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Fighter Girl

(Gypsy Girl #1)

3.69  ·  Rating details ·  84 ratings  ·  30 reviews
Sammy Jo Smith inherited her kick-ass strength from her gypsy ancestors, but youd never guess it by her Jimmy Choo high heels. By day shes a maid of honor planning her older sisters extravagant wedding. By night shes a champion fighter who competes in dangerous, unregulated MMA matches against older boys. Shes got to find the money somehow for her sisters fancy reception ...more
Published May 17th 2016 by Swoon Romance (first published April 16th 2015)
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Suze Lavender
May 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sammy Jo is an amazing fighter. She uses her skills to earn some money, but anything she does is for the people she loves. Family is everything in Sammy Jo's world. She's a gypsy and even though her family doesn't travel that much any more because they own a gym, she still lives in a caravan. For her sister's wedding they go to a nearby town, a place where they've always set up camp. They used to feel welcome there, only something has changed, a company is now next to their field. The owner of ...more
Michelle
Feb 28, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
When I first heard about Gypsy Girl at a blogger event last year I really liked the sound of it and looked forward to its publication. As soon as I could I picked up Gypsy Girl and began reading.

One of the things I enjoyed about Gypsy Girl was seeing the different side to Sammy Jo from the one her family knows, I liked that she was a fighter, that didn't rely on anyone to provide for her, that the money she made went for her sisters wedding, (who I thought was one of the most selfish characters
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Cora Tea Party Princess
5 Words: Prejudice, strength, family, crime, self-belief.

I'm not sure what I was expecting when I picked up Gypsy Girl, but I know I wasn't expecting to fall in love with Sammy Jo. I had never heard of this book before, no one I knew had read it, I was going in blind. But damn, I'm going to sing its praises and push it on everyone.

Sammy Jo is tough and strong despite - perhaps because of - the odds stacked against her. She is physically strong and mentally strong. Compassionate, the glue holding
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Mel González
Aug 08, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary, ya
That took a turn. This was super interesting, there aren't a lot of books about Gypsy culture and this was super instructive. I'm fascinated by it. It was a nice discussion about old traditions vs. new traditions that I think happens a lot in the UK, but it also happens here (in Argentina) but in a totally different way. But in the end, all the different stereotypes and people being super judgemental against them, is racism.
I loved that the main character was super badass and she knows she's a
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Bookread2day
Jul 15, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kathryn James has worked with Gypsy and Traveller children, driving around in a converted bus with a rainbow on one side, doing video and photography projects and documenting Travelling lives. She also writes scripts for a local video production company, mostly for children, teenagers and schools.
Leah
Apr 22, 2016 rated it liked it
**THE GOOD BITS**
If there's one thing I love when reading, it's strong main characters. And I tell you something, Sammy-Jo in Fighter Girl is one of the strongest, and not just because she participates in illegal cage-fights. She's physically and mentally strong, and I love how she was the glue to holding her family together, and I loved even more that they were gypsies. I don't think I've ever read a book about the gypsies, and the Smith family are like the biggest gypsy clan there is. I
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Christine
3.5 STARS!

It's always a nice change when you have a strong female lead that drives a story. While most MMA or underground fighter books usually consist of strong, sexy male leads, it's interesting to see Sammy-Jo take on the role. Not only does she kick the other male fighters to the ground. She does what it takes to take care of her family. No matter how dangerous it may get.

PLOT LINE - The fighter gene definitely runs in the Smith family. While it is unfortunate to have only daughters in this
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Michelle (Fluttering Butterflies)
Will there be more Gypsy Girl stories?!
♥♡¢σσкιє♥♡ (Krystle)
You can read this review and more on my blog:
I received a free copy of this book from the author via Expresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. This in no way effected my opinion of the book.
I wanted to read this book for one reason and one reason only because it was about Romany gypsies. Gypsy Sisters on TLC is on of my guilty pleasure shows, but I realize that is an exaggerated depiction of a very real culture.

I am happy to report, that the gypsies in this book were a lot less
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Aoife
Feb 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, girl-power, diverse
Sammy-Jo Smith is a gypsy and shouldn't be hanging around gorjer boys. But there's something about Gregory that pulls her in and she can't stop thinking about him. While preparing for her sister's wedding, Sammy-Jo and Gregory get embroiled in a relationship that means hate is fired at them from all sides, and things even become a matter of life and death when Sammy-Jo stumbles upon something she shouldn't.

I loved this. I really enjoyed how much we got to see of authentic modern gypsy culture in
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Floryie
May 20, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

If it wasn't for the blurb, I would have totally passed up this book. The book cover is good at a glance but doesn't intrigue enough to read the story. The author had me at the book title and the blurb hinting at the heroine being a fighter. I love spunky heroines and Sammy is no exception. And now I can say that I enjoyed her story and wish there was more to it.

The characters were portrayed well with the emphasis on Sammy. She is a
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Paula  Phillips
May 21, 2016 rated it liked it
In Fighter Girl which if you are in the UK is also published under Gypsy Girl, we meet Sammy-Jo Smith who is the youngest of seven daughters and out of the daughters seems to take more after her father Samson Smith who is a champion boxer and owns his own boxing gym. All her life, Sammy-Jo has preferred to fight than go shopping and would rather be the sort of girl to tumble and fall rather than prance around. Fighter Girl introduces us to Sammy's family who are also descendants of gypsies and ...more
Ashleigh
I couldn't figure out how I felt about Gypsy Girl. There are two sides to Sammy-Jo, one I really liked and one I didn't. I loved how independent she is, and how much she wants to help and protect her family, but why would she do so much and put her life on the line for a sister that treats her so badly? I found her sister frustrating and mean, which made it hard for me to root for Sammy-Jo because that would in turn mean I was rooting for her sister too.

