Dear Rachel Maddow | Sticky Note Reviews

Dear Rachel Maddow was another of those books I ran into somewhere – so much so that I didn’t even take a Currently Reading photo of it for Instagram, which is very unlike me.

tl;dr summary: Teenage underachiever deals with her brother’s death, politics, and life in general by writing emails to Rachel Maddow that she doesn’t send.

Here’s what I want to know: how many books is it going to take before I stop pointing out that a protagonist’s queerness isn’t the main issue in the novel?

I don’t know the answer to that question, but here’s what I thought of Dear Rachel Maddow:

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#snrtbs Dear Rachel Maddow by Adrienne Kisner is an example of the epistolary novel done well. Character complexity wasn't sacrificed for the choice in formatting. It's one that shows the possibilities of activism. Kisner was able to intersect multiple identities and not feel like there was too much going on, which I liked. She did well to demonstrate how story is influenced by identity but not necessarily driven by it. Brynn is a relatable character. She's smart, though not in the top classes. And she comes to understand that just because she's not an honors student doesn't mean her voice is any less important. Dear Rachel Maddow is for fans of contemporary realistic fiction w/ #LGBTQ+ characters just living life, and youth as advocates.

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