Six Angry Girls
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 Details

TitleSix Angry Girls
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseAug 18th, 2020
PublisherFeiwel & Friends
ISBN-139781250253422
Rating
GenreContemporary, Young Adult, LGBT, Feminism, Fiction, GLBT, Queer, Realistic Fiction, Young Adult Contemporary, Teen, Audiobook

Six Angry Girls Review

  • Kai
    January 1, 1970
    these six angry girls and this one angry guy aka me will get along splendidly, that's for sure
  • Jasmine from How Useful It Is
    January 1, 1970
    This book is a fantastic read! I like how Millie stays positive by saying her daily affirmative lines. Knitting group! Love it. I used to go to one and made some great friends but stopped going because I had to move. I really missed it now that I'm reading about knitting group again. Knitting activism is pretty cool in this story! Mock Trial is cool as well and it's my first time learning about it reading this book. My high school never had anything like this. I like Raina's realization about ho This book is a fantastic read! I like how Millie stays positive by saying her daily affirmative lines. Knitting group! Love it. I used to go to one and made some great friends but stopped going because I had to move. I really missed it now that I'm reading about knitting group again. Knitting activism is pretty cool in this story! Mock Trial is cool as well and it's my first time learning about it reading this book. My high school never had anything like this. I like Raina's realization about how her boyfriend kept her back from experiencing more. Definitely great advice for teens.
This book is told in the first person point of view following Raina, high school senior as she talks about performing in a play and feeling angry when Brandon, her boyfriend of 5 years who dumped her out of nowhere. The alternating view is Emilia aka Millie, 18. She's upset because the boys got together to come up with a new topic for Mock Trial without including her. Now she's unprepared and basically got kicked out. With the suggestion of Raina, Millie decided to form her own Mock Trial team. Between love, mock trial and drama, the girls discovered something in themselves when they have the freedom to lead. This book is organized by date, beginning January and ends in September in a lawsuit style.
Six Angry Girls is well written and a fast paced read! I enjoyed the humor and how the story is easy to read. I love the awkward moments of crushing on someone and the beginning of dating. They are so cute. This book is very diverse where the characters and their family are same sex dating/married. How quaint that the author bring up Rachel Maddow in this book where that news reporter was her focus for her debut. (See link above for my review). One supporting character irritates me is Millie's dad. The librarian is too awesome! Love how the girls defend themselves from the guys. I recommend everyone to read this book!xoxo, Jasmine at www.howusefulitis.wordpress.com for more details ***Many thanks to Fierce Reads for the opportunity to read and review. Please be assured that my opinions are honest.
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  • Mimi
    January 1, 1970
    "Let's go be angry. Or motivated. But triumphant, either way."GIRLS GET SHIT DONE.
  • nadia | notabookshelf
    January 1, 1970
    "smash patriarchy in the process" is the one single phrase that makes me feel so conflicted on the inside that i start to burn and ache to read any version of the narrative that claims to be doing this, i'm READY
  • Bethany
    January 1, 1970
    Oh my goodness this is just so good! All the happy, inclusive, girl power feels about taking down toxic masculinity and intolerance, plus it's laugh out loud funny. I definitely recommend giving this one a look. Raina is excited about her senior year in drama, when her long-time boyfriend suddenly dumps her for someone else and she starts to rethink all her plans. Millie is dedicated to the mock trial team, but then the boys dump her despite her hard work, and at home her father basically treats Oh my goodness this is just so good! All the happy, inclusive, girl power feels about taking down toxic masculinity and intolerance, plus it's laugh out loud funny. I definitely recommend giving this one a look. Raina is excited about her senior year in drama, when her long-time boyfriend suddenly dumps her for someone else and she starts to rethink all her plans. Millie is dedicated to the mock trial team, but then the boys dump her despite her hard work, and at home her father basically treats her like a servant. The two girls end up working together to build an all-girl mock trial team while also getting involved their feminist and politically active local yarn and knitting store. The team ends up as a very diverse group including a Black writer and rock climber with a broken leg, a transgirl looking for a fresh start at a new school, and two girls on the asexual spectrum who end up with a bit of a romance. This book offers ways to be an activist against hate and misogyny, offers a powerful discussion of what it does and doesn't mean to be a girl, and uncovers systemic microagressions that are often faced. There are definitely bad actors, but the message is one of standing up and taking down patriarchy and toxic masculinity. Even if that means knitting vaginas as a means of political protest. (seriously, some of the knitting protest was kind of hilarious)I also liked that the adults in this book are a mixed bag with some good, some bad, and some merely human. There are great parents and horrible parents, some great teachers, some oblivious ones, and a pretty misogynistic one. It doesn't feel like a monolith. Do be aware that this includes characters saying things about "traditional values" both in reference to a mock trial case about hate speech, and from a the new girlfriend of Millie's dad who expresses her support for conservative views of gender and marriage. These are not supported as correct and are actively pushed back on, but some readers will want to know that is there. Overall, I really loved this book and thought it wrapped up nicely and offered great arcs of character growth for these seniors grappling with who they are and who they want to be. Would definitely recommend! I received an advance copy of this book for review from the publisher. All opinions are my own.
