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About the Book
Title: LIKE OTHER GIRLS
Author: Britta Lundin
Pub. Date: August 3, 2021
Formats: Hardcover, eBook, Audiobook
“What if I played football?” I ask. As soon as it’s out of my mouth, I feel stupid. Even suggesting it feels like I’ve overstepped some kind of invisible line we’ve all agreed not to discuss. We don’t talk about how Mara is different from other girls. We don’t talk about how Mara is gay but no one says so. But when I do stuff like this, I worry it gets harder for us all to ignore what’s right in front of us. I direct my gaze to Quinn. “What do you think?”
“I think it’s frickin’ genius,” he says.
After getting kicked off the basketball team for a fight that was absolutely totally not her fault (okay maybe a little her fault), Mara is dying to find a new sport to play to prove to her coach that she can be a team player. A lifelong football fan, Mara decides to hit the gridiron with her brother, Noah, and best friend, Quinn-and she turns out to be a natural. But joining the team sets off a chain of events in her small Oregon town-and within her family-that she never could have predicted.
Inspired by what they see as Mara’s political statement, four other girls join the team. Now Mara’s lumped in as one of the girls-one of the girls who can’t throw, can’t kick, and doesn’t know a fullback from a linebacker. Complicating matters is the fact that Valentina, Mara’s crush, is one of the new players, as is Carly, Mara’s nemesis-the girl Mara fought with when she was kicked off the basketball team. What results is a coming-of-age story that is at once tear-jerking and funny, thought-provoking and real, as Mara’s preconceived notions about gender, sports, sexuality, and friendship are turned upside down.
Britta Lundin’s sophomore novel will give readers all the feels, and make them stand up and cheer.
Tuesday, August 3
Like Other Girls🎉 Launch Signing
Saturday, August 7
Like Other Girls🎉Virtual Event
Britta Lundin in conversation with Carly Usdin (filmmaker, author The Avant Guards)
noon PT/3pm ET
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Thoughts and Themes: It took me a bit to really get into this book because of the amount of football talk that was in it. I am really not a sport person so that kind of deterred me but when I was able to look past that I found this was a great story.
Something that I liked about this book was how Carly and the other girls do point out that Mara is being just as bad as the guys with the misogyny. I liked how this book does address this idea of how girls can perpetuate this as well. I really liked that this was discussed and it wasn’t just dismissed throughout the whole book.
I also really liked that this is a coming of age book where Mara is learning about who she is and how she can exist in this small town of hers. I liked that we got to see Mara have other queer people serve as her mentors because I found that quite important.
Characters: This book has several characters that you are introduced to through their interactions with the main character, Mara. You get to meet her brother, Noah, several of the guys on the football team and the Elkhorn Five.
I really liked watching how the relationship between Mara and Carly develops. I love that this story is enemies to lovers because you get the whole build up before anything happens. I also like how oblivious Mara is of Carly’s feelings throughout the whole thing and how angry that makes Carly.
I also really liked how Mara and her brother’s relationship shifts throughout the whole story. I like how his feelings about her being on his team change and how she calls him out for this. I also like how Mara realizes things about her best friend, Quinn and the type of person who he really is.
Writing Style: This book is written in first person through Mara’s point of view. I liked that things were told through her point of view because when conflict arises there is no one else’s side being seen. I think it is important that we don’t really get to see other people’s point of view and just see how Mara feels about everything.
About Britta Lundin
Britta Lundin is a TV writer and author.
She’s written for shows such as Riverdale, Betty, and The Big Leap and is the author of the young adult novels Like Other Girls (out August 2021) and Ship It.
Originally from the Pacific Northwest, she lives with her wife, kid, and dog in Los Angeles.
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