There is something so exciting about the idea of boarding schools–at least for those of us who never attended one. Living with your friends without the watchful eyes of your parents? The dream, and the perfect setting for a book if we do say so ourselves–Hogwarts, anyone? Here’s a list of ten fictional boarding schools we’d love to attend…or in some cases, just read about.
People Like Us by Dana Mele
PROS: At Bates Academy, the truth is what you make it–with enough confidence and the right friendsd, you can be whoever you want…regardless of who you used to be.
CONS: Someone on campus is digging up the darkest secrets of Bates Academy’s elite in order to ruin their lives, so clear your conscience before you go.
An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
Blackcliff Military Academy
PROS: Only the fiercest warriors emerge victorious from Blackcliff, so if you succeed you’ll be one of the best, most cunning Masks in the Empire.
CONS: There is no mercy to be found within the Blackcliff walls.
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
The School of America in Paris
PROS: The School of America in Paris is IN PARIS! You’ll be surrounded by amazing food, art, and perhaps even fall in love with a certain charming English boy.
CONS: When you’re living with friends, drama is inevitable–watch out for those love triangles!
Orphan Monster Spy by Matt Killeen
PROS: The opportunity to help take down one of the most evil forces in all of history.
CONS: Vicious classmates, horrible bullying, and the fact that you’re surrounded by those who hate your very existence.
Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
St. Vladimir’s Academy
PROS: Between magic practice for the Moroi (living vampires) and defense training (for the dhampirs, the vampire protectors), you’ll develop a varied skill set. You’ll also have the opportunity for parties, sneaking out, and forbidden love. It can’t be all work and no play!
CONS: Very occasionally, you’re going to come up against killer vampires and maybe certain death.
Outrun the Moon by Stacey Lee
St. Clare’s Schools for Girls
PROS: The education you’d receive at St. Clare’s School for Girls is your ticket to a better life–if you have the status or sheer moxie to get in.
CONS: Your classmates may not be the most welcoming girls.
The Merciless II: The Exorcism of Sofia Flores by Danielle Vega
PROS: Boarding school could be the perfect place to escape the horrors and scandals of your past.
CONS: They’re a bit too exorcism-happy.
Looking for Alaska by John Green
Culver Creek Boarding School
PROS: The vibrant personalities you’ll meet at Culver Creek Boarding School will help break up any monotony in your life–especially if you’re down for some pranks.
CONS: Once you’ve experienced this kind of excitement, it’s hard to go through life without it.
Blythewood by Carol Goodman
PROS: For anyone who is still waiting on their Hogwarts letter, there’s a second chance at attending a magical boarding school!
CONS: Snobby classmates, sinister forces, and the possibility that you’ll have to make a devastating sacrifice.
The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson
Wexford Sixth Form
PROS: It’s a boarding school in London–what more could you ask for?
CONS: Unfortunately, London is being plagued by a serial killer mimicking the murders of Jack the Ripper. Yikes.
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