Book Title: Rules for Being a Girl
Author: Candace Bushnell, Katie Cotugno
Genre: Contemporary, feminism
Target Audience: Young Adult
Expected Publication date: April 7th 2020
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Why I chose this?
I received an email from NetGalley and the title and the cover drew me in. Once I read what this story was about I wanted to hear about how Marin dealt with this situation. I was once in a position like this when I was working for my uncle. I told my cousin who was my boss about it and luckily I was believed and I never saw the man again. So to see it from another persons point of view where it didn’t go as well as planned was interesting to me.
What it’s about
It starts before you can even remember: You learn the rules for being a girl. . . .
Marin has always been good at navigating these unspoken guidelines. A star student and editor of the school paper, she dreams of getting into Brown University. Marin’s future seems bright―and her young, charismatic English teacher, Mr Beckett, is always quick to admire her writing and talk books with her.
But when “Bex” takes things too far and comes on to Marin, she’s shocked and horrified. Had she somehow led him on? Was it her fault?
When Marin works up the courage to tell the administration what happened, no one believes her. She’s forced to face Bex in class every day. Except now, he has an axe to grind.
But Marin isn’t about to back down. She uses the school newspaper to fight back and she starts a feminist book club at school. She finds allies in the most unexpected people, like “slutty” Gray Kendall, who she’d always dismissed as just another lacrosse bro. As things heat up at school and in her personal life, Marin must figure out how to take back the power and write her own rules.
What I Thought
This is a book I wish was available to read as a teenager. I honestly think it should be on a required reading list because the message is so important.
Marin is a young girl with a bright future who finds herself in a situation where she then doubts herself and is then labelled as that girl who says things for attention, which is the vibe I was getting from the secondary characters.
It’s disgusting that this is something that happens every single day and this is exactly the reaction you get from other people, the doubters.
This book was well written and it was hard not to feel sympathy for Marin with the additional weight she now has on her shoulders from this situation. I loved Gray as a character and I wish I knew more men like him
This is definitely one I will be recommending to as many people as possible. Many thanks to NetGalley and Pan Macmillan for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.