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Friday, October 24, 2014

{Blog Tour} JUST GIRLS by Rachel Gold -- with giveaway

About the Book - About the Author - Prizes!!!

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About the book: 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.Get Just Girls through Amazon or Barnes & Noble.

About the author: An award-winning marketing strategist and author, Rachel Gold also spent a decade as a reporter in the LGBT community where she learned many of her most important lessons about being a woman from the transgender community. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English and Religious Studies from Macalester College, and a Master of Fine Arts in Writing from Hamline University. When she’s not “translating English for English-speaking people” or working on her novels, you can find Rachel online checking out the latest games.
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Disclaimer: I received an electronic copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

This book encompassed many different trains of thought that can be summed up in one glossy phrase: human rights. I really enjoyed this read as it exposed me to different view points and things I take for granted, being born a heterosexual female. While there are several loathsome characters in this novel, I think the one I found the most appalling was the TA who is centered on women's rights and yet is so vehemently against the rights of one born in the wrong body and casually wishes to throw that transgender to the wolves by insisting she use a men's bathroom, putting her at risk when we women are already at risk EVERY DAY.

I thought it was brilliant how Ella took control and gained confidence thanks to Tucker's defense of her before Tucker even knew that Ella was transgender. I love how Ella fiercely protected her new friend in the only way she knew how and was totally effective at it: utilizing her social companions by turning the protection of Tucker into essentially a MMO in real life.

I think this kind of book should be required reading in school. While at an age where you are learning about racism and sexism, we should address ALL concerns and be forced to think about it in our teenage years when our opinions are not set in stone and we're rebelling against the train of thought our parents and grandparents and other adult figures in our lives are trying to lay out for us. JUST GIRLS is written in such a way that you are enthralled, sympathetic, empathetic, and wondering why the hell this topic is not covered sooner in your life, especially in this day and age. 

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