After breaking up with her jock boyfriend after he made insulting remarks regarding Native Americans, Lou, who is Muscogee, begins to navigate her senior year of high school with an altered social standing. She dives into her journalism class, eager to make connections and report for the school newspaper, when suddenly the school musical and its new inclusive casting direction, becomes the biggest story in town and threatens to divide the community.
Lou was great -- I loved that she moved with confidence and with what felt like an authentic teen voice, unlike a lot of waffling, simpering teen heroines frequently found elsewhere in contemporary teen literature today. The subject matter was handled sympathetically but without feeling heavy-handed. The writing was casual, occasionally to the point of feeling unpolished, but perhaps that will be fixed up prior to publication.
I received this ARC via LibraryThing's Early Reviewers program.