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3.68  ·  Rating details ·  71 ratings  ·  43 reviews
A story about a troubled girl and her effed up, going-nowhere life.

Quick witted, sharp-tongued Righteous Andrews is troubled by a broken past, fed up with her present circumstances, and resolved to a hopeless future.

On the first day of her senior year of high school she gets in trouble, landing in the principal’s office . . . again. There she meets Colt Jackson, the new k
Paperback, Larger print, 317 pages
Published February 24th 2015 by Lucky Stars Publishing (first published June 1st 2013)
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Sophia Sardothien
Mar 04, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc-review
Thank you netgalley for sending me this book in exchange of an honest review

When I say this book is amazing, I mean it's beyond astonishing Oh god I think everyone should just read this, it deserve so much more hype. Yes the story is a bit predictable but contemporary like this is not always about the big "plot twist" or "storyline" is the way how the author chose to express the story makes the book admirable.

Well the story follows Righteous (Ria) our protagonist, you guess it right, she's
Mar 01, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-to-review
(I received a copy from Netgalley, In exchange for an honest review.)

Actual rating - 2.5

The main characters in this weren't awful, but I didn't really like them.

This started out fairly boring, and it got worse as the story progressed unfortunately. I just couldn't get into it, and I was looking forward to the end before I'd even got to 20%.

Overall, Not an enjoyable read for me unfortunately.
Jeannette Nikolova
Jul 10, 2015 rated it it was ok
Read on the WondrousBooks blog.

What an unfortunate coincidence. I read this book yesterday and again today. Only yesterday it was called Lying Out Loud.

What we have is: a main character who stands out, has trouble making friends, has problems with authorities, has a deadbeat dad, a mom who's in a constant search of love and is therefore paying almost zero attention to her daughter, also a friend who's willing to dismiss all of these things, a boy from out of town, etc etc etc.

Of course, ther
Jessica Folded Between the Pages of Books
The best thing about this book is that it's less about the romance and more about Ria's relationships with other people - her new best friend, her mom, the principal who becomes like a father figure, an elderly woman who's like a grandma.

The romance is sweet. Pretty predictable, but still sweet. But it's more the background story, unlike most ya contemporaries. It starts off like a ya contemporary romance, but focuses on so much more.

What I didn't really like about this book is the main charac
Mar 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites

Oh my gosh! Why aren’t more people reading this fabulous book????

This is a hidden gem! I certainly hope it doesn’t stay hidden munch longer. EVERYONE NEEDS TO READ THIS!

It’s a mix of everything I love about a Penelope Douglas, Colleen Hoover, or Kim Holden book wrapped up into one. Ugh. This was WORSE than a bag of potato chip because I didn’t just mindlessly dip my hand in the bag repeatedly, I freaking pigged out on the entire bag!

“Don’t define yourself based on who you think
Jun 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Righteous is a wonderful novel about one young woman’s struggle navigating through the harsh landscape of high school, enduring an unstable and unhealthy family life, including her “so-called friends”, learning about loss, love and finding the silver lining through it all.

In Kim Lehman’s debut novel, we find her main character, Righteous (“Ria”), living on the wrong side of a typical mid-west town, with a broken home and broken heart yearning for the things and people that have physically or em
Jul 15, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-4-reviews
I love this book! I love the writing style, you just jump into Righteous' world. Oh and what a world!! I'm sure everyone can relate to atleast one character in this book, I know I did.

Although it does have its moments of predictability (is that a word?)towards the end,, when it comes to this story I wouldn't have liked it ended any other way.

Kim you are a fantastic writer can't wait to read more from you!

So if you're thinking about reading this book...READ IT!!
Jul 16, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was good.

Like surprisingly good.

Righteous is told through the POV of Righteous Andrews, a high school senior who is a misfit that prefers to be alone and not socialize. She is a troubled teen that can basically call the Principals office her second home. She thinks her path has been set for her and that she's meant to follow in her mother's footsteps working straight out of high school and living paycheck to paycheck. She believes its too late to change things around and go for the thi
Jul 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, for-review
I want to start off by saying I am honored to have received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Oh my goodness!!! What a great book!! I loved it, in case you couldn't tell. I really enjoyed Righteous and even though I wanted to scream at her through most of the book (for various reasons), I was right there with her feeling everything she was and understood who she was and why she was that way. I absolutely loved the writing in this book and will definitely be reading more o
Sarah Elizabeth
2.5 stars
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-t0-review basis. Thanks to Lucky Stars Publishing and NetGalley.)

This story lost my interest fairly early on, and couldn’t recapture it.

