Eddie Barajas just wants to enjoy senior year, but everyone -- even his girlfriend -- thinks he should aim for college. His decision to join his stepfather in the house painting business leaves him carefree--until he takes a stand against racism. When white supremacists target him, old fears from his childhood trauma emerge, challenging all his coping skills. What are the right choices to make, and can Eddie make them? In this stand-alone sequel to SHUT UP, where he was a victim of sexual abuse as a young boy, Eddie experiences his first love and learns what it means to be a true American.
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"Another intense, true-to-life teen novel from Marilyn Reynolds has Eddie Barajas, grown-up and in high school. Eddie is thrust in to doing the right thing when he encounters members of the white supremacist group and has to face a life-threatening situation. The reader roots for Eddie as he deals with his past and sorts his way through his journey to his future."
--Robert Huynh, English Teacher, San Gabriel High School, Alhambra
"The latest volume in Reynolds' popular True-to-Life Series from Hamilton High is the ripped- from-the-headlines story of Eddie Barajas from Reynold's novel Shut Up. Now seventeen, he is a senior at Hamilton High. When he impulsively paints over incendiary graffiti on one of the school's walls, he finds himself the target of a gang of white supremacists, who begin posting racist comments about him on social media (Eddie's mom is Mexican; his almost stepdad is black.) One example: "Enemy of free speech. Impure race. Defective." And then, after he stops one of their number from fleeing after a racially motivated incident, he is actually assaulted by a group of them, leaving him with a concussion and other serious injuries. Although he doesn't see his assailants, he recognizes the voice of one of them as being that of a boy in his yoga class at school. What will he choose to do: tell the police or take matters into his own hands? Reynolds does an excellent job of capturing the climate of bigotry and hatred that increasingly affects the lives of contemporary Americans in the wake of the 2016 election. Never didactic, her story is dramatic and compelling while her characters are fully realized and highly empathetic, especially Eddie and Rosie, the girl he meets and falls in love with. The combination of gentle love story and novel of gritty realism makes for a compelling read. The pull-no-punches novel is sure to excite discussion and -- excellent for both classroom use and independent reading -- it is a valuable addition to Reynold's excellent Hamilton High series."
--Michael Cart, Booklist columnist and reviewer
"It's often a challenge to find narratives that reflect the diversity of my young clients. Thank God for the Hamilton High Series! I'm grateful to have a book that explores issues of immigration policy and provides an opportunity for them to see people like themselves in a contemporary YA novel."
--Leesa Phaneuf, social worker, Walla Walla, WA