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  • laurel [suspected bibliophile]
    January 1, 1970
    Raina is going to demolish her senior year—until her boyfriend breaks up with her, and the heartbreak causes her to forget to submit her cause for a new school play and the sophomores select Our Town. Fed up, grieving and wanting more, she quits drama and joins a knitting club. Meanwhile, Millie is struggling as well. Her father wants her as a Cinderella-servant and the Mock Trial team voted her out—despite her being the reason for their success! When Millie and Raina realize they have more to g Raina is going to demolish her senior year—until her boyfriend breaks up with her, and the heartbreak causes her to forget to submit her cause for a new school play and the sophomores select Our Town. Fed up, grieving and wanting more, she quits drama and joins a knitting club. Meanwhile, Millie is struggling as well. Her father wants her as a Cinderella-servant and the Mock Trial team voted her out—despite her being the reason for their success! When Millie and Raina realize they have more to gain by joining together than standing alone, they form their own all-girl Mock Trial team.Step 1: Beat the boys.Step 2: Smash the patriarchy.Step 3: Take over the world.Because nothing that defeat the wrath of six angry girls.~It. Has. Everything.Knitting, Mock Trial, yarn bombing, smashing the patriarchy, high school, revenge, knit genitalia, letters to the editor, and many different kinds of girls.Some, like Raina and Millie, want to be on the team. Others slowly warm over to the idea. And one joins at the last minute to smash everything down. There are bi girls, lesbian girls, straight girls, cis girls and a trans girl, and girls of color."Here's what I'm recommending—a long, flat scarf. Great project to start, easy to correct mistakes, useful in the Pennsylvania winter, thoughtful gift, and can be used to choke someone. Perfect both practically and metaphorically."While I feel that the book faltered in the girls and their interactions themselves (most of the Mock Trial team felt like tokenized stick figures), the book shined with the other secondary characters. I loved the women of the Dropped Stitch and their political activism, and I loved the librarian and lawyer-turned-yoga-teacher. I loved Raina's mom, a tired, single parent working as a nurse on the night shift and trying to do her best by her over-achieving daughter.I loved Raina and Millie's ambition, and their desire to find themselves and do right by themselves and their teammates, particularly when in sticky situations (like when their yarn activism intersects with Mock Trial—seriously, is there only ONE judge in this area?).And as much as I loved Raina's mom, I was so angered by Millie's dad. He was such a dick and took Millie for granted—he wanted a full-time servant to cook, clean and care for him, without recognizing that she was a person with her own hopes and dreams. It was no wonder that her mom left and remarried, and I did feel strongly for Millie's dad's new girlfriend, but only for a little bit. She was awful, too.And the Mock Trial teacher-dude was an underhanded dick too. Actually—pretty much all of the dudes in this book were dicks in one way or another. Very few had any redeeming features."Do you girls need to get home by a certain time?" said Ms McClain."Nope," everyone said.I also loved that this felt very much like a group of teen girls. They weren't all friends, but they became friends. They came from all different walks of high school to join the team, and each had their own motivations for being there (one was actually forced on there by the librarian, but semantics).And again, I loved Raina's mom. She gave Raina time to figure it out, and even went, look kid, you're eighteen. You have a lifetime to figure your shit out. It's okay.And honestly, that was a big sentiment of the book. That it's okay to try something new and realize that you love it, even if that something might not get you into your dream college. That it's right to do the right thing, even if that right thing means that you will probably not get you into your dream college. And that it's okay to not jump immediately into the next big life step, because life happens and dreams might get deferred for a moment, but the friendships and connections you make along the way last a lifetime.I received this ARC from NetGalley for an honest review
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  • anna grace
    January 1, 1970
    wow i am LIVING for this cover + the obviously sapphic feminist description
  • Samantha (WLABB)
    January 1, 1970
    After Raina is dumped out of nowhere and Millie is ousted from the mock trial team, they decide to channel their pain into forming a rival mock trial team. Though the team may have started as a means of payback, it grew into something that helped many of these young people reclaim some of their power. Among the things I think a multitude of readers will embrace are the many facets of inclusion Kisner wove into this story. Aside from an extremely diverse cast, she also addressed inclusivity via t After Raina is dumped out of nowhere and Millie is ousted from the mock trial team, they decide to channel their pain into forming a rival mock trial team. Though the team may have started as a means of payback, it grew into something that helped many of these young people reclaim some of their power. Among the things I think a multitude of readers will embrace are the many facets of inclusion Kisner wove into this story. Aside from an extremely diverse cast, she also addressed inclusivity via the case studies. It was an interesting way to attack the issue, and I appreciated the way each character's opinion and reactions were explored. I never knew a lot about the mock trial world, and therefore, I learned a lot as I read this story. It was quite fascinating to see what it involved and how they harnessed professionals from the community. I also loved being able to cheer on this team. They had to work really hard to get up and running, and obviously I wanted them to be amazing. Though mock trial was a big part of this story, it also focused on the personal journeys of Millie and Raina. Raina had been in a relationship for five years, and it took a break up for her to realize her boyfriend was sort of limiting her. It was wonderful seeing her branching out, making new connections, and exploring different options for her future. Millie was trapped in her situation by a kind of guilt. Her mother divorced her dad, left the family, and remarried. Though Millie kept in touch with her mother, she felt obligated to her father because he stayed. This was a tricky situation for her to navigate, but I was very happy with her choices. It was nice seeing her expanding her social circle as well and finding someone who understood her romantically. I won't lie, this little touch of romance made my big-sap heart happy. How could I not love a group of young women who harnessed their hurt and rejection in such a fabulous way? I loved that they sought their revenge via mock trial, but I also appreciated the focus on friendship, trust, setting boundaries, trying new things, and discovering the hidden parts of yourself.*ARC provided in exchange for an honest review. BLOG | INSTAGRAM |TWITTER | BLOGLOVIN | FRIEND ME ON GOODREADS
