Set in rural Tennessee, QUIVER by Julia Watts is a brilliant YA novel that focuses on the unlikely friendship between two teens from opposite sides of the culture wars. Libby is the oldest childof six, going on seven, in a family that adheres to the "quiverfull" lifestyle: strict evangelical Christians who believe that they should have as many children as God allows becau Set in rural Tennessee, QUIVER by Julia Watts is a brilliant YA novel that focuses on the unlikely friendship betwe...

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  • AJ
    Aug 18, 2018
    When I started reading Quiver, I started groaning internally a bit and thought "this is why I don't read much fiction, and certainly not YA fiction, anymore, these books are so predictable, but, heck, I'll give it a shot." I'm glad I kept giving it a shot! This book was definitely not ...
  • Kristy
    Oct 17, 2018
    Liberty "Libby" Hazlett is the oldest six kids (soon to be seven). She is part of an evangelical Christian family who practices the Quiverfull lifestyle--having as many kids as God deems they should. The father is the head of the family and his wife and children (especially the girls) ...
  • Kat O'B
    Dec 02, 2018
    A very interesting look into this previously-unknown-to-me conservative Christian religious movement called Quiverfull. The writing is quite straightforward. The plot is quite engaging and definitely makes the reader think. A tidy but uplifting ending. I did enjoy this book. Not my usu...
  • Anne
    Jan 14, 2019
    Liberty, or Libby, is the oldest of 6 (soon to be 7) children. Her family is very fundamentally religious, following the Bible and it's strictures very closely. They get new neighbors who have a girl, Zo, close to Libby's age and a younger brother named Owen who is close in age to Libb...
  • Homeschoolmama
    Oct 15, 2018
    I don't usually read YA lit, but I was given this ARC by a friend who recommended it. And I have to agree, this book was riveting, well written and difficult to put down. The story is of a "quiver-full" family, who lives next door to a very liberal family. They share some values- homes...
  • Kelly Hager
    Nov 16, 2018
    I love books that focus on religion, but it's hard to do well. I don't like it when people are one-note characters, and that can tend to happen with this topic. I love Zo and her parents but I also love Libby and her mom. Both families are full of good people who genuinely believe w...
  • Katelyn
    Apr 16, 2018
    Libby, short for Liberty, is 16 years old and the oldest of 6 (soon to be 7). What she doesn't have is much freedom. In her strict, evangelical Christian patriarch family, her father is the equivalent of God. She thinks this works, until more contact with her new gender fluid neighbor,...
  • Dawn
    Jan 04, 2019
    I like the idea of the story more than the writing. A good representation of patriarchal Christianity though and a gender fluid teen. Resolution was a little too tidy and quick, but overall a quick and interesting read. ...
  • Kelly
    Jun 28, 2018
    You say helpmeet, I say handmaid. (Full disclosure: I received a free e-ARC for review through Edelweiss. Trigger warning for misogyny, homophobia, and domestic violence.) Mr. Hazlett?s getting worked up, too. A vein in his forehead bulges disturbingly. ?In a Christian home, ...
  • Kathy
    Oct 01, 2018
    4.5 stars. Quiver by Julia Watts is a thought-provoking young adult novel that explores fundamental Christianity and gender-fluidity. Sixteen year old Liberty "Libby" Hazlett is the oldest of six (soon to be seven) children. Her family is part of the "Quiverfull" sect of Christia...
  • Peggy
    Nov 26, 2018
    Definitely a worthwhile read! There is a balanced portrayal of both a right wing, fundamental Christian family (adhering to the Quiver-full ideology) and a very liberal atheist family. The families shared many characteristics. Both families: homestead, home-school, are loving and close...
  • Zoë
    Sep 15, 2018
    I loved the premise of this book: two teenagers from "opposite sides of the culture wars" end up as neighbours and ultimately friends. Zo is a genderfluid teen from a super-left-wing household, while Libby comes from a strict Christian family where girls are confined to traditional gen...
  • Marie desJardins
    Sep 02, 2018
    I enjoyed this young adult book that explores the lives of two homeschooling families living in rural Tennessee: the Hazletts, a family of evangelical Christians, and the Forresters, a family of liberal/progressive "crunchy granola types." Libby Hazlett (the (mostly) dutiful oldest dau...
  • Liralen
    Nov 13, 2018
    I have long hankered for a YA Quiverfull novel (yes, I know my reading interests are a little...odd...sometimes), and between Quiver and The Book of Essie (which I have yet to read but have out from the library), I think I may finally have gotten what I was looking for. Quiver is th...
