The Degenerates Tour – Review, Favorite Quotes, & Giveaway

About the Book

The Degenerates
by J. Albert Mann
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Release Date: March 17th 2020
Genre: Young Adult, Historical Fiction

These two weren’t wild, but Thelma kept them.

J. Albert Mann

In the tradition of Girl, Interrupted, this fiery historical novel follows four young women in the early 20th century whose lives intersect when they are locked up by a world that took the poor, the disabled, the marginalized—and institutionalized them for life.

She loved the soft weight of the babies in her arms, even if they did reek worse than the scummy sewage bubbling in the harbor channel.

J. Albert Mann

The Massachusetts School for the Feeble-Minded is not a happy place. The young women who are already there certainly don’t think so. Not Maxine, who is doing everything she can to protect her younger sister Rose in an institution where vicious attendants and bullying older girls treat them as the morons, imbeciles, and idiots the doctors have deemed them to be. Not Alice, either, who was left there when her brother couldn’t bring himself to support a sister with a club foot. And not London, who has just been dragged there from the best foster situation she’s ever had, thanks to one unexpected, life altering moment. Each girl is determined to change her fate, no matter what it takes.

Also, everyone was entitled to her own secrets.

J. Albert Mann

Review

This book is one of those devastatingly beautiful difficult books to read. I mean it’s covering a time where women were just locked away if they served no purpose. Out of sight out of mind, it was easier to tell them that they were feeble minded and would never amount to something. You know, the frustratingly not too long ago time where women were deemed lesser than.

Rose knew a lot of things people thought she didn’t.

J. Albert Mann

This book, just wow. Not only is it taking a look at such an amazingly important sliver of our history, but the cast is utterly amazingly diverse. None of these girls are feeble minded, they were just dealt a rather sad hand. I’m rarely a fan of multiple perspectives, but this book I was so excited to switch up the perspectives and learn more about each of the girls. They were just such a wonderful mix of feisty, inquisitive, and tough to the bones.

‘Run!’ the old lady growled, before she was knocked from her chair by an angry silver-haired cop looming over her.

J. Albert Mann

While this may be a difficult book to read because of the subject, it is most definitely not a difficult book to read because of the writing. I was immediately swept away into the story and couldn’t put the book down. To say I stayed up a smidge too late is probably an understatement

About the Author

J. Albert Mann is the author of six novels for children, with S&S Atheneum Books for Young Readers set to publish her next work of historical fiction about the Eugenics Movement and the rise of institutionalism in the United States. She is also the author of short stories and poems for children featured in Highlights for Children, where she won the Highlights Fiction Award, as well as the Highlights Editors’ Choice Award. She has an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts in Writing for Children and Young Adults, and is the Director of the WNDB Internship Grant Committee. 

Jennifer is represented by Kerry Sparks at Levine Greenberg Rostan Literary Agency.

Tour Schedule

March 11th

The Unofficial Addiction Book Fan Club – Welcome Post

March 12th

PopTheButterfly Reads – Review
Ya It’s Lit – Review + Favourite Quotes
Write, Read, Repeat – Review
Diary Of A Bookgirl – Review
Kait Plus Books – Promotional Post

March 13th

Belle’s Archive – Review
Here’s to Happy Endings – Review + Favourite Quotes
Story-eyed Reviews – Review
Bookish Rantings – Review
The Reading Life – Promotional Post

March 14th

Sometimes Leelynn Reads – Review + Playlist
Inky Moments – Review + Favourite Quotes
two points of interest – Review
Mahkjchi’s Not-So-Secret Books – Review + Favourite Quotes
Books_andPoetrii – Promotional Post

March 15th

The Reading Corner for All – Review + Favourite Quotes
Four Moon Reviews – Review
A Bookish Dream – Review
Bookishly Nerdy – Review + Favourite Quotes
L.M. Durand – Promotional post

March 16th

A Dream Within A Dream – Review
Allisa White’s Book Blog – Review
YA on my Mind – Review + Favourite Quotes
Bookishaestha – Review + Playlist + Dream Cast
theanxiousbookworm_ – Review

March 17th

BookishGeek – Review
Comfort Books – Review
Iamlitandwit – Review + Favourite Quotes
Fictitiouswonderland – Review
Inktalkswithmaria – Review

Giveaway

Prize: Win (1) copy of THE DEGENRATES by J. Albert Mann (US Only)
Starts: March 11th 2020
Ends: March 25th 2020

