Tradition by Brendan Kiely #BlogTour with #Giveaway

Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Release Date: May 1, 2018
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars
Prestigious. Powerful. Privileged. This is Fullbrook Academy, an elite prep school where history looms in the leafy branches over its brick walkways. But some traditions upheld in its hallowed halls are profoundly dangerous.
Jules Devereux just wants to keep her head down, avoid distractions, and get into the right college, so she can leave Fullbrook and its old-boy social codes behind. She wants freedom, but ex-boyfriends and ex-best friends are determined to keep her in place.
Jamie Baxter feels like an imposter at Fullbrook, but the hockey scholarship that got him in has given him a chance to escape his past and fulfill the dreams of his parents and coaches, whose mantra rings in his ears: Don’t disappoint us.
When Jamie and Jules meet, they recognize in each other a similar instinct for survival, but at a school where girls in the student handbook are rated by their looks, athletes stack hockey pucks in dorm room windows like notches on a bedpost, and school-sponsored dances push first year girls out into the night with senior boys, the stakes for safe sex, real love, and true friendship couldn’t be higher.
As Jules and Jamie’s lives intertwine, and the pressures to play by the rules and remain silent about the school’s secrets intensify, they see Fullbrook for what it really is. That tradition, a word Fullbrook hides behind, can be ugly, even violent. Ultimately, Jules and Jamie are faced with the difficult question: can they stand together against classmates—and an institution—who believe they can do no wrong? 

This book is told via two perspectives and has the raw emotions of teenage angst and the sad but yet true real of rape. what I enjoyed most about this read is the fact that the author is male and writing about issues that hit close to home. The storyline is strong and the characters could be people that you know. I believe that this book should be added to the high school reading curriculum.

"Guy's an animal. Tie a piece of meat to a string. Hang it out in front of him. He'll chase it for miles."

"If I talk about tampons or menstrual cups or pads, suddenly it's my fault the guys don't do their homework?"

"You guys just busted in here like a pack of frothy-faced hyenas."

{I requested a copy for reviewing purposes and made no guarantee of a favorable review. The opinions expressed herein are unbiased and my own.}

Prize: 5 copies of TRADITION by Brendan Kiely (5 winners will be chosen)
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Starts: 5/1
Ends: 5/10

Brendan Kiely is The New York Times bestselling author of All American Boys (with Jason Reynolds), The Last True Love Story, and The Gospel of Winter. His work has been published in ten languages, received a Coretta Scott King Author Honor Award, the Walter Dean Myers Award, the Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award, and was selected as one of the American Library Association’s Top Ten Best Fiction for Young Adults. Originally from the Boston area, he now lives with his wife in Greenwich Village.

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