Tradition Review

Brendan Kiely has written an emotive book with themes of sexual assault, lad culture and feminism, told through two points of view: Jules and Bax.

I loved how the book played on Tradition. Their school had so many sexist traditions and Jules fought against them but everything fell on deaf ears.

It reminded me of a more mature Moxie.

Bax was an excellent character, one with faults but he actually cares about the girls and stood up for them with his mates.

I enjoyed that falling in love wasn’t the focus – it just isn’t needed in a book about sexual assault. Bax showed support for Jules through friendship which is exactly what she needed.

I wish we had an epilogue from a year later. The ending was excellent and dramatic but I need to know where these characters end up. I hope they all got into college despite the end!

It did ring true though. Very true and sad.

Overall, and excellent book. Just wanted more of it!


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