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3.66  ·  Rating details ·  470 ratings  ·  97 reviews
Sixteen-year-old Flannery Malone has it bad. She’s been in love with Tyrone O’Rourke since the days she still believed in Santa Claus. But Tyrone has grown from a dorky kid into an outlaw graffiti artist, the rebel-with-a-cause of Flannery’s dreams, literally too cool for school.

Which is a problem, since he and Flannery are partners for the entrepreneurship class that she
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published May 1st 2016 by Groundwood Books
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Dec 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
I don't read many YA books, but an ARC of Flannery showed up in my mailbox and I was pretty excited when I saw that it was written by Lisa Moore. Moore is one of our excellent Canadian writers, and -- better yet -- many of her books are set in Newfoundland -- one of my favourite provinces and the setting for some great Canadian writing. Moore usually writes adult fiction, and I believe that this is her first try at YA fiction. I am happy to say that while this isn't a usual genre for me, I quite ...more
Elyse Walters
May 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Enjoyable intimate storytelling with a couple of marvelous 'aw-inspiring' characters. Actually, 'all' the characters are well developed. A book for teens - that many adults will relish.

Flannery is 16 years old, attends Holy Heart High School, in St. John's, Newfoundland.
She's the 'aw-inspiring' girl ....( growing up is hard to do).....but Flannery has a few more hardships to live with than many teenagers.
She has no father, ( her mother doesn't even know her biological father's last name).
Aug 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
I can just hear the automated phone call now. A child in your household named FLANNERY was absent from fifth period and she walked home all by herself, snuffling and bawling, and it was a very long, lonely, miserable walk.

I think I've read everything by Lisa Moore – I love her – so when I recently checked to see if she had anything coming out, and discovered that she had, indeed, recently released a YA novel entitled Flannery, I had to really think about that: YA is not my favourite genre (I p
Jan 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
Originally reviewed at The Book Adventures.

Flannery Malone is sixteen years old and she's been in love with Tyrone O'Rourke since she was a little girl. Sadly, this love is unrequited. However, things start looking up when Flannery is paired with Tyrone on their entrepreneurship assignment. Together, they have to create a product, a product that up until this point there has been no desire on the part of consumers to actually own (apparently this is the basis of being an entrepreneur). Tyrone su
While dealing with her artistic mother's impractical handling of money, sixteen-year-old Flannery Malone is crushing on Tyrone O'Rourke, a childhood playmate who grew up to be quite attractive. But Tyrone rarely comes to class, and when they are paired up for a school project, he leaves Flannery holding the bag. There is clearly more to Tyrone and his absences than Flannery knows. Most disturbingly, though, for Flannery is how quickly her best friend Amber Mackey is swept up in a relationship wi ...more
Jan 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult
Note: I read an advanced copy of this book

I blew through this book and read it in about 3 sittings. I love Flannery. She is such an amazing character.

The book is well written, highly engaging, and doesn't skirt around the hard issues that teenagers have to deal with. The story felt real, and so did the characters. I also loved the style of writing. It's incredibly refreshing.

I highly recommend this book to teenagers and adults alike. It's a great read and Lisa Moore does not disappoint.
Jan 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016
Lisa Moore's first YA book and it's a doozy. I absolutely loved this book. Great writing and a great narrative voice. It was a thoughtful YA, and there were a few scenes that made me cringe and shudder. I think Moore tackled a lot with this book- class difference, bullying, friendship struggles and romance. I loved that it was set in Newfoundland.

