by Kim Lehman

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A story about friendships, love, and self-discovery.

Quick witted, sharp-tongued Righteous Andrews is troubled by a broken past, fed up with her present circumstances, and resolved to a hopeless future.

On the first day of her senior year of high school she gets in trouble, landing in the principal's office . . . again. There she meets Colt Jackson, the new kid with a troubled past of his own. Despite her attempts to avoid him, Colt seems to show up everywhere she doesn't want him to be, and soon they strike up an unexpected friendship. Righteous is wary. Friendships aren't her thing. But something about Colt is different; something about him makes her curious, makes her wonder . . .

Is Colt Jackson really different from everyone else? Does happiness and love truly exist? Or will every relationship in her life always end in lies and heartache?

What readers are saying about RIGHTEOUS:

"Amazing, extremely spectacular!" - BookDepository.com

"Why aren't more people reading this fabulous book? This is a hidden gem! ... EVERYONE NEEDS TO READ THIS!" - Lorie, Goodreads Reviewer

"People run out of your house and go the closest bookstore and buy this book. Love, love, loved it." -Jenna, Goodreads Reviewer

"There is someone for everyone to relate to in this book. Kim Lehman's writing style is amazing, I was engulfed in the story. Righteous touched my heart. Everyone needs to read this book!" -D.C., Goodreads Reviewer

"This book is awesome! I adored Righteous right from the first page." - Cheryl Beck, Educator at Orange County Public Schools

Product Details

BN ID: 2940016505824
Publisher: Lucky Stars Publishing
Publication date: 06/09/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 314
File size: 713 KB

About the Author

Kim Lehman split her childhood growing up in the suburbs of Columbus, Ohio and the small town of Hampton, New Hampshire. Her love of writing was fostered by her grandfather, a salesman for a major book publishing company. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Communications and a Masters in Business Administration. After college she spent fifteen years working for an advertising firm and a Fortune 500 company before finally deciding to take the plunge, leave her job, and pursue her longtime dream of becoming an author. Currently she lives in a rural town outside of Philadelphia with her husband and their Cocker Spaniel.

