Jess Tucker sticks her neck out for a strangerthe 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 University, 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.
|Product dimensions:||5.30(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.50(d)|
|Age Range:||12 - 17 Years|
About the Author
Rachel Gold has spent seven years as a reporter, a dozen years in marketing, and holds a Master of Fine Arts in Writing degree. She worked as the senior reporter for a weekly newspaper with a readership of up to 100,000. She also served as a PR manager for an international technology company whose reach extended to Europe, Asia and Australia. She has appeared at the Minnesota Library Association Round Table speaking on young adult literature and lives in the Twin Cities area of Minnesota.
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Just Girls based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Imagine coming out as transgender to some trans-phobic students in the middle of your college cafeteria line. Now, compound that scenario with the fact that you are actually living as and comfortable with your birth gender – you were simply trying to shut up some closed-minded individuals and protect a total stranger, since they'd learned SOMEONE on campus was indeed transgender. This is the premise behind Rachel Gold's “Just Girls”. “Just Girls” is a follow-up to the author's earlier “Being Emily”, but is not a sequel. (Readers of the second book will learn how the main characters of the first book can show up in the second without it truly being a sequel.) Ms. Gold provides us with “a (school) year in the life” of some students at fictitious Freytag University in Ohio. The pacing of the book feels more like a ride on a merry-go-round than a roller coaster, never taking us too high or too low, nor too fast nor too slow – much like life itself. I found that the plot, while interesting, was secondary to the characters themselves. I found myself truly caring whether Jess, Ella, and their friends were enjoying their days or suffering through them. (Again, like life, they do some of both.) Ms. Gold – you've written yourself another winner. I am looking forward to the sequel (which I understand is already underway …) RATING: 5 stars.
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. I received an eBook copy from the tour company for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.