I didn’t really like the characters in this book. I found them quite whiney, and they just irritated me. I didn’t care what happened to them really, and I found Righteous’ mother to possibly be the worst of the bunch.

The storyline in this just couldn’t hold my interest, and I got quite b
Shayna Varadeaux
I was given this book in exchange for an honest review by the author.

It's senior year and Righteous Andrews is just trying to get by. Her mom and the few that speak to her call her Ria and she's not your average student. With straight C's and no college dreams she can't wait to be done with it!
She's a loner and she's not interested in friends or friendship. Fake people just aren't her thing. First day senior year we meet the new guy, Colten Jackson. Gorgeous jock fits in with the 'pops' as she
Aug 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, contemporary
*I received a copy of this book from Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review*

I wasn’t expecting much from this book to be honest, I haven’t seen any reviews on the blogosphere and there is not a lot on Goodreads either. I was really surprised with this book, It didn’t blow my mind but I wasn’t bored reading it.

We follow Righteous (Yes that’s her name) or likes to be called Ria. Ria stands out at school like a sore thumb, she is not a conformist, she likes to wear black (a lo
Bobbie Grob
Jul 16, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reviewed by Bobbie Grob for Readers' Favorite

Righteous by Kim Lehman is a young-adult novel that centers around Righteous Andrews. She is a stereotypical teenager, at least until you look at what’s underneath the all-black attire and the bad attitude. This is the story of a girl who has been beaten down by life, and has lost any real joy in anything by the time she is a senior in high school. Righteous flings through life as if she were a pinball, bouncing off one obstacle and disappointment aft
Jul 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely loved this book! Righteous Andrews is such a great character. She's stubborn and bull headed but so easy to relate to. I also adored the character Colt. Both characters are wounded and hurting from their pasts. Together they from a friendship you are rooting for the entire book. What I loved most about this book was the voice of Righteous. I felt like I was listening to a friend tell me a story. I picked up the book and couldn't put it down. I felt a connection to Righteous. We're b ...more
Andra Weis
Jul 15, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a free e-copy of Righteous from the author, Kim Lehman, to read and provide a review (thank you). This story is of a young teen navigating the bumpy road of adolescence. I became invested in the story quite quickly, not wanting to put it down (wishing my bus ride was just a little bit longer ). There are numerous teen issues, many of which any one of us can relate to either directly or indirectly. The storytelling was engaging. I could not wait to see how life played out for Righteou ...more
Lois Belliveau
I really enjoyed this book. Tha author captures the spirit of a high school misfit, and brings her to that moment when we leave those days behind. My only complaint has to do with the printing. I'm not sure why, but I found the typesetting difficult to read, especially the italic sections. ...more
Claire Evangeline
Mar 14, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This review was originally published on my book blog, The Little Bookshelf.

"You can't define yourself based on who you think you are. You need to define yourself based on who you want to be."

Righteous has had a pretty disappointing life. She was born in a gas station bathroom to a mother with a knack for getting into bad relationships. The two of them live in a trailer park, and Righteous has accepted that she will never amount to anything more than a blue
Mar 01, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya
Righteous doesn't live on the rich side of town. She lives in a trailer with her mother who cares more about finding and holding onto some deadbeat loser of a man, than paying attention to a thing Righteous does. Righteous has come to terms with her life though. She's well aware that she will never go to college. She's not going to get a scholarship, she doesn't even have good enough grades, not to mention the fact that she has no money. She well aware of the fact that she will stay behind in th ...more
Mar 09, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc
If my parents named me Righteous, I might be a bit of an asshole too, I’m just saying.

So in this story, we meet Righteous, a rebellious young teen with a chip on her shoulder. Life has not been kind to her and so in turn, she is not kind right back. With no expectations or aspirations, she finds herself coasting along in life and doesn’t expect much from herself or those around her. School is mostly a joke and she slowly counts down the days until she graduates and can do her own thing, that is
This had the makings of the type of book I would really enjoy and even the fabulous book jacket held it all together. Righteous, via Ria lives with mother and prefers not to have friends as she feels they complicate life. It’s her senior year in high school and hopefully, in the end she will graduate leaving these years behind her. Her mother’s casual boyfriends, whom she brings home after work from her shift at the bar, take precedents over Ria. Ria finds herself sleeping in restrooms, hiding o ...more
The debut offering from author Kim Lehman, Righteous Andrews is a character that will appeal to many, as she navigates her way through the pitfalls of high school, and ultimately life.