  • Melinda Christianson
    Aug 05, 2018
    Very engaging, quick read! Interesting storyline that kept a fast pace. I particularly liked the relationships between Libby and Zo as well as Libby and her mom. Thanks to Edelweiss for the ARC. ...
  • Shannon Wyss
    Nov 02, 2018
    This is a wonderful, wonderful book! And interestingly, i found Libby to be the more compelling character. Sure, i'm much more likely to actually get along with Zo, the gender-fluid, queer teen. They and i have a lot in common. And i'd love to get to know them in real life. But L...
  • Jenni Frencham
    Apr 13, 2018
    Watts, Julia. Quiver. Frontlist, 2018. Libby is the oldest of her family's six children. They live on a remote farm where their mother home schools the children and their father works at his pest control business. They are a Quiverfull family, and thus they believe that the father i...
  • Amy Parker
    May 22, 2018
    I absolutely loved this book. Right up my alley and if you read Gated or Astray and read this book you will see why, The story centers on two teens who form an unusual friendship?a girl raised in a rigidly religious family and a gender fluid teen recovering from a tough breakup. Thei...
  • Cristin
    Jul 04, 2018
    Funny that I should finish this book on Independence Day. Anyway, this book is about Libby, a 16 year old who is living in a quiverfull family. She meets a new neighbor, Zo, a gender fluid teen, and they become quick friends, despite their obvious differences. I enjoyed the inter...
  • Holly
    Dec 12, 2018
    This book is really quite good. I preferred the Libby chapters to the Zo chapters. Libby felt more researched and thought out. The author does highlight a couple of her Quiverfull resources, which I am now totally inspired to go check out myself. What a wild way to approach life. And a...
  • Jae
    Jan 29, 2019
    This ticked all the boxes for me as an ex-Mormon gender-whatever southern person. ...
  • Dewey
    Jul 11, 2018
    Libby Hazlett and Zo Forrester meet when Zo and hir family move to the farm next door to Libby's after the property had been empty for more than a year. The Hazlett family is fairly sheltered, primarily spending time with each other and with members of their church congregation, so rig...
  • Heather
    Jan 28, 2019
    I picked this up at 11:30pm and was like "it wouldn't hurt to read the first chapter" and then I proceeded to read the whole thing. It is not often that I stay up until 2am reading books, so really, this book is great. Both of the POV characters are lovely. Zo and Libby share an un...
  • Max Baker
    Apr 05, 2018
    Thank you Edelweiss for providing me a free review copy in exchange for an honest review If I had to compare this book to anything, it would probably be Jennifer Mathieu's Devoted. It's one of my favorite faith/belief stories, expertly weaving together all the positives and negative...
  • Julie
    Oct 29, 2018
    I have a new favorite YA author, and her name is Julia Watts. I absolutely couldn't put this book down and finished it in less than 24 hours. Representation of Southern/rural queerness and discussions across political and religious divides are subjects dear to my heart and so important...
  • Stephanie Moore
    Nov 30, 2018
    A really strong 4.5 rating! This book was disturbing and a little heartwarming at the same time. Libby's family situation was horrifying and oppressive and such a stark contrast to Zo's family who were so progressive and free. I finished this in just one day because it was it was...
  • ellis
    Dec 20, 2018
    goodness rating: i was so hooked i stayed up an hour past sleepiness to finish it. my only complaint was how plainly everything was spelled out; i like more nuance. i found zo's parents annoying with their anti tech rants. yeah, i agree social media has damaged the way we speak to ea...
  • Lexi
    Dec 27, 2018
    I thought this book wouldn't be something I'd enjoy, but I really did enjoy it. I definitely learned a lot about the Christian Patriarchy movement and especially got extremely upset with it. I did really enjoy the relationship between Libby and Zo. I also liked the writing style with s...
  • Mya Alexice
    Feb 06, 2019
    This was so so sweet. I finished it in two days! A heartwarming story that discusses religion and gender fluidity and sexism. I would give it a complete five starts except it is really more like a 4.5 because of one of my pet peeves: CW: assault (view spoiler)[ the main character's obs...
  • Allison Shockley
    Jul 10, 2018
    Being from an extremely religious and at times misogynistic family, this book really struck a chord with me. It was easy to relate to Libby's internal struggle between what she wanted to do and what she thought she had to do to please her family, namely get married and have as many bab...