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Rebel Girls ~ Elizabeth Keenan

June 7, 2019

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Genre: Young Adult/Contemporary Fiction
Publisher: Inkyard Press
ISBN: 9781335185006
384 pages
Source: Publisher via Netgalley

{I was given a copy of this book by the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review and all thoughts are my own.}

Holy crap. This book is SO good, y’all. It’s not out till September but you should definitely read it. It basically covers the Life/Choice conversations happening in the south in 1992 (in a fictional Baton Rouge Catholic high school) and it’s got Riot Grrrls and 90’s punk rock and Bikini Kill and third wave feminism critique and yeah…it’s also dead on accurate for my current feelings about the same damn topic over and over and over again.

The book is set about four years before I hit my freshman year of high school so all of the music and pop culture and political references churned up some pretty solid nostalgia. I mean, listen: I didn’t love high school a whole lot but I think almost everyone has a fondness for their teen years (even if you couldn’t pay them enough to ever go back). And my brother is four years older than I am so a lot of his music trickled down to me.

It did take me a minute to realize that it was, in fact, set in the 90’s and even longer to realize that this was a teen story with no cell phones. Call waiting and your parents being able to tell when you’re on the phone at night? What? Oh, those were the days. I’m kidding. I’m never going back.

The abortion/life/choice conversation was really well done. I have always and forever been ProChoice but I grew up in a VERY Catholic town in New England where the events of this book may have been reasonably possible. It was interesting to look at the entirety of the conversation with bits of empathy developing on both sides. The idea being that each person should be able to chose for themselves what is done with their body. I really liked that. I will never force someone to make a choice they personally disagree with but I will absolutely fight for each individual to be able to make that choice.

Anyway, so much good stuff going on in this book. Again it doesn’t come out till the fall but wait for it and find it and read it.

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