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Two exes. One election. All the drama. For fans of Becky Albertalli and Morgan Matson comes a funny, hearfelt novel about fueding exes running for class president and the scandal that makes the previously boring school election the newest trending hashtag. At Acedia High School outside of Boston, student council has always been nothing more than a popularity contest. Nobody Two exes. One election. All the drama. For fans of Becky Albertalli and Morgan Matson comes a funny, hearfelt novel about fueding exes running for class president and the scandal that makes the previously boring school election the newest trending hashtag. At Acedia High School outside of Boston, student council has always been nothing more than a popularity contest. Nobody pays attention. Nobody cares. But all that changes when the Frankengirls show up. During the very first week of school, someone plasters the halls with Photoshopped images of three "perfect tens"--images of scantily clad girls made from real photos of girls at school. The student body is livid. And the two presidential candidates, Angeline Quinn and Leo Torres, jump on the opportunity to propose their solutions and secure votes. After their messy break up, Leo and Angie are fighting tooth and nail to win this thing and their constituents are mesmerized as they duke it out. As if things couldn't be more dramatic, the school's two newspapers get involved. The Red & Blue is run by Angie's sister Cat and she prides herself on only reporting the facts. But her morals are tested when The Shrieking Violet--written by an anonymous source and based less on facts and more on fiction--blatantly endorses Leo. Rumors fly, secrets are leaked, and the previously mundane student election becomes anything but boring.


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Two exes. One election. All the drama. For fans of Becky Albertalli and Morgan Matson comes a funny, hearfelt novel about fueding exes running for class president and the scandal that makes the previously boring school election the newest trending hashtag. At Acedia High School outside of Boston, student council has always been nothing more than a popularity contest. Nobody Two exes. One election. All the drama. For fans of Becky Albertalli and Morgan Matson comes a funny, hearfelt novel about fueding exes running for class president and the scandal that makes the previously boring school election the newest trending hashtag. At Acedia High School outside of Boston, student council has always been nothing more than a popularity contest. Nobody pays attention. Nobody cares. But all that changes when the Frankengirls show up. During the very first week of school, someone plasters the halls with Photoshopped images of three "perfect tens"--images of scantily clad girls made from real photos of girls at school. The student body is livid. And the two presidential candidates, Angeline Quinn and Leo Torres, jump on the opportunity to propose their solutions and secure votes. After their messy break up, Leo and Angie are fighting tooth and nail to win this thing and their constituents are mesmerized as they duke it out. As if things couldn't be more dramatic, the school's two newspapers get involved. The Red & Blue is run by Angie's sister Cat and she prides herself on only reporting the facts. But her morals are tested when The Shrieking Violet--written by an anonymous source and based less on facts and more on fiction--blatantly endorses Leo. Rumors fly, secrets are leaked, and the previously mundane student election becomes anything but boring.

30 review for Sources Say

  1. 4 out of 5

    Melanie (mells_view)

    ”You want to stand out, stand the eff up and do what you’re always saying: Bring it.” Sources Say is a cheeky YA contemporary take on the current political climate in America and the chaos that takes place during election years. Student Council elections at Acedia Charter School are usually the least important thing on the student bodies mind. (Which is funny to me because in reality it seems like today’s teens are way more conscious about politics than even the adults I graduated with are now.) ”You want to stand out, stand the eff up and do what you’re always saying: Bring it.” Sources Say is a cheeky YA contemporary take on the current political climate in America and the chaos that takes place during election years. Student Council elections at Acedia Charter School are usually the least important thing on the student bodies mind. (Which is funny to me because in reality it seems like today’s teens are way more conscious about politics than even the adults I graduated with are now.) Throw in a new government teacher who makes it exciting and the fact that this year two of the schools most popular seniors are throwing their hats in the ring for President, and let’s just say Acedia is on the next level of political excitement. Of course both president hopefuls are running with their own personal motivations in mind, and less about actually helping the school. The school that is in desperate need for some change concerning the fair treatment of its students. Did I also mention those two students are recent exes? Sources Say does a good job using the ecosystem of a high school to cover the dueling extremes of the two-party system, the differences between honest news and falsely propagated “news”, and the navigation of relationships that are platonic, romantic, and familial. The story is told through the eyes of two sisters who don’t quite see eye to eye. Cat is a bit of a loner who is highly focused on the school paper, and her dreams of going to Northwestern. Angeline is a popular Vlogger, and is using the election to gain her way into a vlogger boot camp, so that her channel and reach will only get bigger. Both of these characters are affected by the election in different ways, and it also has impacts on their relationship/s that I don’t think either of them saw when the whole thing started. All in all this is a good read if you want to read about politics in a lighter way, and enjoy subtle coming of age and life lessons. I enjoyed the relationship growth and change between Cat and Angeline, and how they sort of learn about themselves over the course of the election. The fact that it felt like the author was definitely poking fun at the way politics and the media surrounding it work was also pretty amazing. At this point it’s all a bit grim, so we may as well find some small way to laugh about it while we fight to change it. Definitely pick this one up if you need something light involving high school politics. AVAILABLE NOW! *ARC provided by PenguinTeen through NetGalley

