Author: Rachele Alpine
Publisher: Medallion Press
Publication Date: 28th August 2013
Format: E-Book - PDF
Genre: YA Contemporary
Source: Review Copy from Publisher/Author
Staying quiet will destroy her, but speaking up will destroy everyone.
Franklin’s life changes for the better when her dad lands a job at
Beacon Prep, an elite private school with one of the best basketball
teams in the state. She begins to date a player on the team and quickly
gets caught up in a world of idolatry and entitlement, learning that
there are perks to being an athlete.
But those perks also come
with a price. Another player takes his power too far and Kate is
assaulted at a party. Although she knows she should speak out, her
dad’s vehemently against it and so, like a canary sent into a mine to
test toxicity levels and protect miners, Kate alone breathes the
poisonous secrets to protect her dad and the team. The world that Kate
was once welcomed into is now her worst enemy, and she must decide
whether to stay silent or expose the corruption, destroying her father’s
career and bringing down a town’s heroes. (Goodreads Synopsis)
This is a captivating tale that addresses a lot of contemporary issues in a sensitive and thought-provoking way.
I liked the mix of prose and poetry, with sections from Kate's blog placed in between the main chapters/sections. This worked well as it gave that additional personal touch to the narration and helped to expand on her feelings.
The story moved at a good pace and held my attention from start to finish. I was really behind Kate the whole time and was happy with how things ended.
This is a well-written contemporary YA piece and an excellent debut from a new voice in the genre. I hope the author will go on to write further books as I think she has some wonderful things to say.