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Rebels Like Us

Liz Reinhardt

"It's not like I never thought about being mixed race. I guess it was just that, in Brooklyn, everyone was competing to be unique or surprising. By comparison, I was boring, seriously. Really boring." Culture shock knocks city girl Agnes "Nes" Murphy-Pujols off-kilter when she's transplanted mid–senior year from Brooklyn to a small Southern town after her mother's relationship with a coworker self-destructs. On top of the move, Nes is nursing a broken heart and severe homesickness, so her plan is simple: keep her head down, graduate and get out. Too bad that flies out the window on day one, when she opens her smart mouth and pits herself against the school's reigning belle and the principal. Her rebellious streak attracts the attention of local golden boy Doyle Rahn, who teaches Nes the ropes at Ebenezer. As her friendship with Doyle sizzles into something more, Nes discovers the town she's learning to like has an insidious undercurrent of racism. The color of her skin was never something she thought about in Brooklyn, but after a frightening traffic stop on an isolated road, Nes starts to see signs everywhere—including at her own high school where, she learns, they hold proms. Two of them. One black, one white. Nes and Doyle band together with a ragtag team of classmates to plan an alternate prom. But when a lit cross is left burning in Nes's yard, the alterna-prommers realize that bucking tradition comes at a price. Maybe, though, that makes taking a stand more important than anything.

"It's not like I never thought about being mixed race. I guess it was just that, in Brooklyn, everyone was competing to be unique or surprising. By comparison, I was boring, seriously. Really boring." Culture shock knocks city girl Agnes "Nes" Murphy-Pujols off-kilter when she's transplanted mid–senior year from Brooklyn to a small Southern town after her mother's relationship with a coworker self-destructs. On top of the move, Nes is nursing a broken heart and severe homesickness, so her plan is simple: keep her head down, graduate and get out. Too bad that flies out the window on day one, when she opens her smart mouth and pits herself against the school's reigning belle and the principal. Her rebellious streak attracts the attention of local golden boy Doyle Rahn, who teaches Nes the ropes at Ebenezer. As her friendship with Doyle sizzles into something more, Nes discovers the town she's learning to like has an insidious undercurrent of racism. The color of her skin was never something she thought about in Brooklyn, but after a frightening traffic stop on an isolated road, Nes starts to see signs everywhere—including at her own high school where, she learns, they hold proms. Two of them. One black, one white. Nes and Doyle band together with a ragtag team of classmates to plan an alternate prom. But when a lit cross is left burning in Nes's yard, the alterna-prommers realize that bucking tradition comes at a price. Maybe, though, that makes taking a stand more important than anything.
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"It's not like I never thought about being mixed race. I guess it was just that, in Brooklyn, everyone was competing to be unique or surprising. By comparison, I was boring, seriously. Really boring." Culture shock knocks city girl Agnes "Nes" Murphy-Pujols off-kilter when she's transplanted mid–senior year from Brooklyn to a small Southern town after her mother's relationship with a coworker self-destructs. On top of the move, Nes is nursing a broken heart and severe homesickness, so her plan is simple: keep her head down, graduate and get out. Too bad that flies out the window on day one, when she opens her smart mouth and pits herself against the school's reigning belle and the principal. Her rebellious streak attracts the attention of local golden boy Doyle Rahn, who teaches Nes the ropes at Ebenezer. As her friendship with Doyle sizzles into something more, Nes discovers the town she's learning to like has an insidious undercurrent of racism. The color of her skin was never something she thought about in Brooklyn, but after a frightening traffic stop on an isolated road, Nes starts to see signs everywhere—including at her own high school where, she learns, they hold proms. Two of them. One black, one white. Nes and Doyle band together with a ragtag team of classmates to plan an alternate prom. But when a lit cross is left burning in Nes's yard, the alterna-prommers realize that bucking tradition comes at a price. Maybe, though, that makes taking a stand more important than anything.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Sisi Aisha Johnson

Length:

16h 18m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:40


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

37:37


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

44:36


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

23:05


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

16:21


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

07:49


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

14:27


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

50:26


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

26:36


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

17:13


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

50:18


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

19:08


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

31:19


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

31:20


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

15:27


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

45:43


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

40:18


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

36:25


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

29:54


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

36:42


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

22:37


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

27:09


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

33:18


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

18:47


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

30:29


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

10:58


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

16:14


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

19:55


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

26:23


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

18:08


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

06:18


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

18:57


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

57:20


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

08:45


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

08:36


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

08:44


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

18:20


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

28:55


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

21:56


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

01:06