Author – Adrienne Kisner
Genre – YA, Contemporary, LGBTQ, Feminism, Queer
Publisher – Feiwel & Friends
Year – 2020
Ratings – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐/5
Raina Petree is excited to start her senior year with her boyfriend Brandon and as the president of drama club. But then her boyfriend of 5 years dumps her on the first day of senior year for someone else. She is grieving, angry and sad. And when drama club decides to do Our Town Raina can’t handle it anymore.
Millie aka Emilia is struggling too. Her father treats her as a servant and after giving 3 years of hard work and even being an important factor in their success Mock Trial team kicks her out.
After writing about her story on an advice column Raina joins a knitting group in a local yarn store. But it is not an ordinary knitting group. And on a chance encounter between Raina and Millie they decide its better to team up and take down the all boys Mock Trial team and to smash the patriarchy in the process.
Oh My God!!! This book has everything toxic masculinity, hate speech, patriarchy and intolerance and it is smashed, burned and destroyed by Six Angry Girls.
This book deals with so many social issues that too with the help of queer characters. There are bi girls, lesbian girls, trans girls, cis girls, straight girls and a girl of color. The characterization is inclusive, power packed and very close to reality.
We have a professor who is a misogynist, a girlfriend who thinks ‘traditional values’ should be treasured, a boyfriend who can’t handle his girlfriend being better than him, a team mate who can’t share a success with his girl team mate, a father who thinks a daughter should handle all the household chores.
But at the same time we have group of old people who knits and protests against social injustice done to women, they hold protests and send knitted vaginas and ovaries to misogynist officials. A mother who tells her daughter it is okay to fail and no need to find the right choice in your teen. A librarian who is super cool and can even threaten principal if the time comes.
It has friendship, humor, lots and lots of feminism, romance and the need to do what is right and just. Each girl in the Mock Trial team is different, unique and has a strong personality. I like how Millie stands up to the boys by beating them in their own game by abiding the rules.
I really felt like punching Brandon, kicking Jeffrey, giving a speech on feminist in front of whole school dedicating it to Mr. Darr and well Millie took care of revenge part for her father. And you meet such Brandon, Jeffrey and Mr. Darr in your daily life but the way all these girl handled them, challenge them and burned them was an utter joy and bliss.
One more super interesting thing about the book is its local yarn store. Knitting is considered as something women do in their leisure time. But the women in this LYS not only knits scarves, shawl and sweaters but also vaginas and ovaries. Why? For that you have to read the book. They even held protest and stand up and question the unjust caused to women. I love love love how author gave such a fantastic twist to this traditional women hobby of knitting
I can’t write enough to praise this book. This book has everything from tons of feminism to women friendship to lesbain romance to protest against social discrimination to knitting to defeating patriarchy and to defeating those who defense rape culture.
This book is a MUST READ!!!!
Thank you so much Favorite Pages Book Club for making me part of this awesome book tour.