A smart and twisty debut YA that starts off like Friday Night Lights and ends with the power and insight of Dear White People.
by Charlene Thomas
Dutton/Penguin BYR, August 2022
Seton Academic High is a prep school obsessed with its football team and their thirteen-year conference win streak, a record that players always say they’d never have without Seton’s girls. What exactly Seton girls do to make them so valuable, though, no one ever really says. They’re just « the best. » But the team’s quarterback, the younger brother of the Seton star who started the streak, wants more than regular season glory. He wants a state championship before his successor, Seton’s first Black QB, has a chance to overshadow him. Bigger rewards require bigger risks, and soon the actual secrets to the team’s enduring success leak to a small group of girls who suddenly have the power to change their world forever.
When she isn’t writing, Charlene Thomas works as a marketer. SETON GIRLS is her first novel.