Great book, great story. She's a fantastic writer.
Ben Babcock
Much of my young adult reading this year has been on the … intense … side. Lots of stories about what teenagers, and particularly young girls, go through. So it was with some relief that I discovered Flannery. I don’t want to give the impression that this is a fluffy book devoid of important themes. Our eponymous protagonist has to deal with an immature mother whose impulsive spending means they might not make rent. She has a crush on a childhood friend who has his own problems, and whose unreli ...more
Dec 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
I've been somewhat disappointed with a few of the young adult novels that I've read this past year, but Flannery has restored my love in the genre! It was a such a great book; I've had a joy reading it. It's about a high school girl just trying to make it through and graduate and deal with all the punches life deals her, and there are a lot of punches. She's supported by her wonderful family throughout the process of figuring out who she really is, and trying to help her friends through their st ...more
Feb 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
What a wonderful surprise this book was. I didn't realize it was YA and Canadian to boot. I really enjoyed 16 year old Flannery and the true to life descriptions of teenage girl friendships and the all encompassing drama of teenage girl crushes. Sad and sweet and beautifully written. I'd proudly display it on my bookshelf right next to Rainbow Rowell's Eleanor & Park.
Aug 21, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: didn-t-finish
Maybe I should have stuck with it longer (got past 100 pages), but the mom was just too ridiculous to be believable and I couldn't take any more of the manic pixie dream mom thing. Flannery's character is boring. Her crush is an asshole. Meh.
Lauren (Shooting Stars Mag) Becker
Unique Format: None of the dialogue is in quotes like "". Bit hard to explain, but it wasn't confusing while reading, which I was afraid it might be.
Cristina (The Page Break)
DNF at ~ pg. 110 — no fault of the book, but I just couldn’t get into it. Fantastic prose, but it couldn’t carry me through the story (which, again, wasn’t at all bad, I just don’t do contemporary high school romance).

(Lauren if you’re reading this, I’m so sorry.)
Michelle (FabBookReviews)
Canadian author Lisa Moore is a critically-acclaimed writer with adult fiction work long listed for the Man Booker Prize (February) and Scotia Bank Giller Prize (Open and Alligator). While I had not yet read her adult fiction, I was immediately intrigued when I first read the description of Flannery. Such was my enthusiasm for Flannery that I featured it in one of my Must Read Monday posts! Always on the lookout for more Canadian reads and Canadian contemporary YA, I could not wait to dive into ...more
Sophie Bergeron
Apr 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed Flannery quite a lot, but I can't give this book a full five stars since some aspects of it did bother me a little. To illustrate this, I decided to separate this review in categories: things I liked and things I liked a little less. Let's get starting!


First and foremost, this book scored major brownie points with me for being so relatable!
The book opens up with Flannery explaining to the reader why she can't be late to school, again, because she
Aug 10, 2016 added it
Shelves: canadian-lit
Lisa Moore is one of Canada's most celebrated writers. I've read, and loved, February and Caught (shortlisted for the 2013 Giller Prize) for different reasons, but I mostly admire Moore for her rare ability to create startling and gorgeous images of the everyday with just a few choice words.

So when I heard about her new YA novel, Flannery, I knew I had to give it a go.

In short, Flannery Malone is in love with Tyrone O'Rourke. Has been since they were children and spent almost every waking minute
Jennifer Hernandez
Nov 08, 2016 rated it it was ok
This was a quick, but heartbreaking read. The reason it is not ranked higher is the writing style. It was kind of annoying to have the dialogue bounce between past and present and at times mixing making it extra confusing for me. Also there was a continuity issue. In the beginning Flannery and Tyrone have been friends since their mom's gave birth to them within hours of each other. Then half way through Tyrone is more than a year older- 'I was almost nine and Tyrone had just turned ten'. Then it ...more
Apr 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: teen
At age 16, Flannery is dealing with huge issues. Her mother, an artist, is unable to pay for her biology book or heating bills. Her best friend, Amber, has a new boyfriend that Flannery does not trust because he is over-controlling and their friendship is falling apart. And now Flannery has been put into a Entrepreneurship class project with her long-term crush, a graffiti artist who seems to think he’s too cool for school. So she is left doing all of the work for their project herself. Flannery ...more
Matthew Marcus
Jan 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
Flannery by Lisa Moore was an intriguing YA/teen book. The characters in this book are highly developed and feel as though they could be real. The main character is a 16 year old girl named Flannery. This book is told in such a poignant way, every page is different, and the writing style is unique in the good way. This book made me think about relationships in a new light, as little bits and pieces of Flannery’s relationship’s with people and her family are revealed. The story starts in Flannery ...more
Tiger Lily
Dec 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
I would give this book a 3.7.

