While there are some scenes that are problematic, like the use of fag as an insult, the characterisation of adolescence and the way they are stereotyped both by their peers and adults is so true to life.
I also found the power play between teachers and teenagers very eye opening. Now that I'm in the classroom it is something I am so aware of and the conversation between the principal and the janitor:
Principal: "They used to respect me more."
Janitor: "You thought this was going to be a fun job and now it's work."
However it very much made me think about this blog post by Lee Koffman about How To Be a Writer. While the books do not share many similarities the marketing of Girl Gone and Girl on a Train are just so similar.
By the end of the hour we had learnt to balance and had moved away from the partition. So for the rest of the year one of our activities will be developing our rollerskating skills.