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Insta Tour Schedule

March 11th

The FFBC Tours
TUABFC

March 12th

PopTheButterfly Reads
Ya It’s Lit
Kait Plus Books

March 13th

Belle’s Archive
Here’s to Happy Endings
Story-eyed Reviews
Bookish Rantings

March 14th

Sometimes Leelynn Reads
Inky Moments
two points of interest
Mahkjchi’s Not-So-Secret Books
Books_andPoetrii

March 15th

The Reading Corner for All
Four Moon Reviews
A Bookish Dream
Bookishly Nerdy
L.M. Durand

March 16th

A Dream Within A Dream
Allisa White’s Book Blog
Bookishaestha
theanxiousbookworm_

March 17th

BookishGeek
Comfort Books
Iamlitandwit
Fictitiouswonderland

Insta Giveaway

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🌼 b o o k t o u r & g i v e a w a y 🌼 This book is one of those devastatingly beautiful difficult books to read. I mean it's covering a time where women were just locked away if they served no purpose. Out of sight out of mind, it was easier to tell them that they were feeble minded and would never amount to something. (See my full review & more giveaway entries on my blog, link in bio!) 🌼 @the.book.drop code: YAITSLIT10 Message @sweetmelissagiftsetc & mention me for a discount! 🌼 The Massachusetts School for the Feeble-Minded is not a happy place. The young women who are already there certainly don’t think so. Not Maxine, who is doing everything she can to protect her younger sister Rose in an institution where vicious attendants and bullying older girls treat them as the morons, imbeciles, and idiots the doctors have deemed them to be. Not Alice, either, who was left there when her brother couldn’t bring himself to support a sister with a club foot. And not London, who has just been dragged there from the best foster situation she’s ever had, thanks to one unexpected, life altering moment. 🌼 Win 1 copy of THE DEGENERATES by J. Albert Mann (US Only). 🌼 Entries for the giveaway: ▪︎Follow @theffbc & @whatmakespatri ▪︎Follow the author @j.albertmann ▪︎Follow the  publishing house (@simonteen) ▪︎Follow me(@ya.its.lit) ▪︎Comment your favorite emoji & tag @theffbc to let them know you’re entering! 🌼 Extra entries: ▪︎Tag a friend (each friend will be an extra entry). ▪︎Share on your stories about the giveaway (remember to tag me @whatmakespatri and @theffbc) ▪︎Follow @michellesulk & @artsyreadergirl ▪︎Follow any other FFBC team member participating in the tour (let us know on the comment section who did follow, see comments) 🌼 #thedegenerates #jalbertmann #simonteen #YAHistoricalfiction #yabooks #yalit #yabookstagram #yaitslit #yareads #bookbloggerslife #bookreviewer #bookreviewblog #booksharks #sweetmelossasgiftsetc #yacommunity #bookgiveaway #theffbc #bookstaunited #bookbloggersofig #plottwistwicks #btabookfriends #littlewomen #bookstamisfits #bookishmerch #bookiehelper #bookishphotography #readgushcommunity #thebookdrop #readersofinsta #bookblogger

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Win 1 copy of THE DEGENERATES by J. Albert Mann (US Only).

Entries for the giveaway, on Insta: 
▪︎Follow @theffbc & @whatmakespatri
▪︎Follow the author @j.albertmann
▪︎Follow the  publishing house (@simonteen)
▪︎Follow me(@ya.its.lit)
▪︎Comment your favorite emoji & tag @theffbc to let them know you’re entering!

Extra entries: 
▪︎Tag a friend (each friend will be an extra entry).
▪︎Share on your stories about the giveaway (remember to tag me @whatmakespatri and @theffbc)
▪︎Follow @michellesulk & @artsyreadergirl
▪︎Follow any other FFBC team member participating in the tour (let us know on the comment section who did you follow). Check everyone’s Instagram handles below:
@popthebutterfly
@kaitplusbooks
@booking_belle
@kagunderman
@storyeyedreview
@bookish_rantings
@sometimesleelynnreads
@inkymoments
@esperdenoire
@mahkjchi_books
@books_andpoetrii
@TheReadingCornerforAll
@fourmoonreviews
@a_bookish_dream
@poisonbooknerd
@l.m.durand
@adreamindream
@allisawhitebooks
@_bookishaestha_
@bookishgeekig
@paigebradish
@iamlitandwit
@fictitiouswonderland

T&Cs & Disclaimers (TO INCLUDE IN THE COMMENTS SECTION):
▪︎Giveaway ends on March 25th (00:00 GMT+1). 1 winner will be chosen on @theffbc.
▪︎Open to residents of US only
▪︎This sweepstakes is not sponsored by Instagram. 

*I received a copy in exchange for an honest review*