The writing style in the book confused me a bit, in the sense that it did not use quotes, so it was hard to tell when someone was talking. The character development however was top notch, each character was in depth and realistic.

Although the writing was good the book was more so interesting I guess you could put it. You see the book had some good text but then again other parts where a little too exaggerated and in my case a little- no way to old for me. What I am c
Munro's Kids
Mar 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This was an incredible read. Lisa Moore is a highly-regarded, talented Canadian author, and her first venture into YA is an astounding success. Flannery boasts a cast of complex characters, a great Cape Breton setting, very relatable events, and, best of all, freaking good writing. I was impressed by this book from start to finish, and would highly recommend it for teenagers wanting contemporary YA with not too much content (although there is some drug use). The character of Flannery reminded me ...more
Sylvia McNicoll
Nov 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Hilarious right from the first paragraph. I met Lisa at Word on the Street in Toronto and asked her whether she used quotation marks to set off dialogue. Writers from Newfoundland tend to avoid them.(Sorry, that's such a broad paintbrush to use.) I was disappointed to hear that she didn't ("they aren't visually appealing") and honestly nearly docked her a star for it because I'm all about making writing as clear as possible. There's enough screen distraction, we don't need punctuation confusion ...more
Feb 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
I won this book as an advanced reading copy. I admit that I did not realized that this was a young-adult book until I received it. I paid more attention to the fact that it was Lisa Moore, and I liked the couple of books I read. So, I was not too sure what to expect, but I was delighted. I really enjoyed the story of Flannery. I have 2 teenage daughters, so I was interested by the story being told from the perspective of a teenage girl. She is a wonderful character, who has had a somewhat diffic ...more
Feb 04, 2017 rated it liked it
I have always been a fan of Lisa Mohr, Flannery is a novel for young readers, but can be read by older people as well!
Rachel Marks
Dec 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. Flannery is a great character. My heart ached for her in parts and the reality of her daily struggle was a nice change from some of the YA books I have read recently. The relationships that are explored are not unique in that they speak to us all, but they are for the characters and are developed wonderfully throughout the story. I enjoyed the writing style, the book flowed really nicely and was an easy and engaging read.
Meaghan Steeves
Aug 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
To start with, I will say that I love that this took place in Newfoundland and that it presented some very real problems that teenagers face. I loved the character of Miranda and what a powerhouse artist and feminist she is. The only reason I docked a star is that I found the sheer amount of dramatic events occurred in too high of a number and frequency to be believable..
Jul 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Maybe I'm biased because this novel is set in St. John's, and that is my hometown. But, it was a really fun read. I don't read "young adult" books... I'm a fan of Lisa so I will read whatever book she puts out. I would imagine someone who likes this genre will LOVE this book. If young adult is for you, read this book now. And even if YA isn't for you, you will still be entertained.
Diana (booksinarmor)
Dec 06, 2015 rated it it was ok
I received an Arc of Flannery. And I hate to say it didn't live up to my liking. However its a fun light contemporary
Clare Doornbos
May 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A friendship to love story with some dark elements and good twists.
Dec 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult, canadian
Loved the fresh voice of Flannery. Also really like their alternative family and the honest depictions of poverty and its implications. Funny and touching and lovely.
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Lisa Moore has written two collections of stories, Degrees of Nakedness and Open, as well as a novel, Alligator.

Open and Alligator were both nominated for the Giller Prize. Alligator won the Commonwealth Prize for the Canadian Caribbean Region and the ReLit Award, and Open won the Canadian Authors' Association Jubilee Prize for Short Fiction.

Lisa has also written for television, radio, magazines (
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