  2. 5 out of 5

    The Nerd Daily

    Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Nathalie DeFelice If you’re looking for a good, dramatic, hilariously over the top at times high school drama, then this is the book you’re looking for. I had so much fun reading this book because I felt like I was right back in high school, but with some social media issues attached alongside. Angeline and Cat couldn’t be anymore different, and I loved seeing how their stories play out as the story progresses. If you’re looking for something tha Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Nathalie DeFelice If you’re looking for a good, dramatic, hilariously over the top at times high school drama, then this is the book you’re looking for. I had so much fun reading this book because I felt like I was right back in high school, but with some social media issues attached alongside. Angeline and Cat couldn’t be anymore different, and I loved seeing how their stories play out as the story progresses. If you’re looking for something that’s more on the light-hearted side, but with good messages about the dangers of popularity and social media, then this is definitely one to get on your radar. I needed this fun story in my life after all of this dark fantasy I’ve been consuming! Read the FULL REVIEW on The Nerd Daily

  3. 4 out of 5

    Amber

    Overall, a surprising read with a lot going on. Spoiler-free Review: https://amberinoface.wordpress.com/20... I received an ecopy of this book through Penguin Teen via Netgalley; however, my opinions are my own. Overall, a surprising read with a lot going on. Spoiler-free Review: https://amberinoface.wordpress.com/20... I received an ecopy of this book through Penguin Teen via Netgalley; however, my opinions are my own.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Erin (erinevelynreads)

    Sources Say had so much potential at the start, with a great concept, but overall it fell flat for me. I liked that the story centered around two sisters but I thought it was poorly executed, mainly because both sisters were horrible characters. Angeline was vain and narcissistic. Kat was whiny, pretentious, and incredibly self-centered. I liked the supporting characters far more. Leo, Angelines opponent in the race for class president was genuine and just wanted the best for the school. Maxine, Sources Say had so much potential at the start, with a great concept, but overall it fell flat for me. I liked that the story centered around two sisters but I thought it was poorly executed, mainly because both sisters were horrible characters. Angeline was vain and narcissistic. Kat was whiny, pretentious, and incredibly self-centered. I liked the supporting characters far more. Leo, Angelines opponent in the race for class president was genuine and just wanted the best for the school. Maxine, Angeline’s best friend was a cool developer and deserved much more of a plot.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Belle Ellrich

    *DIGITAL GALLEY PROVIDED VIA NETGALLEY IN RETURN FOR MY HONEST REVIEW. THIS DOES NOT AFFECT MY OPINION* I have a lot of thoughts on this one, so all I can really say to start this off is to buckle up. I'd previously read Goldstein's Screen Queens and didn't like it at all. When I requested this one, I was hoping to see more of an improvement and more appealing storyline than a bunch of high school/teen cliches. I both did and didn't see that here. For one, I didn't really like Angeline's character a *DIGITAL GALLEY PROVIDED VIA NETGALLEY IN RETURN FOR MY HONEST REVIEW. THIS DOES NOT AFFECT MY OPINION* I have a lot of thoughts on this one, so all I can really say to start this off is to buckle up. I'd previously read Goldstein's Screen Queens and didn't like it at all. When I requested this one, I was hoping to see more of an improvement and more appealing storyline than a bunch of high school/teen cliches. I both did and didn't see that here. For one, I didn't really like Angeline's character at all. I thought she was really shallow and self-centered, and from the way the story began, went, and ended, it appeared to me as though it wasn't ever actually addressed but just accepted. She was consistently thinking about how many subscribers or followers she could get instead of what actually mattered: the people she was supposedly "giving a voice" to. (Also, I thought we ended that whole "give a voice to the voiceless" trope? It's tiring to continuously see it in Young Adult books.) Along with that, Angeline also did a really insensitive live-stream about her boyfriend which resulted in their breaking up. Her thing was that, instead of not doing it, she'd just get him to forgive her. Which, NO NO NO. THAT ISN'T OKAY! Towards the end of the book, this was addressed, but I still felt like she thought she was in the "right" for it. To add to that, her and Leo's relationship was just... eh. I get the whole "exes have romantic feelings for each other" trope, but at the same time, it wasn't the same here. Their relationship was over, and I wasn't all that happy when the author tried to twist it for her desired ending. I do think that Cat's character was one of the beneficiaries of this story. She's clearly been forced into her sister's too-bright shadow, and even after all the damage Angeline caused, she still just wanted to stick up for her--even if it wasn't the right way to go about it. I think that's a major lesson for readers to take away--if they can--from the story. One thing that really stuck out to me in a "umm, wtf" kind of way was when the author put in a scene of Angeline talking about how Leo was embarrassed of his Latinx family. Again, I thought we were past things like this?? Why are they still continuously added into these books?? Lastly, this book is waaay too drawn out. What was an over five-hour read for me easily could've been a two and a half if the author hadn't decided to throw in empty scenes of drama we could've gone without. Don't get me wrong, I think she hit the nail on the mark with the drama in high school settings, but there's a fine line between drama and overly dramatized that was clearly being crossed here. For that, I give this book 2.5 stars. I was highly considering DNFing at about halfway through, but I decided against it (because I'd already made it that far, why not just finish the dang thing).

