The Seton Girls know what’s up!Seton Girls cheer, pg. 198, uncorrected ARC edition
(From the front to the back)
Yeah, we know what’s up!
(From the left to the right)
Yeah, we know what’s up!
Because we’re Seton, and the Seton Girls know what’s up!
This book does contain some potentially triggering topics such as but not limited to: violence/fighting, underage drinking, nonconsensual sexual activities, and others. Please consider yourself before reading this one, Beloved. Today’s song is an older track…at least 15 years back and one I remember jamming out to frequently in high school: “Valerie” by Amy Winehouse & Mark Ronson. Bruno Mars also did a cover of this song and it’s just as good!
Our story is told in two perspectives: “what it is” (present day) and “what it was” (the past). Aly, our MC, is a junior at Seton Prep who has always felt like an outsider even though she’s dating the current JV quarterback, who will be the next Varsity QB. Aly and her boyfriend, J, go to all the parties and they sign in, just like everyone else does….no one really knows what the sign in sheets are for, but its Seton tradition and if nothing else, Seton is all about tradition.
This story weaves a tale about classism, high school angst, and the power that one person can have to change the course of an entire school’s way of thinking. Aly (along with half the student body) overhears an argument between a group of friends — one is accusing the other of having slept with her boyfriend and the accused isn’t confirming or denying the story, so the girl gang breaks up. Being a kind soul (and a decent human overall), Aly swoops in to comfort the girl who has now been shunned by her besties.
Aly and this (accused) boyfriend banger quickly become good friends. They start to hang out and text constantly and Britt is even cool with Aly’s boyfriend, J. One day, Aly’s curiosity gets the best of her and she asks…any person would, right? “Is it true? Did you sleep with Michelle’s boyfriend?” Britt, surprisingly isn’t upset. “I did. But I didn’t have a choice.”
That sentence. Those few words catapults Aly and Britt and J down a path that they never saw coming involving all the other high schools in the area, the Seton Girls, the party sign in sheets, and tons of elusive silver flash drives full of material dating thirteen — 13! — years back. Aly & Britt formulate a plan: they’re going to expose these boys so that everyone can see the villains that they hail as heroes.
Seton Girls is a poignant tale that we can all learn from. Don’t be a trash human. Respect others. TAPING PEOPLE WITHOUT THEIR CONSENT IS ILLEGAL. The biggest lesson of all, I think, is that it only takes one. One voice against injustice, one person to be brave enough to stand up to the bad guy. It isn’t easy, but if the Seton girls can do it, I know we can too.
Charlene Thomas is the debut author of Seton Girls, set to release from Dutton Books, a division of PenguinTeen on August 30. You can read her bio below and visit her online at her website to learn more about what she’s up to!
I started writing when I was really little because I have a tendency to love telling stories just as much as (more than?) I love living them. I was sixteen when I wrote a manuscript that won the National Novel Silver Award from Scholastic Books (yay! maybe my stories are *decent*), and went on to minor in creative writing at North Carolina State University. I write books about the world we live in, inspired by my experiences (and yes, my friends – sorry friends) growing up in Montgomery County, MD. I believe a lot in people and what all of us are capable of, and maybe that’s why I love creating big characters who are steadfastly determined to change their own little parts of the world.
When I’m not writing, I’m a marketer – which means I can justify long Twitter-scrolling sessions as “research.” And I’m kind of obsessed with traveling. And funny people and food that tastes really, really good. Also Target and West Elm, for now – because I have a new house! And reality TV forever – because it’s amazing.
I also have my MBA from Emory University and a digital marketing certificate from Cornell. But none of these educational endeavors taught me how to effectively write a biography and so, for that reason, I’m gonna stop now.
I was provided a print and digital copy of this book from PenguinTeen in exchange for an honest review. Receiving these materials in no way impacted my review of this book.