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4.17  ·  Rating details ·  321 ratings  ·  73 reviews
Set in rural Tennessee, QUIVER by Julia Watts is a brilliant YA novel that focuses on the unlikely friendship between two teens from opposite sides of the culture wars. 

Libby is the oldest child of six, going on seven, in a family that adheres to the "quiverfull" lifestyle: strict evangelical Christians who believe that they should have as many children as God
Paperback, 324 pages
Published October 16th 2018 by Three Rooms Press
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Julia Watts I'm interested to hear from readers on this subject as well! I've personally heard from several readers who grew up Quiverfull or in similarly…moreI'm interested to hear from readers on this subject as well! I've personally heard from several readers who grew up Quiverfull or in similarly restrictive Evangelical families, and their response has been very positive, which was a relief to me, as I wanted to make sure I got the details right.(less)

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Sep 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"Is it impossible for two people on such opposite sides of things to become friends? Maybe we could be like two sides of a vinyl record, not opposites so much as complementary." - Zo Forrester's musings, page 52

Quiver is narrated in alternating chapters by two teenagers who represent a world of differences.

Liberty 'Libby' Hazlitt is sixteen, the oldest of six kids with a seventh soon on the way, growing up in an intentionally-isolated Christian patriarchal family in rural Tennessee. She's homes/>
Liberty "Libby" Hazlett is the oldest six kids (soon to be seven). She is part of an evangelical Christian family who practices the Quiverfull lifestyle--having as many kids as God deems they should. The father is the head of the family and his wife and children (especially the girls) should do everything he says, no matter what. Libby and her siblings are home-schooled and rarely see anyone outside of their family and church. So when a new family moves next door, it's a pretty big deal. Zo and ...more
Jun 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
You say helpmeet, I say handmaid.

(Full disclosure: I received a free e-ARC for review through Edelweiss. Trigger warning for misogyny, homophobia, and domestic violence.)

Mr. Hazlett’s getting worked up, too. A vein in his forehead bulges disturbingly. “In a Christian home, the man is like God, and his wife is the holy church.”

Dad laughs out loud. Maybe a little too loud. “So you get to be a deity, and she just gets to be a building?”

I don’t know what shocks me more—my grandmother cursing or hearing her say I ha/>
Sep 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
I loved the premise of this book: two teenagers from "opposite sides of the culture wars" end up as neighbours and ultimately friends. Zo is a genderfluid teen from a super-left-wing household, while Libby comes from a strict Christian family where girls are confined to traditional gender roles. Libby is homeschooled due to her family's distrust of the secular world, while Zo is homeschooled due to social difficulties at school—I was expecting this to mean bullying based on her gender identity, ...more
Oct 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
I have a new favorite YA author, and her name is Julia Watts. I absolutely couldn't put this book down and finished it in less than 24 hours. Representation of Southern/rural queerness and discussions across political and religious divides are subjects dear to my heart and so important for teens.
haley ✧
Mar 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
what a well-written, thought-provoking read. at first I was wary given the subject matter but everything is so accurate and well done. definitely going to check out the author's other work now!!
Jenni Frencham
Watts, Julia. Quiver. Frontlist, 2018.

Libby is the oldest of her family's six children. They live on a remote farm where their mother home schools the children and their father works at his pest control business. They are a Quiverfull family, and thus they believe that the father is the head of the home just as god is the head of the church. Zo just moved next door to Libby. Zo's family is also home schooled, but Zo is genderfluid and her (when pronouns are used for Zo, they are alwa
Max Baker
Apr 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Thank you Edelweiss for providing me a free review copy in exchange for an honest review

If I had to compare this book to anything, it would probably be Jennifer Mathieu's Devoted. It's one of my favorite faith/belief stories, expertly weaving together all the positives and negatives of religion as well as showcasing the extremes one will go to cling to their perceived spirituality. This book takes that concept and runs with it so far it was honestly incredible. There's a term used in this book, "spir
Jun 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I picked up "Quiver" because one of the local library branches had it on their June Pride display. I had not heard of this book and after having read it, I am surprised that more people aren't talking about it especially as it is a LAMBDA Award winner.

