Some girls do

Jennifer Dugan

Book - 2021

"An openly gay track star falls for a closeted, bisexual teen beauty queen with a penchant for fixing up old cars"--

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Young Adult Area YOUNG ADULT FICTION/Dugan Jennifer Due Jul 9, 2022
Young adult fiction
Romance fiction
New York : G. P. Putnam's Sons [2021]
Physical Description
324 pages ; 22 cm
Ages 12 and up.
Main Author
Jennifer Dugan (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

Elite white track star Morgan is used to fighting for her wins. When she's kicked out of her Catholic high school her senior year for violating the code of conduct just by being an out lesbian, well then that's just another battle to win. But when she starts at her new school, she runs—literally—into Ruby, also white, and with a reputation for trouble. Ruby, whose true love is fixing cars, has been competing in beauty pageants most of her life to please her mother, a former beauty queen who lost her own shot at stardom when Ruby was born. Bisexual but deeply in the closet, Ruby finds herself drawn to Morgan even as she fears what their connection means. And as Morgan finds herself embraced by a group of LGBTQ+ students, the more she wants to shout who she is—and who she loves—out loud. Dugan (Verona Comics, 2020) returns with a nuanced sapphic romance that guides its heroines as they struggle with their identities and discover their voices. An understated yet powerful addition to the canon. Grades 7-10. Copyright 2021 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Morgan, "marginally disgraced track star of the female persuasion," is starting at a new school because queerness is "against the code of conduct" at her old one. On her first day, Ruby—a lifer beauty pageant contestant whom her classmates see as "trashy" because she lives in a trailer—almost runs Morgan down in the school parking lot, and their attraction is instantaneous. Ruby has had feelings for girls before, but she doesn't do relationships, and her homophobic beauty queen mother is totally invested in her daughter being a pageant winner, a dream that Ruby no longer shares. Morgan, meanwhile, is no longer interested in being in the closet. Dugan (Verona Comics) gives the high school seniors, both white, solid lines as well as obstacles that are tied to and separate from their feelings for each other. Ruby is the slightly more interesting character, as she tries to balance competing interests (she's serious about fixing up cars) and navigate what she owes her mother, but the teens' collisions as they try to determine whether they can turn their attraction into something more solid make for an enjoyable romantic tale. Ages 12–up. (May) Copyright 2021 Publishers Weekly.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

Gr 9 Up—Kicked out of Catholic school after coming out as gay, Morgan lands at a new school hoping to finish out her senior year on the track team in order to secure a spot at a Division I college. This is not an easy task, as her old school has placed several hurdles in her way. Angry about this situation, Morgan is intent on being a force for change for LGBTQIA+ student athletes who face discrimination by their schools. Enter Ruby Thompson, local teen beauty pageant queen and budding auto mechanic. When Morgan and Ruby meet, the attraction is instant but the barriers between them steep. As they grow closer, their relationship is tested by Morgan's desire to be a public couple and Ruby's need to keep her sexuality a secret. Despite a few plot contrivances, this novel succeeds in its portrayal of serious issues coupled with the giddy adrenaline rush of first love. Told in alternating first-person narratives between Morgan and Ruby, Dugan nails the young adult voice. Morgan and Ruby are fully realized and age-appropriately flawed. As they grapple with their feelings and say hurtful things to one another, they also learn from each other and mature along the way. Morgan is cued as white; Ruby is white; there is some diversity in the secondary characters; many characters are LGBTQIA+. VERDICT Perfect for teen readers struggling with their identity, or any teen in search of a satisfying, realistic coming-of-age romance.—Melissa Kazan, Horace Mann Sch., NY Copyright 2021 School Library Journal.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

"An openly gay track star falls for a closeted, bisexual teen beauty queen with a penchant for fixing up old cars"--

Review by Publisher Summary 2

In this YA contemporary queer romance from the author of Hot Dog Girl, an openly gay track star falls for a closeted, bisexual teen beauty queen with a penchant for fixing up old cars.“Earnest, wistful, romantic, and real.” —Casey McQuiston, New York Times bestselling author of Red, White & Royal BlueMorgan, an elite track athlete, is forced to transfer high schools late in her senior year after it turns out being queer is against her private Catholic school's code of conduct. There, she meets Ruby, who has two hobbies: tinkering with her baby blue 1970 Ford Torino and competing in local beauty pageants, the latter to live out the dreams of her overbearing mother. The two are drawn to each other and can't deny their growing feelings. But while Morgan--out and proud, and determined to have a fresh start--doesn't want to have to keep their budding relationship a secret, Ruby isn't ready to come out yet. With each girl on a different path toward living her truth, can they go the distance together? “Beautiful, necessary, and completely irresistible.” —Becky Albertalli, New York Times bestselling author of Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda