Saturday, December 23, 2017

Week 51 Review: Dress Codes for Small Towns

From Goodreads:
As the tomboy daughter of the town's preacher, Billie McCaffrey has always struggled with fitting the mold of what everyone says she should be. She'd rather wear sweats, build furniture, and get into trouble with her solid group of friends: Woods, Mash, Davey, Fifty, and Janie Lee.

But when Janie Lee confesses to Billie that she's in love with Woods, Billie's filled with a nagging sadness as she realizes that she is also in love with Woods…and maybe with Janie Lee, too.

Always considered "one of the guys," Billie doesn’t want anyone slapping a label on her sexuality before she can understand it herself. So she keeps her conflicting feelings to herself, for fear of ruining the group dynamic. Except it's not just about keeping the peace, it's about understanding love on her terms—this thing that has always been defined as a boy and a girl falling in love and living happily ever after. For Billie—a box-defying dynamo—it's not that simple.

Readers will be drawn to Billie as she comes to terms with the gray areas of love, gender, and friendship, in this John Hughes-esque exploration of sexual fluidity. 

My Review:
This book was a lot of fun to read! I loved the group of friends and the dynamics of their relationships with each other! I loved the antics that they got into, even if there was a cost. The erase board is a part of their collective history! It's important!

Billie is not your girly-girl. She's more of a tomboy, but she does have some stereotypical girl character qualities. She has her art projects that she never seems to finish. She's thought of as the mom of the group. She's also still figuring out who she is.

I really enjoyed her relationship with the "dad" of the group, Woods. It seems kinda inevitable that they would get together. But their relationship with each other doesn't fit that way, it seems! But there was a lot of conflict and adventures along the way!

Billie learns a lot about herself as the book progresses. She's still the one who'll come up with plans that might end in chaos, but will mean a lot of fun along the way. And she had even stronger relationships with her friends, and I just loved that! They were just so nuanced!

I just really enjoyed reading this book-it was a lot of fun!

Author: Courtney Stevens
Read: December 19th, 2017
Source: Edelweiss
Reason Why: Sounded really good, and it's a SAC 2017 Book!
Publisher: HarperTeen
Published: August 22nd 2017
5/5 Hearts
4/5 Books
4/5 Stars

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