01 November, 2014

#BookReview :: Just Girls by Rachel Gold

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 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. 

Ella Ramsay, is taking her first steps outside her comfort zone by moving out of her home to go to college. She starts making friends and join gaming group on the campus. But she has secret that she hasn’t told any of her new friends. Jess Tucker, being an out as a lesbian has had share of tough times. When she finds out that there is a trans girl on the campus and people are already turning against this unknown identity, she steps up and sticks out her neck for this person thinking that she is prepared for what is to come. But are Ella and Jess ready to handle what is to come?

I picked up this book solely based on its subject matter. In spite of the fact that we are living in the 21st Century, when it comes to the LGBT community; there is a taboo and a lot of bias. I am all for people making their own life choices and have nothing against the community. Yet I have to admit, I know very little about them besides the bias that I read about in the papers or see on tv. So, I never give up on a chance to read about them, even if it is in fiction section.

The first thing about this novel that stands out is its characterization. Whether or not you belong to this community, you will be able to relate to them at some personal level. I simply loved the character of Jess Tucker. She is one gutsy woman and I loved her for it. I do however wish that Ella would have confided in her friends earlier even though I understand how difficult it must have been for her. I am also intrigued by Nico’s character. The plot and the narration bypasses anything I have read so far in this category. The author makes it so that anybody would feel not only comfortable picking up this book and read about a bunch of people from the LGBT community but also become a part of their life and struggles.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and recommend it to simply everyone.

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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