Thursday, February 18, 2016

Review: Rebel Bully Geek Pariah by Erin Jade Lange
Rebel Bully Geek Pariah
by Erin Jade Lange
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Publication Date: February 16th 2016
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Pages: 320
ISBN: 9781619634985
Genre: Young Adult | Contemporary
Source: For Review

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"The Breakfast Club" gets a modern, high-stakes reboot in this story of four very different teens and a night that changes them forever.

The Rebel: Once popular, Andi is now a dreadlocked, tattooed wild child.
The Bully: York torments everyone who crosses his path, especially his younger brother.
The Geek: Tired of being bullied, Boston is obsessed with getting into an Ivy League college.
The Pariah: Choosing to be invisible has always worked for Sam . . . until tonight.

When Andi, York, Boston, and Sam find themselves hiding in the woods after a party gets busted by the cops, they hop into the nearest car they see and take off—the first decision of many in a night that will change their lives forever. By the light of day, these four would never be caught dead together, but when their getaway takes a dangerously unpredictable turn, sticking together could be the only way to survive.

With cinematic storytelling and compelling emotional depth, critically acclaimed author Erin Jade Lange takes readers on literary thrill ride. (Goodreads)

My Thoughts...

Rebel, Bully, Geek, Pariah is a story about four kids who have absolutely nothing in common, and the one night that changes their worlds forever. It's described as a modern version of The Breakfast Club, a movie that I still haven't seen, but am dying to watch, so I knew I would have to read it!

There are four main characters in the story, and each of them were likeable for different reasons.  Andi is the rebel, the once popular girl who now sports dreadlocks and tattoos and lives for danger. York is the bully, who torments everyone, but has a kinder heart than what I expected. His brother, Boston, is the geek, the super smart kid whose only concern is what college he can get into. And Sam is the Pariah, the invisible girl who always wears the hats to hide her scars. These kids have nothing in common, other than that they go to the same school, and the one night that pushes them all together.

The storyline for the book was both interesting and very fast paced. I love that it included some tough topics that a lot of kids have to face today, including bullying and drugs. I think a lot of kids will be able to relate to some of the things that the characters go through in this book. I also loved watching the friendships form between the characters, even when they had absolutely nothing in common, and how they work together to figure out how to do the right thing for the situation that they got themselves into.

Overall; Rebel, Bully, Geek, Pariah was a really interesting read. I enjoyed the characters and the storyline, and the important messages in the book as well. I will definitely be picking up more books by Erin Jade Lange soon, and watching for more books by her in the near future!

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