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Canary

Alpine, Rachele (Book - 2013 )
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
Canary
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In this debut novel, a high school girl tries to understand the world, figure out where she fits in, and learn how to stand up for herself when everything falls apart. With the passing of her mother, Kate Franklin's life unravels at the seams as she loses the only emotional mooring in her family. Her dad shuts down completely, and her brother enlists in the army. Things start looking better when her dad is hired to coach at Beacon Prep, home of one of the best basketball teams in the state. In a blog of prose and poetry, Kate chronicles her new world, dating a basketball player, being caught up in a world of idolatry and entitlement, and discovering the perks the inner circle enjoys. Then Kate's fragile life shatters once again when one of her boyfriend's teammates assaults her at a party. Although she knows she should speak out, her dad is 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 once welcoming community has betrayed Kate, her family is disintegrating, and she's on her own to grapple with whether to stay quiet or speak out and expose a town's hero and destroy her father's career.
Authors: Alpine, Rachele, 1979-
Title: Canary
Publisher: [Aurora, Illinois] : Medallion Press., 2013.
Edition: First edition.
Characteristics: 486 pages ;,21 cm
Content Type: text
Media Type: unmediated
Carrier Type: volume
Summary: In this debut novel, a high school girl tries to understand the world, figure out where she fits in, and learn how to stand up for herself when everything falls apart. With the passing of her mother, Kate Franklin's life unravels at the seams as she loses the only emotional mooring in her family. Her dad shuts down completely, and her brother enlists in the army. Things start looking better when her dad is hired to coach at Beacon Prep, home of one of the best basketball teams in the state. In a blog of prose and poetry, Kate chronicles her new world, dating a basketball player, being caught up in a world of idolatry and entitlement, and discovering the perks the inner circle enjoys. Then Kate's fragile life shatters once again when one of her boyfriend's teammates assaults her at a party. Although she knows she should speak out, her dad is 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 once welcoming community has betrayed Kate, her family is disintegrating, and she's on her own to grapple with whether to stay quiet or speak out and expose a town's hero and destroy her father's career.
Audience: 700
ISBN: 1605425877
9781605425870
Statement of Responsibility: Rachele Alpine
Subject Headings: Secrecy Psychological aspects Juvenile fiction. Acquaintance rape victims Juvenile fiction. Fathers and daughters Juvenile fiction. Children of single parents Juvenile fiction.
Genre/Form: Bildungsromans.
Topical Term: Secrecy
Acquaintance rape victims
Fathers and daughters
Children of single parents
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Apr 30, 2014
  • Haven04 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

There are no words to explain how well-written this book is. I started the book and finished it in a few hours. Not once did I put it down. I wish I could read it again.

I recommend it 100% to everyone.

Aug 07, 2013
  • DanceFiddler rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Kate is sucked into a dizzying social whirl at her new school, which revolves around basketball. The players can do no wrong, and are heroes of the whole school. But Kate soon discovers that they take their power too far. Will she brave ostracizing and speak out? Disturbing. Hard to read. But an absolute must-read after cases like Steubenville.

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