Quiver by Julia Watts


Set in rural Tennessee, QUIVER by Julia Watts is a brilliant YA novel that focuses on the unlikely friendship between two teens from opposite sides of the culture wars. Libby is the oldest child of six, going on seven, in a family that adheres to the "quiverfull" lifestyle: strict evangelical Christians who believe that they should have as many children as God allows because children are like arrows in the quiver of "God's righteous warriors." ...

Details Quiver

Release DateOct 16th, 2018
PublisherThree Rooms Press
GenreYoung Adult, Lgbt, Fiction, Glbt, Queer

Reviews Quiver

  • Kristy
    Liberty "Libby" Hazlett is the oldest six kids (soon to be seven). She is part of an evangelical Christian family who practices the Quiverfull lifestyle--having as many kids as God deems they should. The father is the head of the family and his wife and children (especially the girls) should do everything he says, no matter what. Libby and her siblings are home-schooled and rarely see anyone outside of their family and church. So when a new famil...
  • Zoë
    I loved the premise of this book: two teenagers from "opposite sides of the culture wars" end up as neighbours and ultimately friends. Zo is a genderfluid teen from a super-left-wing household, while Libby comes from a strict Christian family where girls are confined to traditional gender roles. Libby is homeschooled due to her family's distrust of the secular world, while Zo is homeschooled due to social difficulties at school—I was expecting ...
  • Kelly
    You say helpmeet, I say handmaid.(Full disclosure: I received a free e-ARC for review through Edelweiss. Trigger warning for misogyny, homophobia, and domestic violence.)Mr. Hazlett’s getting worked up, too. A vein in his forehead bulges disturbingly. “In a Christian home, the man is like God, and his wife is the holy church.” Dad laughs out loud. Maybe a little too loud. “So you get to be a deity, and she just gets to be a building?”I ...
  • Jenni Frencham
    Watts, Julia. Quiver. Frontlist, 2018.Libby is the oldest of her family's six children. They live on a remote farm where their mother home schools the children and their father works at his pest control business. They are a Quiverfull family, and thus they believe that the father is the head of the home just as god is the head of the church. Zo just moved next door to Libby. Zo's family is also home schooled, but Zo is genderfluid and her (when p...
  • Max Baker
    Thank you Edelweiss for providing me a free review copy in exchange for an honest reviewIf I had to compare this book to anything, it would probably be Jennifer Mathieu's Devoted. It's one of my favorite faith/belief stories, expertly weaving together all the positives and negatives of religion as well as showcasing the extremes one will go to cling to their perceived spirituality. This book takes that concept and runs with it so far it was hones...
  • Marie desJardins
    I enjoyed this young adult book that explores the lives of two homeschooling families living in rural Tennessee: the Hazletts, a family of evangelical Christians, and the Forresters, a family of liberal/progressive "crunchy granola types." Libby Hazlett (the (mostly) dutiful oldest daughter of seven Hazlett children) and Zo Forrester (the gender-fluid older child of two Forrester children) become close friends despite the families' differences.Th...
  • Kathy
    4.5 stars.Quiver by Julia Watts is a thought-provoking young adult novel that explores fundamental Christianity and gender-fluidity.Sixteen year old Liberty "Libby" Hazlett is the oldest of six (soon to be seven) children. Her family is part of the "Quiverfull" sect of Christianity in which birth control is eschewed, the children are home-schooled by their mother and their father rules the home with an iron fist. Libby, her siblings and her mothe...
  • Homeschoolmama
    I don't usually read YA lit, but I was given this ARC by a friend who recommended it. And I have to agree, this book was riveting, well written and difficult to put down. The story is of a "quiver-full" family, who lives next door to a very liberal family. They share some values- homeschooling their children, being resourceful, old arts - in general, a fondness for homesteading. The conflict arises quickly, however, when the fathers start a conve...
  • Katelyn
    Libby, short for Liberty, is 16 years old and the oldest of 6 (soon to be 7). What she doesn't have is much freedom. In her strict, evangelical Christian patriarch family, her father is the equivalent of God. She thinks this works, until more contact with her new gender fluid neighbor, Zo, and the outside world, makes her question if it really does. Set in rural Tennessee.I really enjoyed watching Libby and Zo relate to each other and work on bui...
  • AJ
    When I started reading Quiver, I started groaning internally a bit and thought "this is why I don't read much fiction, and certainly not YA fiction, anymore, these books are so predictable, but, heck, I'll give it a shot." I'm glad I kept giving it a shot! This book was definitely not predictable (but not unrealistic either) and I enjoyed reading it. In fact, I finished it in less than a day.
  • Melinda Christianson
    Very engaging, quick read! Interesting storyline that kept a fast pace. I particularly liked the relationships between Libby and Zo as well as Libby and her mom. Thanks to Edelweiss for the ARC.
  • Dewey
    Libby Hazlett and Zo Forrester meet when Zo and hir family move to the farm next door to Libby's after the property had been empty for more than a year. The Hazlett family is fairly sheltered, primarily spending time with each other and with members of their church congregation, so right away Libby finds herself intrigued by the new family and, in particular, Zo. The two families have radically different ideologies--Libby's father is a strict dis...
  • Allison Shockley
    Being from an extremely religious and at times misogynistic family, this book really struck a chord with me. It was easy to relate to Libby's internal struggle between what she wanted to do and what she thought she had to do to please her family, namely get married and have as many babies as God would bless her with. The oldest of six children, she is already well on her way to learning how to be a good mother and wife by participating in chores,...
  • Cristin
    Funny that I should finish this book on Independence Day.Anyway, this book is about Libby, a 16 year old who is living in a quiverfull family. She meets a new neighbor, Zo, a gender fluid teen, and they become quick friends, despite their obvious differences.I enjoyed the interactions between the two girls and the way that religion played off of them. I also enjoyed Libby's inner dialogue of the struggle she felt in believing in her religion.At i...
  • Amy Parker
    I absolutely loved this book. Right up my alley and if you read Gated or Astray and read this book you will see why, The story centers on two teens who form an unusual friendship—a girl raised in a rigidly religious family and a gender fluid teen recovering from a tough breakup. Their time together challenges them both and handles some very timely issues in such a poignant way that I found myself tearing up more than once. HIGHLY Recommend. Thi...
  • Julie
    I have a new favorite YA author, and her name is Julia Watts. I absolutely couldn't put this book down and finished it in less than 24 hours. Representation of Southern/rural queerness and discussions across political and religious divides are subjects dear to my heart and so important for teens.