Dear Rachel Maddow

Dear Rachel Maddow Sixteen year old Brynn Harper s life has one steadying force Rachel Maddow She watches her daily and after writing to Rachel for a school project and actually getting a response Brynn starts drafting

  • Title: Dear Rachel Maddow
  • Author: Adrienne Kisner
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 300
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Sixteen year old Brynn Harper s life has one steadying force Rachel Maddow She watches her daily, and after writing to Rachel for a school project and actually getting a response Brynn starts drafting emails to Rachel but never sending them It s an outlet Brynn tells Rachel about breaking up with Sarah, her first serious girlfriend, about her beloved brother Nick s deatSixteen year old Brynn Harper s life has one steadying force Rachel Maddow She watches her daily, and after writing to Rachel for a school project and actually getting a response Brynn starts drafting emails to Rachel but never sending them It s an outlet Brynn tells Rachel about breaking up with Sarah, her first serious girlfriend, about her beloved brother Nick s death, her passive mother and even worse stepfather, about how she s stuck in remedial courses at school and is considering dropping out But then Brynn is confronted with a moral dilemma She learns that one student representative will be allowed to have a voice among teachers and administrators in the selection of a new school superintendent Sarah, along with Brynn s arch nemesis John, believe only honors students worthy of the selection committee seat Brynn knows they are interested in power and perks Brynn feels all students deserve a voice When she runs for the position the knives are out and her brother s memory and her new crush Michaela are shamed Brynn asks herself What would Rachel Maddow do

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    1. If you're interested, you could check out the exclusive excerpt, which is an ADORABLENESS OVERLOAD for me, and an ARC giveaway for my friends in the U.S. HERE!!!

    2. I absolutely adored DEAR RACHEL MADDOW! I love a good epistolary novel, and Brynn's emails - technically a diary but directed at her hero, Rachel Maddow - are hilarious, poignant, and impossible to stop reading. Brynn's self-deprecating narration contains great insight into her family, her school, and her life. I loved how she took what she learned watching Rachel Maddow and applied it to her own school government, and I loved seeing her come into her own as a leader, a girlfriend, and a young a [...]

    3. The premise is better than the execution, though still a good read. Noted that it's for ages 13 - 18 and I think in most cases 13 will be a bit young--15 and up, maybe? There is nothing graphic here but a lot (a lot) of language. That doesn't bother me in the least but for some readers it will be an issue. I'm also not sure how many readers of this age are Rachel Maddow fans or even know who she is. There's a little inside baseball here (The Best Thing in the World Today, Debunktion Junction, et [...]

    4. 3.5-4. I'd recommend this to fans of NICE TRY, JANE SINNER and for people who want a YA about a lesbian girl that's told in a completely unconventional way: in emails written to Rachel Maddow. It's good, but it's not something that I loved.

    5. When a class project asks that Brynn write to her hero, she continues long after the project is finished. This is a deeply poignant book that will tug at you long after you finish. As funny she is heartbreaking, Brynn burrows her way into your heart one quip and keen observation at a time. Brynn's story is a hard but necessary one, something that people of all ages will relate to. Its epistolary format offers compelling heart and tension, rendering me to read it in one sitting. And when I turned [...]

    6. librarytalker/201Who needs Dear Diary or Dear Abby when you have Rachel Maddow?Brynn Harper's life is not a bowl of cherries. She's a lesbian living a closeted life with her ultra-conservative mother and abusive stepfather. She struggles with basic schoolwork because the letters and words dance before her eyes. Her older brother died two years before from an accidental overdose. And everyone, or almost everyone, believes she'll die the same way even though she's never taken a single drug.Brynn's [...]

    7. Brynn is grieving the loss of her older brother while trying to survive in a home where her stepfather actively despises her and her mother cares more about her marriage than her daughter. To make matters worse, Brynn's girlfriend broke up with her. Brynn's grief caused her grades to plummet, which in turn placed her in remedial classes in school. Her only hope comes from her obsession with Rachel Maddow, whom Brynn watches regularly. Brynn even composes emails to Rachel Maddow, although they al [...]

    8. Told through a series of e-mails to Rachel Maddow, Kisner's young adult novel deftly explores the budding sexuality and journalistic conscience of protagonist Brynn Harper, a smart kid who is struggling at school through no real fault of her own. I was initially skeptical of this format, but it works really well.

    9. ARC Received from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.Brynn Harper is a junior in high school who has found herself failing school after experiencing the death of her idolized brother, heartbreak from her first serious girlfriend, and increasing abuse and neglect at home. The one constant in her life is Rachel Maddow and, after writing to her for a class assignment, finds that she is able to work through what is going on in her life, so as long as it's in the form of a letter addressed to [...]

    10. This is a well thought out story from first time Young Adult author Adrienne Kisner.Brynn Harper gives up on everything, she’s endures a huge loss and familial rupture, breaks up with her first great love—who is TOTALLY sending her mixed signals, and is kicked off of the school neewspaper because of her grades She also has absolutely no support from any adults other than her boss and her teacher in the special ed room Mr Grimm. Mr. Grimm gives her this assignment to write to a “celebrity h [...]

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