"Dickensen Academy" is a YA book by Christine Grabowski. The main character is Autumn Mattison, a girl who receives an invitation to attend a new boarding school. Autumn is hesitant to attend at first, but once she has a dream about the school, she believes that it’s a sign for her to go. As Autumn attends her new school, she begins to learn that it has a dark side to it.
I was really excited to read this book. I LOVE books that revolve around boarding schools, so I was so ready to dive in and devour this book, and I have to say that I really enjoyed it. Even though the concept wasn’t original, I love that the author put a new spin on it.
My favorite thing about this book was the main character Autumn. She was very likable and relatable. Her struggles with school, new changes and family felt so real, and she dealt with all those issues in a realistic teen manner. I loved that. Lots of YA books nowadays have teenage characters, but they don’t act like teenagers. They act like adults and make decisions like adults, but I feel like the author really captured the teen spirit here.
Overall, I really liked this book! I enjoyed the world-building, and how it completely immersed me into the story. Everything felt so natural and flowed well. The descriptions were concise and detailed, and I loved the writing style. I recommend this book to YA fantasy readers.
Dickensen Academy isn’t a typical boarding school. The faculty is hiding an unbelievable secret within their fine arts program. When Autumn Mattison receives an invitation to attend the high school, she yearns to escape her overbearing father yet remains reluctant to leave her mother and brother. Her doubts fade away when a vivid dream convinces her she belongs there.
Away from home, Autumn discovers a unique school environment that awakens her creative potential, and her new friends become like a second family. However, as she uncovers more about the dark side of the school and struggles with its curriculum, she questions whether Dickensen Academy is truly where she belongs.
When tragedy strikes, Autumn must learn to believe in her own power and stand up to her greatest fear or risk having her memories destroyed to protect the school’s secrets. Caught between secrets and dreams, can she find her true self?