I Love This Trope, Sub-Genre, Setting is a new feature on my blog in which I discuss a trope, sub-genre or setting that I love and tell you about books that are shining examples of said trope, sub-genre or setting. Feel free to play along and please let me know about your favorite books in this realm and whether you like this trope, sub-genre and/or setting as much as I do!
Today I am spotlighting the setting of: Boarding Schools, which I would define as any book that largely takes place at a boarding school and, more often than not, in which the characters are full-time students at a boarding school!
Don't get me wrong, I loved my family and I liked high school but I also always had these dreams of going to boarding school (specifically, on the east coast). I think it's because boarding school seems like more of a precursor to college than regular high school and something about that independence appealed to me. This setting is almost always YA or bordering on NA and I love it because it can range from fantasy (Richelle Mead/Claudia Gray) to horror (Lois Duncan) to contemporary (Jillian Dodd/Curtis Sittenfeld) to mystery (Lisa & Laura Roecker) to science fiction (Kazuo Ishiguro), etc. Sometimes, but not always, really intense friendships (The Raven Boys and Harry Potter) are involved because you have that microcosm of the boarding school -- going to school and living with the same group of people and spending all of your time together.
Have you ever read a book set at a boarding school? Do you like this setting? Ask me any questions below or recommend to me your favorite boarding school books!