This book was beautifully written. It shows respect for all of the aspects of believing in God and not believing. It fleshes out both main characters wonderfully and shows a level of love and acceptance that I wish more people adhered t
Nov 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
I have long hankered for a YA Quiverfull novel (yes, I know my reading interests are a little...odd...sometimes), and between Quiver and The Book of Essie (which I have yet to read but have out from the library), I think I may finally have gotten what I was looking for.

Quiver is the story of Libby and Zo: Zo's family believes in women's rights, LGBTQIA rights, vegetarianism, and Democratic candidates. Libby's family believes that the government (including anything like hospitals) is too corrupt to trus/>
Marie desJardins
Sep 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this young adult book that explores the lives of two homeschooling families living in rural Tennessee: the Hazletts, a family of evangelical Christians, and the Forresters, a family of liberal/progressive "crunchy granola types." Libby Hazlett (the (mostly) dutiful oldest daughter of seven Hazlett children) and Zo Forrester (the gender-fluid older child of two Forrester children) become close friends despite the families' differences.

The book is surprisingly empathetic towa
Mya Alexice
This was so so sweet. I finished it in two days! A heartwarming story that discusses religion and gender fluidity and sexism. I would give it a complete five starts except it is really more like a 4.5 because of one of my pet peeves: CW: assault (view spoiler) ...more
Aug 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
When I started reading Quiver, I started groaning internally a bit and thought "this is why I don't read much fiction, and certainly not YA fiction, anymore, these books are so predictable, but, heck, I'll give it a shot." I'm glad I kept giving it a shot! This book was definitely not predictable (but not unrealistic either) and I enjoyed reading it. In fact, I finished it in less than a day.
Jan 04, 2019 rated it liked it
I like the idea of the story more than the writing. A good representation of patriarchal Christianity though and a gender fluid teen.
Resolution was a little too tidy and quick, but overall a quick and interesting read.
Jan 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
This ticked all the boxes for me as an ex-Mormon gender-whatever southern person.
Oct 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars.

Quiver by Julia Watts is a thought-provoking young adult novel that explores fundamental Christianity and gender-fluidity.

Sixteen year old Liberty "Libby" Hazlett is the oldest of six (soon to be seven) children. Her family is part of the "Quiverfull" sect of Christianity in which birth control is eschewed, the children are home-schooled by their mother and their father rules the home with an iron fist. Libby, her siblings and her mother live an isolated, insular life a/>
Susan Bazzett-Griffith
A book I never would have heard of without Goodreads, and had to buy for Kindle as soon as I read its synopsis, I read this unique YA novel straight cover to cover in just over 3 hours this morning. It's a compelling read for someone who is a political lefty like myself, but who also has an absurd fascination with cults and the Duggar family on TV. The story centers around the friendship of Libby, the oldest daughter in a fundamentalist Christian family who follows the Quiverfull movement (like ...more
Amy Cummings
Mar 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book will drive you crazy if you don’t like a lot of rushed exposition and there is also a hint of tokenism going on, but it does ultimately get points for diverse characters and for being a deeply unique story in YA. I thought the beginning was whack but I got more and more into it as the book went on just because the storyline about the religious family kept getting more wild (note, it’s about a family in the Christian Patriarchy movement and you have to know this is considered extremism ...more
Oct 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: early-reviewers
I don't usually read YA lit, but I was given this ARC by a friend who recommended it. And I have to agree, this book was riveting, well written and difficult to put down. The story is of a "quiver-full" family, who lives next door to a very liberal family. They share some values- homeschooling their children, being resourceful, old arts - in general, a fondness for homesteading. The conflict arises quickly, however, when the fathers start a conversation about women's roles. The children are then ...more
Aug 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
GAH! This book was awesome. I have a bit of an obsession with the Quiverfull people (like the Duggars, those families who believe the are breeding an army for "god"). This book reminds me of some of my "favorite" fundie families who are leading their own religious cults. It's YA, so it's easy to read. I read it in a single sitting last night.
Stephanie Estes
Jul 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book was tough to digest at the beginning due to the rigid ness of one Christian family. I am Christian and I dislike when religion. Is used against the person to portray them as stupid or ignorant. But, as I keep reading, I realized that the other family was being portrayed as stereotypically as the Christians. It took me a bit of time to wrestle past these stereotypes to get to the meat of the story, but at the heart of it all was a beautiful friendship between two people. And, friendship ...more
I picked this up at 11:30pm and was like "it wouldn't hurt to read the first chapter" and then I proceeded to read the whole thing. It is not often that I stay up until 2am reading books, so really, this book is great.

