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Sister Mischief

3.7  ·  Rating details ·  749 Ratings  ·  88 Reviews
Listen up: You're about to get rocked by the fiercest, baddest all-girl hip-hop crew in the Twin Cities - or at least in the wealthy, white, Bible-thumping suburb of Holyhill, Minnesota. Our heroine, Esme Rockett (aka MC Ferocious) is a Jewish lesbian lyricist. In her crew, Esme's got her BFFs Marcy (aka DJ SheStorm, the butchest straight girl in town) and Tess (aka The Co ...more
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Published July 1st 2011 by Candlewick Press (MA)
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Ceilidh
Apr 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I’m really not a hip-hop fan and, despite the prospect of a quirky, funny and diverse LGBT love story, I was hesitant to read “Sister Mischief” because of worries over cultural appropriation and such. However, by the end of this book, I was ready to apologise to it for ever doubting how good it would be. This review may not be the most objective thing I’ve ever written. Sometimes a book comes along that you completely fall in love with, even though you know it’s not perfect and you know not ever ...more
Chelsey
Jan 17, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
I had very high hopes for this book. A Jewish, lesbian, teenaged MC and her all-female rap collective take on their school when their principal bans hip-hop. How could this possibly go wrong?

Well.

I try not to ascribe motivations to an author because really, who can ever say for sure what was going through an author's head when they were writing. But you have to go far, far out of your way to write a book about a four girl hip-hop group with zero black girls. Three of the girls are white, and one
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Katya
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Sister Mischief is one of those books that only comes once in a while - a book about identity that, instead of making universal statements, focuses on individuality.

Have I mentioned that I love character-driven novels? Well, I do. And as far as characterization goes, this book doesn't fail to deliver - our protagonist, Esme, and her friends Rowie, Tessa and Marcy are a group of hip-hop loving, open-minded seventeen-year old girls, who strive to express themselves in a
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Sophie
Jul 23, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I was really excited when I picked up this book. It sounded awesome. And there were a few moments of awesomeness in it. Overall, however, I was disappointed. Since this is my first negative reviews I'll try to go into a bit more detail than my "I loved it!" reviews.

The good:

The premise: Two members of an all-female hip-hop group from suburban Minnesota fall in love while fighting unjust authority at school? How awesome is that?

Minor characters getting their due: I really loved some of the supp
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Yael Hanadari-Levy
this book is...... bad.
i was super excited for this at first. feminism + LGBTQ story + JEWISH LESBIAN MAIN CHARACTER??? that is exactly my aesthetic.
but...... the author was such a straight white goy. i mean, technically i dont know that she's not Jewish? or queer? but if you read this book it sure doesn't seem like it.

1. the entire book was written in some weird exaggerated white mutation of AAVE, because obviously that's how hiphop fans talk.
every other word is something like "wicked" or "bid
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Serenity
Jun 16, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: nobody
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Kuzu
Aug 31, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: queer-ya
Another gay girls book that ends with a breakup. I think I could have enjoyed it, but the petty things that irritated me about it piled up enough that by the end I wasn't interested anymore.

Don't go into this book hoping for Jewish representation--the protagonist's Jewish mother abandoned her when she was small, the protagonist has pretty much only resentment toward her and knows nothing about Judaism, and the mother herself is portrayed referring to the Hebrew Bible as "the Old Testament" whil
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C.E. G
I'm surprised this got published, and I don't mean that in a this was utter crap way, I mean it in a this tells a story about such a goddamn specific niche way: a crew of mostly white high school girls in a Minneapolis suburb (EDINA!) fight to found a group called "Hip Hop for Heteros and Homos." Meanwhile, romance brews between Esme and definitely questioning/closeted Rowie.

I was skeptical going into this - white author, with a 50+% white cast, writing about hip hop in the suburbs. Setting is r
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Isamlq
Jul 18, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Theirs are individual, highly original and strong voices. And they’re funny! Throw in a couple of surprising moment of sweet…and this is me, hours later, contemplating a re-read. First of, I don’t get hip hop, but their early discussions on its origins, white/black/blue/red etc and ‘white guilt’ were hilarious and made perfect sense to me. They put into words the questions I had. All I will say is that SISTER MISCHIEF is clever in tackling the subject. Then throw in some politics, religion, a jo ...more
Kricket
i just read an excerpt from this on amazon and started cracking up at the reference desk. can't wait until the order gets in!

update: really liked this. but what's not to like about four badass teenage girls protesting their high school's anti hip-hop policy by starting a combination GSA and hip-hop discussion group? tess, marcy, rowie & our main character the fearless esme also perform as "sister mischief" at various open-mic nights. esme has only recently come out to her friends and father,
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Laura Goode was raised in Minneapolis and received her BA and MFA in English and writing from Columbia University. She has written and directed two full-length plays, and her poetry has appeared in the Denver Quarterly, Cannibal, and Narwhal. She lives in San Francisco.
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