Righteous, or Ria, is just a girl who isn’t quite on the ‘right’ side of anything. Living in the wrong neighborhood in her little town, not quite cool enough, a father that isn’t right and left years ago without bothering to contact her, a mother who is searching for her own Mr. Right in her revolving door series
Jackie (No Bent Spines)
Review Copy via NetGalley
Final Rating: 3.0
More reviews can be found on No Bent Spines

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This is the story about a girl named Righteous. Why do I feel like I should start rapping when I start that sentence? Anyways, she goes by Ria. Her mother, desperate for the attention of a man and with super incredibly crappy taste in them, basically doesn’t acknowledge Ria’s presence until after another man has let her down. And at this point her mom has pretty much gone through the entire bar’s wor
Lucy at Rain and Cupcakes Book Blog

I wouldn’t say this was a romance novel, in fact there was very little romance in this book. I thought Righteous was more of a coming of age/motivation type of novel.

In Righteous, we followed Righteous's journey on finding her self-confidence and purpose. Righteous could've accept how her life would be, if she does nothing. But then something changed, Righteous realized she could be more than what was expected from her. In the end Righteous started to looking at the world little differently
What started off as a mess of cliches and a formulaic storyline turned into something more the further into the book I got.

This story is centred around a girl named Righteous Andres. Yes, you read that right. That’s her name. I don’t understand why her mother named her that and it’s never really explained? But alas, she too thinks it’s a ridiculous name and prefers to go by Ria. She also just so happens to be a very stereotypical rebel. She has tattoos and piercings, has family troubles, lives
Jul 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
**I received a copy in exchange for my honest review**
I was very surprised that I enjoyed reading this book since does not really fall under genres I normally read. I found this book to be a very heartwarming story about a girl named Righteous (Ria) that does not have the best home life with her mom always having loser boyfriends. Ria has resigned herself to being friendless and not going to college after her senior year of high school. Now enter a new kid in school named Colt who seems to have
Holly (epiloguebookblog)
Jun 21, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
3.5 stars

I don’t know what to say about this book. I loved parts of it—a big chunk of it, actually—and I thought it was really well-written. However, it didn’t quite give me what I wanted. It’s like this giant tease in that you think it’s going to turn out one way—and it kinda does—but there’s so little of that part included that it almost doesn’t count. (Yes, I know that description is incredibly vague, but I’m trying not to reveal spoilers here.)

There’s just so much left unsaid that the readin
Mar 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Righteous, or Ria, lives a solitary teen life. Her only friend is a senior citizen with dementia. Her home life is a revolving trailer door of losers her mother brings home. School is a place to be endured, and a sometimes sanctuary from her mom. Then Colt Jackson shows up, and though rumors hint he is dangerous, he works his way slowly past some of Ria's barriers. When everything starts to fall apa ...more
Mar 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015-favorites
I received a copy from Netgalley for an honest review.

OMG this book was so good, I feel like screaming: people run out of your house and go the closest bookstore and buy this book. Or just be lazy (like me) and find it online.

Love love loved it.

Righteous Andrews has issues she is 18 years old in her last year of high school, she doesn't have any dreams people around her seem to disappoint her no matter what. I wanted to strangle her mom thorough the whole book she was such an idiot.

One day Colt
Diesel Reads Books
Sep 19, 2015 rated it did not like it
To be honest, for me this book was a whole lot of nothing. There is a story line, but for the life of me I can’t remember what it was.
There is nothing memorable about Righteous, nothing that keeps you coming back for more. I was 88 percent finished and still felt like nothing had happened.
Righteous as a character is uninteresting which makes the journey hard to take with her.
The male character Colt has a confusing plot line which feels like the author wants him to be two things at once. Half
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May 18, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Righteous also known as Ria is struggling her way through high school. She's scared to let anyone get close to her, feeling like everyone in her life abandons her. Ria has a sarcastic attitude which she uses to protect herself.

"Here's the one thing I learned on my third week of my freshman year:
There is a reason the word ends is in friends."

Colton Jackson is the new boy at school, trying to escape a tragedy in his past, but he can't outrun it. Nasty rumors spread around school, which causes hi
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YA Buddy Readers'...: Righteous by Kim Lehman - Starting July 8th 2015 15 7 Jul 09, 2015 01:31AM  
In 2012, after spending fifteen years behind a corporate desk, Kim Lehman threw herself over the proverbial cliff to pursue her dream of writing. She has published two YA books, one creative writing journal, and was a short story contributor to an women's anthology.

Today she lives in the Greater Philadelphia area with her husband where she continues to slay systems and projects by day and craft fi

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