Sexual Assault in Lit Week: Canary

Canary by Rachele Alpine

Canary

Publisher: Medallion Press
Genre: Contemporary
Page count: 400 pages
Source: Borrowed from library

Release Date: August 1 2013

Kate Franklin’s life changes for the better when her dad lands a job at Beacon Prep, an elite private school with one of the best basketball teams in the state. She begins to date a player on the team and quickly gets caught up in a world of idolatry and entitlement, learning that there are perks to being an athlete. But those perks also come with a price. Another player takes his power too far and Kate is assaulted at a party. Although she knows she should speak out, her dad’s vehemently against it and so, like a canary sent into a mine to test toxicity levels and protect miners, Kate alone breathes the poisonous secrets to protect her dad and the team. The world that Kate was once welcomed into is now her worst enemy, and she must decide whether to stay silent or expose the corruption, destroying her father’s career and bringing down a town’s heroes.

Thoughts on Canary

Canary tackles the issue of sexual assault by looking at date rape. I think it does this particularly well because it gives you the full picture of the events leading up to the assault as well as the aftermath.

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