  6. 5 out of 5

    ChillwithJill

    Never in my wildest imagination did I think I would actively enjoy inviting even more politics into my life. And yet, dang if Sources Says isn’t an absolute treat that seeks to capitalize, satirize and entertain that masses; all while laying out the fundamental issues that the American two-party system is struggling with. All, of course, shrouded by the fact that the election at the front of the story? Senior Class President in high school. SO. Angeline And Leo Did Not End Well. And while their r Never in my wildest imagination did I think I would actively enjoy inviting even more politics into my life. And yet, dang if Sources Says isn’t an absolute treat that seeks to capitalize, satirize and entertain that masses; all while laying out the fundamental issues that the American two-party system is struggling with. All, of course, shrouded by the fact that the election at the front of the story? Senior Class President in high school. SO. Angeline And Leo Did Not End Well. And while their relationship may be over, their connection is not. Instead, it’s now fueled by vitriol as they duke out their woes by running for Senior Class President after a Mean Girls inspired prank has left their high school up in arms. Now what are politics if it's not a little dirty, right? Complicating matters are the two school newspapers that get involved-- one, run by Angeline’s sister who insists on maintaining zero bias, and the other who is more interested in shaping wild stories than reporting the truth. All’s Fair in Love, War, and Politics, right? I mean, you can’t help but laugh at this book. Is it outlandish? Oh yeah. Is it sometimes hard to wrap your head around how people can behave Like That for a mere title? Yep. Were the storylines presented fully reliable-- did you trust the characters? Hm. But hey, that’s what’s going on in the real world today. Putting aside the overt parallels of high school and the United States Government, this book was an interesting one to read. It’s writing flowed, but with a much more mature and sharp-edged style than I’m used to for lighthearted novels. Saying that, it did at times stumble from what I call the “How Do You Do, Fellow Kids” clause. In an effort to make Cat sound eDgY and mature, she came across as stiff, unlikable, and rude. It did ease up as the story went along, but I never did grow hot on our girl Cat as much as I did Angeline. Their relationship, however, was complex, frustrating, and ultimately heartwarming. These are two girls who, despite being constantly thrown together, have little in common. I’d go as far as saying they don’t particularly like each other. But they are sisters and they do grow together as the novel unfolds and Angeline’s campaign starts gaining traction. The novel’s pace was fast, though I’d accuse the author of maybe setting up too much and never really giving every plot point the time it needed to unravel. Overall, however, this book is a fun, high school-esque, read that will get you caught up with the world pretty quickly. 3.5/5

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jay G

    Want to see more bookish things from me? Check out my Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfer... *I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review* Student Council elections at Acedia Charter School have never been a big deal. But after a very public and nasty break up, Leo and Angeline, two of the most popular kids in school, begin running for President against each other. Angeline's sister Cat, runs the school's newspaper and tries to cover the t Want to see more bookish things from me? Check out my Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfer... *I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review* Student Council elections at Acedia Charter School have never been a big deal. But after a very public and nasty break up, Leo and Angeline, two of the most popular kids in school, begin running for President against each other. Angeline's sister Cat, runs the school's newspaper and tries to cover the two opposing parties platforms without bias, but then an anonymous news source called The Shrieking Violet changes the playing field. As things get more personal as the days tick down to election day, the student body becomes engaged in the race like never before. Thus begins The Battle of the Exes. I wanted to like this more than I did... although it was entertaining at times, I was never fully invested in the story or the characters. I felt as though I was reading just for the sake of finishing the book. I was not a fan of either sister, or their attitudes. Angeline was a popular vlogger, but was extremely self-centered and narcissistic, constantly obsessing over her subscribers and how many likes she could get on her next post. I liked Cat more than Angeline, but I still never really cared for her much. I did like how the sisters relationship developed as the story progressed though, it was nice to watch them grow closer to one another. I liked Leo for the most part, but again, never cared that much about him or his "struggles". My biggest complaint would be the length of the book, I think it could have been shorter and still got the same points across.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Alexia

    This book would have been great if it didn't take me until halfway through the book to get invested. While I thought Angeline was interesting, and I wanted to know more about her and Leo's relationship, I just could not get into Cat and her story line. Ravi was the best part about it, but that didn't get explored until later in the book. Cat was so judgmental of Angeline, and Angeline was very self centered, so I enjoyed them both realizing where they were wrong and working to be better. Although This book would have been great if it didn't take me until halfway through the book to get invested. While I thought Angeline was interesting, and I wanted to know more about her and Leo's relationship, I just could not get into Cat and her story line. Ravi was the best part about it, but that didn't get explored until later in the book. Cat was so judgmental of Angeline, and Angeline was very self centered, so I enjoyed them both realizing where they were wrong and working to be better. Although I had suspicions, there was a twist toward the end that I didn't see coming and it made things exciting and the characters' decisions more high-stakes. I also really enjoyed the conversation around fake news and what journalism's role is in present times. It was cool to see the way the election in Acedia High reflected the past and current election cycles. There was also good conversation about family and how parents can affect the way their children navigate the world. Although it took me a while to get into the story, I still would recommend it as I thought the plot was an interesting concept and the characters, especially Leo, were great to read about. I think a lot of people will like the dynamics between the exes and the sisters. *Thank you to Penguin Teen and Netgalley for this ARC. All opinions are my own*

  9. 5 out of 5

    Peyton

    Sources Say is an empowering novel based around a student election between two exes, women’s issues, and two students newspapers. Angeline Quinn is a social media influencer running for student body president to be able to attend a workshop for influencers, while her sister: Cat, is the editor in chief for the student newspaper. Angeline’s ex, Leo Torres, decides to run against Angeline, causing some classic tension. Along the way, an incident occurs where girls are objectified, tension between Sources Say is an empowering novel based around a student election between two exes, women’s issues, and two students newspapers. Angeline Quinn is a social media influencer running for student body president to be able to attend a workshop for influencers, while her sister: Cat, is the editor in chief for the student newspaper. Angeline’s ex, Leo Torres, decides to run against Angeline, causing some classic tension. Along the way, an incident occurs where girls are objectified, tension between the exes escalates, and a new newspaper makes it its duty to spread false information. Sources Say is is a fantastically paced novel following the importance of having a voice, using it, and making change. I absolutely adored the characters, although I found Angeline to be a bit unlikable. Cat was definitely my favorite because she had a lot of depth, but Angeline showed true development near the end. The sisterly relationship in this book was another aspect I loved. The plot really developed the characters, so the movement of the story was very flowy. As an additional note, the articles, tweets, and text messages were all wonderful add-one to the story that made me feel in touch with the story. Sources Say is a must-read for people seeking out a book exploring politics, women’s issues, and complex character relationships. *Thank you to Penguin and Net Galley for supplying me with an ARC. All opinions expressed are my own**

