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3.67  ·  Rating details ·  671 ratings  ·  142 reviews
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 bein
Paperback, 400 pages
Published August 1st 2013 by Medallion Press
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Dov Zeller
The characters in this novel are very flat and the prose doesn't sing. The subject matter is important, though, and perhaps younger readers will find this book a source of support, in which case, I'm glad it exists.

That said, I think the subject matter deserves a much more powerful and nuanced story.

Goodreads reviewer Paige recommends Fault Line by Christa Desir. I am going to try to check it out.

I'm sure there are other novels that address absent or neglectful parents and sexual assault in t
Paige (Illegal in 3 Countries)
See more of my reviews sooner on The YA Kitten!

As both a feminist and a news junkie, the fucked up shit in Steubenville, Ohio didn't escape my attention once it started gaining wider coverage. Sports culture is an astounding thing, as is what people will do to keep their sports heroes both on their pedestal and on the court/field/etc. Canary came across as a fictionalized Steubenville, though it was most likely written before the scandal and revised for publication during it. That's not somethin
Apr 17, 2014 rated it it was ok
One word to describe this book = generic. For example, the characters' names are all very ordinary (Kate, Jack, Luke, Julie, Brett, Ali). Throughout the story, I really wanted to sympathize with the main character, Kate, but I never really connected. I wanted to like this book so much but it never really clicked for me unfortunately. ...more
Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
When you see the title Canary you think of the bird right away. I thought of a beautiful bird living free until it is needed. Some people love Canaries and have them caged and some let them fly free in their homes. This is such a compelling story that I laughed and I cried but in the end I was very proud of the main character for stepping outside the box and doing what needed to be done. I have read several stories that have this subject matter in it and it has made me very angry but this one st ...more
Sep 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I've had the privilege of beta reading this book and it is SO GOOD! Congrats Rachele and I look forward to reading the final version! ...more
Jul 05, 2012 marked it as to-read
I cannot wait to read this book! Mrs Alpine you were one of my favorite teachers at Perry!
Ashley (Loves Books)
***This review will post to Ashley Loves Books at a later date.****

I'm not usually a verse novel kind of girl, but I have to say - Canary's verse blog entries were fantastic! Definitely my favourite parts of the book. There were some passages that I wasn't a fan of, but I really enjoyed the various ways each post was written and how many different styles the author employed. For an English lit geek like me, I was definitely loving it. And I have to say, she did them so well! They really enhanced
Nuzaifa - Word Contessa
Canary was one of the book at the very top of my wish list and I was eagerly anticipating it's release. And Rachele Alphine does not disappoint.

Meet the Frankins-A father who's crippled by the loss of his wife to a point that he's no longer emotionally present with his family. His new job as a basketball coach at the prestigious Beacon Prep may be nudge they needed to finally move forward. Or maybe not.
Brett, Kate's older brother is grieving in his own way and trying to come to terms with his m
Stephanie Ward
'Canary' is a contemporary YA novel that follows main character Kate as she begins her sophomore year at the prestigious Beacon Prep - the school where her Dad coaches the basketball team. At first, things are going great: Kate has a group of new girlfriends, the guys on the team all seem to like her, and she has a great boyfriend - Jack. Things at home aren't going as well as her brother Brett and her Dad begin to fight more often, until Brett announces he's enlisting in the Army. Things at hom ...more
Jun 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-read-2013
Canary , is one of those contemporary stand alone young adult novels, that was powerful in such a way that it drug my emotions all of the place. Written in a mixture of prose and verse, it is one of those novels where the story beneath the telling, has a way of getting up underneath your skin and irritating. Irritating in a good way, to clarify. In some ways it reminded me of Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson. In light of recent events gone on in the news lately, I think this is a story that ...more
Feb 26, 2015 rated it liked it
Okay, pros:
she did a good job about telling you what it is like to go through loss (I lost my father 3 years or so ago and I cried through a good 1/3 of the book, the first part). She also did a good job showing how easy it is too get caught up in the dramas of teenage life. Obviously, the main character is too naive and gullible, but aren't we all until we are disabused of those childish notions? I liked the fighting in the book, it was more realistic for me as well, you know F*** the perfect f
Aug 03, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: reviewed, 2013
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Canary has a serious message, but I wasn’t able to continue with the book after the father said that Kate and Brett had to go to a new school. The father’s line of reasoning derailed me from the story. Both Kate and Brett are already in a high school that isn’t that far from the father’s place of work. What type of parent would do that to their children?! He didn’t care about them or their needs; he only cared about his reputation. That is why I was unable to finish reading Canary.
Jessica Therrien
Jan 10, 2012 marked it as to-read
Can't wait to read this book! ...more
Emily Smith
Jun 29, 2014 rated it did not like it
To be honest, I only picked up this book because the summer reading program said to pick one that hadn't been checked out yet. This book was left alone with good reason. ...more
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Your life is about to change forever.
Kate Franklin lost her mother to cancer over two years ago. Since then, her remaining family has drifted apart. Kate and her brother, Brett, rarely even speak or to or even see their father. When he isn't working he retreats to his office and shuts the two of them out—literally and metaphorically.
“My brother, Dad, and I do the majority of our communicating using Post-it notes
Aug 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Originally posted at: Girls on YA Books

What is this!? Did someone send out a letter saying that depressing, struggling, coming of age stories were in? I've read so many it feels like this year! I sure didn't get the memo. Now, I am not in any way saying that is a bad thing. I like these stories best. I like the broken being fixed. The struggles it takes for someone to find themselves. It's real and true.

