I’m a big Jenny Colgan fan. So it felt like heaven when I discovered her Little School by the Sea series. Sadly there are only two books out yet. Can’t wait for more! But while I do, I thought I’d write you a short review of the first book Class so you can share the excitement with me. 🙂

What Class is about:

Class is essentially a boarding school book for grown ups. Think Enid Blyton’s St. Clare series written for adults. It is the first in an entire series and follows the teachers and staff of the school as well as the pupils as they settle in and fight their own battles.

If you want a more throughout blurb, head on over to Goodreads and just read theirs. 🙂

What I liked about Class:

  • Maggie’s Character: She is shy, yet feisty. She knows what she wants, but struggles nonetheless. She is torn between what she thinks is right and what feels right. All in all, she is just really relatable and I sometimes felt like I was reading a story about myself.
  • The Setting: As many of Jenny Colgan’s books, Class is set at the coast of Cornwall. There is the rough sea, cliffs, long walks, sunshine, rain and snow storms. And then there’s the school which is a little castle with four towers including a beautiful view of the sea. I would totally love teaching there. So if there are any spots available, just let me know. 🙂
  • The Writing: Yes. I love Jenny Colgan’s writing style. It is easy to follow and makes you forget your surroundings for a while. Exactly what I need and want.

What I didn’t like about Class:

  • The Men: Well, not necessarily the men as such, but my inability to take sides and decide which one Maggie should pick. Life is hard as a reader, sometimes! 🙂
  • The Weight Discussion: This one would probably be food enough for an entire blog post. So if you are interested, let me know. But the short version is that I don’t really agree with the way Maggie and the school (and the book…) dealt with Simone’s and later on Fliss’ weight problems.
  • The Amount of Characters: At the beginning I found it really hard to keep up with who is who despite of the character list at the beginning of the book. But as the book went on, I soon caught on and this was no longer an issue.

Would I recommend Class to a friend?


I’m a big fan of Jenny Colgan’s books and as a soon-to-be teacher this one was a brilliant buy.

What to read after Class:

Rules the second book in the series. 🙂

If you’ve already done that and are waiting for Lessons as desperately as I am, why not catch up on some other boarding school books?

I’m currently reading (or, if I’m honest, attempting to read) Enid Blyton’s school series. Care to join me?

Class, Little School by the Sea, Jenny Colgan

What do you think of writing such short reviews? Do you prefer them or would your rather read more lengthy ones?

2 Replies to “Book Review: Class (Little School by the Sea) by Jenny Colgan”

  1. I love, love the sound of this book (series). Actually all books about boardingschools make me want to read them. And I adore that it;s about the teachers and staff of the school. I’m adding this one to my tbr.

    1. Definitely do that! I wasn’t sure whether I would like them in the beginning but man are they good! I’m really curious to hear what you thought about them! 🙂

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