Friday, March 6, 2015

Book Talk & Giveaway: CANARY by Rachele Alpine

My book talks are coming at you from a librarian, not a reviewer. You won't find me talking about style or craft, why I think this could've been better or what worked or didn't work. I only do book talks on books I like and want other people to know about. So if it's here I probably think it won't injure your brain if you read it.

Kate Franklin has lost everything. Her mother passed away, her once involved father is emotionally distant, and her brother has enlisted in the Army. When her dad is offered a coaching position at Beacon Prep - home of the best basketball team in the state - she hopes it can be a clean start for all of them.

Instead she finds herself surrounded by a new crowd, the kind of people she might not have necessarily hung out with at her old school. Being the coach's daughter brings with it a certain amount of influence - along with a basketball player boyfriend she can't help but fall hard for, even if she's unsure about his motives for dating her.

With her socially outcast brother coasting through his senior year toward enlistment, Kate finds herself caught up in the machinations of the cool crowd - people her brother definitely doesn't fit in with. When she's sexually assaulted at a party by the star of the team, everyone - including her boyfriend - just tells her to keep her mouth shut.

Speaking up will destroy her friendships, ruin her father's career, and tear down a town hero. Keeping quiet will only destroy herself.

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1 comment:

Michelle Scott said...

Ah, yes! Canary is an interesting coming of age story, wherein Kate and her brother struggle the start of going to a new prestigious school. Of course, I'll end my thoughts about the book there. After all, I wouldn't want to spoil it for anyone. Hahaha! In any case, it's an amazing story, and it's certainly not your typical YA book. I'm sure Amanda is enjoying the copy she won from your giveaway right now! Thanks for sharing that, Mindy! More power to you and your writing! :)

Michelle Scott @ Skild®