Rachele Alpine does not disappoint. Like I said before, it seems as if I have read
Apr 15, 2014 rated it liked it
All right. I read this book in kind of a whirlwind--two days. The beginning didn't look very promising, and I almost didn't read it, but I guess you could say I'm glad I did. I mean, it was a good story. It propelled forward nicely, once you got past the somewhat iffy beginning. My biggest problem (because there's always one with me, isn't there?) lies in the writing.

It may just be the author's style, but it was wooden, woven with cliches and lengthy, poetry-inclined descriptions (these fell mo
Anna Kay
Mar 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
Beautiful and gut-wrenching. Review to come soon! :)

Kate is desperate to keep her family together, but since her Mom died they've drifted dangerously apart from each other. So when her Dad gets a new job coaching basketball at privileged Beacon Prep, she is more than happy to start school there. Especially since it means she gets to leave behind all the 'friends' who deserted her when her Mom got sick with cancer. Her brother Brett is angry and withdraws even more, especially when Kate starts ha
Carrie Ardoin
Aug 08, 2013 rated it liked it
Kate and her brother start a new prestigious school after the death of their mother. Their father is the new basketball coach, and everyone knows there's nothing more important to Beacon than basketball. Kate's life is changed quickly, and she becomes popular and dates one of the hottest players on the team. But things are never as they seem, and it takes a while but Kate begins to learn that sugar coating things that happen will get you nowhere in life.

While I do enjoy a book that gets into dif
Mar 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
Every once in a while it's nice to break up the (possibility) of the world ending and people fighting for their lives with a nice lighthearted contemporary. I wouldn't call Canary a lighthearted contemporary, but the synopsis grabbed my attention immediately. Especially the line about her father wanting her to stay quiet - say what now?!

Things at the Franklin house have been tense for the last two years. After Kate's mom died, her father turned into himself and focused more so on the basketball
 Lianne Mei

I absolutely fell in love with the characters in this book and the whole unique plot ( typically most story's that deal with a high school are always the same story line being that its focus is the paranormal). However, I feel that at some level this book does share similarities with another novel called Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson because that novel is about a girl who is raped and then she is ostracized by her peers.

I had 40% battery life left in my kindle fire and read this straight thro
May 29, 2013 rated it really liked it

Brought to you by OBS reviewer Valerie

Warning: Do not read this book or this review if you are under 14. Do not read it if you are not okay with mature themes. Only proceed if you know you can handle it.

This being said, Canary is one of the most touching books I’ve read so far. I entered Canary not expecting much and not knowing what to expect. I wasn’t exactly sure what Canary was about, even though I should have been well informed by the synopsis. I expe
Emily Crow
A young adult novel about the perils of privilege. High school sophomore Kate begins school at the elite Beacon Academy, where her father is coach of the champion basketball team. When she makes friends with the popular crowd and begins dating one of the basketball players, it seems like something is finally going right in her life. Unfortunately, her new friends are a bunch of over-privileged asshats, and since the team brings glory to the school, no one is willing to stand up to them.

The topi
Sarah (YA Love)
Flash Review originally posted on YA Love

Rachele Alpine’s debut came to my attention when I joined the Great Lakes, Great Books Award committee and was looking for titles to read. I’m happy I read Canary and see it being enjoyed by many of my students, but it left me with mixed feelings. The summary tells us that Kate is assaulted at a party and needs to do something about it despite the consequences for her father, but that doesn’t take place until nearly the end of the book. I understand the p
Nov 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya-lit
Okay I expected this to be a predictable YA book. And it did not disappoint. Yes it is predictable, but it is a very good read. Those who read, cringed, and loved Speak will love this book too. Kate has just lost her mother and her father accepts a basketball coaching job at the prep school. Meaning his kids can go there free. Kate sees it as a chance to leave her friends behind who do not know how to deal with a friend who has lost a parent. Her brother is just pissed about it. But the truth is ...more
Nicki Markus
Dec 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is a captivating tale that addresses a lot of contemporary issues in a sensitive and thought-provoking way.

I liked the mix of prose and poetry, with sections from Kate's blog placed in between the main chapters/sections. This worked well as it gave that additional personal touch to the narration and helped to expand on her feelings.

The story moved at a good pace and held my attention from start to finish. I was really behind Kate the whole time and was happy with how things ended.

This is a
Rusty Fischer
Nov 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I read this gorgeous book in two major sittings -- it would have been one except I was sick!! -- and gulped it in each time I went in for more. Bittersweet and poignant, it shares a glimpse of what it's like to grow up, live, love, learn, understand, fumble, fall and eventually rise again in a modern high school setting marked by false friendships, betrayals and cruelty. Though it's fiction, it reads as nonfiction and could be, sadly, ripped straight from today's headlines. A stunning debut nove ...more
2 stars - meh

The synopsis of this book is totally misleading. Yes, an assault does happen and yes there is a fallout. But only for the last 20% of the book!

This book is mostly about a girl dealing with the death of her mother and her family falling apart after that. A girl going to a new school and trying to fit in and having a boyfriend who may be worth it all.
Oct 08, 2015 rated it it was ok
The story was just okay. Felt like it took a long LONG time to get to the issue (300+pages) and then it gets wrapped up really quickly (75ish pages?).

Also, I really hate the way the book is formatted. Huge text and large white spaces. Just a personal dislike.
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Rachele Alpine is a lover of binge watching reality TV, dogs, knitting, gummy peaches, and lots and lots of coffee!

One of her first jobs was at a library, but it didn't last long, because all she did was hide in the third-floor stacks and read. Now she's a little more careful about when and where she indulges her reading habit.

By day she's a high school English teacher, by night she's a mom and w

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