Tradition by Brendan Kiely


Prestigious. Powerful. Privileged. This is Fullbrook Academy, an elite prep school where history looms in the leafy branches over its brick walkways. But some traditions upheld in its hallowed halls are profoundly dangerous.Jules Devereux just wants to keep her head down, avoid distractions, and get into the right college, so she can leave Fullbrook and its old-boy social codes behind. She wants freedom, but ex-boyfriends and ex-best friends are ...

Details Tradition

Release DateMay 1st, 2018
PublisherMargaret K. McElderry Books
GenreYoung Adult, Contemporary, Realistic Fiction, Fiction, School Stories, Boarding School

Reviews Tradition

  • Dannii Elle
    Campus novels will never fail to pique my interest. But when I see an elite campus-set novel that provides an insight to the rape culture perpetuated there, I am doubly sold!This split-perspective tale follows two outsiders to the exclusive Fullbrook Acadamy. Jules Devereux is the girl who is going somewhere. She has climbed to the pinnacle of the social hierarchy but, now a senior, is divorcing herself from her role there, and the expectations p...
  • PinkAmy loves 💕 books📖, cats😻 and naps🛏
    1.5 STARS bumped up to 2 for trying.TRADITION checks all the boxes for books I usually love. Boarding school? Check Sexual assault and recovery? CheckCalling out toxic masculinity? CheckHere’s the BUT: but I not only didn’t love the story, I didn’t even like it.Some men write women so well, I don’t know their gender. Brendan Kiely isn’t one of those writers, at least not in TRADITION.TRADITION is a book that means very well. It’s an i...
  • Cori Reed
    3.5 Stars!
  • Kathleen Glasgow
    A stunning and thoughtfully written examination of toxic masculinity and rape culture. A dual narrative that works surprisingly well and several scenes that will surprise you and make you think. I can't say too much, but there's a late-in-the-book moment that had me in tears.
  • Jillian Heise
    A powerful, emotional, and important book. With the dual POV, it adds another layer to the conversations around assault and consent that we should be having with all of our adolescents of any gender. Add this to a text set starting with Speak, and including any of the titles around assault and consent and power that you can find to reach our kids. This is a must add title for every high school classroom library.
  • Dylan
    3 stars. Thank you so much, Simon & Schuster for sending me this for review. These types of books are important. Sexual assault is an incredibly detrimental topic that needs to be discussed, so I'm willing to read pretty much any book that discusses it, but this honestly left me feeling unsatisfied. My biggest problem was how in depth it went with the subject. I was waiting until 100 pages in for SOMETHING to happen, but the event that kicked the...
  • Kristi Housman Confessions of a YA Reader
    Blog tour: https://confessionsofayareader.wordpr...Tradition is one of those books that every teenager should read. I definitely need to warn people that this book is about sexual abuse.Jules and Bax are the two narrators in Tradition. The book takes place in a private high school in New England. The majority of the kids that go there are extremely privalaged, their parents paying the $50,000 a year tuition without a problem. Bax (James Baxter, B...
  • Brittany
    Yes, it's another book about sexual assault and another book perfect for the never-ending #metoo display. Don't we have enough of these by now? No, no we don't because these stories are still happening and are stronger than ever. What sets this one apart is that it's written by a male author and it also has duel male and female first-person perspectives. I appreciated so much having that male point-of-view and think it adds another layer to the s...
  • Samantha (WLABB)
    Rating: 4.5 StarsAlthough I did not attend an elite boarding school, I found some of the "traditions" in this book hit home. I went to a very small high school in a very small town, where one of the senior privileges was access to a triangle of grass, wedged between the glass hallways of the building extension and the original school structure. This area was called the "senior lounge". The seniors would sit out there, relax, and as the girls walk...
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  • Rita Shaffer
    Very important story! I liked the characters and appreciated their bravery...
  • Liza Wiemer
    An important novel!Wow, so much admiration for Brendan Kiely for writing a novel addressing rape culture in a private school filled with tradition that perpetuates disgusting, unacceptable, criminal behavior. This is a book about speaking up and speaking out. Memorable characters who embrace their identities.Bravo!
  • Kristin
    In “Tradition,” a compelling story of privilege, prominence and prestige at Fullbrook Academy, Brendan Kiely tackles the difficult topic of rape and its cultural prevalence in present society. Meet legacy Jules Devereaux, hoping to shuffle through her senior year without incident and blackballed James Baxter, a blue-collar boy given a second chance with a full-ride hockey scholarship. While questioning the rules of the institution and their p...
  • Kate (beautifulbookland)
    This is seriously the kind of book that I can imagine future students studying in schools; it deals with relevant issues unflinchingly, and in a totally refreshing way, and I really think that it’s a book that everyone should read.Most of the feminist books I’ve read have always been in a girl’s POV; we only hear the girls’ thoughts and feelings on rape culture and harassment, whereas in Tradition, the story is told through both Jules and...
