Welcome to my stop for Rachel Gold’s new release: Just Girls. Please be sure to check out the other tour stops, and don’t forget to enter the tour-wide giveaway where you could win of two $50 Amazon gift cards or an autographed copy of Just Girls!
I’m a huge fan of ‘learning’ by reading: no I don’t expect that every author is an authority on every subject they write about, but I want to find that new perspective and emotional pull that is brought to a subject from each author. In Just Girls, Rachel Gold brings us a story that has readers (and her characters) questioning the concepts of feminism, sexuality, self-identification and growing into the person you hope to be.
I can’t put myself into the mindset of a college freshman or someone struggling with gender identity with their life in front of themselves. But, Gold brings us Ella and Tucker, both at different stages of their own personal journeys, and their perspectives on sexism, discrimination and self-confidence as the story moves forward.
I was completely blown away by the nuanced layers in this story: both girls have their own issues with self-confidence and insecurities, and both face different reactions, and react differently to the ‘slights’ that they feel are aimed at them. From Tucker’s bravado in her decision to falsely ‘out herself’ as the transgendered dorm resident to Ella’s dealing with a bias as a ‘woman in science’ these two have small and large battles with the world around them, after they have attacked (or quieted) their own internal ‘no’ voices.
It was wonderful to see Ella’s reliance on her family, and the supportive nature of their relationship. Many of the LBGTQ stories I have read feature non-supportive family members or characters that are keeping their sexual identity a secret: this change felt honest and wonderfully affirming for Ella, and for readers who wonder if they could ever have that in their own lives.
Eye-opening in the little biases that I found I had, not only for my own growth but for the growth for both Tucker and Ella during the story, it is full of moments to learn. There are some ideas and situations of violence that should be noted, but still in all, this is a story for every ‘heading to college’ aged reader to pick up and savor: a book that will entertain, amuse and make you think.
Title: Just Girls
Author: Rachel Gold
Published by: Bella Books
Source: Author via Tour Company
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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.
A copy of this title was provided via Author via Tour Company for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
About the prizes: Who doesn’t love prizes? You could win one of two $50 Amazon gift cards or an autographed copy of Just Girls! Here’s what you need to do…
- Enter the Rafflecopter contest
- Leave a comment on my blog
That’s it! One random commenter during this tour will win the first gift card. Visit more blogs for more chances to win–the full list of participating bloggers can be found HERE. The other two prizes will be given out via Rafflecopter.