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Tradition Hardcover – May 1, 2018
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"Powerful and necessary, Brendan Kiely bravely takes on class, privilege, and injustice in this layered, authentic story about friendship and finding the courage to stand up for what is right—Tradition is an important, timely book that will empower young men to rise up against misogyny and rape culture." --Amber Smith, New York Times bestselling author of The Way I Used to Be
"Tradition is a startling portrait of privilege and rape culture, but it is also ultimately a book about resistance and hope, the power of friendship to embolden our integrity, and the courage to do the right thing even when everyone else seems to be doing wrong." --Amy Reed, author of The Nowhere Girls
“Tradition is a stunning, timely, and deeply poignant novel about the culture of sexual violence. Sure to spark necessary conversations, this is 2018's must-read young adult novel.” --Kathleen Glasgow, New York Times bestselling author of Girl in Pieces
"Tradition isn't so much a book as it is an invitation and a promise. An invitation to stand up for ourselves and for what's right, and a promise that if we stand, we won't do so alone. Beautifully written with Brendan's wit and compassion, this book is a must read for all those hopeful for a better world." --Shaun David Hutchinson, author of the Florida Book Awards' Gold Medal and ALA's 2015 Rainbow Book List novel, The Five Stages of Andrew Brawley.
"Brendan Kiely’s Tradition is a searing literary call-to-arms in the most powerful and just sense: it takes a sledgehammer to our rotten, dangerous, and deeply ingrained traditions, so that we can build something new and beautiful in their place." --Jeff Zentner, author of the William C. Morris Award winning and Carnegie Medal longlisted The Serpent King and Goodbye Days
“The novel not only takes on rape culture within educational institutions, but condemns just about every sexist ideal we’re taught to accept”, Culturess
* "A story that belongs in every library.", School Library Journal, starred review
* “There is no doubt: this is an important book that all young adults should read.”, VOYA, starred review
“Kiely bravely explores rape culture and how it intersects with class and privilege… readers will find themselves rooting for the world not as it is, but as it might yet be.” – Booklist
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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 are bad, but what it does mean is that our culture has trained us in a very narrow way as to what a "man" is supposed to be, the emotions he's allowed to express, and how he's allowed to express them. Toxic masculinity is teaching boys to view each other, and women in a very narrow way. Toxic Masculinity isn't misandry, it's not hating men. It's hating societal norms that create men in this mold.
In TRADITION by Brendan Kiely there's a moment where he hugs another guy friend, and it's like this perfect moment of friendship, and intimacy. It was something I needed when I was a teenager.
"He pulled me into a hug. 'I think we both need one of these.' And he was right. The weirdest thing was that I couldn't remember ever hugging a man that long. Not my father, for sure. He could barely get through a mutual pat on the back. Not any friend or teammate. It'd always been girls. Why? How ridiculous."
That was my favorite part, that and there was a minor character named Greg that was a decent guy, and I'm going to imagine it's based on the teen me I could've been.
Anyway this is a book I can't wait to have in my 8th grade classroom. It's a very realistic look at sports, and the excitement of the game, but also does a good job unpacking the issues of toxic masculinity within a team structure. It looks at how to push back against it, while still being part of that world. It shows deep friendships between guys and girls that aren't based in romance or sex. It deals with sexual violence, and how people try to silence victims. More importantly it shows ways to deal with sexual violence, to be a survivor, and how to support friends after an assault.
I want this book in classes, on summer reading lists, in book clubs for teens, and for guys and girls to have discussions around these topics. I want teens to be able to unpack what they see around them, what they've learned, and try to figure out the things they need to unlearn. As a teacher, I couldn't recommend this book more.
Two very different narrators alternate telling the tale of Fullbrook Academy, a place that appears idealistic and posh, yet has seedy actions around every corner.
James Baxter is new to campus, coming for a second chance after a rocky exit from his hometown. He arrives wounded and wary of others, yet his chivalry and character make him likable from the very beginning.
Then, there's Jules. I freaking love Jules. She is powerful, passionate, and bold. She knows what she wants and she's driven as she goes for it. I loved her snide remarks, her comments to the brainless jocks who try to bully everyone, her bravado in class and her unabashed flaunting of her intelligence made her even more amazing in my eyes.
This book is about sexual assault, double standards held about women toward sex, and sexism...yes, but it is also about classism, feminism, homophobia, and character. It is about honor and loyalty and friendship and love.
It is about growing up as a teenager today, a harrowing ordeal, and it is so well-done. Fantastic.
Kiely’s account of the caustic nature of teenage life is replete with the adversities of social media, rumors, and innuendo. He deftly tackles the important and timely subject matter of sexuality, sexual assault, and consent. His characters are far from basic stereotypes of teenagers; they are sophisticated humans who yearn for the understanding of others.
Ultimately, Tradition is a book about the power of loyal friends and discovering that bravery can be found even during the worst of hardships. Yet it is also about how people continue to protect the status quo and surrender to the influential. I recommend and encourage all young adults to read this novel.
Thank you to NetGalley, Simon and Schuster, and Brendan Kiely for an advanced copy for review.
Top international reviews
With a dual narrative, we see what life at Fullbook is like from Jules perspective – she was once part of the privileged group but now abhors it. We also see it from Jamie’s perspective who has landed smack bang into that world and doesn’t fit in.
The toxicity of this environment drips from every page and makes you genuinely uncomfortable. It is a book that should be read and shared as much as possible.
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So it was good to read to be honest one can read it if he/she likes book but if it's your first than I don't recommend on reading it but also to be honest it shows us mirror of some social problems
At the end I would say ,
Tradition is not a excuse ...