“This is a captivating tale that addresses a lot of contemporary issues in a sensitive and thought-provoking way.”
~Nicki J Markus, author
“A searing and tender portrait of the complexities of high school friendships, dating and privilege. Canary is a testament to the power of the hard-won truths.”
~Daisy Whitney, author of The Mockingbirds and When You Were Here
"The subtle way Rachele Alpine addresses love, loss, popularity, and friendship makes this book a realistic and arresting read. For anyone who ever struggled with frenemies and fitting in, Canary is an important addition to contemporary YA discussions."
~Jennifer Brown, author of Hate List
"Rachele Alpine’s Canary sings the truth about what happens when we put our high school heroes on a pedestal and give them the power to act like villains."
~Erin Jade Lange, author of Butter
"I also admire how the subtexts of family, of privilege and how it is exploited, of bullying, and the sexual vulnerability of many girls are presented. . . . It is a powerful story that evokes intense emotions. . . . I encourage you to grab a copy of Canary. . . ."
~Jhobell Kristyl, Book Maven's Picks
“Sometimes I feel like I need a lot of words to describe a story and convince people to read it. This time I’m not going to. Canary is so much better than that. I need not convince you anymore.”
~ Open Book Society
“Overall, a sophisticated, evocative portrait of a teen girl finding her place among peers and family.”
“Canary is a powerful read. It takes you on a journey filled with loss, heartache, betrayal, and the road that leads you to finding yourself, your voice, and fully accepting who you are. It was not an easy journey. That’s what I loved about it so much.”
~Jaiden, Girls on YA Books
“This is a read that you can really learn from and love. . . .”
~Chloe Lee, B.O.O.K.L.I.F.E.
“Overall, Canary was a solid read that mixed verse and prose in a unique and memorable way. If you’re looking for something a little different, this is your book.”
~Tara, Fiction Folio
“Canary is a very important book . . . about being forced to maintain appearances and silence yourself to benefit others, but more than that, it is a book that tears that all down to show how important it is to speak up. It is a book that addresses society's problem of rape culture head-on and not only shows how much harm it can do but also could have the power to give a victim the strength to stand up against it.”
~Jessica Reid, Readmybreathaway.blogpost.ca
“In the wake of the Steubenville case, this stand-alone debut tells a powerful tale—one that, unfortunately, is all too plausible. . . . Kate’s first-person narrative, interspersed with posts and poetry from her private blog, drags readers into the soft corners of her life as she ultimately steps up to be her own person and defend against those who have neglected and abused her.”
~Young Adult Magazine
"This is a contemporary novel that will resonate with many teens and is especially topical considering a recent high-profile case of rape involving high school football players. . . . Many teens will identify with [Kate's] struggle, and many will see their own high school environment, particularly in respect to the adulation of athletes, mirrored in this compelling story. Teens will also like the format of the novel, told in blog posts and verse reminiscent of Ellen Hopkins’s popular 'problem' novels."
~ Jan Chapman, VOYA magazine
Today’s Truth: You can’t count on anyone but yourself. Your dad will leave you when you are twelve. He won’t empty his closet or pack up his car like you see dads do in old after-school specials. He won’t move in with a lover closer to your age than his, an exercise buff who wakes him at the crack of dawn for morning runs and wears short skirts and drinks martinis in bars while texting her girlfriends on her cell phone. He won’t spend his life alone and rent a room in a seedy motel. He won’t invite you and your brother to spend Christmas with him in the tiny, dingy space with a sad-looking, tinsel-covered tree in the corner on a rickety table over a stained carpet. In fact, he won’t leave the house. He will stay right inside with you and your brother. You will eat dinners together, sit in the same room watching TV, have conversations about everyday matters like the weather and the dwindling supply of food in the fridge. You will do mundane things, such as passing each other in the hall as you head to and from the bathroom and riding in the car together when he takes you to school. Each day will blend into the next. But from your life, he will be gone. Posted By: Your Present Self [Sunday, August 11, 12:36 PM]