  10. 4 out of 5

    Samantha (WLABB)

    I originally imagined the movie Election when I first read about this book, and there was a bit of that in there, but it was so much more. The heart of this story for me was the tense relationship between Angeline and her sister Cat. Once close, they had grown apart. Therefore, it was wonderful to see this out of control election put them on the same side instead of competing against one another. Goldstein also incorporates ideas about the responsibility news and media outlets own their consumer I originally imagined the movie Election when I first read about this book, and there was a bit of that in there, but it was so much more. The heart of this story for me was the tense relationship between Angeline and her sister Cat. Once close, they had grown apart. Therefore, it was wonderful to see this out of control election put them on the same side instead of competing against one another. Goldstein also incorporates ideas about the responsibility news and media outlets own their consumers, as well as reminding us that consumers have responsibilities as well. It's a reminder to be part of the process, working to have your voice heard in a productive way, and to engage in an authentic way. BLOG | INSTAGRAM |TWITTER | BLOGLOVIN | FRIEND ME ON GOODREADS

  11. 4 out of 5

    Shelby

    *Thanks to the publisher for providing me with an eARC SOURCES SAY is a story following two sisters who get caught up in their school’s student election, which leads to more recognition than they ever could have anticipated. Angeline & Cat aren’t twins, but they’re so close in age that they’ve always been kind of lumped together, despite the fact they don’t spend lots of time together and kind of resent one another. This dynamic between not-so-close sisters was really interesting to see play out *Thanks to the publisher for providing me with an eARC SOURCES SAY is a story following two sisters who get caught up in their school’s student election, which leads to more recognition than they ever could have anticipated. Angeline & Cat aren’t twins, but they’re so close in age that they’ve always been kind of lumped together, despite the fact they don’t spend lots of time together and kind of resent one another. This dynamic between not-so-close sisters was really interesting to see play out throughout the course of the book. They are so different—Angeline is an upcoming YouTube influencer with lots of friends, and Cat is an aspiring journalist who is more of a loner. Seeing both of their perspectives throughout the book helped the reader understand where their neutrality toward the other comes from, and also shows the evolution of their relationship over the course of the book. I also really enjoyed seeing the politics play out on the page. The battling school newspapers added a lot to the story and was a scaled-down version of what we experience in real-world politics. I did think that the way the election blew up nationally in the book was unrealistic and I didn’t love that this extreme measure was taken. I also thought that some of the contributing factors to making the election blow up were outlandish and confusing; there was a lot going on that added to the fame of the event and was overall too much, in my opinion. In general, I thought the book covered a lot of topics that weren’t all done justice, so I didn’t enjoy it as much as I would if the book had been more concise. Overall though, this was an interesting story following an election and a scaled-down political event, perfect for the upcoming election.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Aspen Montoya

    I’m not really big into reading contemporary books but Penguin Teen sent it to me and I decided to give it a shot. It was interesting enough but at times, I found myself skimming to get through chapters. I can’t say that I particularly loved any of the characters that much because I didn’t feel like I knew them enough. I did love the concept of this book but I did not enjoy the end product as much as I hoped for. This book did take me a while to get through because I was not super invested in it. I’m not really big into reading contemporary books but Penguin Teen sent it to me and I decided to give it a shot. It was interesting enough but at times, I found myself skimming to get through chapters. I can’t say that I particularly loved any of the characters that much because I didn’t feel like I knew them enough. I did love the concept of this book but I did not enjoy the end product as much as I hoped for. This book did take me a while to get through because I was not super invested in it. I didn’t dislike the book but I do not think I will read it again and the story probably won’t stick with me.

  13. 5 out of 5

    ♣Bel♣

    Sources Say 4 stars Initially, I struggled to get into this one because, although the main characters are teens, I felt the writing style was a bit more mature to connect with. It kind of felt like I was reading an adult book and not a YA contemporary which left me confused and not sure where the preface of the novel would come in. I also really struggled to like both our main female leads. Sisters who couldn’t be more different who both disregarded affection for the other and were pushing their Sources Say 4 stars Initially, I struggled to get into this one because, although the main characters are teens, I felt the writing style was a bit more mature to connect with. It kind of felt like I was reading an adult book and not a YA contemporary which left me confused and not sure where the preface of the novel would come in. I also really struggled to like both our main female leads. Sisters who couldn’t be more different who both disregarded affection for the other and were pushing their own wants while still wanting to prove to the other they were better. It was an interesting concept to read but not one I could connect to. This, of course. is a personal partiality. However, as the story progressed, I was enlightened by how the characters developed along with many of the concepts introduced in the novel. I think the author’s focus of showing the way female students are treated in comparison to male students in a way that not only allowed for the main characters to grow and develop but also opened up the eyes of the reader to what is similarly happening in reality is a captivating standpoint. I also think the author did a phenomenal job of showcasing political viewpoints and the importance of voting for change through a school election while also showing the way media can corrupt a person’s image through spreading lies and propaganda. Overall, I think a lot of readers, whether old or young, regardless of gender would benefit greatly to the topics portrayed in the novel. I also enjoyed the formatting of the novel, I thought adding in social media references/posts along with comments of differing views and standpoints added a lot more to the overall message and tone of the book that made it hit a lot closer to home. And I really, really loved it. I think it showed great character development, had some amazing plot points and topics that can be educational and beneficial for many young readers today, so much so I wish that this novel had been published when I was in high school. It would’ve made me think a lot about the world around me. There wasn’t a single moment where I wasn’t wholly invested and curious how the election would play out and intrigued by where the characters would be by the end of the novel. But as I stated before, I do think the writing is a bit more mature for a book geared toward young adults md there was a lot going on that could’ve been a bit more fleshed out but other than that truly a phenomenal read and definitely one I recommend.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Kera (featherboundbooks)

