Synopsis from Macmillan Publishers:
In Adrienne Kisner’s Dear Rachel Maddow, a high school girl deals with school politics and life after her brother’s death by drafting emails to MSNBC host Rachel Maddow in this funny and heartfelt YA debut.
Brynn Haper’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 e-mails to Rachel but never sending them. Brynn tells Rachel about breaking up with her first serious girlfriend, about her brother Nick’s death, about her passive mother and even worse stepfather, about how she’s stuck in remedial courses at school and is considering dropping out.
Then Brynn is confronted with a moral dilemma. One student representative will be allowed to have a voice among the administration in the selection of a new school superintendent. Brynn’s archnemesis, Adam, and ex-girlfriend, Sarah, believe only Honors students are worthy of the selection committee seat. Brynn feels all students deserve a voice. When she runs for the position, the knives are out. So she begins to ask herself: What Would Rachel Maddow Do?
About: Dear Rachel Maddow is a young adult contemporary written by Adrienne Kisner. It was published on 6/5/2018 by Feiwel & Friends, an imprint of Macmillan Publishers, paperback, 272 pages. The genres are young adult, GLBT, contemporary, and fiction. This book is the author’s debut and it’s intended for readers ages 13 to 18. According to the publisher’s website, “Feiwel and Friends is a publisher of innovative children’s fiction and nonfiction literature, including hardcover, paperback series, and individual titles. The imprint is dedicated to “book by book” publishing, bringing the work of distinctive and outstanding authors, illustrators, and ideas to the marketplace. Feiwel and Friends is defined and guided by our principle: Our books are friends for life.” Please see below for more information about the author and publisher.
My Experience: I started reading Dear Rachel Maddow on 2/7/2019 and finished it on 2/11/2019 at 12:45AM. This book is an excellent read! I enjoyed the romance in this book. It’s fun to follow how Brynn pines over her ex Sarah and then being such a klutz when around the new girl she likes. Girl love is such a cute read, especially when it’s in the beginning stages. I like the letter format. It’s easy to read. There are a bit of swearing and the voice is very much like teens. I love Mr. Grimm’s advices. He’s a good man to have around. I like Lacey too as well as Justin. The humor is great in this book.
This book is told in the first person point of view following Brynn Harper, 16 years old. She’s writing an email to Rachel Maddow, a news reporter for a school assignment because she’s a big fan of Rachel. This book is entirely organized in an email format. Each page is an email letter. Brynn sends the email to her English teacher, Mr. Grimm and he sends a reply. Brynn sends many emails to Rachel telling Rachel about herself but then she left those letters in draft instead of sending them out. From there, readers will learn about why she was an honor roll student who now a struggling student. Further along, when drama at school calls for a voice, readers will see how Brynn stands up to use her voice to represent those silent ones.
Dear Rachel Maddow is very well written and a fast paced read! I like that this book focuses around school, especially an important topic like politics. I’m glad Brynn has a role model she looks up to and follow for positive influence. Despite her unstable home life, I like that the people Brynn surrounds herself with are good influencers. Even if her ex gives up on Brynn, I’m glad there is someone else. I like the things she learned from her brother, even though it’s a tough lesson. I like how Brynn stands up for those under-represented individuals. I’m glad TV is considered as a positive influence in this case. I find I couldn’t put down this book when reading it and I highly recommend everyone to read it too!
Pro: fast paced, page turner, email, role model, influence, girl love, humor, high school politics
I rate it 5 stars!
About the Author:
Adrienne Kisner has master’s and doctorate degrees in theology from Boston University and was inspired by her work with high school and college students to write Dear Rachel Maddow. She is also a graduate of Vermont College of Fine Arts with an MFA in writing for children and young adults. Dear Rachel Maddow is her debut. http://www.adriennekisner.com (Photo obtained from the author’s website and info obtained from Macmillan Publishers’ website).
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***Disclaimer: I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway. Please be assured that my opinions are honest.