Quiver

Quiver Review

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 child of 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 because children are like arrows in the quiver of "God's righteous warriors." Like the other families who adhere to this philosophy, Libby's family regards the father as the "Christian patriarch" and leader and the mother as the "helpmeet" who gives birth to, cares for, and homeschools the children.

Meanwhile, Zo is the gender fluid offspring of Libby's new neighbors who have moved to the country from Knoxville in hopes of living a slower-paced, more natural life.

Zo and hir family are as far to the left ideologically as Libby's family is to the right, and yet Libby and Zo, who are the same age, feel a connection that leads them to friendship—a friendship that seems doomed from the start because of their families' differences. 

Through deft storytelling, built upon extraordinary character development, author Watts offers a close examination of the contemporary compartmentalization of social interactions, and forms a story that resonates far beyond its pages.

Title:Quiver
Edition Language:English

    Some Testimonial About This Book:

  • Kristy

    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. ...

  • ZoŽ

    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 ...

  • Kelly

    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...

  • Jenni Frencham

    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 contr...

  • Max Baker

    Thank you Edelweiss for providing me a free review copy in exchange for an honest reviewIf I had to compare this book to anything, it would probably be Jennifer Mathieu's Devoted. It's one of my favor...

  • Julie

    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...

  • Marie desJardins

    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 liber...

  • Kathy

    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 ...

  • Homeschoolmama

    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-ful...

  • Katelyn

    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...