Eighteen-year-old Sarah McKnight has a secret. She's in love with David Brooks. Sarah is white. David is black. But Sarah's not the only one keeping secrets in the close-knit community of Kalispell, Montana. Her father George, who owns a local gun shop and proudly drives a truck with a Confederate flag bumper sticker, hides his own complicated past. When he discovers Sarah's relationship, George decides to share his feelings with Alex Mackey-a lonely classmate of Sarah's whom George has taken under his wing. As Alex embraces the power of George's dark hatred, the hopes and dreams of young lives hang in the balance. In just a few short months, Sarah and David will graduate from high school and leave Kalispell for a new life together in Los Angeles. Maybe in California, they can stop hiding their love-and the other secret they share...something George McKnight-and Alex Mackey-will never accept.
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About the Author
Fleur Philips is an award-winning author who holds an MFA
in Creative Writing from Antioch University and a Bachelor’s of Arts in English from the University of Montana. Her first novel, I Am Lucky Bird, was selected as a General Fiction
Finalist for the 2011 Book of the Year Award from ForeWord
Reviews. Her current novel, Crumble, was named Young
Adult Winner from the 2013 San Francisco Book Festival and was selected as a Young Adult Fiction Finalist by the
2013 International Book Awards. She lives in Upland,
California, and when she’s not writing, she’s cheering for her son in his athletic endeavors.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I heard about this book from a high school friend, and I'm so glad I picked it up. It held my attention the whole time, so easy to read! The characters and story were very realistic. I can't believe how many topics the author attempted, yet it was always believable and interesting. She put you in the mind of each character. I will definitely recommend it to girls 12 to 18, especially my friends that say they don't like to read, because I think this might change their mind.
I received a free copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review. Sarah McKnight is your typical teenager. She’s smart and beautiful. She keeps her boyfriend, David Brooks a secret from her father. David is one of only three black teenagers in her high school. Sarah had not known about racial hatred until then. Her Dad runs a gun shop and has befriended a troubled teen, Alex Mackey that has always loved Sarah. His desire to please Mr. McKnight leads him to do the unthinkable, changing everyone’s life forever. My first reaction after reading this novel was how much it reminded me of Wuthering Heights, a wonderful classic of forbidden love. This book was magnificently written with believable and likeable characters. This is easily in my top ten favorites for 2013. The ending will certainly shock you, I didn’t even see it coming. A truly amazing read, I am now a huge fan of Fleur Philips and I can’t wait to see what else she has in store for us.
Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings A quick read that is packed with quite a few punches as three teenagers take the forefront of the story in a volatile town, but in the current moment. In the first few pages, there were quite a few social issues presented - racism, teen pregnancy, and domestic abuse, it seemed like quite a lot to tackle in such a little book. I appreciated that this book took a turn at the end that I couldn't even predict - it made the book more than just a bunch of issues.
Sarah McKnight and David Brooks are high school sweetheart senior anxious to graduate and head off to California to go to college. At UCLA they will not have to hide their relationship. Sarah is a white girl. David is a black boy. Their relationship is not accepted in their little town of Kalispell, Montana. George, Sarah’s father and only parent, owns a local gun shop and does not hide his dislike of black people. Alex Mackey is a classmate of Sarah’s and comes from an abusive family. He has been taken under George’s wing. When George learns of Sarah’s relationship with David he shares his feelings with Alex. Alex, who has loved Sarah for years, takes on George’s hate and decides he has to make sure things end up “correct.” I am not sure I can write a review that will truly tell how amazing Crumble is. Sarah is an amazing character. It was hard to like that she had to hide a relationship with a boy that treated her like a princess and loved her. I did like that she didn’t let society run her feelings. Sarah is an incredibly strong character. Her relationship with her father was the same type I have with mine. So it hit close to home that she had to hide something from him when she was able to share everything else with him and he supported her fully. Then when the truth came out George could not love her enough to support her and be there for her. Alex scared me from the beginning. With his family background and self esteem issues I could feel that he would be trouble. Unfortunately, due to the society we live in, I knew exactly where his life was headed. Knowing that too nothing away from the story. I was stuck to every page. Unable to skip a single word. Crumble is amazing. Anyone who went to high school or kept a secret from their parent will need to read this novel. Fleur Philips out did herself again. She is certainly one of my read authors.
Honest, Raw, Brave Typically, I blog here mainly on YA Dystopians (or so it seems) but this book caught my attention in a very different way. Crumble ( YA Fiction Finalist in the 2013 International Book Awards), by Fleur Philips is one of those raw, exposing, real reads that really makes you open your eyes and think, "wow, there are people out there that really think like this in today's age." This is a story about racial boundaries, intolerance, hatred and most of all love. Philips builds a world that could be any place really...could be your own backyard. In this small town in Montana Sarah McKnight is secretly seeing David Brooks because the town and most importantly, Sarah's father, looks down upon interracial relationships, but what happens when Sarah realizes that her problem is much bigger than just a white and black issue? This book tackled a slew of issues all at one time and did an okay job touching them all but the overall theme of love was well told. This is a great book to open up for discussion with your teen or with your friends or classmates. It's still really hard for me to believe that these racial boundaries still exist, but I know they do. A very brave and thought provoking read with an unpredictable ending.
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Lightning Source, SparkPoint Studio, home of BookSparks PR, and Netgalley.) 18-year-old Sarah is in love with David, but because he is black and she is white they have to keep their relationship secret. Bi-racial couples are thought of as wrong in the town where they live, and they can’t wait to go to university in California where they will finally be able to be together. When Sarah finds that she is pregnant though, they fear what people would say if they found out, and consider their options about what to do about the unplanned pregnancy. Will Sarah get an abortion? Will they tell their parents? And what would everyone say if they found out? This was good teen story about racism and love, and the problems of teenage pregnancy. Sarah and David were obviously in love, but had to hide their feelings for one another from everyone other than David’s parents, because of racism. This was quite shocking to me, I didn’t realise that places and people like that still existed, and people’s treatment of the black kids was absolutely terrible! Sarah and David found themselves in a very sticky situation when she found out that she was pregnant, which was bad enough without adding in the added complication of people’s views on bi-racial couples. I was once again shocked by the actions of people at the abortion clinic though, that they can be pro-life but also racist is bizarre! I did find the storyline in this book quite predictable at the start, but the ending wasn’t really what I expected. I did enjoy this book overall, but I was really shocked at peoples’ attitudes towards both black people and bi-racial relationships. Overall; a YA romance covering some difficult topics. 6.75 out of 10.