The Finishing School (Ballantine Reader's Circle) - Gail Godwin, Linda Grey Even the most precocious adolescent is still essentially a child. It's a gross unfairness and poor judgment on the part of any adult to forget this. This story, in a nutshell, is about the consequences of burdening a youngster with adult confidences, and very nearly expecting grown-up friendship from a fourteen-year-old girl. If you like to plumb the depths of the psyches of adolescent females, take a gander at Gail Godwin. It takes some patience to read her work, but when she's good, she's good. Avoid her more recent novels and stick with her older stuff. Father Melancholy's Daughter is especially good if you have the patience. The Finishing School is a close second.