The Truants by Kate Weinberg – Book Review


 People disappear when they most want to be seen.

Jess Walker, middle child of a middle-class family, has perfected the art of vanishing in plain sight. But when she arrives at a concrete university campus under flat, grey, East Anglian skies, her world flares with colour.

Drawn into a tightly-knit group of rule breakers – led by their maverick teacher, Lorna Clay – Jess begins to experiment with a new version of herself. But the dynamic between the friends begins to darken as they share secrets, lovers and finally a tragedy. Soon Jess is thrown up against the question she fears most: what is the true cost of an extraordinary life?


The Truants is told from Jess’s perspective, as the quiet, grey mouse arrives at university, meets her literary idol, Lorna Clay and she begins to reinvent herself. 

This is a coming of age drama as Jess finds her way and builds friendships, but it’s also a tale of obsession and it’s consequences. There’s sex, drugs, alcohol all part of  the life at university, but at what cost?

I love how the characters interacted and Jess’s inner thoughts brought an emotional edge to the story. Beautifully written with a slightly oppressive atmosphere, it reminded me of Fay Welton’s novels and I thoroughly enjoyed every minute.

Thank you to Anne Cater and Random Things Tours for the opportunity to participate in this blog tour,  for the promotional materials and an eARC of the book. This is my honest, unbiased review.


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Kate Weinberg was born and lives in London. She studied English at Oxford and creative writing in East Anglia. She has worked as a slush pile reader, a bookshop assistant, a journalist and a ghost writer. The Truants is her first novel.


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