Title: Rules for Being a Girl
Publisher: Harper Teen
Release Date: April 7, 2020
“Remember, girl: It’s the best time in the history of the world to be you. You can do anything! You can do everything! You can be whatever you want to be!
Just as long as you follow the rules.”
I finished this so quickly (probably because it was so good)! Rules for Being a Girl is an empowering story about the difficulties women and girls face on a daily basis. Marin Lospato must face these rules after a beloved english teacher takes things too far.
What a timely story! And it was so well done. It was so easy to see the red flags around Bex, but he was so unnervingly charming and charismatic. I kind of hated him for it because I knew where the story was going. I loved seeing Marin’s thought spirals after the incident and how a million thoughts and rationals can go through your head before you can truly comprehend what happened. And those thoughts led to the wonderful article the story gets it’s name from! Marin’s piece was so personal and universal at the same time. And then we get a feminist bookclub! It was so great to see Marin learn, grow, and surround herself with support. Even though we didn’t see much of them, I truly appreciated how supportive her family was of everything.
Of course, the story wasn’t all support and friendships but that’s what I want to focus on because screw everyone else. Rules for Being a Girl is the perfect combination of infuriating and powerful. I couldn’t put it down.
I received a copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.