The Vigilante Poets of
This story is set in a school for artistically talented students, and a reality show threatens the culture of the school. The conflict is about whether students will (or should) take advantages of the show’s rewards, or fight against everything it represents.
This author has a distinctive voice, and although she’s writing about teens in a school setting (like thousands of other stories), she creates characters who are authentic and different from the usual fare. I appreciate the infusion of reality television into young adult fiction as a social problem, without preaching from adults. The jealousy and competition among students within an arts school environment - even amidst legitimate concern by participants that the competition itself is unhealthy - is well-crafted.
""It's doing long-term damage to reputations. To the reputations of students too young to control their images, or even to know that those images need to be controlled."
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