Fat Angie: Rebel Girl Revoluation by E.E Charlton-Trujillo
Goodreads Summary: Sophomore year has just begun, and Angie is miserable. Her girlfriend, KC, has moved away; her good friend, Jake, is keeping his distance; and the resident bully has ramped up an increasingly vicious and targeted campaign to humiliate her. An over-the-top statue dedication planned for her sister, who died in Iraq, is almost too much to bear, and it doesn’t help that her mother has placed a symbolic empty urn on their mantel. At the ceremony, a soldier hands Angie a final letter from her sister, including a list of places she wanted the two of them to visit when she got home from the war. With her mother threatening to send Angie to a “treatment center” and the situation at school becoming violent, Angie enlists the help of her estranged childhood friend, Jamboree. Along with a few other outsiders, they pack into an RV and head across the state on the road trip Angie’s sister did not live to take. It might be just what Angie needs to find a way to let her sister go, and find herself in the process.
|Unfortunately, I was unable to connect with this book. I just didn’t really care about any of the characters or the plot in general. I didn’t know that this was a sequel until I was in the middle of the book so I knew this was not going to be a book I rate highly. Honestly, the struggles Angie had to faced seemed too inorganic. It was your classic “mean girl” and “asshole” type bullying and those narratives usually just bore me to death and this was no different. I was a “fat Angie” at my high school and maybe it was just my experience but bullying (public displays of embarrassment) wasn’t that prominent and so this book seemed outdated to me. The beginning where she was getting bullied by that asshole guy just made my eyes roll. I also get that the title is “Fat Angie” but the narrative was so focused on Angie’s weight that she became a 2D character, Yes, her weight is a part of who she is but we really didn’t get to see anything else from her. Other than that, everything else in the book seemed boring and I just don’t think this was the right book for me. I wasn’t a fan of the writing either, as it was a tad bit choppy for my taste. I appreciated the diversity but the representation seemed to lack.|
Tell me Again How a Crush Should Feel by Sara Farizan
Goodreads Summary: High-school junior Leila has made it most of the way through Armstead Academy without having a crush on anyone, which is something of a relief. Her Persian heritage already makes her different from her classmates; if word got out that she liked girls, life would be twice as hard. But when a sophisticated, beautiful new girl, Saskia, shows up, Leila starts to take risks she never thought she would, especially when it looks as if the attraction between them is mutual. Struggling to sort out her growing feelings and Saskia’s confusing signals, Leila confides in her old friend, Lisa, and grows closer to her fellow drama tech-crew members, especially Tomas, whose comments about his own sexuality are frank, funny, wise, and sometimes painful. Gradually, Leila begins to see that almost all her classmates are more complicated than they first appear to be, and many are keeping fascinating secrets of their own.
|This book was just weird to me. The tone was inconsistent, the characters felt cartoonish and there was a lot of aspects of the book that just seems hurtful to me including some biphobia, Everything kind of just *existed* in the book and there weren’t any productive conversations that challenged a lot of the outdated ideas. This strangely also read like middle grade, even though I think the characters are juniors in high school? I don’t know, I’ve been wanting to read this book for a while and it was just disappointing. I was expecting a romantic comedy and I got something completely different. Maybe it’s just me or maybe this book is outdated.
TW: (unchallenged) biphobia, (unchallenged) fat shaming, (unchallenged) slut-shaming, (unchallenged) racist slurs, (unchallenged) homophobic slurs, anxiety, death
Have you read any of these books? Also, recommend me your favorite queer girl romances, a girl needs some!