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  • Claude's Bookzone
    January 1, 1970
    How is it that I have never heard of the Mock Trial Competition! We don't have it in NZ but I am still amazed that I knew nothing about this incredibly cool activity. When I was at school I would have lived and breathed a club like this. I have even mentioned it to a teacher at the school I work at and we are contemplating how we can make this happen. Mock Trial fan-girling aside.I loved this book. It has a large eclectic cast of women and in my opinion the author struck a perfect balance betwee How is it that I have never heard of the Mock Trial Competition! We don't have it in NZ but I am still amazed that I knew nothing about this incredibly cool activity. When I was at school I would have lived and breathed a club like this. I have even mentioned it to a teacher at the school I work at and we are contemplating how we can make this happen. Mock Trial fan-girling aside.I loved this book. It has a large eclectic cast of women and in my opinion the author struck a perfect balance between the wonderful voices. I laughed a lot during the knitting political activist group scenes. I mean seriously, knitting female genitalia and mailing them to people who express views that stop equality and inclusion in our society. Gold! Absolute gold! I read a lot about how needle activists have been around for a long time. Again, another very cool thing to learn more about. I might have to dust off my grandmother's knitting needles! Knitting activist fan-girling aside.I totally recommend this quirky book with it's angry but endearing cast of women to anyone who loves reading books about female empowerment and love. The dialogue is quick and witty and I loved the feminist and LGBTQIA issues the book tackles with a strong clear voice.
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  • Gerardine Betancourt
    January 1, 1970
    "Being a girl its in how you stand up to all that stuff that's thrown at you and how you kick ass after "Six angry high school girls get together in this story, in a difficult time of their lives. All of them have on thing and one goal only, break the patriarchy in the process. 4.5 starsMerged review:"Being a girl its in how you stand up to all that stuff that's thrown at you and how you kick ass after "Six angry high school girls get together in this story, in a difficult time of their lives. A "Being a girl its in how you stand up to all that stuff that's thrown at you and how you kick ass after "Six angry high school girls get together in this story, in a difficult time of their lives. All of them have on thing and one goal only, break the patriarchy in the process. 4.5 starsMerged review:"Being a girl its in how you stand up to all that stuff that's thrown at you and how you kick ass after "Six angry high school girls get together in this story, in a difficult time of their lives. All of them have one thing and one goal only, break the patriarchy in the process. 4 stars!!!Thanks to netgalley and Macmillan Childrens for providing me with a free copy
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  • Kristi Housman Confessions of a YA Reader
    January 1, 1970
    Six Angry Girls is definitely a new favorite!This book had all the things I wanted. Friendships, just a bit of romance, lots of feminism, and humor. I laughed out loud more than once. I totally pictured the older women at knitting and it just made me laugh harder.Raina has been doing theater and is sure about her future. She's going to a college where she can act and she'll be close to her boyfriend's college. They've been together for years and he was the one who encouraged her to act. Brandon Six Angry Girls is definitely a new favorite!This book had all the things I wanted. Friendships, just a bit of romance, lots of feminism, and humor. I laughed out loud more than once. I totally pictured the older women at knitting and it just made me laugh harder.Raina has been doing theater and is sure about her future. She's going to a college where she can act and she'll be close to her boyfriend's college. They've been together for years and he was the one who encouraged her to act. Brandon did mock trial and wants to be a lawyer. Everything was perfect. Then Brandon told her that he hooked up with another girl and he was now dating her. Raina was so broken. She wrote in to a local newspaper advice column. The answer was to try knitting. It would keep her hands and mind busy. Millie was looking forward to her last year of mock trial, even though she was the only girl. She knew she did much of the work for everyone and would be good. But then the boys decided to hold auditions instead of using seniority and gave Millie no notice. She didn't do well and quit. Millie was crying in the bathroom when Raina found her. She gave Millie the idea to start her own mock trial team. Millie decided that it had to be an all girl team. She would show the boys that they were wrong. It took a little while, but Raina and Millie created a team of six girls. Each girl has her own strength that they bring to the team. Well, most of them. Millie starts to crush on the new girl, Grace, so there was a little bit of romance. But it was never the focus of the book. The knitting class ended up being super political. They fought against the newer judge in the area that tended to be tougher on women. There was a lot of knitting of body parts that were sent to the politicians. They used their knitting for activism and I loved every minute of it. There was excellent diversity in this book and lots of eff yous to the patriarchy. I gave this book 5 stars. Thank you to Feiwel and Friends for my review copy.Warnings for talk of women's rights, sexual assault (doesn't happen, just mentioned for court cases), misogyny, hate speech/homophobia, and some crappy parenting.
