Can villains ever truly change their colors? Would anyone imagine a villain founding a Fairy Tale Reform School? When I first started this book I didn't fully believe that that was possible. Gilly, the main character, isn't a terrible child but she is regularly in trouble and known for theft. Her family is very poor and Gilly is just trying to help them; unfortunately, her efforts are illegal. When she is thrown into the Reform School she isn't very happy about it; however, she soon adjusts and meets some friends. Is this Reform School really what it looks like?
I enjoyed Gilly's character. She was fun and easy to read about. I didn't like her thieving, but I understood how hard it must be to watch your family in poverty. Her friends were interesting and helpful to the plot. I kept a careful watch on the villains. Overall, I really loved the plot and ending of this book. Flunked is ideal for middle grade readers and anyone who is a child at heart.