Tradition by Brendan Kiely

*Trigger warning: This book contains content surrounding sexual abuse*

I went into this book not really knowing much about it, as that tends to be my preference when starting new books. However, I knew this book came with a trigger warning, so I was cautious when going into it. 


Tradition is about the students of Fullbrook Academy, a prestigious private school that places a big focus on sports, but has so many secrets lurking beneath the surface. Jules is struggling with her ex-boyfriends and ex-best friends at the school and is wanting to get through the year without her history weighing her down. James is a newbie at Fullbrook and, on a full scholarship, feels like he doesn't quite fit in with the rich kids surrounding him. James makes new friends and navigates the macho-bravo atmosphere the other boys constantly put on him.

I love stories about private schools and the elite, for some reason I'm always drawn to them. This school felt a little bit old fashioned, though, and the characters felt more like it was set decades ago rather than a modern-day school and that was a little bit disappointing for me as it just felt out of touch. I enjoyed the story and the narrative but I didn't connect with any of the characters. I can't pinpoint any negative aspects with the character-building or the storytelling, I just didn't particularly care what happened to any of them. This impacted my reading experience and I felt myself wanting the book to be over. 

I'd strongly recommend reading other reviews of this book, before you decide whether or not to read it, as I've read so many positive reviews. Sometimes a book just doesn't sit right with me, and this was one of those times. It wasn't a bad book, by any means, it just wasn't for me.