Title: Boys of Brayshaw High
Author: Meagan Brandy
First published January 15, 2019
376 pages, ebook
“Welcome to Brayshaw High, a place where the boys are untouchable and the girls are invisible. As a new student, I was warned to keep my distance, but I couldn’t resist the lure of the forbidden.
Now, I’m caught in the crosshairs of the Brayshaw boys and their twisted games. They think they can control me, but they have no idea who they’re dealing with.
I won’t play by their rules, and I won’t back down. The boys of Brayshaw High are used to getting what they want, but they’ve never met a girl like me before.”
About the Author
Meagan Brandy, a bestselling author of New Adult romance novels, brings a unique twist to her stories. Her love for candy and music is evident in her speech, which is often filled with lyrics.
Originally from California, she is a proud mother of three energetic boys who keep her busy shuttling from one sports field to another, depending on the season. Meagan’s best friend is Starbucks, and she finds solace in writing.
Meagan Brandy’s Boys of Brayshaw High is a young adult romance novel first published on January 15, 2019. Brandy’s writing style is gritty and edgy, with characters and themes that will resonate with young adults.
The book is set in Brayshaw High, an elite private school for the wealthy and privileged, and is a coming-of-age tale that explores the troubles and triumphs of high school life. The story follows Raven Carver, a girl from the wrong side of the tracks who is forced to move in with her unknown father after the death of her mother.
Raven finds herself thrown into a world of wealth, power, and secrets at Brayshaw High, where she immediately clashes with the school’s three most powerful and dangerous boys: Maddoc, Royce, and Captain. The strength of the novel lies in Brandy’s ability to develop complex and relatable characters.
Raven is a strong and independent protagonist who is not afraid to speak her mind, but she is also vulnerable and flawed. Maddoc, Royce, and Captain are all well-developed and nuanced characters, each with their own unique strengths and weaknesses.
The pacing of the novel is spot on, with the tension building steadily as Raven navigates the dangerous waters of Brayshaw High. The plot structure is solid, with enough twists and turns to keep the reader engaged.
Brandy also incorporates themes such as family, loyalty, and friendship, which are all crucial to the narrative. Boys of Brayshaw High may not be a groundbreaking novel, but it is a well-written and engrossing story that will keep readers hooked from beginning to end.
However, the novel does have its limitations, namely in its portrayal of some characters as one-dimensional villains. It also relies on tropes that are familiar within the genre but may leave readers wanting more.
Overall, Boys of Brayshaw High is a great read for young adults who enjoy romance novels with a bit of danger and suspense. Brandy’s unique writing style and strong character development make it stand out in a crowded genre.
The book would also appeal to those interested in the exploration of the intersection of privilege, power, and family. Therefore, we recommend the book with a score of 3.5 out of 5 stars with a brief description of our rating criteria.