Author: Cat Clarke
Published by: Quercus
Publication date: 4th May 2017
Pages: 342, paperback
Genre: YA, contemporary
Harper has tried to forget the past and fit in at expensive boarding school Duncraggan Academy. Her new group of friends are tight; the kind of girls who Harper knows have her back. But Harper can’t escape the guilt of her twin sister’s Jenna’s death, and her own part in it – and she knows noone else will ever really understand.
But new girl Kirsty seems to get Harper in ways she never expected. She has lost a sister too. Harper finally feels secure. She finally feels…loved. As if she can grow beyond the person she was when Jenna died.
Then Kirsty’s behaviour becomes more erratic. Why is her life a perfect mirror of Harper’s? And why is she so obsessed with Harper’s lost sister? Soon, Harper’s closeness with Kirsty begins to threaten her other relationships, and her own sense of identity.
How can Harper get back to the person she wants to be, and to the girls who mean the most to her?
A darkly compulsive story about love, death, and growing up under the shadow of grief.
I’ve had a copy of Girlhood since YALC in the summer of 2017, and it intrigued me from the first time I heard about it. I haven’t read any Cat Clarke in a while, but a couple of years ago I made my way through the rest of her books, and I really enjoyed all of them, so I couldn’t wait to read this one! I raced through this book, and it is definitely one of the best YA contemporaries I have read in a while (I think it’s also important to point out, for those of you who are unaware, that this book does talk about eating disorders throughout the story, so that is something to bear in mind if that is a sensitive topic for you).