Tradition meets People Like Us in this timely and haunting YA contemporary standalone that tackles the contagious nature of toxic masculinity at an elite New England boarding school clinging to its past, and the sexual assault that changes everything.
WHO WILL YOU BE AT LYCROFT PHELPS?
This is the question all Lycroft applicants want to be asked. It means they’ve been accepted to one of the most prestigious private high schools in the nation.
Over 150 years is plenty of time for traditions to bake into the campus’s bricks and ivy. Ceremonies. Athletic rivalries. Secret societies. Pranks taken too far. But navigating it all will make Charlotte (perfect, straight-A student), Max (scholarship kid and STEM whiz), and Quinn (artist, dreamer, Lycroft legacy) question all they thought they knew about themselves…and the school.
Especially when Quinn’s sexual assault becomes public and implicates one of the top-tier athletes on campus.
Told in alternating perspectives, this gripping, fast-paced narrative is perfect for readers looking for their next empowering #MeToo read.
A teenage sexual assault survivor seeks justice in this heart-stopping volume by Rosenblum (The Stepping Off Place), which explores the pervasiveness of—and the structures that uphold—toxic masculinity. Gifted artist Quinn Walsh was a freshman at the prestigious boarding school Lycroft Phelps Academy when varsity crew athlete Colin Pearce assaulted her and faced no repercussions. Now a sophomore, Q, who has PTSD, has one goal in mind: make Colin pay. Q's piercing first-person narration alternates with strait-laced Charlotte Foresley, a dancer who struggles with internalized misogyny and who is the girlfriend of Colin's popular best friend; and insecure scholarship student Max Hannigan-Loeffler, who faces a moral dilemma when he's recruited to Colin's alpha male crew team. As the trio's paths converge, dark secrets from Lycroft Phelps's past come to light, and Q must decide if she's willing to risk expulsion—or worse—to see justice served. A captivating start gives way to a rushed denouement, leading to more questions than answers. Nevertheless, Rosenblum's immersive and poetic prose tackles difficult themes with precision and care, delivering a profound account of overcoming trauma in a system designed to protect abusers. Major characters cue as white. Ages 14–up.