Monday, August 13, 2018

Dear Rachel Maddow by Adrienne Kisner - OPTIONAL

Dear Rachel Maddow by Adrienne Kisner, 263 pages.  Feiwel and Friends (Macmillan), 2018.  $18

Language: R (100+ swears, 25 ‘f’ – I quit counting after this); Mature Content: PG-13 (sexual situation mentioned); Violence: G.



Since her brother overdosed, Brynn, a junior, has not put in the effort needed to excel at school despite her dyslexia and fins herself in the “color classrooms”, or special education classes, down in the basement of her high school.  When her former girlfriend supports the smarmiest boy at their school for an important position, though, Brynn has had enough. Her protest results in her having to run for the position, because no one else will.  Worse – it leads to her sticking her neck out to run for student body president.  With home life and school life in chaos, Brynn has to find who her people really are or she will implode under the pressure.

The Rachel Maddow connection is a bit tenuous, I seriously wish Maddow had written back something we could have read – especially after the disaster near the end of the book.  As much as I like Brynn, this is super heavy on swearing, and not compelling enough despite that.

Cindy, Library Teacher

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