One of the most realistic high school settings I’ve read in a while, Lori Goldstein crafts strong, believable relationships between every character. The growing pains of love and competition between Cat and Angie is the picture of sibling rivalry, and the growth of their sisterhood through the story squeezed my heart and wouldn’t let go. The drama of a school election and the introduction of a “fake news” outlet to rival print news create such drama and intrigue that if you don’t stay for the characters (which you want to!), you’ll stay just to see how the election turns out. Sources Say is a timely novel, and a great way to exemplify our nation’s climate today, covering politics, #MeToo, and standards of journalism to high schoolers. But more than that, this is a story about family, and the strength of the family we choose, as well as the one we are born with. I can’t wait to share this with teens who are looking to see their own experiences reflected in a political, passionate climate.— Tildy
Two exes. One election. All the drama.
For fans of Becky Albertalli and Morgan Matson comes a funny, heartfelt novel about feuding exes running for class president and the scandal that makes the previously boring school election the newest trending hashtag.
At Acedia High, student council has always been a joke. Nobody pays attention. Nobody cares.
But that changes when someone plasters the halls with Photoshopped images of three “perfect tens”—composites of scantily clad girls made from real photos of female students at the school. Quickly dubbed the “Frankengirls,” the scandal rocks the student body. And the two presidential candidates, budding influencer Angeline Quinn and charming jock Leo Torres, jump on the opportunity to propose their solutions and secure votes. Fresh from a messy public breakup, Angeline and Leo fight to win, and their battle both mesmerizes and divides the school.
The election fills the pages of The Red and Blue, the school newspaper run by Angeline’s sister, Cat. The Quinn sisters share a room and a grade but little else, and unlike her more sensationalist sister, Cat prides herself on reporting the facts. So when a rival newspaper pops up—written by an anonymous source and the epitome of “fake news”—Cat’s journalistic buttons are pushed. Rumors fly, secrets are leaked, and the previously mundane student election becomes anything but boring.
About the Author
Lori Goldstein was born into an Italian-Irish family and raised in a small town on the New Jersey shore. She earned her bachelor's degree in journalism from Lehigh University and worked as a writer, editor, and graphic designer before becoming a full-time author. She currently lives and writes outside of Boston. Lori is also the author of Screen Queens. You can visit her online at www.lorigoldsteinbooks.com.
"Alternating chapters between Angeline and Cat, this fun and provocative novel sees the sisters growing in their relationship while dealing with thorny issues of accountability, truth, enacting change, and the systemic sexism prevalent in their school...Entertaining, thought-provoking, and heartwarming."--Kirkus Reviews
“A timely and smart novel that examines the pernicious effects of fake news and what it means to be a feminist, and even better, a sister. Lori Goldstein knows the teenage girl’s heart.”—Stacey Lee, award-winning author of The Downstairs Girl
“A whip-smart, razor-sharp foray into school politics, friendship, family, and the nature offemale ambition. Sources Say is savvy, heartfelt, and so very timely.”—Laurie Elizabeth Flynn, author of Firsts,Last, Girl Lied To, and All Eyes on Her
“If there was ever a book for our time, this is it! Scandal, drama, romance, and fake news collide in this fun, clever, fast-paced read.”—Jessica Brody, bestselling author of The Chaos of Standing Still, In Some Other Life, and A Week of Mondays