December 13, 2020

#BookReview: Six Angry Girls by Adrienne Kisner

Synopsis: A story of mock trial, feminism, and the inherent power found in a pair of knitting needles. 

Raina Petree is crushing her senior year, until her boyfriend dumps her, the drama club (basically) dumps her, the college of her dreams slips away, and her arch-nemesis triumphs.

Things aren’t much better for Millie Goodwin. Her father treats her like a servant, and the all-boy Mock Trial team votes her out, even after she spent the last three years helping to build its success.

But then, an advice columnist unexpectedly helps Raina find new purpose in a pair of knitting needles and a politically active local yarn store. This leads to an unlikely meeting in the girls’ bathroom, where Raina inspires Millie to start a rival team. The two join together and recruit four other angry girls to not only take on Mock Trial, but to smash the patriarchy in the process.


Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
My Review: Here comes the knitting needles! Politics, Political statements and more!! This one was a hit! I did think that the legal document thing was a little weird and it did take a few to get used to.  But it was so worth it!! It was fresh and new and I can not wait for more! This book did a wonderful job taking on the topics of what it means to be a woman, generally roles and more! 

From School Library Journal

Gr 9 Up-After winter break, Raina and Millie's senior year goes downhill. Raina is abruptly dumped by her boyfriend and her drama club rejects her. The mock trial team, which Millie has devoted her life to, suddenly boots her, resulting in a boy-only team. When Raina writes to a local advice column which suggests a hobby where she uses her hands, she joins an activist knitting group that uses their craft to make political statements. Raina also finds Millie crying in the school bathroom, and when they share their stories, Raina suggests that they form their own team. When a competition assigns the team a side that doesn't align with their feminist values, they must choose between winning and doing the right thing. Told in legal documents, this is a fast-paced read full of humor (sometimes about knitted genitalia), passion, and realistic life problems, with a diverse cast of well-developed characters. Millie is asexual and interested in women, and while many of the characters rarely assign a word to their sexuality, they are not all cisgender or heterosexual. Millie has dark hair and eyes, while Raina's background and appearance aren't specified. Kisner raises important points about what it means to identify as a woman, and about traditional values and gender roles. The plot comes together nicely, and the ending is not too optimistic but includes a touch of happily-ever-after, and the uncertainty that can come with major life transitions. VERDICT Kisner's diverse, impassioned, and witty novel about smashing the patriarchy will leave readers feeling empowered. A must-have for any library collection.-Liz Anderson, DC P.L.α(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

About the Author

Adrienne Kisner has master's and doctorate degrees in theology from Boston University and was inspired by her work with high school and college students to write Dear Rachel Maddow. She is also a graduate of Vermont College of Fine Arts with an MFA in writing for children and young adults. Dear Rachel Maddow is her debut.

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