    Thank you to Penguin Teen and Razorbill for my gifted DRC in exchange for my honest review. How did I not know what I was getting into when I started this book? This was so much fun! Sources Say from Lori Goldstein was a very current and relevant look into the inner workings of a political debate and the he said she said ridiculousness that can occur, but on a high school level. And what better time to have this kind of book front and center than right now? Through a handful of interesting p Thank you to Penguin Teen and Razorbill for my gifted DRC in exchange for my honest review. How did I not know what I was getting into when I started this book? This was so much fun! Sources Say from Lori Goldstein was a very current and relevant look into the inner workings of a political debate and the he said she said ridiculousness that can occur, but on a high school level. And what better time to have this kind of book front and center than right now? Through a handful of interesting people, we get the story of the big StuCo election of Acedia High, a charter school outside of Boston. The student body has NEVER cared about Student Council before now, but when the school’s golden couple battle against each other for Student Body President, things get real! Cat is passionately following in her grandfather’s journalist footsteps, working for the student run newspaper and trying to amp up her Northwestern application by winning the coveted Fit to Print award. Meanwhile, her sister Angeline is a rising star of her own Youtube channel focusing on self care and beauty products. Running for President is the only way their mom will allow her to join a coveted Evelyn’s Epic Everyday Boot Camp, something that would secure her stardom in the YouTube world. Due to events occurring at a big party before the school year starts, Angeline and her longtime boyfriend Leo breakup. Now, Angeline and Leo are running against each other in the battle for Student Body President and things go absolutely crazy! While some of the craziness that ensues is a result of the two of them finding their platform and gunning it, some serious and relevant issues are brought to light. While Cat is responsible for reporting the election for their school’s Red and Blue paper, a new online news source calling themselves The Shrieking Violet, continues to anonymously report some seriously defamatory news blasts about her sister, Angeline. Who is in the right and who is in the wrong? Will relationships ever be able to mend after the battles of this election? This was such a great book and it totally left me guessing until the end.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Holly

    I was excited to see this tour opportunity come across, because I loved Lori’s last novel, Screen Queens, and couldn’t wait to get my hands on this one. What a delight it was, and it comes at a perfect time to remind young people of the power of their voices. Cat and Angeline are about as different as two sisters could be, despite being born only 11 months apart. Cat is intensely interested in journalism, having learned all about it at her grandfather’s knee, and is focused on “just the facts.” A I was excited to see this tour opportunity come across, because I loved Lori’s last novel, Screen Queens, and couldn’t wait to get my hands on this one. What a delight it was, and it comes at a perfect time to remind young people of the power of their voices. Cat and Angeline are about as different as two sisters could be, despite being born only 11 months apart. Cat is intensely interested in journalism, having learned all about it at her grandfather’s knee, and is focused on “just the facts.” Angeline has a substantial social media presence and is a popular vlogger. Cat is mostly a loner, while Angeline has a group of girls with whom she is close -- much closer than she is with her sister, for sure. They definitely rub each other the wrong way and have some significant issues, so I was glad to see their relationship progress through the course of the book. The most important thing I took away from the book is that all of us, including young people, have both the right *and* the responsibility to use our voice as citizens, whether that be citizens of our country/state/city or of our school community. All involved in the story come to realize the power of their voice -- whether in speaking out against injustice or in casting their vote for student council president. They also learn that they should be responsible and active consumers of information, whether that is found in traditional, “mainstream” media or on social media. Sources Say is a timely and relevant book: the importance of good journalism, responsible and informed consumption of media, and using one’s voice are all lessons pertinent to America in September 2020! I hope you’ll pick this one up and share it with the young people in your life. Rating: 4 stars! **Disclosure: I received an early e-copy of this book from the publisher for purposes of this blog tour. This review is voluntary on my part and reflects my honest rating and review of the book.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Deanna

