First-day-back assemblies are the most pointless practice ever.Ace of Spades, Faridah Abíké-Íyímídé, MacMillan 2021
YA closer to The Hate You Give than Gossip Girl, even though it starts out as the latter. And points for originality in the reason behind British terms being used at an American school.
Anyway, two students with no other connection than their skin colour are targeted by anonymous texts. Not just some light cyber bullying (read sarcasm here), but subjects shared that could ruin their health and futures.
It’s all so much that the Life Lessons don’t even club you over the head in usual YA-style, but slowly choke you instead. A demonstration of what YA can be.