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RIGHTEOUS 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Righteous is a wonderful novel about one young woman’s struggle navigating through the harsh landscape of high school, enduring an unstable and unhealthy family life, including her “so-called friends”, learning about loss, love and finding the silver lining through it all. In Kim Lehman’s debut novel, we find her main character, Righteous (“Ria”), living on the wrong side of a typical mid-west town, with a broken home and broken heart yearning for the things and people that have physically or emotionally faded from her life. A mother who is a wreck with a revolving door of boyfriends, dead-beat dad that bailed years ago, her own home becomes a battle zone, recently dumped by her best friend because she wasn’t “cool” enough and sporting a school report card that belongs in the trash. She is, tragically, the ultimate high school underdog…and after feeling like the world has turned their back on her, Ria is guarded, untrusting and hurt. What she needs most in this world are people who she can lean on, and she finds this in the most interesting and ironically duplicative characters and situations – Magda who always shoots straight with her advice but has a few screws loose; Colt the charming popular jock that everyone wants to be near, but seems to always find his way near Ria the social outcast…and did he commit a crime? It’s a mystery, a thriller, a love-story and a story about friendship all wrapped into one. I very much enjoyed this book. Kim Lehman’s characters come alive, and the story is so nicely woven together touching upon some of the most prevalent and controversial teenage issues. She pulled me into the story and into predicaments, taking me back to all the drama and life crossroads that come to pass in your teenage years. This book has wide appeal, and readers of all ages will find themselves rooting for and falling in love with Righteous.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was skeptical at first. I dont read a lot of young adult fiction. But this book quickly brought me right back to high school. I found myself obsorbed in Ria's life and was rooting for her along the way. The characters were well developed and kept me reading. I look forward to reading more about her.
Sandy5 More than 1 year ago
This had the makings of the type of book I would really enjoy and even the fabulous book jacket held it all together. Righteous, via Ria lives with mother and prefers not to have friends as she feels they complicate life. It’s her senior year in high school and hopefully, in the end she will graduate leaving these years behind her. Her mother’s casual boyfriends, whom she brings home after work from her shift at the bar, take precedents over Ria. Ria finds herself sleeping in restrooms, hiding out at a nursing home and even breaking into her own high school to crash for the night just to stay away from the drama occurring at home. Ria’s built a wall around herself, allowing a small slice of breathing room for others and that is how she exists. Colt has just recently moved into the area and it’s rumored that his past includes criminal activity. Their peers are split on how they accept him but for Ria, this is one person she has mixed feeling about. Cecile, her constant hammering at Ria for the past few years is finally getting Ria’s attention. Ria’s listening and she’s finally seeing Cecile and liking the girl that’s in front of her. I really liked some of the relationship included in this novel, as they were complex, emotional, and sincere. The two complex relationships were with her mother and Magda. Ria really needed both relationships and while this is not an emotional book, I was hoping she would get emotional with these two characters as she was adjusting and facing some difficult situations and it had to be emotional. The relationships that she had with Colt and Cecile, I think this is where I lost my interest in this book. The beginning relationship with Colt was amazing and I really enjoyed that part of the book but soon we were jumping through time and things started to get jumbled. She started to act more like a middle school girl and not a high school senior. Her relationship with Cecile, I found that to just like Colt’s. The beginning was great and then all of a sudden, it was suddenly different in a blink of an eye. Flashing back using journal entries she wrote at the beginning of her high school experience we see how her high school year deteriorated, how she feels about her life and we, as readers, understand her feelings. It really had the makings of an excellent novel but for me, it just didn’t work out. I received a copy of this book from NetGalley and Lucky Stars Publishing in exchange for an honest review.
Blendyreadit More than 1 year ago
If my parents named me Righteous, I might be a bit of an butthead too, I’m just saying. So in this story, we meet Righteous, a rebellious young teen with a chip on her shoulder. Life has not been kind to her and so in turn, she is not kind right back. With no expectations or aspirations, she finds herself coasting along in life and doesn’t expect much from herself or those around her. School is mostly a joke and she slowly counts down the days until she graduates and can do her own thing, that is, until Colt arrives in her life. This is your typical tale of teenage angst and first loves, the unfairness of it all and the people that show up in our lives hoping to make a difference. This is a hard book for me to review, because being a teenager myself once, that grew up in less than ideal circumstances and hardship, I find it hard to close off my own opinions and differentiate myself from our heroine. Teenage life is hard, there is no doubt about that, but I find it hard to feel sorry for someone that has the opportunities to make better decisions but doesn’t and just uses their circumstances as a crutch for why they didn’t. I have seen and heard of true horrors that teenagers have had to face and the things that Righteous goes through, almost seem like a cake walk in comparison. Her “poor-me” attitude really grated on my nerves and all I really wanted to do was scoop her up and take her to an orphanage or on a mission trip to a third world country to show her the faces of people that knew what true hardship was and who are still able to smile in spite of it all. Something else that I resented while reading this, was the “trailer park trash” stereo type. I have family members that live in trailer parks and their homes are nicer, more well-kept and the neighbors nicer than some people I know that own homes. Living in a trailer park does not mean that you are poor and trashy! I will stop myself here, before I go off on a tangent, but I really resented the fact that Righteous living in one was something to be ashamed of and used as a means to further her “poor me” outlook. Overall, I didn’t hate this book, but I didn’t like it. I found that the more I wrote my review, the more resentful I became of the book and my opinion of it lowered accordingly. If you want me to feel sorry for your character (besides her name), then don’t give me the cookie cutter reasons to do it. They are tired and played out and this is not the 80’s. Having absent parents does suck, but it doesn’t make you handicapped. Living in a trailer doesn’t make you trash, it is how you act that does that. And for Christ sake, not having a lot of money does not mean that you are impoverished, be thankful for what you do have – i.e. that trailer that puts a roof over your head and your own bed that you can sleep in at night! So no, I would not recommend this book, because if you yourself have experienced any kind of hardships in your life, you might find yourself resenting it like I did and if you haven’t, then I would hate for you to read this and fall victim to the stereotypes that it portrays. I would like to thank NetGalley and Lucky Stars Publishing for the ARC of this title in exchange for an honest review
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
YOU CAN'T WAIT TO TURN THE NEXT PAGE! "Righteous" is a great read, not only for young adults, but for mid and older adults that remember those struggling high school years of finding yourself. Righteous, Ria, comes from a harsh, frustrating, and rough life. She has a very free and opened mind that does not fear anything except relationships - those people that get too close. She's a survivor mentally and physically, but like everybody, she realizes you can't make it alone. You really get to know the characters in the book and there are a great mix of characters! I definitely recommend this book!