Both of the POV characters are lovely. Zo and Libby share an unlikely friendship, the former as the genderfluid child of some hardcore liberals and Libby the daughter of a controlling fundamentalist family that belongs to the Quiverfull movement. Zo's narrative tends to be about explorin
Sep 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: teen, fiction
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Apr 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorite-2018
Libby, short for Liberty, is 16 years old and the oldest of 6 (soon to be 7). What she doesn't have is much freedom. In her strict, evangelical Christian patriarch family, her father is the equivalent of God. She thinks this works, until more contact with her new gender fluid neighbor, Zo, and the outside world, makes her question if it really does. Set in rural Tennessee.

I really enjoyed watching Libby and Zo relate to each other and work on building their friendship while also bein
Dec 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: rainbow, ya
This book is really quite good. I preferred the Libby chapters to the Zo chapters. Libby felt more researched and thought out. The author does highlight a couple of her Quiverfull resources, which I am now totally inspired to go check out myself. What a wild way to approach life. And as always, David Bowie makes everything better.
Charlie Hersh
Feb 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
I love this genre of YA novels where two people from seemingly opposed situations find a way into connection and friendship. While others typically stick to one viewpoint (WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO LANI GARVER? comes to mind), this novel is helped by including both Libby's and Zo's voices. Judgment, prejudice, and doubt run both ways in this story, and seeing each character work through their own biases to understand the other brings a lot of power and meaning to their relationship.

That said, I'm u
Allison Shockley
Jul 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Being from an extremely religious and at times misogynistic family, this book really struck a chord with me. It was easy to relate to Libby's internal struggle between what she wanted to do and what she thought she had to do to please her family, namely get married and have as many babies as God would bless her with. The oldest of six children, she is already well on her way to learning how to be a good mother and wife by participating in chores, cooking, cleaning, and child-care. She thinks tha ...more
Definitely a worthwhile read! There is a balanced portrayal of both a right wing, fundamental Christian family (adhering to the Quiver-full ideology) and a very liberal atheist family. The families shared many characteristics. Both families: homestead, home-school, are loving and close-knit, have women interested in traditional arts, and have strongly opinionated fathers. The children befriend each other and have no trouble talking about and accepting their differences. The mothers are also deve ...more
Melinda Christianson
Aug 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Very engaging, quick read! Interesting storyline that kept a fast pace. I particularly liked the relationships between Libby and Zo as well as Libby and her mom. Thanks to Edelweiss for the ARC.
Jul 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Libby Hazlett and Zo Forrester meet when Zo and hir family move to the farm next door to Libby's after the property had been empty for more than a year. The Hazlett family is fairly sheltered, primarily spending time with each other and with members of their church congregation, so right away Libby finds herself intrigued by the new family and, in particular, Zo.

The two families have radically different ideologies--Libby's father is a strict disciplinarian, unwavering in his ultra conservative
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Julia Watts is the author of over a dozen novels, including the Lambda Literary Award-winning Finding H.F.., the Lambda Literary and Golden Crown Literary Society Award finalist The Kind of Girl I Am, and the Lambda Literary Award finalist and Golden Crown Literary Award-winning Secret City. She holds a B.A. in English from The University of Tennessee, an M.A. in English from the University of Lou ...more
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