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

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...
  • Amy's Book Reviews
    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.
  • 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...
  • Rita Shaffer
    Very important story! I liked the characters and appreciated their bravery...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • Maggie
    This tale is set in the prestigious world of Fulbrook Academy. This school turns out the men (and sometimes women!) who are the movers and shakers of this world. Most of the pupils have a sense of entitlement. They are the elite and the world dances to their tune -or at least to the tune of their parents' money! The story is told from two perspectives. Jules Devereux has gone through the school. She is now a Senior and for this last year she just...
  • Saarah Niña
    Powerful- will frightfully resonate with its readers.Brendan Kiely takes you on a journey. The reader steps into the shoes of two teenagers tackling their college years at Fullbrook, a prestigious haven for the privileged. He's a new scholarship kid. She is the daughter of Fullbrook's first female student. He wants to belong but feels out of his depth. She's given up with that, sworn off dating and false friendships and is all for reclaiming he...
  • Paul
    Brendan Kiely’s Tradition is an important novel about the patterns of abuse at an elite boarding school. Two of the high school students share the narrative POV in alternating chapters. Jules is a strong young woman who has historically spoken out on progressive issues she cares about, only to have them frequently pushed back in her face. Jamie is a fifth-year transfer student on a hockey scholarship who has escaped a rough history back home. F...
  • Amy
    I cannot recommend this book enough for all high school classroom and school libraries. This is a must-read, first order purchase. Kiely, co-author of All American Boys has done it again-taken a timely issue and writes about it in a real, raw, accessible way. In Tradition he tackles the inherent issues of rape culture, slut shaming, and the double standards that exist for male and female students. Set in an elite boarding school and told from d...
  • Alicia
    I'm feeling exhausted by the books- not as a commentary that they should not continue to be written, published, shared, displayed, etc. but myself personally, so like the vampires after Twilight, I need to take a break from this all-too-contemporary realism plot line and read some other things. As much as it made me sick, it does stick with the title topic and while the approach is a little different with the dual point of view of a male and fema...
  • Cambear
    Four and a half starsGender power dynamics, toxic masculinity, feminism, social justice warriors, class differences and so many other important topics clash in this privileged boarding school or nightmare. This book raises a lot of discussion points about these topics and illustrates how hard it is to break the status quo. Yet there is hope.Not only is this complex tale wonderfully written, but it also features a male POV on this discussion and p...
  • Jennifer
    A great discussion book on the issues of privilege--male, white, socioeconomic, straight--and the moments when we make choices as to who we are and what we stand for. People make mistakes and learn from them, things don't always work out, but the fact that these characters trials and errors show the full force of the dynamics of wrestling, quite literally, with hard choices of who they are and what they believe provides a great jumping point for ...
  • Kira Schumacher
    This book should come with trigger warnings. There is a rape scene in this book, there is a lot of talk about sexual assault, rape culture, victim blaming, toxic masculinity, and more. But, it is an honest story, a respectful story (as in the survivor's side is both, heard and believed by the narrative), and it is an important read. This needs to be discussed, this needs to be read widely by young audiences. There will be a blog post coming on th...