So excited to be part of another blog tour, this time for Adrienne Kisner’s Six Angry Girls. As part of this tour I recieved an e-arc of the book via netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
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.’
Six Angry Girls is a fun and enjoyable read focusing on feminism, activism and the law. The story follows Raina and Millie during their last year of high school during which they form the school’s all-girl mock trial team.
The novel is well written and has a diverse cast of characters. The main romance of the book was between two asexual girls which was interesting as that not something I’ve really seen represented before. Alongside this there were a number of other LGBTQ+ characters which is always nice to see in books.
While some of the politics in the book were very American liberal as opposed to truly left-wing I think the story still had a good message showing that it is important to stand up for what you believe is right. As a 23 year old I maybe wasn’t the target audience for this story but I’d definetly recommend it to teenagers.
As someone who knits (albeit badly) I did really enjoy that side of story. Part of me wishes I could join a knitting circle like the one shown in this book but most of me knows I would not have the time.
Six Angry Girls was ultimately a fun and easy read which I’ll defintely be keeping around for when I need a comfort read.
About the Author
Adrienne Kisner has lived her entire “adult” life in a college dormitory working in both Residence Life and college chaplaincy. (She prefers the term “dormitory” over “residence hall.” Don’t @ her.) She went to school for a long time so that now she gets to swoop around in a fancy robe and silly hat (like at Hogwarts). She also has an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts (a place like Hogwarts). Adrienne is a birder and knitter with more heart and enthusiasm than actual skill. Her debut novel DEAR RACHEL MADDOW won a 2016 PEN New England Susan P Bloom Discovery Award and was one of YALSA’s 2019 picks for Best Fiction for Young Adults. Her second novel, THE CONFUSION OF LAUREL GRAHAM, will be released in June of 2019. Book three, SIX ANGRY GIRLS, is due out in the spring of 2020. She loves her current home in Boston but will always be a Pennsylvanian at heart
Thanks for reading and here’s the rest of the schedule if you want to check out the rest of the tour