  • Karen Barber
    Tradition. Hard to shake off. Something that has stood the test of time. Sometimes traditions uphold behaviours that are toxic. So, what do you do if you find yourself part of that culture?That is the question tackled in this contemporary novel. Kiely presents us with a dual person narrative - one male and one female - and this gives us the opportunity to explore some of the questions circulating so widely.Both Jules and James come from very diff...
  • Kirsti
    Although I felt like this book had some great messages, it felt like the writing was weak, especially with character development and storyline. It took a long time for the confronting issue to occur, so long I wasn't sure if I missed it or what. I did however zoom through the book because I wanted to know what happened.If you want to know what the book is about, maybe read the description/ I sort of don't want to give away the plot in the review ...
  • Katie
    I am not entirely sure what I thought of this. I thought the school stuff was well done and I mostly believed the different characters' various awareness of social issues, but . . . then it just ended up feeling fairly by the book and unsatisfying.And perhaps this is unfair, but I couldn't quite shake my uncomfortableness that it was a male author telling this story.
  • Heather
    There is no doubt this message is an important one, but I needed more from the characters. The complexity and shame and fear and frustration and entitlement and humiliation and silence of a rape culture are infuriating and confusing traits that persist because we ignore so much. I wanted this book to shake its readers a little be more searing or be more relatable. It is too easy to place these students in an elite boarding ...
  • Sarah {Literary Meanderings}
    Review coming soon
  • Beth Honeycutt
    4.5 stars! Excellent story with an important message. I liked Baxter/Bax/Buckeye the most of course:)
  • Greg Andree
    TW - sexual assaultGrowing up in the 80s I was an art kid. Theater. String Orchestra. Band. Reading. I was sensitive, but outside those spaces it wasn't allowed. In sports, with guy friends, to show those emotions was to be ridiculed at least, sometimes outcast, oftentimes for me it was to be physically attacked. In sixth grade I told a close friend I loved him. He called me homophobic slurs, and hit me in the face with a fist-sized rock. That's ...
  • Sophie
    An excellently written book on an important topic. Once I cracked this book open I couldn't put it back down. Thankfully I had a six hour bus ride ahead of me so I was able to get right to it. Full RTC
  • Mrs. Krajewski
    Fullbrook Academy is known for its traditions. Many of the boys that go to this elite prep school are proud of these traditions, for they are ones who benefit most. They lead discussions in the classroom, as well as the parties on the weekends. When newcomer Jamie Baxter arrives at Fullbrook, he knows he just needs to keep his mouth shut and play hockey so he can keep his scholarship. As he gets to know his teammates and some of the other senior ...
  • Sarah
    E-ARC from EdelweissOh my goodness, high school teachers and students-- this is a must. I heard the author speak as part of a panel at a recent conference, and I knew I had to read this. I was not disappointed. So much to consider and discuss...this book is important. Order now.
  • Poesy In Chrysalis Reviews (Sohinee)
    Read The Full Review Here: REVIEWED BY SOHINEE DEY ‘Tradition’ by Brendan Kiely is a very important novel when it comes to its concept. This book gives us an insight on the darker side of tradition and what holding on to such traditions could do. The story is set in a boarding school, the Fullbrook Academy, which is known for its aristocracy and high-end extravagance. It is an elite school which can on...
  • Jordan
    This book is so very important - so important that I stayed up until 2 am during finals week to finish reading it. The reason this book IS so important is because it attacks the rape culture that is in society and institutions that we sometimes refuse to believe and acknowledge, and it actually written by someone whose demographic (cis white male) is the most prevalent perpetrator of these beliefs. For a specific example as to why this is importa...
  • Pavitra (For The Love of Fictional Worlds)
    Also Posted on For The Love of Fictional Worlds Disclaimer: A physical copy of the book was provided via Penguin India in exchange for an honest review. The Thoughts, opinions & feelings expressed in the review are therefore, my own. “There is no such thing as voiceless. There are only the deliberately silenced or preferably unheard.” Arundhati Roy  Tradition is book that I absolutely relevant, not only in today’s times, but also in th...
  • Christine
    The topics of sexual assault, rape culture and sexism are more in the spotlight than possibly ever before due to recent movements like MeToo and I think it is such an important thing to discuss in young adult novels especially. Tradition goes deep into the nature of an expensive ‘traditional’ private school and shows how toxic the atmosphere there can be for anyone who doesn’t adhere to the so called ‘traditions’ of that school. These t...
  • Camillea
    Tradition was a hard book for me to read. Not only is it a depiction of rape culture but also of the individual perpetuation of it. While reading this book I couldn’t help remembering my own high school days and college days; the gross behaviour I had witnessed both from male students and female students as well as teachers, and how even into college nothing had seemed to change. The narrative of Tradition, especially Julie’s, feels like the ...