TOUR SCHEDULE: Required Reading for the Disenfranchised Freshman

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We’re so excited to be bringing you our tour schedule for our upcoming Required Reading for the Disenfranchised Freshman blog tour. We hope you’ll join us on this tour as we celebrate this book’s release onto shelves. If you haven’t already, make sure to pre-order a copy for yourself and follow all of our wonderful bloggers so that you don’t miss a stop!

Required Reading for the Disenfranchised Freshman
by Kristen R. Lee
Published by Crown Books for Young Readers
Releasing on February 1st, 2022
Trigger Warning(s): Depicted Black-face scene, Racism

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A striking debut novel about racism on elite college campuses. Fans of Dear White People will embrace this activist-centered contemporary novel about a college freshman grappling with the challenges of attending an elite university with a disturbing racist history–that may not be as distant as it seems.

Savannah Howard sacrificed her high school social life to make sure she got into a top college. Her sites were set on an HBCU, but when she is accepted to the ivy-covered walls of Wooddale University on a full ride, how can she say no?

Wooddale is far from the perfectly manicured community it sells on its brochures, though. Savannah has barely unpacked before she comes face-to-face with microagressions stemming from racism and elitism. Then, Clive Wilmington’s statue is vandalized with blackface. The prime suspect? Lucas Cunningham, Wooddale’s most popular student and son to a local prominent family. Soon, Savannah is unearthing the hidden secrets of Wooddale’s racist history. But what’s the price for standing up for what is right? And will telling the truth about Wooddale’s past cost Savannah her own future?

A stunning, challenging, and timely debut about racism and privilege on college campuses.


KRL AuthorKristen R. Lee is a native of Memphis, Tennessee. After graduating from college, she began to write her experiences attending a predominantly white institution, which led to the first draft of Required Reading for the Disenfranchised Freshman. She’s worked as a mentor for foster youth and has interned in a school setting, where she counseled middle-school-aged children. Writing stories that reflect often-unheard voices is what she strives to do. Learn more about Kristen at


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