Prestigious. Powerful. Privileged. This is Fullbrook Academy, an elite prep school where history looms in the leafy branches over its brick walkways. But some traditions upheld in its hallowed halls are profoundly dangerous.Jules Devereux just wants to keep her head down, avoid distractions, and get into the right college, so she can leave Fullbrook and its old-boy social codes behind. She wants freedom, but ex-boyfriends and ex-best friends are determined to keep her in place.Jamie Baxter feels like an imposter at Fullbrook, but the hockey scholarship that got him in has given him a chance to escape his past and fulfill the dreams of his parents and coaches, whose mantra rings in his ears: Dont disappoint us.When Jamie and Jules meet, they recognize in each other a similar instinct for survival, but at a school where girls in the student handbook are rated by their looks, athletes stack hockey pucks in dorm room windows like notches on a bedpost, and school-sponsored dances push first year girls out into the night with senior boys, the stakes for safe sex, real love, and true friendship couldnt be higher.As Jules and Jamies lives intertwine, and the pressures to play by the rules and remain silent about the schools secrets intensify, they see Fullbrook for what it really is. That tradition, a word Fullbrook hides behind, can be ugly, even violent. Ultimately, Jules and Jamie are faced with the difficult question: can they stand together against classmatesand an institutionwho believe they can do no wrong?...
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4.5 stars! Excellent story with an important message. I liked Baxter/Bax/Buckeye the most of course:)
I cannot recommend this book enough for all high school classroom and school libraries. This is a must-read, first order purchase. Kiely, co-author of All American Boys has done it again-taken a timely issue and writes about it in a real, raw, accessible way. In Tradition he tackles the inherent issues of rape culture, slut shaming, and the double standards that exist for male and female students. Set in an elite boarding school and told from dual points of view, this is a look at what happens ...more
An important novel!
Wow, so much admiration for Brendan Kiely for writing a novel addressing rape culture in a private school filled with tradition that perpetuates disgusting, unacceptable, criminal behavior. This is a book about speaking up and speaking out. Memorable characters who embrace their identities.
Fullbrook Academy is known for its traditions. Many of the boys that go to this elite prep school are proud of these traditions, for they are ones who benefit most. They lead discussions in the classroom, as well as the parties on the weekends. When newcomer Jamie Baxter arrives at Fullbrook, he knows he just needs to keep his mouth shut and play hockey so he can keep his scholarship. As he gets to know his teammates and some of the other senior boys, it’s clear to Jamie that their traditions ar ...more
TW - sexual assault
Growing up in the 80s I was an art kid. Theater. String Orchestra. Band. Reading. I was sensitive, but outside those spaces it wasn't allowed. In sports, with guy friends, to show those emotions was to be ridiculed at least, sometimes outcast, oftentimes for me it was to be physically attacked. In sixth grade I told a close friend I loved him. He called me homophobic slurs, and hit me in the face with a fist-sized rock. That's "toxic masculinity." It doesn't mean that all men ...more
Although I felt like this book had some great messages, it felt like the writing was weak, especially with character development and storyline. It took a long time for the confronting issue to occur, so long I wasn't sure if I missed it or what. I did however zoom through the book because I wanted to know what happened.
If you want to know what the book is about, maybe read the description/ I sort of don't want to give away the plot in the review or even too much because I think it will spoil it. ...more
In “Tradition,” a compelling story of privilege, prominence and prestige at Fullbrook Academy, Brendan Kiely tackles the difficult topic of rape and its cultural prevalence in present society. Meet legacy Jules Devereaux, hoping to shuffle through her senior year without incident and blackballed James Baxter, a blue-collar boy given a second chance with a full-ride hockey scholarship. While questioning the rules of the institution and their precarious positions within, Jules and James form an un ...more
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This review contains spoilers.
This was a well written book tackling hard issues.
Did I like it? No. Not at all.
Basically I'm fed up of stories without satisfactory endings in this topic. With all of the recent media attention, the me too campaign and the abundance of rich male priviledge overriding common decency; I was hoping for a tale of hope or at least justice.
But this story just seemed to reiterate that if you ...more