Similar to the style of Jandy Nelson's The Sky is Everywhere, CANARY (88,000 words) is told in a mix of narrative and blog entries. Kate Franklin’s dad is good at coaching basketball; what he isn’t good at is communicating with Kate and her brother Brett. When her mother dies, he shuts down, throwing himself into basketball as a way to cope with his grief, leaving Kate alone in silence. When he lands a job at Beacon, Kate finds it easy to fit in when she starts dating a player on the team. Kate quickly learns that there are perks to being an athlete, but it comes with a price. When one of the players take his power too far at a party and Kate is assaulted, she doesn't stay silent about the attack. However, her accusations aren’t accepted by the Beacon community. The school rallies with the team and lashes out at her. Ugly rumors are created to destroy Kate and her credibility. She’s not praised for her decision to be truthful, but instead, it brings terrible consequences. The final blow comes when her dad tries to silence her in order to protect the team. The world that Kate believed was safe is now her worst enemy, and Kate must decide whether to stay silent or expose the corruption, destroying her father’s career and bringing down a town’s heroes.
My head is still up in the clouds, but I'll be coming down soon to talk more...I promise!