Reviews by Tag: feminist

Teen Review
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Little Women

By Louisa May Alcott
Star Rating
★★★★★

Rated by
Z. Ahmed
Jun 20, 2024

Little Women is a timeless classic that has been enjoyed by readers for generations. Set during the Civil War era, it follows the lives of the four sisters - Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy - as they navigate the ups and downs of growing up. Jo March, a young woman who defies societal norms with her fiery spirit and aspirations to be a writer, is the main character. Jo is instantly seen as relatable - she is stubborn yet loyal and tomboyish yet sensitive.

Teen Review
The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

The Bell Jar

By Sylvia Plath
Star Rating
★★★★

Rated by
Alyssa F.
Jan 13, 2023

At the time I read this book, it was one of those times where this is exactly what I needed to
read. Going through the story of Esther’s intense breakdown and insanity in a way that becomes
so rational and real, to her as a character and to me as a reader. It follows her dark feelings as
well as the brighter ones of her psyche. I was so drawn to this book, having finished it in about 3
days. I’ve never been into classics but I was pleasantly surprised with how this one was written,

Teen Review
In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez

In the Time of the Butterflies

By Julia Alvarez
Star Rating
★★★★★

Rated by
Aubrie C.
Dec 8, 2022

It follows the four Mirabal sisters who were very different from each other, but have the desire
for change in common. In a time of dictatorship and uncertainty, they found the courage to start a
revolution. Despite the risk of being imprisoned or killed by Trujillo, the dictator in the
Dominican Republic in the mid 1900’s. The Mirabal sisters have left a lasting impact on people
to this day including the importance of speaking out against repression, which is apparent in

Teen Review
The Gilded Ones by Namina Forna

The Gilded Ones

By Namina Forna
Star Rating
★★★★

Rated by
Aadit G.
Jun 1, 2022

Rating: 4 My rating for this book is a 4 because the book has a great plotline. The only reason his is not a 5 is because it can get confusing at times.

Teen Review
Agnes at the End of the World by Kelly McWilliams

Agnes at the End of the World

By Kelly McWilliams
Star Rating
★★★★

Rated by
Tyler H.
Apr 26, 2022

Agnes lives happily in Red Creek. She likes the people, the tasks, the Prophet, the God, everything. But Agnes is a sinner. She makes contact with the Outside to treat her little brother of his diabetes. But it’s through this contact with the Outside that Agnes realizes that Red Creek isn’t perfect. That’s when everything starts to go wrong. Stuck between a religious cult and a global pandemic Agnes must fight to stay alive.

Teen Review
The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

The Handmaid's Tale

By Margaret Atwood
Star Rating
★★★★

Rated by
Aubrie C.
Apr 7, 2022

The United States gets replaced by the Republic of Gilead and the reproduction rates are super low. To combat this Handmaids are assigned to bear the children of elite couples. The story follows a handmaid assigned the name Offred. Her rights are heavily restricted and stripped of her old life. As the story goes on we meet the handmaids that are a part of a group to try and escape. Although escaping isn’t that easy in Gilead. There are guards and strict rules and punishments and it is too risky to be so reckless.

Teen Review
Kim Jiyoung Born 1982 by Cho Nam-Joo

Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982

By Cho Nam-Joo
Star Rating
★★★★

Rated by
Mariam S.
Feb 15, 2022

Kim Jiyoung is a novella detailing the discrimination South Korean women face at school, the workplace, and in their personal lives. The book is written as if you are Kim Jiyoung’s psychologist, listening to her recount her life after her psychic deterioration. Interspersed with personal stories are statistics detailing how common her experiences are – just like the name Kim Jiyoung was the most common name for Korean baby girls in 1982.

Teen Review
Squad by Maggie Tokuda-Hall

Squad

By Maggie Tokuda-Hall
Star Rating
★★★★

Rated by
Sophie G.
Feb 7, 2022

Squad is about Becca, a new student at Piedmont High who’s always been a weirdo. However, after she gets invited into the biggest clique at school, she gets everything she wants. Becca has new friends, new clothes, and a new start. There’s only one problem: they’re all werewolves, who prey on predatory boys. And when she’s let into the pack, and a boy dies, things get complicated.

Teen Review
Rules for Being a Girl by Candace Bushnell

Rules For Being a Girl

By Candace Bushnell
Star Rating
★★★★

Rated by
Isabella W.
Oct 21, 2021

Rules For Being a Girl is about a girl in high school named Marin who is a steady rule-follower with big dreams. Marin has a teacher named Mr. Beckett that admires her rule-following and creates an unprofessional relationship with her that leads to Marin being assaulted.

Teen Review
Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado

Her Body and Other Parties

By Carmen Maria Machado
Star Rating
★★★★

Rated by
Lisa J.
Oct 1, 2021

In this collection of eight short stories, author Carmen Maria Machado explores the lives of women through a journey into psychological realism, fantasy, horror, and more. In “The Husband Stitch”, a husband attempts to remove the green ribbon tied around his wife’s neck — her only secret. In “The Resident”, a writer has trouble reckoning with her childhood trauma while vacationing in isolation at an artists’ retreat. In “Especially Heinous”, the show Law and Order: SVU is reimagined with doppelgängers, insanity, and the ghosts of raped and murdered girls.

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