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...
  • Sara
    I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. A prestigious preparatory school steeped in history and toxic outdated views, Tradition follows the stories of Jules and Jamie. One here on a hockey scholarship and one desperate to stay unnoticed, both of them desperate to survive the academy and expose its dirty secrets for all to see. Tradition feels very much like a ‘now’ novel. At its heart it’s a story about the concept ...
  • Cori Reed
    3.5 Stars!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Amitaf0208
    i love stories set in boarding schools. Enjoyed this story immensely. Loved the central characters.
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Connie
    This book has good intentions of tackling rape culture and toxic masculinity, but falls flat in its goal. Storytelling was boring and sort of heavy handed. Characters are flat - Jules is your stock feminist who seems to exist for her stances and not as a nuanced person. I would like to see more motivation behind her character - what makes her champion all these causes? Who is she beyond the activist? Bax - your typical woke male ally. The reader ...
  • 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 ...
  • Bethany
    I don't know why more people aren't talking about this book! Tradition is brilliantly written look at toxic masculinity, rape culture, and privilege, set at an exclusive boarding school. The author demonstrates perfectly how men can be allies of women AND how straight men can support gay men in a positive way. He brings a much needed perspective to these critical issues of the day. This book is a dual perspective narrative set at Fullbrook Academ...
  • 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 ...
  • Shayne Bauer
    Definitely a worthwhile read! Kiely does an amazing job with character development in this novel, detailing all of the intricacies of gender roles in a private high school setting. Of the females, there is the strong-willed and the promiscuous battling the queen bees. Of the males, there is the lecherous and the openly homosexual along with the beastly athlete who has a big heart. The stereotypes obviously clash, and what results is a beautifully...
  • 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.
  • Sarah {Literary Meanderings}
    Review coming soon
  • Kristen Guth
    I love that YA is tackling tough issues that even adults, at times, can shy away from discussing. Thanks, Dawn!
  • 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