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A Girl Called Fearless

(A Girl Called Fearless #1)

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  943 ratings  ·  192 reviews
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Avie Reveare has the normal life of a privileged teen growing up in L.A., at least as normal as any girl's life is these days. After a synthetic hormone in beef killed fifty million American women ten years ago, only young girls, old women, men, and boys are left to pick up the pieces. The death threat is past, but fathers still fear for their daughters'
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published May 6th 2014 by St. Martin's Griffin
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Mar 04, 2014 rated it it was ok
'It's over. Aveline is under contract to me. She belongs to me. Do you understand?' (page 155)

I was sitting in a food court once, reading, when I overheard a conversation at the table next to me. A (young) man was telling a (young) woman -- presumably his girlfriend -- not to listen to her family or friends, that she belonged to him. 'You belong to me.' And I hoped so fervently that she would find a way to leave him, because that doesn't even begin to approximate a healthy relationship model. I
Jun 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Linka's excellent debut is set in a near future that, while frighteningly possible, bears little resemblance to the world we know now. Thanks to a ovarian cancer-causing hormone injected into cattle, most women have died. The girls that are left are a highly-prized commodity: sheltered, protected, and with ever-diminishing rights. Avie has never known any different, but she's beginning to chafe against all the rules and regulations. The last straw comes when her father sells her to a man twice h ...more
Mary McCoy
Apr 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
Short chapters and nonstop action make this a good pick for reluctant readers. However, the quality of the writing and the story's engagement with ideas about power, control, and patriarchy will hold the interest of more seasoned teen readers, too.

Some reviewers here have expressed skepticism about the premise: that following a pandemic that wipes out all but very young girls and very old women, a splinter group of men begins the Paternalist movement to "protect" females. In truth, the movement
Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies
Sounds exactly like this book...

Except for the hormone killing off women thing.
Apr 24, 2015 rated it liked it
Read Full Review At fANGIRLconfessions

I received a review copy courtesy of the author/publisher. This does not affect my opinion or views regarding the book whatsoever.

See, the thing between Dystopian and I, is that we don't have the best friendship. We started off the best of friends actually, then Dysto (his real name, and yes he's a GUY) began acting a bit shady. He became distant, our once interesting conversations turned mediocre, boring, and predictable. Oh and let's not forget his " tape-
Before I say anything, I just want to say that I read this book while on a vacation. I was in another country while reading this. It seemed like a really good read that would keep me occupied when I had some free time.

The idea was amazing. I don't know how the author came up with it, but it was so awesome! I loved loved loved the beginning. It was so interesting and exciting. I was reading this as often as I could because the beginning was that great.

However, it soon got a lot worse. I don't kn
Jul 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Oh my god, this has become my new favorite book. I can't even begin to describe how awesome it is. Avie is a typical American teenager after the death of most women in the US. Because of obvious problems, fathers are very protective of their daughters and will go to any lengths to keep them safe. This includes essentially selling them off to older men. Avie is contracted to a man who is looking for political power. To escape his controlling nature and threats, Avie runs away. However she learns ...more
Allyson Bogie
Nov 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Aveline (Avie) lives in Southern California in a time when most girls are under 20 or over 60. A synthetic hormone in beef caused ovarian cancer, killing 50 million American women about ten years before the book is set. Girls and women of childbearing age have become a commodity and a group called the Paternalists is taking over control of government and society. Girls can be sold to husbands when they turn 16 and then begin having babies, to make sure that society is repopulated. Wealthy girls ...more
May 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Read as digital arc.

A Girl Called Fearless hooked me right away; I was 100 pages in before I knew it. I love books like this--that are all political with whisperings about women's rights or another social issue. However, the book is completely terrifying in that the more you think Fearless through, the less of an exaggeration it appears to be--this could totally happen. Things found in A Girl called Fearless: new rules, traditions and so on--my favorite. Bodyguards--why are there not more bo
C.R. Sedore
I hate this world in the book.

Fathers are protecting their daughters virginity's to sell them to the highest bidder. It's disgusting. Parts like this in the book frustrates and infuriates me to the core. They are making women objects of property again. That aggravates me.

I hate this world in the books.

