Review: Corliss (The Girls of Spindrift #1) by V.C. Andrews

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From the New York Times bestselling author of the Flowers in the Attic and My Sweet Audrina series, now Lifetime movies, comes a haunting new novella featuring a mysterious, highly intelligent teenaged girl as she struggles to survive high school and understand her place in this complex, sometimes dangerous world.

Corliss is not like other girls at her Los Angeles high school. Incredibly intelligent, shy, and a loner, she has difficultly in fitting in. What’s worse, a clique of girls is out to get her after she refuses to take drugs with them, leading to a violent confrontation. When Corliss is unknowingly drugged, her entire life is turned upside down and no one—not even the handsome valedictorian who had agreed to go out with her—looks at her the same way. Will she be able to return to her high school or is there another path she can take? And where will it take her?

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Toot's Review 

"The four Girls of Spindrift e-novellas together form a prequel for Bittersweet Dreams"

At roughly 80 pages long, this quick YA read is more character building for the book Bittersweet Dreams then a full story unto itself. In a series of novellas, the author is setting up the backstory for the secondary characters to help with the overall story.
In this novella (named for the title character) Corliss is hazed by some mean girls after she declines their offer of drugs because she's too smart to go down that rabbit hole. When the girls turn to retaliation, Corliss finds herself in even deeper trouble; which ends with a visit from her teacher and an offer she can't refuse.
Overall, I really wouldn't suggest this as a stand-alone and it can be a bit confusing for someone who hasn't read or doesn't know that these are basically prequels for already established characters from a main book.
But with that being said, fans of Bittersweet Dreams will love these additional little stories of their favorite characters and how they all ended up in the novel.
For something to read while waiting or if you loved Bittersweet Dreams and want to know more about your favorite girls, this was an interesting quick read with all the Je Ne Sais Quoi of V.C. Andrews that we know and love.

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