it didn't appeal to me at all. Yes, Alex's grandmother was snobby, and Madison wasn't much better (I kind of liked Hayes, though - she made an effort to be friendly and seemed genuinely nice). But Alex wasn't all that great either. Almost every opportunity she got, she lectured the people around her about their gas guzzling cars, the unhealthiness of the food they ate, etc. If Hayes and Madison hadn't basically been required to spend time with her, I doubt they'd have stuck around. I don't know that I'd have blamed them. Even though I didn't disagree with Alex, her lecturing and moralizing was off-putting.

Deep down, Alex thought she was better than her fellow Magnolia Girls - not really one of them, more down to earth and "natural." Thaddeus, Alex's eventual love interest, had the usual "not like other girls" moment where he admired Alex for being so different. However, she was shallow too - it just presented differently. She started wearing her hair in dreadlocks when Reggie, the guy she liked back in California, commented on how hot a white girl with dreadlocks he'd seen was. Then when Alex started to think that Thaddeus didn't like her dreadlocks, well, off with the dreads. And hey, I forgot to mention the pot, which she also started smoking because of Reggie - pretty the only thing she didn't do that she knew Reggie wanted was have sex, supposedly because she knew her mom wouldn't have approved (never mind that her mom wouldn't have approved of the pot).

There was some interesting magical politics going on - the rich white Magnolia Leaguers and their dependency upon the Buzzards, a black family filled with long-time hoodoo practitioners - but in this book, Alex only got to nibble at the edges of it. The next book probably delves into that more deeply, but I disliked most of the characters too much to want to continue on. And considering the way this book ended, several of the characters would probably give me even more reasons to dislike them before eventually making up and (I assume) finally figuring out how to break up the Magnolia League and the hold it has on them. No thank you, I'm done.

(Original review posted on A Library Girl's Familiar Diversions.) ( )
  Familiar_Diversions | Jan 3, 2021 |
The cover of this says "Magic changes everything". Apparently, magic isn't enough to turn this into a good book. It's a lesson in what not to do in YA. I expected better from the author, and am extremely disappointed. ( )
  bookczuk | Jan 18, 2020 |
In The Magnolia League, Alex suffers a terrible blow when her mother drives her VW bus off a cliff and she must leave the commune where she has grown up for Savannah, Georgia. Her grandmother, a society maven in Georgia with tons of money, works to groom Alex as a member of her group, The Magnolia League. The League has secrets, however, and Alex must decide whether those secrets are something she'd like to be a part of.

Crouch offers a solid effort that is an easy and enjoyable read. However, the characters and plot points could use more development. Many situations and characters are so stereotypical and one-dimensional that it is hard to sympathize or identify with the story. Alex, herself, seems to go about the book in a fog - doing things that are either in sync with her hippie paper-doll cutout or what everyone expects of her. The one true thing about Alex was her inability to give up her makeover, no matter the implication. Although, at one point in the story she is willing to chuck that without much thought as well. The ending definitely makes way for a sequel or series.
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  kweber319 | May 13, 2019 |
While I am not an avid reader of YA, I was drawn in by the idea of debutante secret society in Savannah (one of my favorite cities) with a side of magic. It was a bit young for my taste, which I expected, going into it. The premise is good and entertaining enough that I am interested in reading the sequel. I hover between 3 and 4 stars but, leaving out my feelings (which I know aren't the popular opinion) for YA, I give this title four stars. I would wholeheartedly recommend this book to my teenage daughters. ( )
  TLVZ721 | May 22, 2018 |
Take a few debutantes, some magic and add a bit of mystery and you’ve got yourself The Magnolia League.

Katie Crouch pens the story of three girls - Alex, Hayes and Madison - who are the newest debutantes and who seem to have all the luck in their corner. Alex grew up with her mother in a communal farm in California, where she helped her take care of the herb gardens. After a car accident left her parent-less (she doesn’t know who or where her father is) she is forced to live with her Grandmother - a young-looking and powerful woman - in Savannah. Upon arriving, she discovers that things are a bit different in Savannah and the Magnolia Leaguers seem to be harboring strange secrets and her mother’s death seems to be more than just an accident.

The idea itself has a lot of potential. Alex grows up in a completely different environment than Hayes and Madison and she is different than them in many ways - she’s doesn’t want to be a part of the Magnolia League, she’s chubby and has dreadlocks while they are slender with glamorous hair, she cares about the environment and the economy, while they live in a bubble of wealth. When she arrives to Savannah, she’s headstrong and has a mind of her own.

The way it fell short of its potential was Alex’s ultimate behavioral transformation. In the beginning, she’s different, and she loved her difference and always tried to stay true to herself. However, the moment being pretty and rich was dangled in front of her, Alex’s character changed. Hayes and Madison were more consistent characters, and it disappointed me the way Alex turned out to be shallow.

Then there is strange and sudden romance between her and Haye’s brother - Thaddeus. He claims that he liked Alex because she’s different, but only makes the confession when she starts confirming to the Magnolia League and looking pretty. He didn’t care much about the chubby girl with dreads; there was a point in the book (no spoilers) where he was talking to her but checking out skinny women. There wasn’t much of a development in their relationship, it just sorta happened and felt very shallow.

I don’t think the book sends a good message; Alex only becomes the true heroine and only gets the guy when she slims down and becomes a beauty. It was a pity that she decided to confirm instead of being different. I think that might have made the story a bit more interesting!

Overall, while somewhat shallow (characters and plot) The Magnolia League is a relatively quick and fluffy read with a bit of mystery on the side and I’m sure it will make a good light and entertaining summer read.
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  iShanella | Dec 2, 2016 |
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After the death of her free-spirited mother, sixteen-year-old Alexandra Lee is forced to move from Northern California to Savannah, Georgia, to live with her wealthy grandmother, who expects Alex to join a long-standing debutante society, which, Alex learns, has made a pact with a legendary Hoodoo family.

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