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Two exes. One election. All the drama.

At Acedia High School, election 2020 is more than just politics. It's a battle of the exes.

What happens when you mix a student council election, sibling rivalry, bitter exes, and fake news?


Sources Say is a Young Adult contemporary from Penguin Young Readers Group.

Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Available: September 8, 2020
ISBN: 9780593117408

At Acedia High, student council has always been a joke. Nobody pays attention. Nobody cares.


But that changes when someone plasters the halls with Photoshopped images of three “perfect tens”—composites of scantily clad girls made from real photos of female students at the school. Quickly dubbed the “Frankengirls,” the scandal rocks the student body. And the two presidential candidates, budding influencer Angeline Quinn and charming jock Leo Torres, jump on the opportunity to propose their solutions and secure votes. Fresh from a messy public breakup, Angeline and Leo fight to win, and their battle both mesmerizes and divides the school.


The election fills the pages of The Red and Blue, the school newspaper run by Angeline’s sister, Cat. The Quinn sisters share a room and a grade but little else, and unlike her more sensationalist sister, Cat prides herself on reporting the facts. So when a rival newspaper pops up—written by an anonymous source and the epitome of “fake news”—Cat’s journalistic buttons are pushed. Rumors fly, secrets are leaked, and the previously mundane student election becomes anything but boring. 

Praise for Sources Say

"Sources Say might just be the best book I’ve read this year. No, wait, let me take the ‘might’ out. It definitely is.” — Fangirlish​

"Alternating chapters between Angeline and Cat, this fun and provocative novel sees the sisters growing in their relationship while dealing with thorny issues of accountability, truth, enacting change, and the systemic sexism prevalent in their school. . . . Entertaining, thought-provoking, and heartwarming." — Kirkus Reviews​


"A timely and smart novel that examines the pernicious effects of fake news and what it means to be a feminist, and even better, a sister. Lori Goldstein knows the teenage girl's heart." — Stacey Lee, award-winning author of The Downstairs Girl​


"A whip-smart, razor-sharp foray into school politics, friendship, family, and the nature of female ambition. Sources Say is savvy, heartfelt, and so very timely." — Laurie Elizabeth Flynn, author of Firsts, LastGirl Lied To, and All Eyes on Her​​


"If there was ever a book for our time, this is it! Scandal, drama, romance, and fake news collide in this fun, clever, fast-paced read." — Jessica Brody, bestselling author of The Chaos of Standing StillIn Some Other Life, and A Week of Mondays​​


"Taking on the issues of our current media-driven political landscape is no easy feat, but one Lori Goldstein accomplishes with a deft hand. Sources Say touches on everything from sexist school policies to the way truth can be twisted to fit a specific agenda. But rather than rehashing old news, Goldstein shows readers a new way forward. This book is at once a cautionary tale, a political thriller, and a coming of age novel. Unflinching and timely."

— Kinsey Foreman, Children's Book Buyer, Odyssey Books

"Exploring influencer culture, high school politics, and the ways most educational institutions fail to address harassment among students, Sources Say will resonate with teen readers seeking stories that encourage them to use their own voices. A must-read in a current social climate that is more digitally connected and socially engaged than ever before!"
— Mary Hinson, Irving Public Library 

"There seems to be so much ugliness in our world today with the division of political parties; the interference of our elections and the impeachment of our president, the bombardment of social media and the vulgar and barbaric comments, and the ongoing assault on our traditional news media. It is extremely critical that our children and young adults are fully educated and aware of what is happening in the world today. Author Lori Goldstein has written a novel that is both relevant and remarkable and cleverly mirrors what is happening in our society today. Sources Say includes a little romance, a little mystery, and a whole lot of substance to make this book an important read, one that should be included on every high school and college recommended book list.  Plus, it is just fun!"

— Marilyn Robbins, Children's Program Coordinator, BookBar Denver

“One of the most realistic high school settings I’ve read in a while, Lori Goldstein crafts strong, believable relationships between every character. The growing pains of love and competition between Cat and Angie is the picture of sibling rivalry, and the growth of their sisterhood through the story squeezed my heart and wouldn’t let go. The drama of a school election and the introduction of a “fake news” outlet to rival print news create such drama and intrigue that if you don’t stay for the characters (which you want to!), you’ll stay just to see how the election turns out. Sources Say is a timely novel, and a great way to exemplify our nation’s climate today, covering politics, #MeToo, and standards of journalism to high schoolers. But more than that, this is a story about family, and the strength of the family we choose, as well as the one we are born with. I can’t wait to share this with teens who are looking to see their own experiences reflected in a political, passionate climate.”
Tildy-Banker Johnson, Manager, Belmont Books

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