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Reviewed by Bobbie Grob for Readers' Favorite
Righteous by Kim Lehman is a young-adult novel that centers around Righteous Andrews. She is a stereotypical teenager, at least until you look at what’s underneath the all-black attire and the bad attitude. This is the story of a girl who has been beaten down by life, and has lost any real joy in anything by the time she is a senior in high school. Righteous flings through life as if she were a pinball, bouncing off one obstacle and disappointment after another until she is entirely lost. She doesn’t believe she can be any better than her present, or that she deserves anything from her future. This strikes me as a story that will have a large readership, because there is a little bit of Righteous in all of us.
This was a very enjoyable book. I adored Righteous, the girl, who is the main character of the book. Some parts of the book are predictable: the unstable home life; the angst that goes along with trying to make a place for yourself in a world that only wants pretty and popular; the love affair that hits and misses. One thing that Kim Lehman is very good at, however, is creating an assortment of people who seem as though they have no business being in each other’s lives, but who fit together anyway. It would not have occurred to me to put a murderer, an elderly dementia patient, and a perpetually angry teenager together, but you know what? It works. Righteously.