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Rebels Like Us

3.73  ·  Rating details ·  320 ratings  ·  84 reviews
“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
Hardcover, 490 pages
Published February 28th 2017 by Harlequin Teen
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Latanya (Crafty Scribbles)
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 experi
Ameema Saeed
Feb 17, 2017 rated it did not like it
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 more.

The plot was slow moving, predictable, and dull (so far), and the characters were re
Feb 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley-ebooks
3.5/5 stars

Rebels 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 mo
Jan 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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 a ...more
Dec 16, 2016 marked it as not-yet-read
Just won a signed ARC of this, and I'm pretty freaking excited! ...more
Jun 02, 2017 rated it it was ok
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May 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: female-leads
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 more 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 ...more
Colleen (Colleensreadingadventures) Scidmore
I'm gonna make this quick and light..unlike the book!

I was really looking forward to this 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 c
Oct 15, 2018 rated it it was ok
This book had so much potential, but everything was done just so wrong. Full review to come
Jan 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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. N
Received an ARC from the Tattered Cover Bookstore. Thank you!

Challenge 17: Main character has a different ethnicity
2017 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 more one of the "new adult" novels rather th
Feb 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Jan 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
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. ...more
Mar 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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. ...more
Mar 13, 2017 rated it liked it
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. ...more
Sep 07, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017-read
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 thei ...more
Sarah E.
Apr 18, 2017 marked it as to-read
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 :) ...more
Inkyard Press
Young Adult Social Themes, Young Adult Romance, Young Adult Coming of Age
Jun 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Good! Cute! I didn't know that some proms in the south were still segregated so recently YIKES ...more
May 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
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 (t
KayCee K
Jun 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
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 li
Jul 04, 2017 rated it liked it
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 fi ...more
Mar 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
I wasn't sure about this book when I first started it because it felt like maybe too much thinking and talking took too long but eventually I settled in and I really enjoyed it! Even as a Known Gay, I did love Doyle a whole heck of a ton and I was really invested in them getting together. It felt real, the journey they went through finally get their lives straightened out. And I liked how certain traits or values were flipped to the non-stereotypical one, that was interesting and compelling. The ...more
Mar 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Elizabeth Castro
May 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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 n
Jul 06, 2017 rated it it was ok
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 more of a romance. Racism played less of a role in the story then the cover description ...more
Tiffany McCall
Apr 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Trigger Warning ⚠
Racism, hate speech

I absolutely love this book so much! I was hesitant at first about reading it as the topic of racism angers & saddens me. I don't know how people can be so cruel. But I am so glad I pushed through the hesitation & read it. Its about a girl who moves with her mother to a small town & the daughter faces racism at her school. Its heartbreaking at times, hilarious, beautiful & so authentic.

The characters are so amazing & are so well developed. I got so attached t
Mar 03, 2021 rated it liked it
A thoughtful book that seemed to address some pertinent issues of race and the question of fitting in as an outspoken newbie in a conservative school. Agnes was interesting enough as a character, but I didn't fall for her love interest, which, seeing as it took up a large portion of the plot, was a shame. The conflict between them didn't feel totally relatable and had a little too much airtime for my taste. I would have enjoyed more secondary characters and more of the conflict to have taken pla ...more
Daniela Bernaldo
Jun 03, 2017 rated it liked it
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 de
Jun 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Rebels Like Us is a fantastic book with so many life lessons. This book explores racial issues and the value of change. It's starts with Agnes Murphy-Pujos life being uprooted in the middle of her Senior year of high school because she was forced to move with her mother from Brooklyn New York to a small southern Georgia town. Along the way she tries to find herself and fit in. Love finds her along the way. She fights for who she is personally and where she comes from. Setting her race asside she ...more
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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 ...more

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