Article Title

Dear Rachel Maddow


Emma Patton


Dependable, Young Adult, Adrienne Kisner, Gay, Lesbian, Politics, Death, Grief, Stepdad, Friendship, Power, Emails, High School, Romance

Document Type

Book Review


Brynn’s life is complicated. Her father left, she has the world’s worst stepdad, her brother died, and she’s broken up with her girlfriend. On top of all that, Brynn now has to attend class in the basement, where all the “applied” classes are taught. But after being inspired by an assignment, she starts writing about her problems to Rachel Maddow, the host of MSNBC. Somehow, it makes her feel better to think that maybe Rachel reads the emails, but just having somewhere to send them is enough. When Brynn gets the opportunity to take on a new leadership role in her school, she becomes interested in the political process and the way anyone can make their voice heard. Initially, she thinks it is all because of Rachel Maddow’s influence, but maybe the real inspiration comes from within Brynn herself.