The Divines

The Divines

With the emotional power of Normal People and the reflective haze of The Girls, a magnetic novel that moves between present-day Los Angeles and a British boarding school in the 1990s, exploring the destructive relationships between teenage girls.

Can we ever really escape our past?

The girls of St John the Divine, an elite English boarding school, were notorious for flipping their hair, harassing teachers, chasing boys, and chain-smoking cigarettes. They were fiercely loyal, sharp-tongued, and cuttingly humorous in the way that only teenage girls can be. For Josephine, now in her thirties, the years at St John were a lifetime ago. She hasn’t spoken to another Divine in fifteen years, not since the day the school shuttered its doors in disgrace.

Yet now Josephine inexplicably finds herself returning to her old stomping grounds. The visit provokes blurry recollections of those doomed final weeks that rocked the community. Ruminating on the past, Josephine becomes obsessed with her teenage identity and the forgotten girls of her one-time orbit. With each memory that resurfaces, she circles closer to the violent secret at the heart of the school’s scandal. But the more Josephine recalls, the further her life unravels, derailing not just her marriage and career, but her entire sense of self.

Suspenseful, provocative, and compulsively readable, The Divines is a scorching examination of the power of adolescent sexuality, female identity, and the destructive class divide. Exposing the tension between the lives we lead as adults and the experiences that form us, Eaton probes us to consider how our memories as adults compel us to reexamine our pasts.

Title:The Divines
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780063012196
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    The Divines Reviews

  • Tina

    3.5 *This book seems to be a little hard to review and I can see I'm not the only one thinking this. It is a debut book that I think is beautifully written and pretty smart. I listened to the audioboo...

  • Jessica | JustReadingJess

    I really enjoyed The Divines. It is a coming of age novel where the main character experienced every possible problem imaginable. The story also discusses Jo’s problems in adulthood. The Divines rea...

  • DeAnn

    3.5 Complex Boarding School StarsThis complex story is difficult to categorize, it’s a bit coming-of-age, escaping the past, and with a bit of a mystery thrown in. This debut novel really got me thi...

  • Olive Fellows (abookolive)

    Like many readers, I'm a sucker for a good campus novel, so when I saw the premise of "The Divines" by Ellie Eaton on NetGalley, I couldn't press request fast enough (thank you to the publisher and to...

  • Sam

    It's hard to give a rating to The Divines, a book I didn't exactly enjoy reading but found coldly compelling with its woven, tangled psychological drama-mystery of the teenage girls from boarding ...

  • Barbara

    Teenage girls are cruel, and “The Divines” by Ellie Eaton is an almost horror story about a group of privileged boarding school-girls. Eaton writes so well that I got stomach-aches reading this no...

  • MaryBeth's Bookshelf

    WOW! I don't know what it was about this book, but I could not put it down. An exploration of the choices we make and how they haunt us through adulthood....

  • Emma

    2.5/5 StarsI'm always looking for novels with a dark academia feel since I find them very intriguing and enjoy reading them. I must say this one kind of fell flat to me. I would say that the only dark...

  • Jenny (Reading Envy)

    I got sucked in by this campus novel and enjoyed some of its unique quirky elements - all girls school, narrator's mother also attended, all girls refer to each other with boys' names, and most intrig...

  • Lilith Black Bee

    Pretty good, but that ending though?! Very disappointing! Besides, am I the only one that wonders what really happened, did Jo imagined some of the things or not?! 🤔...