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  • Isabel
    January 1, 1970
    this wasn't for me
  • Vee_Bookish // YA Book Blogger
    January 1, 1970
    Is this a loose retelling of one-of-the-greatest-movies-of-all-time, 12 Angry Men? We love to see it.
  • USOM
    January 1, 1970
    (Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.) Six Angry Girls is for everyone who needs to find a little hope. Who loves queer girls, the power of standing up to the patriarchy, and friendship. It's a story that left me with such a supreme sense of satisfaction all around. I love Six Angry Girls from every angle. It's a book that celebrates knitting out of resistance, which is awesome enough, but it also celebrates fighting (Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.) Six Angry Girls is for everyone who needs to find a little hope. Who loves queer girls, the power of standing up to the patriarchy, and friendship. It's a story that left me with such a supreme sense of satisfaction all around. I love Six Angry Girls from every angle. It's a book that celebrates knitting out of resistance, which is awesome enough, but it also celebrates fighting for change and the radical action of happiness.full review: https://utopia-state-of-mind.com/revi...
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  • Mina Rehman
    January 1, 1970
    Did someone mention smashing the patriarchy?
  • Lila Reads
    January 1, 1970
    Feminism and knitting? Sign me up.Femiknits rule!
  • Eva B.
    January 1, 1970
    I did Mock Trial summer classes and actually wrote a case for my school, ARC people please I'm begging you-
  • ♛ cameron ♛
    January 1, 1970
    This is definitely one of those books that lean more towards the “grrl power” and “smash the patriarchy” trendy side of feminism rather than being something that is meaningful to feminism in the long run. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, there’s a place to talk about the smaller ways men can bring women down, but I do wish this book covered more. This is a very simplistic and silly view of feminism. I don’t want to sound like I’m bashing knitting activism, it’s just I don’t think knitting a g This is definitely one of those books that lean more towards the “grrl power” and “smash the patriarchy” trendy side of feminism rather than being something that is meaningful to feminism in the long run. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, there’s a place to talk about the smaller ways men can bring women down, but I do wish this book covered more. This is a very simplistic and silly view of feminism. I don’t want to sound like I’m bashing knitting activism, it’s just I don’t think knitting a giant vagina is what takes down the patriarchy. 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. Raina inspires Millie to start a rival team where the two join together with four other angry girls to not only take on Mock Trial, but to smash the patriarchy in the process. For the first few chapters of this book I actually didn’t read all the mess at the beginning of each chapter, so I didn’t realize this book had two perspectives. Here’s the thing, I read chapters of this book think Millie was the main character I was reading from and nothing confused me about it. The only time I realized it wasn’t her was when Raina’s chapter said “Millie” and I checked and saw that it was an alternating perspective story. That’s not good. These characters have almost interchangeable voices. I had to remind myself who I was reading from each chapter. The knitting plot didn’t really go anywhere. These characters connect through knitting, which was a fun hobby to read about in Young Adult, and you think the knitting activism might be meaningful for a little bit, but then it gets almost dropped by the story. The Mock Trial and knitting was supposed to be balanced, but it felt like both were underdeveloped. I didn’t find any of the trials interesting to read about except maybe the last one. Maybe I could have found the story more exciting if Raina and Millie’s perspectives switched more often, but the book lingered on each one for too long at a time. Lastly, I want to warn people about the ace rep. I feel like a lot of readers, especially ace readers, have hyped themselves up for this book having ace rep, but I have to say it wasn’t the best. The ace character doesn’t even use the word “asexual,” and instead the book describes it as “not liking sex.” It’s just very vague and could easily pass by as the character not being ace. There’s also an implication that only ace people could feel fulfilled in a relationship together. I feel like I sound like I hate this book because I don’t have anything positive to say except for the feminist message, I just felt like this was an average book.
