Rebel Girls

Elizabeth Keenan

Book - 2019

"When it comes to being social, Athena Graves is far more comfortable creating a mixtape playlist than she is talking to cute boys--or anyone, for that matter. Plus her staunchly feminist views and love of punk rock aren't exactly mainstream at St. Ann's, her conservative Catholic high school. Then a malicious rumor starts spreading through the halls ... a rumor that her popular, pretty, pro-life sister had an abortion over the summer. A rumor that has the power to not only hurt H...elen, but possibly see her expelled. Despite their wildly contrasting views, Athena, Helen, and their friends must find a way to convince the student body and the administration that it doesn't matter what Helen did or didn't do ... even if their riot grrrl protests result in the expulsion of their entire rebel girl gang"--Amazon.com.

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Genres
Fiction
Published
Toronto, Ontario, Canada : Inkyard Press [2019]
Language
English
Physical Description
413 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN
9781335185006
1335185003
Main Author
Elizabeth Keenan (author)
Review by School Library Journal Reviews

Gr 8 Up—Athena Graves has the heart of a feminist and a soul full of riot grrrl, which guide her as she navigates her sophomore year at a Catholic high school in Baton Rouge, LA. Things are going well when her friend Melissa gets her a fake ID so she can get into 18+ shows and a cute boy with the right badges on his backpack starts paying attention to her. Then Athena's sister, Helen, an aspiring model and pro-life club member, becomes the subject of rumors saying she had an abortion over the summer. Athena and Helen band together, as well as Melissa and two of Helen's friends, to make protest patches and buttons that are ambiguous enough to stay within school policy. When that doesn't have the desired effect, they strive to make more of a statement. The early chapters relentlessly name-drop bands that were around in 1992, mainly to establish that the book is set in that year, despite the fact that today's teens are unlikely to recognize many of them. Stock characters fill most roles, all of whom start and end this politically charged story with the same viewpoints. Athena handles her relationships with sufficient complexity, but politically she just says the term "riot grrrl" a lot, rather than exemplifying, or even struggling with, its principles. Though she asks "What would Kathleen Hanna do?" her answers are often superficial. Despite a tidy ending, the show of perseverance when one's beliefs are unpopular is a strength. VERDICT Jennifer Mathieu's Moxie will better scratch your riot grrrl itch.—Alex Graves, Manchester City Library, NH Copyright 2019 School Library Journal.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Two sisters on opposite sides of the abortion debate join forces to combat the effects of a terrible rumor drifting through the halls of their 1990s Catholic high school. A first novel. 75,000 first printing. Simultaneous eBook.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

“Echoing the punk-rock feminist movement of the early ’90s, debut author Keenan creates a timely narrative that will challenge teens to reflect on their personal values and engage in respectful discourse. A must-read.” –Kirkus, starred reviewWhen it comes to being social, Athena Graves is far more comfortable creating a mixtape playlist than she is talking to cute boys—or anyone, for that matter. Plus her staunchly feminist views and love of punk rock aren’t exactly mainstream at St. Ann’s, her conservative Catholic high school.Then a malicious rumor starts spreading through the halls…a rumor that her popular, pretty, pro-life sister had an abortion over the summer. A rumor that has the power to not only hurt Helen, but possibly see her expelled.Despite their wildly contrasting views, Athena, Helen, and their friends must find a way to convince the student body and the administration that it doesn’t matter what Helen did or didn’t do…even if their riot grrrl protests result in the expulsion of their entire rebel girl gang.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

“Echoing the punk-rock feminist movement of the early ’90s, debut author Keenan creates a timely narrative that will challenge teens to reflect on their personal values and engage in respectful discourse. A must-read.” –Kirkus, starred reviewWhen it comes to being social, Athena Graves is far more comfortable creating a mixtape playlist than she is talking to cute boys'or anyone, for that matter. Plus her staunchly feminist views and love of punk rock aren't exactly mainstream at St. Ann's, her conservative Catholic high school.Then a malicious rumor starts spreading through the halls'a rumor that her popular, pretty, pro-life sister had an abortion over the summer. A rumor that has the power to not only hurt Helen, but possibly see her expelled.Despite their wildly contrasting views, Athena, Helen, and their friends must find a way to convince the student body and the administration that it doesn't matter what Helen did or didn't do'even if their riot grrrl protests result in the expulsion of their entire rebel girl gang.