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It is night. They move with such stealth they could be almost floating along the road. I can't see faces, just the outline of their movement. But when the moon drifts out from behind a cloud, bathing the road in an urgent sort of light, I see how they're all gazing up towards me.
'They're coming back,' I murmur. I turn to Kendall, and she puts her sewing aside, eyes on me. They never waiver.
It was supposed to be a place where teenagers would learn resilience, confidence and independence, where long hikes and runs in the bush would make their bodies strong and foster a connection with the natural world. Living in bare wooden huts, cut off from the outside world, the students would experience a very different kind of schooling, one intended to have a strong influence over the kind of adults they would eventually become.
Fourteen-year-old Rebecca Starford spent a year at this school in the bush. In her boarding house sixteen girls were left largely unsupervised, a combination of the worst behaved students and some of the most socially vulnerable. As everyone tried to fit in and cope with their feelings of isolation and homesickness, Rebecca found herself joining ranks with the powerful girls, becoming both a participant--and later a victim-- of various forms of bullying and aggression.
Bad Behaviour tells the story of that year, a time of friendship and joy, but also of shame and fear. It explores how those crucial experiences affected Rebecca as an adult and shaped her future relationships, and asks courageous questions about the nature of female friendship.
Moving, wise and painfully honest, this extraordinary memoir shows how bad behaviour from childhood, in all its forms, can be so often and so easily repeated throughout our adult lives.
Self pitying and purely fictitious
I myself went to "silver creek" and this book is a very twisted and imagined version of it. I found this book to be very self piteous and it dwelled and exaggerated the bad whilst almost entirely ignoring the good. As someone who has been to this school, the book was wholly inaccurate and deliberately exaggerated for effect. It makes out "silver creek" as being a scarring experience from which one will never recover, which is the opposite of the truth. "Silver creek" is an amazing place, no matter whether your experiences there are good or bad, and it is sad that the writer cannot see this. If she truly did not like being there, she would have left and I believe almost all of her good memories of "silver creek" were deliberately left out.
Poorly written. No thread connecting the story.
Could Not Put It Down - A gripping, brave and thought-provoking read.
Although I have not attended boarding school I was very interested to read this book, particularly having been an ardent Enid Blyton fan when I was a child. This book shatters the cosy, twee picture that we like to believe of boarding school and rather brings a fiercely honest, sad and often brutal portrayal of teenage life which I was blown away by. For anyone ever having been bullied, been a bully, thinking of sending their children to boarding school or merely looking for a gripping read - this book is unputdownable!