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Just Girls by Rachel Gold

Saturday, October 25, 2014

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.

Goodreads Summary

If you read Gold's first book, "Being Emily," then this loose continuation will definitely pique your interest and draw you in. In a world where acceptance of all is definitely more prominent, we are still worlds away from seeing eye to eye with every way that everyone is or chooses to be. This book focuses on a girl that takes the "fall" for another girl and claims that she is a trans girl just to pull the attention off of someone else and let them have an easier time in college. Jess is tough and figures that she can handle it, and when Ella, the girl who is actually a trans girl finds out, that is where the story picks up.

The characters are definitely interesting  and draw you in fast in this quickly paced book on issues that always existed but are more known of in today's society. The book is very clearly written and does not dance around the points that are being presented. Being someone who is pretty withdrawn from the LGBT world I found it very interesting to read a book that is right in the middle of the issues that exist being a part of this world. The author takes an honest approach that is not condescending or dancing back and just leaves it as it is, and this was very refreshing. This is definitely worth a read for any reader anywhere looking for a fast paced college aged story.

3.5 Stars

*Reviewed by Chris*  

About the Book - About the Author - Prizes!!!

About the prizes: Who doesn't love prizes? You could win one of two $50 Amazon gift cards or an autographed copy of Just Girls! Here's what you need to do...
  1. Enter the Rafflecopter contest
  2. Leave a comment on my blog
That's it! One random commenter during this tour will win the first gift card. Visit more blogs for more chances to win--the full list of participating bloggers can be found HERE. The other two prizes will be given out via Rafflecopter. You can find the contest entry form linked below or on the official Just Girls tour page via Novel Publicity. Good luck! About the book: 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 College, 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.Get Just Girls through Amazon or Barnes & Noble. About the author: 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. Connect with Rachel on her website, Facebook, Twitter,or GoodReads..

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7 comments:

  1. Hmmm...looks like this book was not my cup of coffee for me. i don't will i read this book or not.

  1. I am not sure this is something I would normally read, but I completely respect the MC for trying to make someone's life easier by taking the brunt of the bullying. Pretty darn selfless

  1. This one sounds interesting for me, thanks for the review!

  1. Nai said...:

    Thanks for your thoughts - I really enjoyed reading your review.

    I love that this book more than any lately is opening a dialogue with people. It might not be everyone's 'cup of tea', but it sure makes people think!

    I'm so glad you were part of the tour - and don't forget to cross post to Amazon and/or Goodreads (there's an prize extra draw now at the end!)

  1. Jan Lee said...:

    The entry to visit Rachel Gold's website gives an error message: This XML file does not appear to have any style information associated with it.

    So I can't go to her website to answer the question.

  1. The story sounds interesting, I'm a gamer too and I think I'll like this story.

  1. Nothing like games and reading! Truly a great combination. ;D