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ARC Review: Dear Rachel Maddow by Adrienne Kisner

Summary 

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 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 more 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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Review

My rating:

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Hey there, everybody! Another day, another review, and this one’s on Dear Rachel Maddow by Adrienne Kisner! Now, when I first heard about it, I was a bit intrigued with the premise. How many times have I wanted to send a letter to my hero and have it answered? So I could totally relate to the title! And I really wanted to see what would happen to Brynn as the novel progressed.

One thing I really liked about this novel was that it didn’t end the way I expected it to. Usually, this is something I would critique on, but lately, I’ve been finding it works with a lot of standalone novels, especially when there is a lot going on. You can’t cover everything within about 300 pages. And that’s okay. As long as it ends on a somewhat more positive note than the beginning. Plus, it would be pretty predictable if everything I thought should happen in a novel did actually happen… 😉

As for the characters, I’ve got to say that I enjoyed reading about them. From Brynn and her reluctance altruism, Lacey and her brilliance, Justin and his sheer honesty, and a lot of others. Even when Adam and Sarah came into play, I was totally invested in how they would interact with everyone. Did I like them as people? No way. But they did make the plot more interesting, so I’ll give them that.

Well, that’s all I have to say about Dear Rachel Maddow by Adrienne Kisner. My final note is that I was in it for every email in that book! If anyone else is interested, Dear Rachel Maddow is coming out on June 5th, 2018. Thanks for reading, everyone!

– Sumaya

I received an advance reader’s copy from Raincoast Books in exchange for an honest review.

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