Dear Rachel Maddow by Adrienne Kisner

Dear Rachel Maddow

In Adrienne Kisner's Dear Rachel Maddow, a high school girl deals with school politics and life after her brother’s death by drafting emails to MSNBC host Rachel Maddow in this funny and heartfelt YA debut.Brynn Haper's life has one steadying force--Rachel Maddow.She watches her daily, and after writing to Rachel for a school project--and actually getting a response--Brynn starts drafting e-mails to Rachel but never sending them. Brynn tells Ra...

Details Dear Rachel Maddow

TitleDear Rachel Maddow
Release DateJun 5th, 2018
PublisherFeiwel & Friends
GenreYoung Adult, Lgbt, Contemporary, Fiction

Reviews Dear Rachel Maddow

  • Rachael
    ”Nevertheless, they persist. I guess that means I fucking have to, too.” This is bound to be my favorite contemporary of 2018. It’s the perfect blend of emotion, humor, diversity, and political references. Queer teens and teens with disabilities will be able to find characters like them in these pages. Dear Rachel Maddow tells the story of Brynn, a junior in High School. Brynn had a good life, but when her brother Nick died a year ago, he...
  • Stacee
    I am a huge fan of books in epistolary format and I loved the synopsis of this one. Brynn was a great MC. I enjoyed being in her head and reading her struggle was relatable. There’s a pretty big group of characters here, but only a few really stood out to me. And someone really needs to junk punch her mom and her stepdad for just not caring. At all. Plot wise, it took some time to settle in. I wasn’t instantly captivated, but as soon as Brynn...
  • Susie Dumond
    When I was a closeted teenage lesbian, trying to figure out how to come out and what to do with my life, Rachel Maddow meant a lot to me. She was smart, and successful, and delightfully nerdy. She made me feel like it was ok to be passionate about things, like being politically engaged was cool. When I saw the description of Dear Rachel Maddow, it felt like the publisher was describing my past self. I had to check it out.Brynn is a teenager who h...
  • Ava
    Perfect for fans of NICE TRY, JANE SINNER, this is a YA novel about a lesbian girl that's told in a completely unconventional way: in emails written to political journalist Rachel Maddow. I read it a few months ago in one sitting because I just couldn't put it down. Why should you pick up DEAR RACHEL MADDOW? I have 2 main reasons. 1. unique formattingYA has been more creative lately with the formatting and style of books, and this is a great exam...
  • Gary Anderson
    In Adrienne Kisner’s debut novel Dear Rachel Maddow, high school isn’t going particularly well for Brynn Harper. Her family barely exists and provides scant support. Her approach to academics has led to placement in the “Applied” track, and her Honors student girlfriend Sarah has dumped her. Then English teacher Mr. Grimm assigns his students to email a well-known person. Brynn chooses MSNBC political analyst Rachel Maddow.Maddow gracious...
  • Kari
    (Originally posted on my blog at WhatIsMuch!)Thank you to NetGalley and Feiwel & Friends for the ARC to read and review!Happy pride month, everyone! I definitely think it’s fitting that the first book I finished reading this month was Dear Rachel Maddow– just the title alone should clue you in as to why!However, that actually leads me into one of my favorite things about this book, so I suppose we can jump right in! I loved that the main char...
  • Ellen
    “Nevertheless, they persist. I guess that means I fucking have to, too.”Sixteen-year-old Brynn’s life is a mess. Her beloved older brother Nick died of an overdose and her mother and step-father are so clueless that they punish Brynn for her academic decline and ignore her ongong grief. When Brynn is given an assignment to write to a favorite celebrity, she chooses Rachel Maddow who is her current role model. In a series of unsent emails, B...
  • YA Wednesdays
    You can find the full review on was really surprised by how much I enjoyed this book and was lucky enough to be featured on the blog tour, so I wrote Dear Rachel Maddow a letter, telling it how much I loved it--from the epistolary writing style to the LGBTQ+ rep, to grief, shitty parents, blended families, tough time at school--this contemporary had it all and really succeeded in gripping me in all of its characters and drama. ...
  • Jane
    I’m so confused as to how to rate this. 3 stars? 3.5? I loved the concept and much of the subject matter discussed, but I can’t say that I actually enjoyed this book. I’m very torn!
  • Seanean
    1970-01-01 needs Dear Diary or Dear Abby when you have Rachel Maddow?Brynn Harper's life is not a bowl of cherries. She's a lesbian living a closeted life with her ultra-conservative mother and abusive stepfather. She struggles with basic schoolwork because the letters and words dance before her eyes. Her older brother died two years before from an accidental overdose. And everyone, or almost everyone, believes sh...
  • Sarah
    I really HAD to read this book when I saw the title on NetGalley. Queer teenager who's too sassy for her own good and is smarter than the work she does in high school? A love of Rachel Maddow? It's like they scanned my brain and wrote a YA novel. Brynn is a delightful protagonist who you can't help but root for, even when she makes questionable choices. Her enemies become your enemies and her heroes become yours too. I know I've said this before,...
  • Nic
    This started slow, but I dig a good epistolary novel. Truly, Brynn’s “if no one else is going to stand up I guess it has to be me” tack through the novel was the most relatable thing here - but that might just be me. I do hope that the published novel will include resources for teens in abusive homes, as well as those dealing with grief, substance abuse, homelessness, and bullying. There’s a lot of heavy stuff here. ARC provided by the pu...