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  • Jaye Berry
    January 1, 1970
    Six Angry Girls is about a girl named Raina who gets dumped by her boyfriend and her future plans are ruined. She seeks an advice column and ends up getting a new hobby and new friends at a local knitting store- one where they use their knitting for activism. Millie gets treated like a servant by her father and then gets dumped by her all male mock trial team. To fight back they decide to make an all girl mock trial team.This was cute, and actually made me want to learn to knit, deadass. (Well t Six Angry Girls is about a girl named Raina who gets dumped by her boyfriend and her future plans are ruined. She seeks an advice column and ends up getting a new hobby and new friends at a local knitting store- one where they use their knitting for activism. Millie gets treated like a servant by her father and then gets dumped by her all male mock trial team. To fight back they decide to make an all girl mock trial team.This was cute, and actually made me want to learn to knit, deadass. (Well the Sims knitting pack may be related...) Like seriously I bought knitting needles and yarn before I was even done with this book so, love that for me. The thing with this one though, I wanted more knitting and less endless mock trials and talk of mock trials. The making of the knit lady parts and their meetings were fun and much more interesting than the mock trials. Like pls at one point I was just skipping the trials because they kept going.I also wanted more anger. Sure these girls were mad but I just wanted something stronger. Maybe there are just too many books I've read that go off but I wanted this one to go OFF, you know? There was so much potential just from the title but it never really went there for me.Speaking of six angry girls, not really? Yes there were six girls but not all of them were angry and only Raina and Millie get POVs. Probably for the best they didn't all get POVs though because I had a lot of trouble telling Raina and Millie apart. They were just too similar for my dumb ass and I had to rely on characters saying names or one minor detail to remember who it was.But there was a sapphic ace romance in here that was SO cute and a welcome gift. But I just really wish I had a better feel for all of the girls, not just Raina and Millie.A solid three stars for me though.
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  • Andrew
    January 1, 1970
    Six Angry Girls is told from the perspectives of two especially fed-up young ladies, Raina and Millie. Raina's boyfriend of five years dumps her (but not before finding a new girlfriend) and Millie, the backbone of the Mock Trial club, has been cut from the team for not being one of the boys, despite her running the show all throughout high school. These two join forces to create their own Mock Trial team-- all girls, all business, and guaranteed to take the boys down. I laughed, I gasped, I che Six Angry Girls is told from the perspectives of two especially fed-up young ladies, Raina and Millie. Raina's boyfriend of five years dumps her (but not before finding a new girlfriend) and Millie, the backbone of the Mock Trial club, has been cut from the team for not being one of the boys, despite her running the show all throughout high school. These two join forces to create their own Mock Trial team-- all girls, all business, and guaranteed to take the boys down. I laughed, I gasped, I cheered for these girls the whole way through. There's just something really satisfying and wonderful about women destroying a toxic man's ego, whether he's an ex-boyfriend, an "old fashioned" dad, or an ignorant man in political office. If you think so too, I promise that you will adore Six Angry Girls.
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  • Alicia
    January 1, 1970
    https://wordnerdy.blogspot.com/2020/0...Ok, so, this book had a lot of things I loved (or should have loved): a band of girls forming a Mock Trial team bc various boys are horrible and they want revenge; knitting and knitting activism; a cool and helpful librarian; a cute queer girl romance. But parts of this were just . . . clunky. All the knitting activism stuff needed to be way more fleshed out. The author is clearly from Western PA, but all of her fake local names were TERRIBLE (Penn State S https://wordnerdy.blogspot.com/2020/0...Ok, so, this book had a lot of things I loved (or should have loved): a band of girls forming a Mock Trial team bc various boys are horrible and they want revenge; knitting and knitting activism; a cool and helpful librarian; a cute queer girl romance. But parts of this were just . . . clunky. All the knitting activism stuff needed to be way more fleshed out. The author is clearly from Western PA, but all of her fake local names were TERRIBLE (Penn State Steelton? Pitt Fogton? Whyyy?!? Why not just use the real branch campus names? When you are correctly shouting out the Creamery and Eat ‘n’ Park?). And the dialogue sometimes uses contractions and sometimes doesn’t, which just makes things sound weird and stilted. And sometimes names were changed or swapped (hopefully this will get one more editing pass). I did think the trial stuff was interesting, was generally on board with the girl power messaging, and liked the ending (ok, Raina's was waaaaaay too unbelievable). But unfortunately I was distracted by all the above stuff. It just came off as lazy. Still, if you are not from Pittsburgh, that stuff might not bother you, and you can just enjoy this mildly goofy YA book. B.__A review copy was provided by the publisher. This book will be released in the summer
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  • Kuzu
    January 1, 1970
    The concept ended up being better than the execution, for me. I love the idea of the politically-engaged knitting group, but the two narrators' voices aren't distinct enough, and I just didn't feel satisfied by the story; it felt like it could have dug much deeper on the political issues that affect teen girls' lives and on the intergenerational feminist potential of a knitting group. I think this may be more the fault of my expectations than the book itself, though. Kisner's previous book, DEAR The concept ended up being better than the execution, for me. I love the idea of the politically-engaged knitting group, but the two narrators' voices aren't distinct enough, and I just didn't feel satisfied by the story; it felt like it could have dug much deeper on the political issues that affect teen girls' lives and on the intergenerational feminist potential of a knitting group. I think this may be more the fault of my expectations than the book itself, though. Kisner's previous book, DEAR RACHEL MADDOW, didn't end up holding my attention either. I think the light, blog-posty tone of her prose just isn't to my taste.
