Rebels Like Us

Rebels Like Us It s not like I never thought about being mixed race I guess it was just that in Brooklyn everyone was competing to be exotic or surprising By comparison I was boring seriously Really boring Cultu

It s not like I never thought about being mixed race I guess it was just that, in Brooklyn, everyone was competing to be exotic or surprising By comparison, I was boring, seriously Really boring Culture shock knocks city girl Agnes Nes Murphy Pujols off kilter when she s transplanted mid senior year from Brooklyn to a small Southern town after her mother s relation It s not like I never thought about being mixed race I guess it was just that, in Brooklyn, everyone was competing to be exotic or surprising By comparison, I was boring, seriously Really boring Culture shock knocks city girl Agnes Nes Murphy Pujols off kilter when she s transplanted mid senior year from Brooklyn to a small Southern town after her mother s relationship with a coworker self destructs On top of the move, Nes is nursing a broken heart and severe homesickness, so her plan is simple keep her head down, graduate and get out Too bad that flies out the window on day one, when she opens her smart mouth and pits herself against the school s reigning belle and the principal Her rebellious streak attracts the attention of local golden boy Doyle Rahn, who teaches Nes the ropes at Ebenezer As her friendship with Doyle sizzles into something , Nes discovers the town she s learning to like has an insidious undercurrent of racism The color of her skin was never something she thought about in Brooklyn, but after a frightening traffic stop on an isolated road, Nes starts to see signs everywhere including at her own high school where, she learns, they hold proms Two of them One black, one white Nes and Doyle band together with a ragtag team of classmates to plan an alternate prom But when a lit cross is left burning in Nes s yard, the alterna prommers realize that bucking tradition comes at a price Maybe, though

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  1. Liz Reinhardt is a perpetually homesick NJ native who migrated to the deep South a decade ago with her funny kid, motor head husband, and growing pack of mutts She s a fanatical book lover with no reading prejudices and a wide range of genre loves, but her heart will always skip a beat for YA In her spare time she likes to listen to corny jokes her kid reads to her from ice pop sticks, watch her husband get dirty working on cars, travel whenever she can scrape together a few bucks, and gab on the phone incessantly with her bestie, writer Steph Campbell She likes Raisinets even if they aren t real candy, the Oxford comma even though it s nerdy, and airports even when her plane is delayed When she isn t writing, Liz Reinhardt teaches a fantastic group of diverse 8th graders in Savannah, GA Rebels Like Us, her latest YA novel, is full of hot kisses, angst, homesickness, and laughs that are almost as good as the ones that come from the stick of a melty ice pop.

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  1. Reinhardt demonstrates the importance of ownvoices Write what you know, and if you do not, research until your fingers bleed Her writing shows no injury or blood loss What should have been a good opportunity for an additional diverse character serves as bait and switch for the main character, Nes, reads as a tanned white girl without heart and nuance For a black biracial girl, Nes is a rather naive girl from NYC to the Georgia For example, she never felt othered Children of color experience raci [...]

  2. 3.5 5 starsRebels Like Us is a standalone YA contemporary novel It is my first book by this author.I originally read about this book in Buzz Books 2017 Young Adult Spring Summer It sounded interesting.The narrator is 17 year old Agnes Murphy Pujols She is known as Nes Her father is Dominican and her mother is Irish She has just moved from Brooklyn NY to a small town in Georgia to complete her senior year of high school.Her father and brother live in France And she and her mom have just moved to [...]

  3. I m an Indigo employee, and I received an advanced reading copy of this book from Indigo Books and Music, in exchange for my honest review Marked this book as a DNF at page 182 I really really tried I wanted to like it, since I loved Seventeen fiction s Something in Between , but this book has been eye roll worthy and boring and pretty annoying for the first 180 pages, and I don t know if I can take any .The plot was slow moving, predictable, and dull so far , and the characters were really unli [...]

  4. I enjoyed Rebels Like Us a lot It engages in some cliches instalove, opposites improbably attracting, fairytale ending, etc but does so in a knowing, nuanced way, and populates them with engaging, individual characters who made the story come very effectively to life In particular, Nes kicks ass She s strong and confident from the start, and never even considers backing down in a totally foreign, unfamiliar environment she s never less than herself, it s a wonderful thing to see I also appreciat [...]