  • K8
    “How are you doing?” Just say you’re fine, Brynn. Just say it. It’s what people do. Be a person, Brynn. “Same old suck. Different day.” I cringed a little at my words. “Why?” she asked. She stopped on the last step. “Um. Life?” I said. I could give exquisite detail. But I like to save sharing that sort of thing for cable news personalities. – Writing style is fun, witty and readable– Brynn's voice is strong– Playful prem...
  • Kalen
    The premise is better than the execution, though still a good read. Noted that it's for ages 13 - 18 and I think in most cases 13 will be a bit young--15 and up, maybe? There is nothing graphic here but a lot (a lot) of language. That doesn't bother me in the least but for some readers it will be an issue. I'm also not sure how many readers of this age are Rachel Maddow fans or even know who she is. There's a little inside baseball here (The Best...
  • Katie Harder-schauer
    I received a copy from the publisher through Netgalley. This is my honest review. I'm not going to lie, I requested this book purely because of the title. Like Brynn, I too am a Rachel Maddow fan. That's pretty much where our similarities end though. In spite of that, by the end of the story, I really felt like I understood Brynn and could relate to her at least a little bit. The format for this book was different. It's told entirely through emai...
  • Lea (drumsofautumn)
    This was one of those great contemporaries that had a really good balance between being funny with some great fluffy, romantic moments but also dealing with some super dark themes.There’s a bunch of trigger warnings and I probably even missed some: (step-)parental abuse (also physical!), drug abuse and death because of OD, alcohol abuse, suicidal thoughts and attempted suicide (blurry lines here but better save than sorry).
  • Alexa
    I read this in one sitting and experienced so many emotions! I laughed constantly--there are some fantastic one liners, and Brynn has an acerbic wit that carries through the book--and then I cried more than I expected to. I got angry a lot, too! I had some choice words for many characters in this book, for being absolute garbage humans. I count it as a job well done when a book gets me so worked up on behalf of the main character. I seriously was...
  • Susan
    It’s not always easy writing a good epistolary novel. There can be something lacking. This one fell a little short for me. I loved, loved the diversity and I wanted to love this one but I just didn’t. But I still think that high schoolers should read it! I liked Brynn as a character but I also thought the story was pretty predictable. I liked all the Rachel Maddox stuff. It was funny. I was provided an advanced copy of this book by the publis...
  • Jenni Frencham
    Brynn is grieving the loss of her older brother while trying to survive in a home where her stepfather actively despises her and her mother cares more about her marriage than her daughter. To make matters worse, Brynn's girlfriend broke up with her. Brynn's grief caused her grades to plummet, which in turn placed her in remedial classes in school. Her only hope comes from her obsession with Rachel Maddow, whom Brynn watches regularly. Brynn even ...
  • Ann-marie Aymer
    This is a well thought out story from first time Young Adult author Adrienne Kisner.Brynn Harper gives up on everything, she’s endures a huge loss and familial rupture, breaks up with her first great love—who is TOTALLY sending her mixed signals, and is kicked off of the school neewspaper because of her grades.. She also has absolutely no support from any adults other than her boss and her teacher in the special ed room Mr Grimm. Mr. Grimm gi...
  • kristin (paper reader)
    When a class project asks that Brynn write to her hero, she continues long after the project is finished. This is a deeply poignant book that will tug at you long after you finish. As funny she is heartbreaking, Brynn burrows her way into your heart one quip and keen observation at a time. Brynn's story is a hard but necessary one, something that people of all ages will relate to. Its epistolary format offers compelling heart and tension, renderi...
  • Barbara
    Although several parts of this debut YA novel are predictable, the writing is excellent, capturing the voice of a disillusioned seventeen-year-old perfectly. Brynn Harper has a less than supportive family with a violence-prone and blaming stepfather and a mother who seems emotionally absent and mired in her own problems. The one person she always looked up to, her brother Nick, overdosed two years ago, and Brynn has spiraled into her own self-des...
  • laurel [suspected bibliophile]
    (TW: opiate abuse, depression, suicide attempt, implied sexual assault, bullying, parental abuse/neglect)Brynn doesn't give a flying f— about anything anymore. Since her brother Nick died, her mother and stepfather have treated her as absently as possible, leaving her to continue to fail out of school, dropping from honors to academics to applied and getting kicked out of her beloved school paper. And a year ago, her girlfriend Sarah dropped he...
  • Carin
    Brynn is assigned to write a letter to someone she admires, so she picks Rachel Maddow. To her utter shock, Rachel writes back! Now her teacher wants her to respond. Brynn's not so cool with that (especially because the teacher-suggested topics are dorky/bleh.) I mean, she does write back to Rachel Maddow--hundreds of letters--but she just saves them in her drafts folder and uses that format kind of like a journal. And through writing to Rachel, ...
  • Molly
    Told through a series of e-mails to Rachel Maddow, Kisner's young adult novel deftly explores the budding sexuality and journalistic conscience of protagonist Brynn Harper, a smart kid who is struggling at school through no real fault of her own. I was initially skeptical of this format, but it works really well.