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3.78  ·  Rating details ·  58 ratings  ·  33 reviews
Two exes. One election. All the drama.

For fans of Becky Albertalli and Morgan Matson comes a funny, hearfelt novel about fueding exes running for class president and the scandal that makes the previously boring school election the newest trending hashtag.

At Acedia High School outside of Boston, student council has always been nothing more than a popularity contest. Nobody
Hardcover, 300 pages
Published September 8th 2020 by Razorbill
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Melanie (mells_view)
Aug 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
”You want to stand out, stand the eff up and do what you’re always saying: Bring it.”

Sources Say is a cheeky YA contemporary take on the current political climate in America and the chaos that takes place during election years. Student Council elections at Acedia Charter School are usually the least important thing on the student bodies mind. (Which is funny to me because in reality it seems like today’s teens are way more conscious about politics than even the adults I graduated with are now.)
The Nerd Daily
Sep 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Nathalie DeFelice

If you’re looking for a good, dramatic, hilariously over the top at times high school drama, then this is the book you’re looking for. I had so much fun reading this book because I felt like I was right back in high school, but with some social media issues attached alongside. Angeline and Cat couldn’t be anymore different, and I loved seeing how their stories play out as the story progresses. If you’re looking for something tha
Sep 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Overall, a surprising read with a lot going on.

Spoiler-free Review:

I received an ecopy of this book through Penguin Teen via Netgalley; however, my opinions are my own.
Erin (erinevelynreads)
Sources Say had so much potential at the start, with a great concept, but overall it fell flat for me. I liked that the story centered around two sisters but I thought it was poorly executed, mainly because both sisters were horrible characters. Angeline was vain and narcissistic. Kat was whiny, pretentious, and incredibly self-centered. I liked the supporting characters far more. Leo, Angelines opponent in the race for class president was genuine and just wanted the best for the school. Maxine, ...more
Belle Ellrich
Sep 08, 2020 rated it it was ok

I have a lot of thoughts on this one, so all I can really say to start this off is to buckle up.

I'd previously read Goldstein's Screen Queens and didn't like it at all. When I requested this one, I was hoping to see more of an improvement and more appealing storyline than a bunch of high school/teen cliches.

I both did and didn't see that here.

For one, I didn't really like Angeline's character a
Sep 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Never in my wildest imagination did I think I would actively enjoy inviting even more politics into my life. And yet, dang if Sources Says isn’t an absolute treat that seeks to capitalize, satirize and entertain that masses; all while laying out the fundamental issues that the American two-party system is struggling with.

All, of course, shrouded by the fact that the election at the front of the story? Senior Class President in high school.

SO. Angeline And Leo Did Not End Well. And while their r
Jay G
Oct 11, 2020 rated it liked it
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*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review*

Student Council elections at Acedia Charter School have never been a big deal. But after a very public and nasty break up, Leo and Angeline, two of the most popular kids in school, begin running for President against each other. Angeline's sister Cat, runs the school's newspaper and tries to cover the t
Sep 07, 2020 rated it liked it
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This book would have been great if it didn't take me until halfway through the book to get invested. While I thought Angeline was interesting, and I wanted to know more about her and Leo's relationship, I just could not get into Cat and her story line. Ravi was the best part about it, but that didn't get explored until later in the book.

Cat was so judgmental of Angeline, and Angeline was very self centered, so I enjoyed them both realizing where they were wrong and working to be better. Although
Sep 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Sources Say is an empowering novel based around a student election between two exes, women’s issues, and two students newspapers. Angeline Quinn is a social media influencer running for student body president to be able to attend a workshop for influencers, while her sister: Cat, is the editor in chief for the student newspaper. Angeline’s ex, Leo Torres, decides to run against Angeline, causing some classic tension. Along the way, an incident occurs where girls are objectified, tension between ...more
Samantha (WLABB)
Sep 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
I originally imagined the movie Election when I first read about this book, and there was a bit of that in there, but it was so much more.

The heart of this story for me was the tense relationship between Angeline and her sister Cat. Once close, they had grown apart. Therefore, it was wonderful to see this out of control election put them on the same side instead of competing against one another.