  5. The writing of this book, itself, was pretty good The author was a pro at making you feel something about the characters you were frustrated and angry and happy along with them But the storyline, itself, was not all that great Until about the 250 300th page, you weren t even aware of what the problem was yet in the book, because it was all focused on Nes whining about not being able to date Doyle even though it was her choice not to, and also her whining about leaving New York And even when the [...]

  6. NYC teen Agnes Murphy Pujols is in for the shock of a lifetime when she moves to middle of nowhere Georgia and finds out that her new community holds two segregated proms Romantic sparks fly when Agnes meets popular Doyle Rahn, and eventually they, and their band of teen allies decide to organize a desegregated alternaprom MC Agnes s voice is smart, edgy and laugh out loud funny Her romance with gorgeous southern boy Doyle is off the charts HOT, and the side characters are well drawn alpha girl [...]

  7. 3 3.5 stars.I enjoyed this book Though it turned out to be different to what I expected The issue I had with it was that to me, it seemed a lot longer than it needed to be It took a while for it to get to the point I also would ve liked if it would ve dealt with racism like I thought it would, and earlier in the book But overall, it was a good contemporary story.

  8. I loved the chemistry between the two main characters, Nes and Doyle The two had some great banter going from the first time they met Their flirting had me smiling every time Both of them were fun characters I was actually surprised how much of the book focused on their growing relationship I expected of the plot to be on the racism Nes faced in Georgia as a mixed race girl and on her efforts to stop the annual tradition of two proms being held one white and one black It took quite a while for [...]

  9. I m gonna make this quick and lightunlike the book I was really looking forward to this book has so much promise with a great message about racism You really don t realize it sometimes but unfortunately our country has along way to go in that department still The wonderful message in this book unfortunately took a backseat to some seriously boring and drawn out issues between the MC s Nes and Doyle I just wanted them to hurry up and end their relationship so the rest of the book would come alive [...]

  10. This book was O.M Wowza I loved this book, and I know you will too I finished this book so fast and would have been faster if I didn t have school I was on the edge of my seat turning page after page This book is about a young girl who goes by Nes and how she grows and changes through her last semester of senior year When Nes mom does something unthinkable, Nes and her move to a small town in Georgia Little did her mom know that Georgia may have been the worst place to choose Nes becomes an outs [...]

  11. Received an ARC from the Tattered Cover Bookstore Thank you Challenge 17 Main character has a different ethnicity2017 52 book challenge Book by an author you very never read before.2 3 17 I m only on page 53 and there is on page sex so this will be a high school only book So far, I m liking the story and the writing.Lots of sex on page and underage drinking puts this firmly in the high school only category While I thought it was realistic, it is one of the new adult novels rather than a young a [...]

  12. Love this book The main theme for me is not the romance, but the racism Great book to read this year To not forgot how little time pass since Civil right movement How much we have to do It s so sad that this theme is still a contemporary subject.

  13. This is a pitch perfect teen romance with social justice theme The GENIUS of the writing is that I didn t realize she had dark skin in the south because SHE didn t realize she had dark skin in the south.

  14. I needed an easy read break and I found this book It s a cute teen book that faces some real issues that s happening in the US.

  15. I really wanted to love this book but it took too long to get to the issues in this book The first 100 pages or so isn t even a set up for the conflict in the book, it is the anger Anges has at her mother and wallowing in pity over being moved to Georgia In January of her Senior Year With the outrageous thing her mother did, the option should of been for her to live with her grandmother or her best friend s parents instead of uprooting her for mother s stupidtiy Parents should suffer for their c [...]

  16. After reading the Buzz Books excerpt I honestly didn t expect to like this one based on the synopsis, but it was very readable and the MC was very witty and sassy I don t think this one was on my TBR, so I must add it ASAP

  17. Rebels Like Us is about a girl named Agnes who moves from New York to Georgia for her senior year of high school and gets a huge dose a culture shock I empathized with her character because moving from CT to MD was like that for me I laughed out loud when Agnes teachers thought she was messing with her by not calling her Ma am Honestly, not much happens in the first third of the book besides Agnes meeting and hanging out Doyle, going to school, arguing with her mom, dealing with Ansley the head [...]

