Author: Garren S. Wolff
Release: Oct. 2010
From the boroughs of New York, to the beaches of San Francisco, girls hail from all walks of life, to sport the violet blazer, pink beret, and coveted ‘Galstanberry Girl’ title....
The Galstanberry twenty acre estate, flanked by a magnificent rose garden and horse stables, rises up from the horizon like a French chateau with interconnected balustrades and high-spiraling turrets that seemed to touch the clouds. It was constructed in 1926 by Mr. Charles Galstanberry, an earnest gentleman that believed a son to be the only proper heir to the vast family fortune. Yet when Eleanor gave birth to their only child, Aundrea, not Andrew, he vowed to make her as academically astute as her male counterparts.
Decades later, 5 girls—a spoiled equestrian, funky B-girl, skilled ballet dancer, freestyle poet, and clever debater—from different cities, socio-economic backgrounds and ethnicities are admitted into Galstanberry Girls Academy, a now world renowned boarding school in Connecticut. Their varied personalities and backgrounds lead to inevitable drama and internal conflicts. However, with each triumph and tribulation, the girls grow, transforming themselves and the academy.
The Girlz of Galstanberry is not a book I would normally pick up; it's not YA, it's targeted for a younger audience. It was a cute read. I am glad I signed up for this book tour. It's a great book/series for young girls.
Galstanberry is a top of the line private school created by Mr. Charles Galstanberry. When his only child, a daughter was born, he wanted the best for her. He gave her the best tutors that money could buy, but knew that wasn't enough. He wanted to educate girls from all walks of life, so he started the school. The story picks up decades later in present time.
You will meet five girls throughout the book; all of them are part of this year's acceptance into Galstanberry. You will get a glimpse into their life, they day before they leave for Galstanberry. The girls are all different in their own way; race, social class, cities and academic interest. The story ends with them meeting the day of orientation. I'm excited to see where the story goes from here.
One of my favorite things about the book is the little details Ms. Wolff has added to the story. If one of the girls speaks in her native language, it is explained at the bottom of the page - she does the same thing with music lyrics. Young girls are really going to love this series; there is a girl that everyone can relate too. For me, I found myself questioning the parenting styles. My daughter is the same age as these girls and I was amazed, shocked at what some of the girls were allowed to do, how their parents acted and how it affects their daughters.