Fathers are protecting their daughters virginity's to sell them to the highest bidder. It's disgusting. Parts like this in the book frustrates and infuriates me to the core. They are making women
May 17, 2014 rated it liked it
Edit: I wrote at length about this book on Clear Eyes, Full Shelves:

This was an interesting read. There's a lot of elements that feel very possible to me, including the political stuff and the food contamination disaster. I do wish the author hadn't been so heavy handed with the characterization of the bad guys and they'd been more nuanced and there are a number of world building issues related to the food contamination disaster. I also could've done with
Aug 05, 2020 rated it it was ok
The title may be a girl called fearless but, in my opinion, she is not. The real fearlesses are Ms. A and Maggie Stanton who are actively working to dismantle the Paternalist Movement. I can't imagine living in a world where I would not be allowed my own money, control of my phone, and my wardrobe, and expected to produce a baby every year. Since many of the women died after eating beef injected with cancer-causing hormones, I may be giving up my Saturday hamburger. ...more
Feb 28, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: dystopia, 2014-may
This review and others are posted at Inspiring Insomnia.

A Girl Called Fearless is one of the more disturbing dystopian novels that I’ve read. As with any dystopia, while reading it, I ask myself, “Could this actually happen?” I had a hard time accepting the reality of the society in this story, and while it disturbed me, I didn’t enjoy it as much as I might have otherwise.

Ten years ago, a synthetic hormone in the U.S. food supply wiped out the vast majority of women of child-bearing age. As
Jun 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Avie remembers what life used to be like before a hormone in meat (should we all go vegetarian now?) caused women to have ovarian cancer an pretty much wipe out the gender. Now her life is much different. Her schooling is completely controlled. She is under lock and key at home and everything she does is controlled. She's been put under a contract to marry an older man that is a large part of the patriarchal movement to "save the women." Of course, they "save the women" by restricting th
Bonnie Schroeder
Mar 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This tells the story of Avelina “Avie” Reveare, a teenage girl in contemporary Los Angeles, but not Los Angeles as we know it. Ten years ago, 50 million women of childbearing age were killed by eating beef treated with a deadly synthetic hormone. Avie’s mother was one of the casualties. Now that paranoia governs the land, young girls are zealously guarded and “protected” and then married off to the highest bidder to propagate the species. Avie is an endearing mix of qualities: an emerging rebel ...more
May 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Avie is a 16 year-old girl living in Los Angeles but Avie's Los Angeles is a world largely without women. Women have largely died out as a result of a cancer caused by meat from cows that had been given a hormone. All females between puberty and menopause who have eaten beef have died and all the girls that were too young to get the cancer are now overly protected and treated as a commodity. Avie's father had promised not to sell her to a man until after college but when his business is in troub ...more
Sarah Capps
Mar 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
What happens when the population of females able to bear children is dramatically reduced in a country? How does society react? Linka's take on this situation is truly frightening. Under the guise of protection, females are losing their rights.

A Girl Called Fearless follows Avie, a teenager who is contracted to a controlling older man in order to save her father's company. She has to work out her options, and quickly. Avie is a great character - smart but sheltered, a little selfish, and 100% su
Oct 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A Girl Called Fearless is a book that is set in the near future where 50 million American women have died from eating a synthetic hormone found in beef. Avie is a teenager who dreams about real love and college, when her father "signs" her to a millionaire who is running to be California's governor. With the help of a paster, high school teacher, and her best friend/boyfriend, Avie manages to run away.