  18. 3.5 Stars Rebels Like Us by Liz Reinhardt was good I enjoyed it, the writing style has a simple clearness to it, different personalities, and filled with many, many messages Even with its cliches, it s still a fun read, with a message I seem to joy stories where characters go from city to small town or the other way around Maybe it s because I moved around a lot when growing up, or maybe that s just fun to read Anyways, the lead character, Nes, goes from city life to Southern small town life, no [...]

  19. Agnes Murphy Pujols has just been uprooted from her active life in Brooklyn halfway through her senior year in high school to move with her Irish mother to a small town in Georgia while her brother attends the Sorbonne and lives with their Dominican father in Paris Feeling like she got the raw end of the deal, Agnes is equally pissed at her mother for cheating on her father, despite their separation, and stressed out at having to deal with fitting in at a new school Luckily, her looks and fiery [...]

  20. I remember my first reaction to this book before I held it in my hands being that the story sounded very relevant and intriguing, and that I really liked the cover I d also never read a book with a bi racial main character before, which was surprising and shameful for me When the book arrived in the mail, I remember feeling very excited, as well as intimidated by the size of it It is nearly 500 pages long I d never encountered a contemporary YA book which was that long before, and I really hoped [...]

  21. At 490 pages Rebels Like Us is a lengthy read, and in the back of my mind I had a few sneaking suspicions I would not finish this book I was wrong I could hardly stop myself from plowing from cover to cover.What I do want to make clear for parents is Rebels Like Us is perfect for high school students and young adults trying to find their way in the world, but should not be read by younger readers trying to read up Liz Reinhardt does not skip around adult issues such as alcohol or sex, but nor di [...]

  22. Liz Reinhardt weaves an absolutely stunning story in these pages Filled with so much angst, worry, silliness, charm, happiness and love, it had me riding an emotional roller coaster from the first page on Pulling together a story filled with the drama of high school, mixed with the problems of everyday racism, rolling it into a story of young, bright, strong minded teenagers how they face problems so far beyond themselves will have you holding your breath as you wait and hope and pray that they [...]

  23. I really tried to love this book, but I found it hard I feel like the book should have gotten to the point much sooner, and that it was unnecessarily long I had to wait until almost half way through the book for it to get to the point, and I thought the side stories should really have played less of a point throughout the story I think the plot was falsely advertised as being about racism when I saw it as of a romance Racism played less of a role in the story then the cover description said Ove [...]

  24. It is hard to leave your home It is hard to trust It is hard to change who your are and what you believe in It is hard to be different Differences are supposed to bring peopl together, but as we have seen for many years, ther s always discrimination Wether it is because of your skin color or your gender, we are all the same black and white, woman or man, asian or american, and so on Injustice is always present andas Nes did, we should all speak up against it, and not let trivial things define wh [...]

  25. Rebels Like Us was such a beautiful story I loved how full and complicated all the characters were Even the smallest secondary characters felt like real people and not just stereotypes or empty stand ins She did such a wonderful job interweaving the race and class and xenophobia issues with Agnes and Doyle s relationship while still making the two of them so sweet and swoony It all felt very natural and not at all preachy It shows how complicated and messy and sometimes really scary life and lov [...]

  26. I enjoyed everything about Rebels Like Us I can t say enough good things regarding this book I loved the love story, and the characters are amazing Every one needs a Doyle and Agnes in there lives, they made me laugh out loud, and they made me think about alot of things I had not expected to I believe that almost any adult would enjoy reading this wonderful book Good story This was my first book by Liz Reinhardt and I will be reading of her books I won my book from Giveaways, thanks for the gre [...]

  27. To be clear, I read an ARC of this book and I hope there was significant cutting down within the book It discussed some interesting topics not often covered in YA BUT there were far too many big hitting issues included which seemedrced Also, in general, there were a lot of references I didn t even get so actual teenagers will not A frustratingly long read I mean, they don t even kiss until 3 4 of the way through the book.

  28. Agnes has definitely found herself on my all time favorite character list She s sarcastic, courageous, and true to herself Agnes made this book for me and the authors use of racism is refreshing in a world full of fluff books As Ollie said The two most important things in the world romantic love and social justice I recommend this book to everyone that needs a little love and justice in their lives.

  29. This book was such a fantastic YA read WOW I seriously could not put this down I fell in love with Nes and her strong, spunky personality I loved how real and honest this story line was The writing was truly engaging and the story held me captive Such a great read that I would recommend

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