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Blurb (from Goodreads):
All Pen wants is to be the kind of girl she’s always been. So why does everyone have a problem with it? They think the way she looks and acts means she’s trying to be a boy—that she should quit trying to be something she’s not. If she dresses like a girl, and does what her folks want, it will show respect. If she takes orders and does what her friend Colby wants, it will show her loyalty. But respect and loyalty, Pen discovers, are empty words. Old-world parents, disintegrating friendships, and strong feelings for other girls drive Pen to see the truth--that in order to be who she truly wants to be, she’ll have to man up.
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
“The thing is, I’m not a boy, but I don’t want to be that girl either. I just want everyone to screw off and let me do my own thing for once.”
This was a YA contemporary story, about a girl who had issues with her gender and identity.
Pen was an interesting character, and her issues with her identity were quite confusing for both me and her. She knew she was a girl, and she told people she was a girl, but at the same time she acted quite masculine, and didn’t want to be treated like a girl, much to other people’s disgust.
The storyline in this was generally about Pen’s life and her issues with people expecting things of her, with most of the pressure coming from her parents and her best friend Colby (who was a dirt bag). We also got a bit of a romance between Pen and another girl, and a storyline about a teenage pregnancy. That being said though, it felt like not a lot really happened in the story, and it felt like it was more a general look at Pen’s life rather than a proper story with a beginning, middle and end.
The ending to this was okay, but I didn’t really feel like Pen was in that much of a different place than where she started the book.
6 out of 10