An expertly-crafted mix between story collection and novel, All Girls shares the inter-related perspectives of nine girls in a New England all-girls boarding school amid a rape scandal. This is no average "coming of age" book. This beautifully crafted literary work explores themes of wealth, privilege, feminism, friendships, and women's places in the world, all while navigating the dark undercurrent of the scandal and not knowing who to trust in your most vulnerable years.
Why I Loved It: This novel looked at a very current theme (the #MeToo movement) in a way I've never seen before. The writing and organization of the book were brilliantly crafted, and the characters were so vividly real. I can't wait for Emily Layden's next book.