This was not really the book for me. I wasn’t into it. We’ll written from two different POV, mock trials was a nice idea. The cover is great.
This book gave me a vicarious thrill similar to--but much lighter than--that of Moxie. Millie and Raina empower each other and both go on a journey that will see them grow stronger and more self-assured and while the book's ending is satisfying, it is also realistic; a fact that this reader appreciated.
This book was well-written, but ultimately a pretty forgettable title. It was enjoyable in the moment, but even just a few days later and most of the plot and characters have already slipped my mind. It made good points and those stand out more, but otherwise it feels like a very middle-of-the-road kind of read.
I loved this book! All of the characters are complex and well-written. This book is sweet and has humor and heart. I can’t wait to see what else is in store from Adrienne Kisner!
I really enjoyed this story of 6 girls creating a mock trial team. It had a ton of female empowerment and the two main characters were fun to root for, although they were very similar. I wish we would have gotten two unique perspectives because at times it was hard to tell the two apart.
My only other gripe is it felt like the knitting group and that whole storyline was a bit pointless? I can't even remember if there was a solution to their issues at the end.
Overall, I enjoyed this one and it's always fun to read about girl power. Definitely recommend the audio if you're interested.
An absolutely real and wonderful story of fierce female power and reclaiming your power in the patriarchal world we exist in. A tribute to what 12 Angry Men could be from the female perspective with talks of feminism, intersectionality, reproductive rights, gender, and sexuality. None of it feels preachy, it just is what a normal group of girls looks like today, diverse and strong and incredible. Some of the prose knocked me off my feet and i'm definitely going back for a reread soon.
Raina's senior year has shaped up quite perfectly. She has a handsome boyfriend of 5 years, Brandon, she is the president of the Drama Club, and all of her college applications have been submitted. That is until, Brandon suddenly breaks up with her. Raina is left reeling trying to make sense of it all. She tries to take up knitting, but when she finds her local yarn store (LYS) has been radicalized she wonders if knitting is for her.
Millie eats, lives, and breaths Mock Trial. She too is left lethargic when she is unceremoniously dumped by her love, the Mock Trial team. A chance conversation with Raina has convinced Millie to start an all-girl Mock Trial team, but will they have what it takes to beat the all-boy team and make it to Nationals?
Kisner has written a book that I wish was around when I was a teenager; a book full of strong, yet realistically human young women. This book breaks down stereotypes of high school girls and replaces it with intelligent and critically thinking young women. I look forward to recommending this book to teens - and adults - and hope it inspires them to forge their own path.
Thanks Netgalley for the preview!
It took my forever to get hooked by this story and I never really dove in. I appreciated the girl power and the different viewpoints but this book really didn't grab me. It was hard to tell everyone apart and a lot of the emotions felt flat.
This book was pretty damn good from start to finish. I felt myself laughing at parts and smiling from ear to ear. This is what representation should be.
This book was funny and empowering! I loved the development in all the characters. The "angry girls" blew me away!! Great YA read!
This made me want to start knitting and to also start attending city hall meetings. Please pick it up if you have even an ounce of political fever and it will be fanned into a bonfire.
When Millie is voted off the Mock Trial team after three years of dedication, she forms her own all-girl team with the help of recently heartbroken Raina, determined to beat the all-male ‘varsity’ team and make it all the way to Nationals. When Raina’s boyfriend of five years breaks up with her, she realizes she might have only been into acting because he wanted her to be, and decides to branch out into new hobbies. She joins a knitting circle to channel her rage, and soon finds herself helping the activist yarn shop owner knit vaginas and yarn bomb the local courthouse to protest a sexist judge. This book is perfect for any young feminist and/or queer girls looking for a fun, positive story of six angry girls speaking up and out.
There were several things I enjoyed about this book: the strong female characters, the knitting circle, the librarian that helped the girls, and the characters themselves. However, there were a couple of things that kept me from really liking the book. The first was that there were so many multifaceted characters that it made the story feel very chaotic. The other thing that just pushed some of my buttons was that Millie was so passive aggressive with her father.
An absolutely fantastic YA about standing up for yourself, learning to roll with the punches, resistance, and political engagement. Like the characters, I was righteously angry so many times throughout the book, but I loved the character growth and the clever ways they pushed back against authority!
Lately, I have been reading a lot more YA books as I go through different phases with my reading. I wasn't sure what to expect with Six Angry Girls but I found myself loving this book as it talked about Social Justice and Feminism. The book starts with one of the main girls Raina being dumped by her long-time boyfriend and so she writes a letter to an Agony Aunt who tells her to get a hobby like knitting. She then joins an LYC - Local Yarn Club and finds comfort in knitting and these knitters are very proactive in the community with activism via knitting things like genitals and body parts etc. They have lots of laughs too which I loved. Another one of the Six - Millie has always been part of the local Mock Court Trial club at the school - she is the only girl in the team and now has been dropped from the group as the boys have overthrown her, it also seems wherever she goes, the male sex just wants to walk her over her and she has had enough. With the local female school librarian as their Mock Court Advisor and a group of six misfits who have been pushed aside because of males decide to form their group and prove that females are not the weaker sex and the old saying "Whatever you men do, women can do it better" rings true in Six Angry Girls. This book is the perfect read for any female who has ever felt like they have come second to a male in any situation during their lives.
