2016 Top Ten: #7, Girl Mans Up

07gmuWelcome, welcome! My countdown of my Top 10 favourite LGBTQ+ YA books of 2016 continues!

Coming in at Number 7 is a wonderful gift of a novel…

It’s M-E Girard’s Girl Mans Up!

I had the pleasure last month of meeting M-E and hearing her talk about Girl Mans Up and how the book came to be. We even talked about my M.A. thesis that I’m currently working on and about some wonderful books that we’ve read and enjoyed. It was a pretty awesome day.

Her book is also pretty awesome, hence why it’s on my Top Ten! Here’s the blurb:

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.

Girl Mans Up is about a queer teen named Pen who realizes the only way she’ll get people off her back is by standing up for herself–even if that means her relationships with her friends and her family get messed up in the process. It’s also about a gender-nonconforming teen who struggles to own her identity as a girl when she looks and acts like a boy and everyone around her expects her to be one or the other.

I wrote a full review of Girl Mans Up the day that I met M-E, so instead of reviewing it again, simply click here to read my original review.

But I’ll quickly sum up my feelings: Trust me, read this book. Yo won’t regret it.

Check back tomorrow for book #6!

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One thought on “2016 Top Ten: #7, Girl Mans Up

  1. Pingback: 2016 Top Ten: The Complete List and Some Honourable Mentions | Queering the Mainstream

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