Friday, November 7, 2014

Just Girls - Review

This was my first experience reading a LGBT coming of age story. The new terminology is difficult to remember at first, but it makes sense. I think it is important to be aware of hetero privilege and this novel helps to understand this problem. Also, there is a very helpful chart at the beginning of the novel.
I loved the main character, Ella. She was refreshing and full of depth. The other characters rounded her out.  Tucker was so brave. I connected with the characters and story. 

I didn't connect with Lindy and Vivian but they definitely had their unique personalities. 
I recommend this book for older teens, people who want to understand LGBT people and anyone who enjoys a social justice oriented tale. This is a lot to learn from Just Girls. I recommend it for upper YA readers and adults. There are many adult themes throughout this novel. However, I believe there is a lot of resonance for younger and mature reader.


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  About the book: Jess Tucker sticks her neck out for a stranger—the buzz is someone in the dorm is a trans girl. So Tucker says it’s her, even though it’s not, to stop the finger pointing. She was an out lesbian in high school, and she figures she can stare down whatever gets thrown her way in college. It can’t be that bad. Ella Ramsey is making new friends at Freytag College, playing with on-campus gamers and enjoying her first year, but she’s rocked by the sight of a slur painted on someone else’s door. A slur clearly meant for her, if they’d only known. New rules, old prejudices, personal courage, private fear. In this stunning follow-up to the groundbreaking Being Emily, Rachel Gold explores the brave, changing landscape where young women try to be Just Girls.Get Just Girls through Amazon or Barnes & Noble. 

  About the author: An award-winning marketing strategist and author, Rachel Gold also spent a decade as a reporter in the LGBT community where she learned many of her most important lessons about being a woman from the transgender community. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English and Religious Studies from Macalester College, and a Master of Fine Arts in Writing from Hamline University. When she’s not “translating English for English-speaking people” or working on her novels, you can find Rachel online checking out the latest games. Connect with Rachel on her website, Facebook, Twitter,or GoodReads.

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