Righteous is a realistic look at life when you are a teen falling through the cracks

Righteous is a realistic look at life when you are a teen falling through the cracks

The tag-line on the cover pretty much says it all.  This is a good choice for reluctant readers or readers who don’t believe in fairy tales. 

Righteous, or Ria, lives a solitary teen life.  Her only friend is a senior citizen with dementia.  Her home life is a revolving trailer door of losers her mother brings home.  School is a place to be endured, and a sometimes sanctuary from her mom.  Then Colt Jackson shows up, and though rumors hint he is dangerous, he works his way slowly past some of Ria’s barriers.  When everything starts to fall apart, Ria has to decide whether Colt’s friendship is worth the risk or if he is just another person who will betray her as a long line of people have done before him.  A fast read and a realistic look at life through the eyes of a kid who is in the process of falling through the cracks, this is a good option for reluctant readers. The grinding reality of Ria’s life isn’t improved by the jaded measures she takes to protect herself from being hurt emotionally, but they will ring true to readers, especially when brief flashbacks throughout the story reveal exactly how people have let her down in the past.  While I wanted good things to happen for Ria, I think her cynicism rubbed off on me.  Even her few small, believable victories seemed too good to be true at times.  Teens will relate to this story and find some inspiration for hope and happiness in Ria’s journey.  Language and situations are suitable for high school readers.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.


About queenbook

When the final bell rings, I stash those messy piles of essays and analysis assignments in a desk drawer and I head home to a pile of good books. My kids and dog eat too many chicken nuggets and the house could be neater, but as long as I get my daily read, I guess we are doing all right. When I was twelve and fifteen and eighteen and twenty, I believed I needed to get out there and do those things I had just been reading about, which ended in disaster, tears, a tattoo that scares me every time I catch a glimpse of it in the mirror, and the realization that some of us are meant for action, and some of us are meant to critique the pace of action in a book. I read primarily YA fiction as I have a rather hulking classroom library and a hundred high school readers to engage daily. Nothing makes me happier than coming to school and finding an impatient teenager waiting by my door to turn in a book and get another one just like it. I adore a good zombie, a medieval princess, or girl assassin (I would like them all in one book if you are a writer looking for some inspiration). I add historical mystery to my wish list a year in advance, and you should get out of my way when the next Outlander book comes out. I have an embarrassing fondness for rock star books, but only if they don’t get too trashy and embarrass me. My favorite book of all time is The Blue Castle by L.M. Montgomery. My book boyfriends include Gilbert Blythe, Alonzo Wilder, and Jamie Fraser. They are mine and you can’t have them.

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