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  • Nadia
    January 1, 1970
    This was a fun read: young feminists taking on the world and all. The chapter headings and subtitles were really well done, in keeping with case files, and I enjoyed reading those to kick off and set the tone for what was coming. It definitly brought me some feels about my own mock trial days. I found myself having a difficult time distinguishing from the voices of the different characters, and felt that could have used some more refinement, and the final case of the Mock Trial was just Too conv This was a fun read: young feminists taking on the world and all. The chapter headings and subtitles were really well done, in keeping with case files, and I enjoyed reading those to kick off and set the tone for what was coming. It definitly brought me some feels about my own mock trial days. I found myself having a difficult time distinguishing from the voices of the different characters, and felt that could have used some more refinement, and the final case of the Mock Trial was just Too convenient in the end. The story arch with the local Judge I felt lacked conclusion, but was made up for by the satisfying conclusion of the arch with Millie and her father. So some great parts, some good parts, some meh parts, but fun enough in the end.I received an ARC of this title from NetGalley
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  • Jamie (the_reading_pup)
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you Fierce Reads and MacMillan for sending me a free ARC of this book in exchange for an honest reviewI read the synopsis of this book and knew I wanted to read it. Mock trial? YES. Two girls teaming up to take down an asshole ex and all guys mock trial team? HELL YES!CharactersThis story switches every chapter from Raina's POV and Millie's POV.The first chapter was Raina and at first I wasn't sure that I was going to like her. She was very over dramatic to the point that it was a bit crin Thank you Fierce Reads and MacMillan for sending me a free ARC of this book in exchange for an honest reviewI read the synopsis of this book and knew I wanted to read it. Mock trial? YES. Two girls teaming up to take down an asshole ex and all guys mock trial team? HELL YES!CharactersThis story switches every chapter from Raina's POV and Millie's POV.The first chapter was Raina and at first I wasn't sure that I was going to like her. She was very over dramatic to the point that it was a bit cringey. Yes she was a drama girl, so this was expected, but wow she was super immature. However, I think that she did mature and grow as the story went. It really put it into perspective that she is a young high school girl going through her first heartbreak and she will grow. At this point in her life she's allowed to be dramatic, and sad, and immature. She can mature from this, and this book showed that that's what happened.Millie is a character that I loved from the start. She is an asexual, biromantic MC which was amazing rep to see! I loved her dedication to the team and how hard she was willing to work to achieve her dreams. But her ending? Wow it made me just ADORE this girl and what she she's willing to do for her friends and what she believes in! I also felt so much for this girl and the absolute bullshit she had to go through at home. Her father is an absolute garbage human! GARBAGE! And I am just so happy with how her story ended.The rest of the mock trial team consisted of four other girls. Grace (a badass asexual lesbian so willing to stand up for what's right), Izzy (a trans woman so comfortable with herself), Veronica (an extremely intelligent and strong Black woman), Nakita (honestly I don't know much about her). I did really like these characters, but I don't think we saw them that much. Grace we did more than the others, but even then it wasn't too much. I just wish we got to see them more.We also had Claire and Megan, Millie and Raina's best friends respectively. We saw a decent amount of Claire and while she was also a bit dramatic and immature (another drama girl), but I loved seeing her progress with Raina and going from enemies to friends! I liked Megan enough, but I also feel like we barely saw her.So overall, I did like the characters, but I wish we got to see the side characters more. This brought it down half a star.PlotThis plot was FIRE! Honestly, I just loved what this was about so much!The mock trial was SO FUN! And my only complaint is that I wish we got more! I want the case materials, I want to think about it for myself, I want to see the trails and how they won! (Can you tell I did moot court in High School and miss it?)The thing I didn't like about the plot was that I found the knitting group to be... a bit much.I'm all for activism, but it just felt like the head of the knitting group was kind of like, if you want to be here than you have to join in this activism. There is no choice. And I was not a fan of that. Raina literally had no idea what they were fighting for yet she was expected to join in. And I know she did it willingly and wanted to, but it felt like she also did it because she felt she had to in order to be in this group.I also didn't love the idea of tricking and encouraging high school kids to break the law? I know what they did was not actually bad or a big deal, but still! They were told to knit something and show up somewhere and were not told they'd be involved in something that is technically breaking the law. And I think that's super fucked up for an adult woman to do to two high school children. If they want to be there fine, but let them know what they'll be involved in.So overall I loved the plot, just that one minor thing bothered me.OverallI really enjoyed this book and thought it was a super fun read! I honestly wish it was a bit longer so that we could get more information, but it was easy, light, and a good time!I definitely recommend this book!