    Thank you to Razorbill Books and NetGalley for an eARC of this one in exchange for my honest review. Young adult novel Sources Say has exes Angeline Quinn and Leo Torres pitted against each other for the student council president position. And Cat, Angeline’s sister, is there to report on all the happenings in the Red, White, and Blue. Cat reports the latest election news in a very professional way, unlike the Shrieking Violet which clearly has a biased opinion and backs Leo Torres. Who will come Thank you to Razorbill Books and NetGalley for an eARC of this one in exchange for my honest review. Young adult novel Sources Say has exes Angeline Quinn and Leo Torres pitted against each other for the student council president position. And Cat, Angeline’s sister, is there to report on all the happenings in the Red, White, and Blue. Cat reports the latest election news in a very professional way, unlike the Shrieking Violet which clearly has a biased opinion and backs Leo Torres. Who will come out the victor in this political race? I was pleasantly surprised by this one. I expected nothing but a bunch of teenage drama (which there was) but there was a lot of important issues discussed as well. @lorigoldsteinbooks brilliantly weaves in important, real-world issues while also delivering a great YA drama. This was the first YA book I found myself highlighting so many great passages like, “At leadership camp, we’re taught that when we enter positions of authority, we have a responsibility to be honest and accurate. Because those who hold higher positions are automatically perceived as more trustworthy. There’s a bias toward those in charge, that they should be believed.” We see this right now happening in our world today! Here’s one more great line that I really loved! “But the problem with lies and exaggerated truths is that sometimes people follow because they are too weak to trust themselves. We’re all responsible at some point for something. For not questioning or for not standing up or four taking the easy way out.” WOW!! Goldstein delivers the truth that so many need to read. Especially during an election year! This one gets 🌟🌟🌟🌟💫 stars and is a great YA drama with lots of truth seeds planted within!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    Thank you to Penguin and Netgalley for this eARC in exchange for an honest review. I really enjoyed the set up of this book with parts of Cat's article about the election interspersed throughout the book. The Shrieking Violet articles were also hilarious and I enjoyed the juxtaposition of the clickbait articles versus Cat's more traditional newspaper. I liked starting the book with Angeline and Leo post-break-up and needing to work through their feelings for each other in the wake of their big f Thank you to Penguin and Netgalley for this eARC in exchange for an honest review. I really enjoyed the set up of this book with parts of Cat's article about the election interspersed throughout the book. The Shrieking Violet articles were also hilarious and I enjoyed the juxtaposition of the clickbait articles versus Cat's more traditional newspaper. I liked starting the book with Angeline and Leo post-break-up and needing to work through their feelings for each other in the wake of their big fight. I also liked how well Angeline and Cat's relationship contrasted with Leo and Sammy's. The ideas of the book were good however, I really didn't connect to any of the characters and that's really what makes or breaks a book for me. There was nothing about the characters that stood out for me. The "villains" of the book are obvious as are all the plot beats. That said I really like the writing style and there were some lines that just made me pause and sit back. A favorite of mine, "You may be sick of being roadkill, but the truth is, only one of those tire treads belongs to me." The snappy lines and humor really saved this book for me. There was also some good discussion around gender discrimination and performative activism. This wasn't the best book I've read this year but it was by far not the worst.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Elisa (The Overflowing Bookshelf)

    With election season in full swing, Lori Goldstein’s newest young adult novel is a great book to read if you can't get enough of real-life politics. In Sources Say, which was released on September 8th, two exes go head-to-head in the most dramatic school election ever. This book took a bit for me to get into. While the mixed media element (which includes news articles and tweets) is fascinating, it isn’t until about halfway through that the campaigns and mysteries start to develop and engage the With election season in full swing, Lori Goldstein’s newest young adult novel is a great book to read if you can't get enough of real-life politics. In Sources Say, which was released on September 8th, two exes go head-to-head in the most dramatic school election ever. This book took a bit for me to get into. While the mixed media element (which includes news articles and tweets) is fascinating, it isn’t until about halfway through that the campaigns and mysteries start to develop and engage the reader. This novel gets into the dirty side of breakups, popularity, and what certain people would do to get what they want. And readers ultimately come to realize that everyone has ulterior motives in this story. That being said, this is a strikingly relevant book for today’s day and age. With fake news, polarizing politics, and the rise of social media, this novel gets to the crux of what people want out of government officials: a yearning for their voices to be heard. If you enjoy politics, journalism, or how the media affects the general public, then I highly recommend giving this book a read. Otherwise, it's just a classic YA book about people trying to find themselves in high school. *I received an ARC from Penguin Teen in exchange for my honest opinion.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Chris G.

    Sisters Cat and Angeline are close in age, but competition for their absent dad’s attention and their own vastly different personalities leave them sharing a bedroom but little else. Ang runs her own little product promoting social media empire and has just been dumped by long time boyfriend Leo, whose is under a lot of pressure since Mom is running for Congress. Cat feels like she can’t compete with Ang’s posse of friends and finds her only solace in trying to bring the school newspaper back to Sisters Cat and Angeline are close in age, but competition for their absent dad’s attention and their own vastly different personalities leave them sharing a bedroom but little else. Ang runs her own little product promoting social media empire and has just been dumped by long time boyfriend Leo, whose is under a lot of pressure since Mom is running for Congress. Cat feels like she can’t compete with Ang’s posse of friends and finds her only solace in trying to bring the school newspaper back to relevance while surviving high school. Student body elections are the perfect vehicle for Cat to engage her apathetic high school (mascot: a sloth), especially since Ang and Leo are competing for president. Strengths: complex, interesting main characters and plenty of opportunities to engage the reader with big ideas about how news is created, reported, and consumed. Mainstream, tabloid, social media...it’s all here. Weakness: feels like there’s a little too much going on and secondary characters have to carry some important plot twists without being as well fleshed out. But still: plenty to like. E-ARC provided by Edelweiss.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Rachael

