Staying quiet will destroy her, but speaking up will destroy everyone.
Kate Franklin’s life changes for the better when her dad lands a job at Beacon Prep, an elite private school with one of the best basketball teams in the state. She begins to date a player on the team and quickly gets caught up in a world of idolatry and entitlement, learning that there are perks to being an athlete.
But those perks also come with a price. Another player takes his power too far and Kate is assaulted at a party. Although she knows she should speak out, her dad’s vehemently against it and so, like a canary sent into a mine to test toxicity levels and protect miners, Kate alone breathes the poisonous secrets to protect her dad and the team. The world that Kate was once welcomed into is now her worst enemy, and she must decide whether to stay silent or expose the corruption, destroying her father’s career and bringing down a town’s heroes.
I can’t say I have felt like reading contemporaries lately, but I’ve wanted to read this since the cover first caught my eye. For the most part, it looks like my summer is filled with plenty of fantasy reads, but I think I can step back and take a break for Rachele Alpine’s Canary. It addresses a sensitive issue, which (depending on the author) can turn out to feel raw and painful when given a realistic portrayal, but stories like this are often touching and empowering. Handled carelessly, and the story can feel offensive. Early reviewers of Canary, however, have given positive feedback, and I look forward to reading Kate’s journey.