I really enjoyed this book. I found myself routing for Avie and Yates long before it actually
Jun 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
That is one of the most beautiful stories I've read. I didn't expect to like it, reading the summary, but I like dystopian fiction and the idea sounded kinda cool so I went for it. It was a good decision. I don't like a lot of books as much as I liked this. I'll admit it, Avie's a bit of a flat character, but the plot and the other characters, especially Yates (swoon) make up for it. It's really well written and the plot is very engaging. The last book I kept reading and finished in a day like I ...more
Maureen Grigsby
Jul 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Another excellent YA book that is particularly relevant since the Supreme Court decision this week regarding Hooby Lobby's incredible claim of religious rights for a corporation. This novel describes a world where most women of child bearing age died in the U.S. due to a cancer causing hormone in the beef supply. Ten years later, the young girls that are of child bearing age are sold to the highest bidders due to the extreme shortage of women. Truly a creepy scenario, this book should be a winne ...more
Jul 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow. This book is a MUST read! Seriously.
The plot was amazing as well as the characters though I wish it didn't ended that way, but anyway it was still perfect! :)
The way the Catherine Linka conveys a message about the importance of us women fighting for our rights and having the same opportunities in society and to maintain gender equality.
I love it. And I'd really like to see this one as a movie someday. :)
Elbie Love
Jul 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya
I would describe this book as a YA Version of the Handmaids Tale. I love how you can see how the main character Avie grows in self- consciousness, bravery, and maturity. It is a great example to what the worst case scenario for women would be in a world where they are seen as commodities than human beings by the government and its citizens. But, the concepts in this book still rings true in most developing countries.
Victoria Van vleet
Aug 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Wow! My emotions are still boiling after reading this book. As soon as I started it, I couldn't set it down. The tension keeps you turning page after page. Avie and her emotions felt real and well thought out. She didn't come across as a sudden super hero and the situations felt like a plausible dystopian world. The ending is very much left open, so I'll have to read the second book to finish the story. ...more
Mar 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014, best-of-2014, ebook, ya
4.25 stars

Did you ever read a book that's not based on reality, but seems so real that it makes you angry and keeps you up at night thinking about it? I've come across a few books like this in my life and bravo to Catherine Linka because A Girl Called Fearless is another one that I can add to the list. Also, this was one of my most anticipated reads of 2014 and I'm happy to say it lived up to expectations!

Many people know that food issues are near and dear to my heart, I'm going to school to be
Mar 14, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult
Source: Goodreads giveaway

Note: This is half review/half discussion of the themes presented.  It will include references to some plot events, so those who dislike any type of spoilers should not read it.

A Girl Called Fearless is a bold novel, exploring women’s rights and sexuality and what it means to be free.  It will appeal to many modern young women, who are growing up in a world where the media and politicians debate some of the same issues: what women’s rights are, whether pornography and p
Jaynie Seylhower
Jan 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This the first book that I read by Catherine Linka and I really liked it. The book "A Girl Called Fearless" is based around Avie. In the period of time, a poisoning of meat has killed all middle-aged women. The security around young women is higher and more important than ever, but so is money. Avie's dad sells her for 50 Million dollars to become the new wife of an extremely successful older man.
Avie needs a way out and she needs it quick. She has many friends who help her along the way. Her t
Marla Bradeen
May 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: suspense
A GIRL CALLED FEARLESS is an intriguing YA dystopian novel about one girl's struggle for freedom. I found the premise to be interesting, and the heroine is easy to care about. However, I enjoyed the first half of this book much more than the second, and I found the ending to be lacking. Even so, it is a thought-provoking and fast-paced read.

Disclosure: I won a free ARC of this book in a giveaway.
Jun 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: library-has
Great new dystopian concept - loved that it's very recently after the disaster so you see the perspective of the girls who know what they'd be missing out on. I felt the heroine had a real internal struggle that I could relate to (though I love my women bada$$ and usually easily able to make their decisions, it's nice to get the realistic side as well). Overall, really looking forward to the next book to see where this leads! ...more
Oct 07, 2014 rated it liked it
Rating: 2.5-3 stars

I grabbed this book because the cover was intriguing and the font looked pretty, so I really had no idea what to expect. At most, I thought it would be another one of those Young Adult Contemporary/Romance books with artsy covers and no real substance to back it up. (Not that would have deterred me much anyway.) BUT it didn't take long for to become clear it was not one of those books.
I knew about Sophie's dream, because she'd shared it with us-of inventing a blood test tha
Jul 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A young friend who works at a bookstore recommended this book to me, as he knows I enjoy YA lit. Hands down, this is one of the best I've read. (In fact, I stayed up half the night reading because I couldn't put it down.)

A strong female protagonist, a fascinating journey of self-discovery, excellent writing, and a thrilling pace ... what's not to love?

Now I'm off to put a hold on the sequel.
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Catherine Linka was almost thrown out of boarding school for being “too verbal.” Fortunately, she learned to channel her outspokenness and creative energy into writing. A passionate traveler she loves to visit wild landscapes like Iceland, the Amazon, Patagonia and the Arctic circle. Catherine has seen 6 types of whales in the wild, and lived her lifelong dream when she stood on deck in pajamas an ...more

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