Goldstein also incorporates ideas about the responsibility news and media outlets own their consumer
Jul 28, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
*Thanks to the publisher for providing me with an eARC
SOURCES SAY is a story following two sisters who get caught up in their school’s student election, which leads to more recognition than they ever could have anticipated. Angeline & Cat aren’t twins, but they’re so close in age that they’ve always been kind of lumped together, despite the fact they don’t spend lots of time together and kind of resent one another. This dynamic between not-so-close sisters was really interesting to see play out
Aspen Montoya
Oct 09, 2020 rated it liked it
I’m not really big into reading contemporary books but Penguin Teen sent it to me and I decided to give it a shot. It was interesting enough but at times, I found myself skimming to get through chapters. I can’t say that I particularly loved any of the characters that much because I didn’t feel like I knew them enough. I did love the concept of this book but I did not enjoy the end product as much as I hoped for.

This book did take me a while to get through because I was not super invested in it.
Aug 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Sources Say

4 stars

Initially, I struggled to get into this one because, although the main characters are teens, I felt the writing style was a bit more mature to connect with. It kind of felt like I was reading an adult book and not a YA contemporary which left me confused and not sure where the preface of the novel would come in. I also really struggled to like both our main female leads. Sisters who couldn’t be more different who both disregarded affection for the other and were pushing their
Kera (featherboundbooks)
Aug 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thank you to Penguin Teen and Razorbill for my gifted DRC in exchange for my honest review.

How did I not know what I was getting into when I started this book? This was so much fun! Sources Say from Lori Goldstein was a very current and relevant look into the inner workings of a political debate and the he said she said ridiculousness that can occur, but on a high school level. And what better time to have this kind of book front and center than right now?

Through a handful of interesting p
I was excited to see this tour opportunity come across, because I loved Lori’s last novel, Screen Queens, and couldn’t wait to get my hands on this one. What a delight it was, and it comes at a perfect time to remind young people of the power of their voices.

Cat and Angeline are about as different as two sisters could be, despite being born only 11 months apart. Cat is intensely interested in journalism, having learned all about it at her grandfather’s knee, and is focused on “just the facts.” A
Sep 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to Razorbill Books and NetGalley for an eARC of this one in exchange for my honest review.

Young adult novel Sources Say has exes Angeline Quinn and Leo Torres pitted against each other for the student council president position. And Cat, Angeline’s sister, is there to report on all the happenings in the Red, White, and Blue. Cat reports the latest election news in a very professional way, unlike the Shrieking Violet which clearly has a biased opinion and backs Leo Torres. Who will come
Aug 09, 2020 rated it liked it
Thank you to Penguin and Netgalley for this eARC in exchange for an honest review.

I really enjoyed the set up of this book with parts of Cat's article about the election interspersed throughout the book. The Shrieking Violet articles were also hilarious and I enjoyed the juxtaposition of the clickbait articles versus Cat's more traditional newspaper. I liked starting the book with Angeline and Leo post-break-up and needing to work through their feelings for each other in the wake of their big f
Elisa (The Overflowing Bookshelf)
With election season in full swing, Lori Goldstein’s newest young adult novel is a great book to read if you can't get enough of real-life politics. In Sources Say, which was released on September 8th, two exes go head-to-head in the most dramatic school election ever.
This book took a bit for me to get into. While the mixed media element (which includes news articles and tweets) is fascinating, it isn’t until about halfway through that the campaigns and mysteries start to develop and engage the
Chris G.
Jun 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Sisters Cat and Angeline are close in age, but competition for their absent dad’s attention and their own vastly different personalities leave them sharing a bedroom but little else. Ang runs her own little product promoting social media empire and has just been dumped by long time boyfriend Leo, whose is under a lot of pressure since Mom is running for Congress. Cat feels like she can’t compete with Ang’s posse of friends and finds her only solace in trying to bring the school newspaper back to ...more
Sep 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thank you so much to PenguinTeen for providing me the e-arc in exchange for an honest review. This in now way affects my review as all thoughts and opinions are my own! I gave this book 4 stars!

