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I’m so excited for my spot on the RED by Annie Cardi Book Tour hosted by TBR and Beyond Book Tours – Keep reading and be sure to join the GIVEAWAY!

About Red

Title: Red 

Written by: Annie Cardi

Genre: Young Adult Contemporary

Publishing Date: January 30, 2024

Find it: Goodreads  –  Amazon  –  B&N  –  IndieBound

Moving to Hawthorne was something Tess and her mom never anticipated, but after Tess’s mom loses her job, it’s their only option. Tess’s grandparents welcome them into their home, but with the condition that Tess and her mom attend church, something Mom isn’t too pleased about. But Tess enjoys the church community, finding a place in youth group and the church choir. Faith fills a void Tess didn’t know she had.

After a very personal decision goes public, Tess faces daily harassment and rejection by her former friends, and singing in the church choir is no longer an option. When she meets some kids in the music room, her only place of solace in the school, who don’t judge her for what’s happened, she learns to find her voice again. Against the backdrop of the Spirit Light Festival, Tess will need to find the strength to speak out if she has any chance of ending a silent cycle of abuse in Hawthorne.

Content Warning: Religious Themes, Abortion, Bullying, Slut Shaming, Trauma, Grooming, Sexual Assault 

Review for Red

5 stars for this emotional read. Well written with imperfect characters, this story had me cheering for Tess throughout. The characters, well rounded and flawed, make them easy to relate to with tough decisions being the underlying storyline. The level of bullying will have you shaking your fist and wanting to jump into the book to protect Tess. It’s a story of hope as she learns to navigate life while finding herself along the way. While I realize that is a common trope, this is no common book. The author weaves difficult subjects into a well told story that never sounds preachy.

About the Author

Annie Cardi is the author of The Chance You Won’t Return, which was named a Bank Street College of Education Best Book of the Year for 2015. She holds a MFA in creative writing from Emerson College and a BA from the University of Virginia. Annie lives near Boston with her family and a portrait of a sea captain.

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Red Book Tour Schedule

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Giveaway for Red

1 person will win a finished copy of Red (US Only)

The giveaway will run from January 22nd until February 2nd


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