Waiting on Wednesday: Rebels Like Us – Liz Reinhardt

Waiting On Wednesday in a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine in which we discuss an upcoming release that you’re…well…waiting on! And this seems like the perfect excuse to have mini fangirl freakouts over the books I NEED ASAP.

This week, I’m flailing over REBELS LIKE US

What You Need to Know

25377806Rebels Like Us by Liz Reinhardt

Release Date: February 28th, 2017 from Harlequin Teen

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Synopsis: “It’s not like I never thought about being mixed race. I guess it was just that, in Brooklyn, everyone was competing to be exotic or surprising. By comparison, I was boring, seriously. Really boring.”

Culture shock knocks city girl Agnes “Nes” Murphy-Pujols off-kilter when she’s transplanted mid–senior year from Brooklyn to a small Southern town after her mother’s relationship with a coworker self-destructs. On top of the move, Nes is nursing a broken heart and severe homesickness, so her plan is simple: keep her head down, graduate and get out. Too bad that flies out the window on day one, when she opens her smart mouth and pits herself against the school’s reigning belle and the principal.

Her rebellious streak attracts the attention of local golden boy Doyle Rahn, who teaches Nes the ropes at Ebenezer. As her friendship with Doyle sizzles into something more, Nes discovers the town she’s learning to like has an insidious undercurrent of racism. The color of her skin was never something she thought about in Brooklyn, but after a frightening traffic stop on an isolated road, Nes starts to see signs everywhere—including at her own high school where, she learns, they hold proms. Two of them. One black, one white.

Nes and Doyle band together with a ragtag team of classmates to plan an alternate prom. But when a lit cross is left burning in Nes’s yard, the alterna-prommers realize that bucking tradition comes at a price. Maybe, though, that makes taking a stand more important than anything.

 Why I’m Flailing

The part that got me was the segregated proms. There was a documentary I watched back in high school called Prom Night in Mississippi about a high school that finally held an integrated prom in 2009. It completely blew my mind; I had no idea that something like that could occur in the 21st century, that we as a nation had moved past that. It was extremely eye-opening. Reading about this from the perspective someone who not only raised in an area where this would be unheard of, but is mixed race, would be interesting and informative read.

That’s all for now from me. What books are you waiting on?

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