Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine spotlighting upcoming releases.
I’m waiting on Decadence by Nenia Campbell this Wednesday – it sounds dark, delicious, and fascinating! I love the darker side of high school power struggles, and I’m certain this one will capture it in all its grittiness.
“I bet they told you at orientation that Ashgrove wasn’t like your old school.”
Rachael Williams is the only black student at the exclusive private school, Ashgrove Heights. Through hard work and sheer luck she’s managed to crawl out of the lowest moment of her life. At orientation, she meets a girl who has been driven out through vicious, violent bullying, who warns her to keep her head down: the students aren’t what they seem.
Andrew Worth is broken inside. He’s considered suicide, but he’d rather stick around and make everyone else feel miserable. His grades are falling, he does every drug that’s bottled and sold, and everyone’s terrified of what he’ll do next.
Daphne Kim is the school’s golden girl. When someone fucks with her, she fucks back–harder and better. Her boyfriend knows that better than anyone. She’s the only one who can stop Andrew from his downward spiral, but she’s having too much fun watching.
When Andrew’s father hires Rachael to tutor his son after she’s announced as valedictorian, Rachael gets mixed up in the popular kids’ Machiavellian hierarchy of sex, power, and scandal. It’s a dangerous game, but if she doesn’t play they’ll eat her alive.