According to the author, “The Hysterical Girls of St. Bernadette’s” is “a book about complicated relationships, about trauma, and about what it takes for girls to be believed.”
Aleema Omotoni’s “Everyone’s Thinking It” Is a Compelling Exploration of the Cost of Fitting It
Omotoni's debut tells the story of two Nigerian cousins who must reckon with life in very different ways at their predominantly white private school in England.
Debut author Aleema Omotoni is making big waves with her YA mystery romance “Everyone's Thinking It.” The book tells the story of two Nigerian cousins who must reckon with life in very different ways at their predominantly white private school in England. This compelling exploration of the high price of fitting in, which has been compared favorably to “Mean Girls” (2004), has already seen praise from several major outlets.
The summary of the book, from the publisher’s website:
“Mean Girls” meets “Dear White People” (2017 – 2021) in this big-hearted, sharp-witted U.K. boarding school story about family, friendship and belonging — with a propulsive mystery at its heart.
Within the walls of Wodebury Hall, an elite boarding school in the English countryside, reputation is everything. But aspiring photographer Iyanu is more comfortable observing things safely from behind her camera.
For Iyanu’s estranged cousin, Kitan, life seems perfect. She has money, beauty and friends like queen bee Heather. But as a Nigerian girl in a school as white and insular as Wodebury, Kitan struggles with the personal sacrifices needed to keep her place — and the protection she gets — within the exclusive popular crowd.
Then photos from Iyanu’s camera are stolen and splashed across the school the week before the Valentine’s Day Ball — each with a juicy secret written on it. With everyone’s dirty laundry suddenly out in the open, the school explodes in chaos, and the whispers accusing Iyanu of being the one behind it all start to feel like déjà vu.
Each girl is desperate to unravel the mystery of who stole the photos and why. But exposing the truth will change them all forever.
Aleema Omotoni is a British Nigerian author. She writes novels that center Black teens coming of age, falling in love and navigating all kinds of contemporary and fantasy worlds. She loves musical theater, astrophysics and rainy Autumn days (via Omotoni’s website).
“Everyone’s Thinking It” is on sale now.