    Thank you so much to PenguinTeen for providing me the e-arc in exchange for an honest review. This in now way affects my review as all thoughts and opinions are my own! I gave this book 4 stars! When I read the synopsis to Sources Say, I immediately felt like I was going to read a book similar to watching Glee when Kurt was running for student body president LOL! I think that this book is a super fun way to look at today's political climate and a two party system and put it into perspective from Thank you so much to PenguinTeen for providing me the e-arc in exchange for an honest review. This in now way affects my review as all thoughts and opinions are my own! I gave this book 4 stars! When I read the synopsis to Sources Say, I immediately felt like I was going to read a book similar to watching Glee when Kurt was running for student body president LOL! I think that this book is a super fun way to look at today's political climate and a two party system and put it into perspective from a bunch of teenagers. Teenagers are naturally self serving creatures, so the drama that ensues in this YA contemporary was almost cringe but in a good, nostalgic, I never want to go back to highschool thank GOD I graduated type of way! The fact that the two students are recent exes... oh man. This coming of age story is perfect for anyone wanting a lighthearted way of exploring politics and the experiences one goes through, good and bad, including the pressures of social media and its impact on "government" roles. I think most people who enjoy YA contemporaries that have drama but in a fun way will like this!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Kat

    I absolutely loved this timely and clever book about friendship, politics, and sisterhood. I enjoyed following the two main characters (sisters Angeline and Cat) as well as their group of friends, antagonists, and family members. Goldstein includes a large cast of characters, but they are all well-drawn and each have their own little quirks (I'm looking at you bright green hoodie). The story is expertly plotted. It moves quickly and, just when you think all the plot twists are done, Goldstein th I absolutely loved this timely and clever book about friendship, politics, and sisterhood. I enjoyed following the two main characters (sisters Angeline and Cat) as well as their group of friends, antagonists, and family members. Goldstein includes a large cast of characters, but they are all well-drawn and each have their own little quirks (I'm looking at you bright green hoodie). The story is expertly plotted. It moves quickly and, just when you think all the plot twists are done, Goldstein throws another your way. I never quite knew what was coming next, which I appreciated. The story of the Frankengirls, the election, break-ups, gossip, and sister feuds is super fun. That being said, there's also a lesson (or two!) to be learned. As I read, I found myself problematizing how I receive and circulate information. I think this is an important story for teens (and adults) to read, especially during an election year. I loved the use of the various modalities to convey the story: text, two newspapers, images, and social media all play a role, illustrating the current way that news (and rumors) are disseminated. Highly recommend!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Aoife

    This is a fun, if slightly frothy novel transferring the political process to a high school. Irish twins Cat and Angela have very different priorities for their senior year, but they manage to collide together when Angela decides to run for school council president. Cat, as editor of the school newspaper - by default, but it still counts! - is swept up in the campaign as it turns into a battle of the sexes, and the exes. This is a cleverly written take on America's political system, with one side This is a fun, if slightly frothy novel transferring the political process to a high school. Irish twins Cat and Angela have very different priorities for their senior year, but they manage to collide together when Angela decides to run for school council president. Cat, as editor of the school newspaper - by default, but it still counts! - is swept up in the campaign as it turns into a battle of the sexes, and the exes. This is a cleverly written take on America's political system, with one side arguing for more freedom and the other for more control. Fake news and the way people will believe anything that's written down are a huge part of the story. There's also some about exploiting women and bullying, things that most teen novels nowadays touch on. The characters were good, even if the bad guys were relatively obvious, including the red herrings. I enjoyed seeing things from two perspectives, and watching the sisters come around to each other's way of thinking in the end was very satisfying. A good read, but, for me, not a great one.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Brittany Buurman

    I received this book as an e-ARC from the publisher. Sources Say is a fun read that follows two sisters perspectives as they experience their school's student election, which turns out to be more drama than either ever bargained for. Through this experience the relationship between the two sisters, who are close in age but total opposites in personality, evolves from the antagonistic relationship they start out with. This book has great moments of activism and meaningful discussions but also ten I received this book as an e-ARC from the publisher. Sources Say is a fun read that follows two sisters perspectives as they experience their school's student election, which turns out to be more drama than either ever bargained for. Through this experience the relationship between the two sisters, who are close in age but total opposites in personality, evolves from the antagonistic relationship they start out with. This book has great moments of activism and meaningful discussions but also tends to be a bit drawn out that causes you to lose interest. I loved that the school paper articles as well as the click bait type articles are included as part of the story to help tell the narrative, it was a great contrast between journalism and click bait and very entertaining. I wish there was a bit more character development, as the moments that you really got a glimpse into the sisters feelings and decisions really stuck out to me. Overall a good read.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Faith

    Rating: 4/5 This book took me entirely by surprise. Two exes, one election, and one crazy horrible school prank, it just sounds like an amazing book. It didn't surprise me by the quality of the story, but by the focus on the relationships throughout the novel. Cat and Angeline have what might be considered a strained relationship. I absolutely loved seeing how this election shaped them and how they saw each other. Not to mention, this book did not pull any punches when it came to mistakes. Each a Rating: 4/5 This book took me entirely by surprise. Two exes, one election, and one crazy horrible school prank, it just sounds like an amazing book. It didn't surprise me by the quality of the story, but by the focus on the relationships throughout the novel. Cat and Angeline have what might be considered a strained relationship. I absolutely loved seeing how this election shaped them and how they saw each other. Not to mention, this book did not pull any punches when it came to mistakes. Each and every character is shown messing up in some way, but the focus is not in how they messed up, but what they did to change and fix it, which I believe to be an incredibly important lesson. I honestly adored this book, and absolutely can't wait for it to come out so I can grab myself a physical copy.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Faith

