From New York Times bestselling and award-winning author Brendan Kiely, a stunning new novel about male privilege, consent, and finding the courage to do what is right. Perfect for fans of 13 Reasons Why and Riverdale.

Fullbrook Academy is an elite prep school where history looms in the leafy branches over its brick walkways. But some of the traditions upheld in its hallowed halls are profoundly dangerous.

Jules is in her senior year. She hates Fullbrook for its culture of misogyny and can’t wait to escape. Jamie, a sports star on a scholarship, is new to Fullbrook and uncovers the darker privileges enjoyed by some of his wealthier classmates. The one thing Jules and Jamie have in common is a shared commitment to survival.

One fateful party brings to the fore the school’s capacity to mask its ugly secrets behind its traditions. Ultimately, Jules and Jamie are faced with the difficult question: can they stand together against classmates – and an institution – who believe they can do no wrong? A timely book that explores the toxic rape culture and the power to unite against it.

About the author

Brendan Kiely is the New York Times bestselling author of All American Boys (with Jason Reynolds), The Last True Love Story, and The Gospel of Winter. Originally from the Boston area, he now lives with his wife in New York City. Tradition is his fourth novel.


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Why We Like It

  • "Tradition takes a sledgehammer to our rotten, dangerous, and deeply ingrained traditions, so that we can build something new and beautiful in their place." – Jeff Zentner
  • "A deeply felt, powerful, devastating and, ultimately, hopeful look at toxic rape culture and its destructive effects." – Nicola Yoon, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Everything, Everything
  • A hard-hitting and timely narrative about the potentially devastating conditions inside a broken institution


Brendan Kiely is The New York Times bestselling author of All American Boys (with Jason Reynolds), The Last True Love Story, and The Gospel of Winter. His work has been published in ten languages, received a Coretta Scott King Author Honor Award, the Walter Dean Myers Award, the Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award, and was selected as one of the American Library Association’s Top Ten Best Fiction for Young Adults. Originally from the Boston area, he now lives with his wife in Greenwich Village. 

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