Hearts Unbroken

Hearts Unbroken

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When Louise Wolfe's first real boyfriend mocks and disrespects Native people in front of her, she breaks things off and dumps him over e-mail. It's her senior year, anyway, and she'd rather spend her time with her family and friends and working on the school newspaper. The editors pair her up with Joey Kairouz, the ambitious new photojournalist, and in no time the paper's staff find themselves with a major story to cover: the school musical director's inclusive approach to casting The Wizard of Oz has been provoking backlash in their mostly white, middle-class Kansas town. From the newly formed Parents Against Revisionist Theater to anonymous threats, long-held prejudices are being laid bare and hostilities are spreading against teachers, parents, and students - especially the cast members at the center of the controversy, including Lou's little brother, who's playing the Tin Man. As tensions mount at school, so does a romance between Lou and Joey - but as she's learned, "dating while Native" can be difficult. In trying to protect her own heart, will Lou break Joey's?
Publisher: Somerville, Massachusetts :, Candlewick Press,, 2018
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780763681142
Branch Call Number: YA SMI
Characteristics: 286 pages ; 22 cm

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Oct 01, 2018

After breaking up with her jock boyfriend after he made insulting remarks regarding Native Americans, Lou, who is Muscogee, begins to navigate her senior year of high school with an altered social standing. She dives into her journalism class, eager to make connections and report for the school newspaper, when suddenly the school musical and its new inclusive casting direction, becomes the biggest story in town and threatens to divide the community.

Lou was great -- I loved that she moved with confidence and with what felt like an authentic teen voice, unlike a lot of waffling, simpering teen heroines frequently found elsewhere in contemporary teen literature today. The subject matter was handled sympathetically but without feeling heavy-handed. The writing was casual, occasionally to the point of feeling unpolished, but perhaps that will be fixed up prior to publication.

I received this ARC via LibraryThing's Early Reviewers program.

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