Review

Frat Girl by Kiley Roache

Frat Girl
by Kiley Roache

Published March 27, 2018

Source: I received an ARC of this book from the author in exchange for my honest opinion. This in no way affected my review.


For Cassandra Davis, the F-word is fraternity—specifically Delta Tau Chi, a house on probation and on the verge of being banned from campus. Accused of offensive, sexist behavior, they have one year to clean up their act. For the DTC brothers, the F-word is feminist—the type of person who writes articles in the school paper about why they should lose their home.

With one shot at a scholarship to attend the university of her dreams, Cassie pitches a research project: to pledge Delta Tau Chi and provide proof of their misogynistic behavior. They’re frat boys. She knows exactly what to expect once she gets there. Exposing them should be a piece of cake.

But the boys of Delta Tau Chi have their own agenda, and fellow pledge Jordan Louis is certainly more than the tank top wearing “bro” Cassie expected to find. With her heart and her future tangled in the web of her own making, Cassie is forced to realize that the F-word might not be as simple as she thought after all. [goodreads]


 

FRAT GIRL was a very interesting concept, and while it was not 100% right for me, I think there are definitely many teens who will benefit from this book.

FRAT GIRL provides a strong feminist message. While at times main character Cassie can sound a little preachy or public service announcement-y, the information she presents is helpful and important.

At the start of the novel, Cassie was very anti-Greek life and believed that all fraternity or sorority members were mindless, partying, idiots basically. I was quite off-put that this self-proclaimed champion of feminism treated her dorm roommate so poorly for pledging a sorority. If you don’t support your fellow women in whatever path they choose to take, your feminism is worthless.

I was glad to see that this was addressed later in the book but it was still an issue for me that Cassie acted this way to begin with.

Parts of this book flew by and parts of it dragged on. I was really into it for like the first 25%, the middle was a bit blah but not bad, and to be quite honest I skimmed a lot of the ending because I found myself no longer caring what happened.

I realize that I am not exactly the target audience for this book, and I do recommend it to teens. I wish I had read a book with this kind of information in it while I was in high school, because it certainly would have changed my perspective on feminism and would have equipped me with important information.

If you are a teen or someone interested in learning the basics of feminism, I think this book can provide some very valuable insight. If you are older or are well-versed in feminist beliefs, this book may come a cross a bit too on-the-nose for you.

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Review

The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis

 

The Female of the Species

The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis
Published September 20, 2016 by Katherine Tegen Books
Source: Purchased

A contemporary YA novel that examines rape culture through alternating perspectives.

Alex Craft knows how to kill someone. And she doesn’t feel bad about it.

Three years ago, when her older sister, Anna, was murdered and the killer walked free, Alex uncaged the language she knows best—the language of violence. While her own crime goes unpunished, Alex knows she can’t be trusted among other people. Not with Jack, the star athlete who wants to really know her but still feels guilty over the role he played the night Anna’s body was discovered. And not with Peekay, the preacher’s kid with a defiant streak who befriends Alex while they volunteer at an animal shelter. Not anyone.

As their senior year unfolds, Alex’s darker nature breaks out, setting these three teens on a collision course that will change their lives forever. [summary from Goodreads]

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Alex was a hardcore warrior for justice against rape victims and it was awesome. She was super intense and not the typical ‘likeable’ character, but she was also very real. The story is a very dark look at the long-lasting effects of trauma, rape culture, and sexual assault. Each of the 3 POVs we got to read featured well-developed characters who each added something different to the story.

This book is extremely dark, and that is definitely something to take into consideration before reading. I think you definitely need to be in the right head-space going into it. It’s a great look at rape culture and toxic masculinity and it made me think a lot about the way those things are portrayed in our culture. I appreciated the book for its depth and its character development, and I’m definitely glad I read it.

The one thing I thought was missing: The only thing I would have liked to see in this book that wasn’t there would have been a POV from Branley. I think that would have helped her to become more of a full character rather than being dismissed as the slutty girl, which can certainly be a harmful trope.

Have you read The Female of the Species yet? What about any of the author’s other novels?  What were your thoughts?

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Review

Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu

 

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Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu
Published September 19, 2017 by Roaring Book Press
Source: Purchased

Vivian Carter is fed up. Fed up with her small-town Texas high school that thinks the football team can do no wrong. Fed up with sexist dress codes and hallway harassment. But most of all, Viv Carter is fed up with always following the rules.

Viv’s mom was a punk rock Riot Grrrl in the ’90s, so now Viv takes a page from her mother’s past and creates a feminist zine that she distributes anonymously to her classmates. She’s just blowing off steam, but other girls respond. Pretty soon Viv is forging friendships with other young women across the divides of cliques and popularity rankings, and she realizes that what she has started is nothing short of a girl revolution. [summary from Goodreads]

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Oh man, I loved this book. I think it has to be tied for my favorite book of the year (tied with Ramona Blue!). I knew going into it that it was supposed to be a kick-ass feminist novel, but I was still surprised at just how inspired and empowered I felt after reading it. It’s truly the kind of book that I want to pass on to young women everywhere and get into every library across America.

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As you can see from my Tweet-thread, I am seriously obsessed with this book.

Vivian does such a great job of keeping a diverse group of girls close to her, and I loved seeing how she handled each friendship so differently. None of her friends ever felt like a random background character – they were all so unique and offered their own perspectives on feminism and friendship. Lucy was especially great. I loved how she knew she was a feminist from the start, and wasn’t afraid of what it might mean for her to declare that.

I flew through this book in just a few hours and finished it in one sitting. I could not put Vivian’s journey down and was so pleased at how the story ended! I loved how so many different issues that girls really experience were addressed in the story. Especially if I was younger, I would have really learned from each of those situations and would have gotten such a clearer grasp on the problems in our culture (and what I can do about it!).

The best part of MOXIE is that it doesn’t just educate the reader on feminism, it shows you how you can respond to the challenges women face and how to overcome them with fierce moxie power. Everyone needs to read this book – it will change or strengthen your perspective on the meaning of feminism, and will make you laugh and cry along the way too. 5 stars!

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