* COVER *
* SYNOPSIS *
"Staying quiet will destroy her, but speaking up will destroy everyone.
Kate 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."
* REVIEW *
Kate Franklin was stoked when her Father announced that he would be coaching for one of the best Prep schools in the area. It meant a fresh start for Kate after losing her mom to cancer and many of her 'so-called' friends. Her brother was not so excited but vowed to keep an eye on Kate as she made friends with the most popular kids in school. I could easily see this story as a movie. Many teenagers would relate and identify with this story. The Athletes and wealthy kids have so much power at this school and manipulate both peers and teachers to get ahead. At first Kate didn't notice this much but learned the hard way. It really wasn't who Kate was, but she loved the lifestyle: dating the star basketball player, sitting at the cool lunch table and attending the best parties. After awhile Kate realized that this life wasn't for her. She tried to distance herself from the group and risked losing her boyfriend. It was at a party where Kate was nearly assaulted. No one believed her and she realized she was all alone. I felt so sad for Kate and was proud of her by the end. As a young woman, she stood up for herself to both her friends and her Father. Relationships were mended and strengthened, not just with Kate but for others as well. Canary is a modern tale of the age old hierarchy of athletes vs. the rest of the world. Read this if you are a Young Adult fan!
* ABOUT THE AUTHOR *
Rachele Alpine is a lover of sushi, fake mustaches, and Michael Jackson. One of her first jobs was at a library, but it didn’t last long, because all she did was hide in the third-floor stacks and read. Now she’s a little more careful about when and where she indulges her reading habit. By day she’s a high school English teacher, and by night she writes with the companionship of the world’s cutest dog, Radley, a big cup of coffee, and a full bag of gummy peaches. Rachele lives with her husband in Cleveland, Ohio, but dreams of moving back to Boston, the city she fell in love with while attending graduate school there
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