There were some moments in this novel
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Becky Rendon
Apr 12, 2016 rated it liked it
3.5 stars
Many people never experience true hate. Many people never experience racism. Many people have never had to fight for their lives.

Gypsy Girl knows all three experiences. Being a Gypsy in England has many people distrusting and hating her. Sammy-Jo is her father's girl. She is a fighter. She has been training since she was little and it shows. She has won every title she can at her age. Now she does the fights that no one would allow her to- if they knew.

Sammy-Jo lives on the edge, the
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Kirsty
Some interesting stuff about culture of gypsies and challenges misconceptions but I couldn't warm to main character at all and thought her sister was the most selfish human being in the world so found myself losing interest and starting to skim.
Zain
May 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Such a beautiful book I couldnt stop reading it !! ...more
Jody
May 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary, mma
From their over-the-top weddings to their colorful history to the prejudices they face today, the gypsy culture makes for a compelling tale that drew me to this story initially. What kept me reading though was its strong-willed heroine and the forbidden romance between her and the proverbial boy next door. Theirs is a rocky journey as familial and societal prejudices keep them apart for most of the story with longing glances and fleeting touches full of desperation their only connection. Throw ...more
Les Chroniques Aléatoires
Quand jai découvert ce livre, je me faisais une joie de le lire, il y avait vraiment tout ce quil fallait pour me plaire : une héroïne qui a du chien, cest une combattante et le fait que lon met en avant les gens du voyage qui ne sont pas bien vu par la société. Mais voila au final jai été déçue par ma lecture et surtout par la personnalité de Sammy Jo alors quelle semblait être latout de ce YA. Pas mal de potentiel gâché et cest vraiment dommage.

Sammy Jo est la dernière fille dune famille de 7
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Katherine Paschal
Sammy has secretly been doing illegal street fights to make some extra cash since she cant compete in any more legal fights until she turns 18. Nobody but her best friend knows about it, and that the way she wants to keep it, so she fights under the name Gypsy Girl. When her sister is getting married, they travel to an open field that has meaning to her gypsy family. But when they get there, they find that the land has been changed and a shady business man wants them gone. Sammy refuses to back ...more
Leigh Riddick
Feb 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Fawn
May 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is a fun young read with the Gypsy world. It was realistic with the local "bad blood" feelings towards the group as a wandering people. Also with the young bridezilla sister. Some people are just that way. I did find myself with the hope that her sister is a better person when not preparing for a wedding, with all that Sammy Jo does for her. It felt like Sammy had a lot of pressure on her to act as an adult. Even with her fathers depression I couldn't help but wonder that there weren't ...more
Nikki Lostinsweetwords blog
5 stars
Fighter girl is a fantastic young adult story with a sweet romance and plenty of action.
Sammy-jo inherited her families impressive fighting skills having won every competition she's allowed to at sixteen and attending illegal fights at night to help pay for her sisters extravagant wedding. When the Smiths roll into gypsy acre for the big wedding Sammy finds herself crossing the wrong people trying to help Gregory but these people will do anything they can to get their way and it may just
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She's a Lip Biter
May 16, 2016 rated it liked it
Well This Book Had So Much Potential But It Fell Very Short For Me. The Characters Were Ok But After A Few Chapters I Completely Lost Interest And Began Skim Reading Which I Never Ever Do! There Just Wasn't Enough Going On To Hold My Interest Which Is A Real Shame.

This Book Was Supposed To Be In London But There Where Shops Mentioned Which Are Not England And We Definitely Do Not Use Dollars. In Saying All That There Were Alot Of Interesting Stuff Regarding The Gypsy Community And Culture And
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She's a Lip Biter
Well This Book Had So Much Potential But It Fell Very Short For Me. The Characters Were Ok But After A Few Chapters I Completely Lost Interest And Began Skim Reading Which I Never Ever Do! There Just Wasn't Enough Going On To Hold My Interest Which Is A Real Shame.

This Book Was Supposed To Be In London But There Where Shops Mentioned Which Are Not England And We Definitely Do  Not Use Dollars. In Saying All That There Were Alot Of Interesting Stuff Regarding The Gypsy Community And Culture And
...more
Donna
May 09, 2016 rated it liked it
Well This Book Had So Much Potential But I Fell Very Short For Me. The Characters Were Ok But After A Few Chapters I Completely Lost Interest And Began Skim Reading Which I Never Ever Do! There Just Wasn't Enough Going On To Hold My Interest Which Is A Real Shame.

This Book Was Supposed To Be In London But There Where Shops Mentioned Which Are Not England And We Definitely Do  Not Use Dollars. In Saying All That There Were Alot Of Interesting Stuff Regarding The Gypsy Community And Culture And
...more
Sacha Purvis
Mar 16, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As young adult contemporaries go this one is definitely better than most in its genre. As Gypsies are one of the last taboos in the UK it was fascinating to read about. It was great to read a YA contempt that doesn't

A) girl hate

B) focus on romance

C) dull down on violent details
Margie's Must Reads
A very unique story of friendship, family and forbidden love! Sammy Jo is a spunky, tough, lovable heroine with a lot of heart! Fast paced and fun, I really liked this book!
Lauren LaTulip
Mar 20, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoyed this YA book - an adventure/drama with fantastic hero Sammy-Jo at the centre. Why shouldn't she be a cage fighter?
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Kathryn lives in Leicester with her family, writing full time (and loves that!) Kathryn always wanted to become an author and wrote her first story at age eight. But it took quite a while and lots of different jobs before she got published.

She's worked with gypsy and traveller children, working from a converted bus with a rainbow on the side, doing video and photography projects, and documenting
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