Raina Petree is excited to start her senior year with her boyfriend Brandon and as the president of drama club. But then her boyfriend of 5 years dumps her on the first day of senior year for someone else. She is grieving, angry and sad. And when drama club decides to do Our Town Raina can't handle it anymore.
Millie aka Emilia is struggling too. Her father treats her as a servant and after giving 3 years of hard work and even being an important factor in their success Mock Trial team kicks her out.
After writing about her story on an advice column Raina joins a knitting group in a local yarn store. But it is not an ordinary knitting group. And on a chance encounter between Raina and Millie they decide its better to team up and take down the all boys Mock Trial team and to smash the patriarchy in the process.
Oh My God!!! This book has everything toxic masculinity, hate speech, patriarchy and intolerance and it is smashed, burned and destroyed by Six Angry Girls.
This book deals with so many social issues that too with the help of queer characters. There are bi girls, lesbian girls, trans girls, cis girls, straight girls and a girl of color. The characterization is inclusive, power packed and very close to reality.
We have a professor who is a misogynist, a girlfriend who thinks 'traditional values' should be treasured, a boyfriend who can't handle his girlfriend being better than him, a team mate who can't share a success with his girl team mate, a father who thinks a daughter should handle all the household chores.
But at the same time we have group of old people who knits and protests against social injustice done to women, they hold protests and send knitted vaginas and ovaries to misogynist officials. A mother who tells her daughter it is okay to fail and no need to find the right choice in your teen. A librarian who is super cool and can even threaten principal if the time comes.
It has friendship, humor, lots and lots of feminism, romance and the need to do what is right and just. Each girl in the Mock Trial team is different, unique and has a strong personality. I like how Millie stands up to the boys by beating them in their own game by abiding the rules.
I really felt like punching Brandon, kicking Jeffrey, giving a speech on feminist in front of whole school dedicating it to Mr. Darr and well Millie took care of revenge part for her father. And you meet such Brandon, Jeffrey and Mr. Darr in your daily life but the way all these girl handled them, challenge them and burned them was an utter joy and bliss.
One more super interesting thing about the book is its local yarn store. Knitting is considered as something women do in their leisure time. But the women in this LYS not only knits scarves, shawl and sweaters but also vaginas and ovaries. Why? For that you have to read the book. They even held protest and stand up and question the unjust caused to women. I love love love how author gave such a fantastic twist to this traditional women hobby of knitting
I can't write enough to praise this book. This book has everything from tons of feminism to women friendship to lesbain romance to protest against social discrimination to knitting to defeating patriarchy and to defeating those who defense rape culture.
This book is a MUST READ!!!!
I received this book from the author as part of a book tour I am on and I wanted to post a review on here before I lost the high that I got from finishing this book.
Man oh man let me start off by saying I don't often read contemporary nor do I normally gravitate toward LGBTQ+. Now before I get anything for that I just have never felt drawn to books with that sort of plot of background. I've read YA fantasy with this type of play out but contemporary has never really been my thing. But guys when I say this book was fantastic it was FANTASTIC. It got 4 stars from me because it was slow to start but once it did I found myself rooting for this girls in every aspect of this story.
I LOVED Millie and how she wasn't willing to let the boys eliminated her from her passion get her down. I also loved Raina and her ability to rise up from a crappy ex boyfriend who didn't respect and love her for who she was, I saw so much of myself in her that it made me sit there and go cheer for her every time she had a what for to say to him when he still tried to hold her back. I loved Veronica, Izzy, Grace and Claire far more than I ever thought was humanely possible for me love a group of fictional girls for what they stood for and took their lives into their own hands.
Not only that the ending that we were given made me whoop with joy in my office. Especially that last FU that Millie had against a parent who didn't love and respect her for who she was. I wanted to scream and shake him for not loving his daughter having her in his life and I was so glad that she got that last hurrah in at the end. If you can get your hands on this book do it because this was a read I didn't realize I needed in my life and not only that the author released it at a time that we need voices heard.
I will definitely be recommending this read.
This was an enjoyable quick read. I loved how inclusive it was. This book has friendships, smidge of romance, feminism, girl power, and humor. As a crocheter learning to knit I loved the knitting aspect. This is for anyone and everyone looking for a little hope.
Thank you to the Publisher and Netgalley for the advanced reader copy. All opinions expressed are my own.
Adrienne Kisner’s Six Angry Girls is a wonderful blend of high school drama and smash the patriarchy desire. The two voice narrative was a perfect choice. It allowed the reader to really feel the passion and desire (through vastly different) of the two main characters, Raina and Millie. The pro feminist message was there but not in a way that bashed you over the head. I really wish that more of Millie and her father’s relationship had been shown. This novel made me want to pick up yarn and knit myself a set of reproductive organs.
Six Angry Girls by Adrienne Kisner-- Hell hath no fury like six high school girls who have been wronged in one way or another by men in their lives. Raina is set to have the perfect senior year. She has her long term boyfriend and she helped her mock trial team make it to state as a junior and now as a senior will take her place among the varsity team. Life is good. Until her boyfriend suddenly dumps her for another girl and her team has "tryouts" for spots replacing her with a younger male student so they can have an all male mock trial team. She's still allowed to help with the research. Allowed to help them win again like she did last year. Ummm, no! She sets out to build her own all female team, complete with a female adviser, to take down the guys team. The guys stop at nothing to ensure they come out on top, but these women refused to quit.
Keep fighting for yourself, because often no one else will is the moral here. Great read on empowerment. #sixangrygirls #AdrienneKisner #netgalley