    Rating: 4/5 This book took me entirely by surprise. Two exes, one election, and one crazy horrible school prank, it just sounds like an amazing book. It didn't surprise me by the quality of the story, but by the focus on the relationships throughout the novel. Cat and Angeline have what might be considered a strained relationship. I absolutely loved seeing how this election shaped them and how they saw each other. Not to mention, this book did not pull any punches when it came to mistakes. Each a Rating: 4/5 This book took me entirely by surprise. Two exes, one election, and one crazy horrible school prank, it just sounds like an amazing book. It didn't surprise me by the quality of the story, but by the focus on the relationships throughout the novel. Cat and Angeline have what might be considered a strained relationship. I absolutely loved seeing how this election shaped them and how they saw each other. Not to mention, this book did not pull any punches when it came to mistakes. Each and every character is shown messing up in some way, but the focus is not in how they messed up, but what they did to change and fix it, which I believe to be an incredibly important lesson. I honestly adored this book, and absolutely can't wait for it to come out so I can grab myself a physical copy.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Ellie Blackwood

    This was a super fun read that explores themes of ethical journalism, politics, and how we consume information in the modern era. I was hooked the second the book started getting into Cat's and Angeline's respective passions of journalism and YouTubing. At first, they seem to be pretty different mediums, but as the story goes on we get an exploration of how both newspapers and YouTube videos can be used to spread information -- for better and for worse. This also parallels how Cat and Angeline cl This was a super fun read that explores themes of ethical journalism, politics, and how we consume information in the modern era. I was hooked the second the book started getting into Cat's and Angeline's respective passions of journalism and YouTubing. At first, they seem to be pretty different mediums, but as the story goes on we get an exploration of how both newspapers and YouTube videos can be used to spread information -- for better and for worse. This also parallels how Cat and Angeline clash at first, but learn that they have more in common than they think by the end of the story. I thought it was a great way to explore sisterhood through an interesting lens! The writing style jumped around a little too much for my taste, but overall I found this to be an engaging story that made me think. It was also a pretty cathartic way of dealing with the stress over the real election :P

  27. 4 out of 5

    Andrew

    No one at Acedia High School has paid much attention to the student council elections-- at least, not until newly-exes Angeline and Leo run against each other for class president. Angeline needs to take on an academic pursuit per her mom's orders to continue her vlogger-influencer lifestyle, and Leo needs to win to boost the publicity for his politician mother. Cat, aspiring journalist and sister of Angeline, is doing her best to remain objective, but the two sisters have never gotten along well No one at Acedia High School has paid much attention to the student council elections-- at least, not until newly-exes Angeline and Leo run against each other for class president. Angeline needs to take on an academic pursuit per her mom's orders to continue her vlogger-influencer lifestyle, and Leo needs to win to boost the publicity for his politician mother. Cat, aspiring journalist and sister of Angeline, is doing her best to remain objective, but the two sisters have never gotten along well. Sources Say is an all-around battle royale between friends, family, ex-lovers, and most importantly, fake news-- something that an anonymous writer builds the closer to the school election!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Kayla Plutzer

    *Before I jump into my review, I want to thank Netgalley and Penguin Teen for providing me with an eARC in exchange for this honest review. All opinions are my own and are not impacted by anything.* Angeline and Leo were the perfect couple, until everything came crumbling down around them. For the first time in their school’s history, the student council election is something people are paying attention to. But when the two are going head to head, the whole school stops what its doing to pay atte *Before I jump into my review, I want to thank Netgalley and Penguin Teen for providing me with an eARC in exchange for this honest review. All opinions are my own and are not impacted by anything.* Angeline and Leo were the perfect couple, until everything came crumbling down around them. For the first time in their school’s history, the student council election is something people are paying attention to. But when the two are going head to head, the whole school stops what its doing to pay attention to the two of them. I loved Lori’s novel, Screen Queens so much. I loved the characters and the strong bonds. So when I saw that I had been approved for an eARC of Sources Say I was SO excited! The characters in this novel are complex, their relationships are intense and their feelings and motives are rooted in so many different things. Angeline and her twin sister, Kat are as different as sisters could be. They used to be very close when they were children, and then their dad left and it felt as if he took their relationship with them when he left. Neither of the girls feel as if she can relate or get along with the other. Kat is dedicated to telling people the truth and wants nothing more than to be one of the most successful journalists, while Angeline is a lifestyle influencer who sometimes has to stretch the truth to keep her platform going. Then we have Leo, Angeline’s ex-boyfriend and son of a political candidate. Leo wants nothing to do with politics, he wants to get as far as possible from It. But when things go wrong, the only way to save himself is to run against Angeline. What started as a way to get their parents off of their backs, ends up erupting into a full fledged war of the students at their school. Fake news, accusations of sexual assault and so much more start flying out of the mouths of the students when Angeline and Leo take the election to social media. When reading, I found that this story had so much depth. The writing was mature and the thoughts that the students were dealing with were deeper, the impact of a media presence, being a member of a minority community, class difference and misogyny are some of the topics that the book touched upon. As we currently in an election year, please remember to do your research about the candidate of your choice and make sure to vote! This book is fun, heartfelt, though provoking and a great read! I highly recommend picking it up!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Cathi - LovesBooksMore

    In a run for class president.... the story should be perfect but it fell a bit flat for me. The two main characters were sisters and they were just terrible. Angeline was a narcissist while Kat was whiny and very self-centered. The supporting characters were much better for the plot. Leo was much more likable as he wanted the best for the school. Maxine was a great developer and deserves more of a role.

  30. 5 out of 5

    N.K. Traver

    A timely read that deftly tackles many current issues and explores the effects (and the damage) false reporting can have. A feel-good call to action just in time for the election, with sweet cinnamon roll characters and Lori’s characteristic strong female role models!

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