When I read the synopsis to Sources Say, I immediately felt like I was going to read a book similar to watching Glee when Kurt was running for student body president LOL! I think that this book is a super fun way to look at today's political climate and a two party system and put it into perspective from
Sep 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this timely and clever book about friendship, politics, and sisterhood. I enjoyed following the two main characters (sisters Angeline and Cat) as well as their group of friends, antagonists, and family members. Goldstein includes a large cast of characters, but they are all well-drawn and each have their own little quirks (I'm looking at you bright green hoodie).

The story is expertly plotted. It moves quickly and, just when you think all the plot twists are done, Goldstein th
Sep 07, 2020 rated it liked it
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This is a fun, if slightly frothy novel transferring the political process to a high school. Irish twins Cat and Angela have very different priorities for their senior year, but they manage to collide together when Angela decides to run for school council president. Cat, as editor of the school newspaper - by default, but it still counts! - is swept up in the campaign as it turns into a battle of the sexes, and the exes.

This is a cleverly written take on America's political system, with one side
Brittany Buurman
Sep 11, 2020 rated it liked it
I received this book as an e-ARC from the publisher. Sources Say is a fun read that follows two sisters perspectives as they experience their school's student election, which turns out to be more drama than either ever bargained for. Through this experience the relationship between the two sisters, who are close in age but total opposites in personality, evolves from the antagonistic relationship they start out with. This book has great moments of activism and meaningful discussions but also ten ...more
Jul 20, 2020 marked it as to-read
Rating: 4/5

This book took me entirely by surprise. Two exes, one election, and one crazy horrible school prank, it just sounds like an amazing book. It didn't surprise me by the quality of the story, but by the focus on the relationships throughout the novel. Cat and Angeline have what might be considered a strained relationship. I absolutely loved seeing how this election shaped them and how they saw each other. Not to mention, this book did not pull any punches when it came to mistakes. Each a
Jul 20, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Rating: 4/5

This book took me entirely by surprise. Two exes, one election, and one crazy horrible school prank, it just sounds like an amazing book. It didn't surprise me by the quality of the story, but by the focus on the relationships throughout the novel. Cat and Angeline have what might be considered a strained relationship. I absolutely loved seeing how this election shaped them and how they saw each other. Not to mention, this book did not pull any punches when it came to mistakes. Each a
Ellie Blackwood
Sep 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was a super fun read that explores themes of ethical journalism, politics, and how we consume information in the modern era.

I was hooked the second the book started getting into Cat's and Angeline's respective passions of journalism and YouTubing. At first, they seem to be pretty different mediums, but as the story goes on we get an exploration of how both newspapers and YouTube videos can be used to spread information -- for better and for worse. This also parallels how Cat and Angeline cl
May 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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No one at Acedia High School has paid much attention to the student council elections-- at least, not until newly-exes Angeline and Leo run against each other for class president. Angeline needs to take on an academic pursuit per her mom's orders to continue her vlogger-influencer lifestyle, and Leo needs to win to boost the publicity for his politician mother. Cat, aspiring journalist and sister of Angeline, is doing her best to remain objective, but the two sisters have never gotten along well ...more
Kayla Plutzer
*Before I jump into my review, I want to thank Netgalley and Penguin Teen for providing me with an eARC in exchange for this honest review. All opinions are my own and are not impacted by anything.*

Angeline and Leo were the perfect couple, until everything came crumbling down around them. For the first time in their school’s history, the student council election is something people are paying attention to. But when the two are going head to head, the whole school stops what its doing to pay atte
Cathi - LovesBooksMore
In a run for class president....
the story should be perfect but it fell a bit flat for me. The two main characters were sisters and they were just terrible. Angeline was a narcissist while Kat was whiny and very self-centered. The supporting characters were much better for the plot. Leo was much more likable as he wanted the best for the school. Maxine was a great developer and deserves more of a role.
N.K. Traver
Sep 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A timely read that deftly tackles many current issues and explores the effects (and the damage) false reporting can have. A feel-good call to action just in time for the election, with sweet cinnamon roll characters and Lori’s characteristic strong female role models!
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