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  • Emily
    January 1, 1970
    Angry (or motivated) girls were several orders of magnitude more efficient than the calmest of men. They were already team players. Six Angry Girls is about a group of girls who join forces to form a competitive Mock Trial team at their high school, in direct rivalry with the all-boy team their school already has. The dual POV follows Raina, who was cheated on and dumped unceremoniously by her long-time boyfriend, who is a member of the Mock Trial team and has controlled much of Raina's extra Angry (or motivated) girls were several orders of magnitude more efficient than the calmest of men. They were already team players. Six Angry Girls is about a group of girls who join forces to form a competitive Mock Trial team at their high school, in direct rivalry with the all-boy team their school already has. The dual POV follows Raina, who was cheated on and dumped unceremoniously by her long-time boyfriend, who is a member of the Mock Trial team and has controlled much of Raina's extracurricular life. Millie had been an invaluable member of the Mock Trial team before being voted out by the boys. Millie decides she's tired of doing all the work and receiving none of the credit, and Raina ditches drama club in favor of new hobbies that empower her. Together they form a new Mock Trial team made up of girls, take charge of their lives, and get a little revenge along the way.There a lot of elements in this story that I really enjoyed. Kisner does a great job from the get-go of illustrating the sort of helpless frustration that entitled boys can wreak on girls' lives, and gets the reader really invested in our characters seeking justice against those who've wronged them. My reading was definitely fueled by wanting to see the all-boys Mock Trial team get their comeuppance! I liked Raina's and Millie's character arcs, and the themes of pursuing your passions and using those passions to seek social justice. The one Black character in the cast, Veronica, objects to the term "angry" and uses "motivated" instead, which struck me as a deft consideration. There is also a member of the team who is amab but uses she or they pronouns, and some discussion over whether that makes them a valid member of the all-girl Mock Trial team (yes, it does). There are also TWO ace-spectrum wlw characters who have a little romance throughout the story (plus some other wlw side characters).However, there were a lot of things that disappointed me. The book as a whole feels unpolished (though, granted, I read an advanced copy that has not gone through final edits yet). It's pretty short (not even 300 pages) and the author tries to balance the Mock Trial plotline with a knitting activism subplot, but that balance felt really off to me. The knitting plot is okay, but takes up far too much page-time and doesn't ultimately go anywhere. I also wish the Mock Trials had gotten more attention and been more compelling to read about. The only trial that was interesting was the very last one, but all the trials are pretty short (if not skipped over completely) and also kind of boring. The balance between the two POVs also felt off-kilter, with long stretches devoted to a single character instead of switching back and forth evenly between the two. Although there are ace-spectrum characters, the word "asexual" is never actually used-- they're just described as "not liking sex," which is pretty reductive. I also think the narrative subtextually pushes the idea that ace people could only hope to have a successful relationship with another ace person, when that is certainly not the case in reality. The cover design made me think there would be fat representation too, but there isn't.Overall, Six Angry Girls had a lot of great ideas that kept me engaged and wanting to keep reading, but the execution of those ideas felt lacking in a lot of ways. 2.5 starsAll quotes come from an advance copy and may not match the final release. Thank you so much to the publisher for providing me with this eARC via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review!--⭐ 2020 POPSUGAR Reading Challenge ⭐34. Read a book you picked because the title caught your attention
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  • Shaye Miller
    January 1, 1970
    The title to this book may turn some readers off. Our society gets uncomfortable at the idea of a girl being “angry.” But sometimes anger is a crucial emotion for causing change. The novel is written from two perspectives. First, we have Raina Petree, who is madly in love with her boyfriend of 5 years. And just a week after she agrees to sleep with him, she finds out he’s been cheating on her. This is not how she expected senior year to go. Then there’s Millie Goodwin, who goes to the same schoo The title to this book may turn some readers off. Our society gets uncomfortable at the idea of a girl being “angry.” But sometimes anger is a crucial emotion for causing change. The novel is written from two perspectives. First, we have Raina Petree, who is madly in love with her boyfriend of 5 years. And just a week after she agrees to sleep with him, she finds out he’s been cheating on her. This is not how she expected senior year to go. Then there’s Millie Goodwin, who goes to the same school as Raina, but they’ve never really talked before. However, one day Raina overhears Millie crying in a locked bathroom stall. She cautiously decides to check on the crier and make sure she’s okay before leaving. And as luck would have it, this tiny act of courage kickstarts the entire rest of the book, luring in six different girls from the same school who really, really need one another. There’s fun with feminism knitting (“anatomical yarning”), mock trial competitions, moving theatre performances, LGBTQIAP+ representation, a librarian who knows how to make something out of nothing (fundraising), and everyone’s story is important in the end. I wasn’t sure if I would get into this story, but it’s fun being pleasantly surprised by a book!For more children's literature, middle grade literature, and YA literature reviews, feel free to visit my personal blog at The Miller Memo!
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  • Grace W
    January 1, 1970
    (c/p from my review on TheStoryGraph) 3.5 TW for the book include: homophobia, implied transphobia, misogyny, talk of domestic abuseSo I want to start by saying I don't necessarily think this is a bad book. I like that there's a not-so-serious book about young women learning to fight for themselves and others. I like that there were a lot of different kinds of young women in the story. It's just that it all felt very... heavy handed. The story isn't subtle and the plot devices are equally not su (c/p from my review on TheStoryGraph) 3.5 TW for the book include: homophobia, implied transphobia, misogyny, talk of domestic abuseSo I want to start by saying I don't necessarily think this is a bad book. I like that there's a not-so-serious book about young women learning to fight for themselves and others. I like that there were a lot of different kinds of young women in the story. It's just that it all felt very... heavy handed. The story isn't subtle and the plot devices are equally not subtle. I understand the point of the book, I even understand the choice not to beat around the bush regarding the themes. It's only that it was so unsubtle that every single plot beat was easy to predict so nothing ever felt genuine. I know it is a work of fiction so to say it felt "scripted" would be a little on the nose but it just all felt neat in a way that made it unrealistic and jarring.I've loved this authors works before and I did still enjoy this one, it's just not quiet what I wanted it to be. I wish there was more surprises to it, I wish some of the secondary characters had more growth. But I like how ultimately hopeful it was and I liked that it was unapologetic in its support of all women, not just ciswomen.
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  • Aoife
    January 1, 1970
    How to rate this book?I love the idea. I love the use of knitting, and Mock Trial, and girls from different walks of life coming together and building each other up. I love that the LGBT characters weren't called out or held up as examples of diversity, they were just there, in the story, having plotlines like everyone else. I love the side characters, especially the knitting group, and I love how adorable Millie and Grace were early on. ("POCKETS!")Some things I didn't like, some of which may b How to rate this book?I love the idea. I love the use of knitting, and Mock Trial, and girls from different walks of life coming together and building each other up. I love that the LGBT characters weren't called out or held up as examples of diversity, they were just there, in the story, having plotlines like everyone else. I love the side characters, especially the knitting group, and I love how adorable Millie and Grace were early on. ("POCKETS!")Some things I didn't like, some of which may be because I was reading an ARC;All the males were either horrible or uncaring, with the possible exception of Raine's father, maybe. He wasn't around enough for me to get a feel for him.Every so often the dialogue lost all its punctuation, which made it feel very stilted and odd. Grace was hit with this more often than the others, but it happened to everyone. That's maybe an editing issue which will be gone in the real version.A school official blackmailed a student into joining a club, what?! That wasn't ok in Glee and it's not ok here, and Wants To Be A Lawyer, Stands Up For What's Right Millie shouldn't have gone along with it.The new local judge is bad because...he is bad? The only thing we're told explicitly is that he sets higher bail for women, and it's possible there are other factors in those cases. Some of the characters mutter ominous things about women losing rights under him, but nothing is ever explained and we only see him dodge one question and otherwise be perfectly affable.Overall, I enjoyed it more than I didn't, but I wish a little more work had gone into it.
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  • Meg Chia (bibliophilogy)
    January 1, 1970
    CHECK OUT MY FULL REVIEW HEREThree-word description : girls, feminism, LGBTMy rating : 5 / 5 starsThis book is perfection! I absolutely love this book so, so much! It is feminism to the core and I love that the story is all about girls supporting girls and smashing the patriarchy! This story is told from two points of view, Millie who has been kicked out of her Mock Trial team by the boys and Raina who was dumped by her five year boyfriend Brandon. The two coincidentally met and decided to be un CHECK OUT MY FULL REVIEW HEREThree-word description : girls, feminism, LGBTMy rating : 5 / 5 starsThis book is perfection! I absolutely love this book so, so much! It is feminism to the core and I love that the story is all about girls supporting girls and smashing the patriarchy! This story is told from two points of view, Millie who has been kicked out of her Mock Trial team by the boys and Raina who was dumped by her five year boyfriend Brandon. The two coincidentally met and decided to be unapologetically themselves and let no man stand in the way of everything they worked for.I highly recommend this book to anyone out there who is feeling overwhelmed by the society norms, for girls out there who need to feel good about themselves, everyone who is being unapologetically themselves! This is really an awesome pick for the weekend or a quick read! This is definitely one of my favourite books that I have read this year and if you pick it up, you will know why too!
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  • Mackenzie
    January 1, 1970
    This was such a cute and heartwarming book. It is really all about six girls who join together to form a rival Mock Trial team in their high school after being fed up with recent actions from boys in their school. This book was very inclusive and discussed a lot of topics so casually and relatable for young adult readers. It was truly amazing to see six girls who are all different and have different passions unite together to do something incredible. Definitely check this one out when it release This was such a cute and heartwarming book. It is really all about six girls who join together to form a rival Mock Trial team in their high school after being fed up with recent actions from boys in their school. This book was very inclusive and discussed a lot of topics so casually and relatable for young adult readers. It was truly amazing to see six girls who are all different and have different passions unite together to do something incredible. Definitely check this one out when it releases.
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