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The Feminist Agenda of Jemima Kincaid

3.15  ·  Rating details ·  103 ratings  ·  31 reviews
A novel about friendship, feminism, and the knotty complications of tradition and privilege, perfect for fans of Becky Albertalli and Stephanie Perkins.

Jemima Kincaid is a feminist, and she thinks you should be one too. Her private school is laden with problematic traditions, but the worst of all is prom. The guys have all the agency; the girls have to wait around for
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published February 18th 2020 by Knopf Books for Young Readers
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The Nerd Daily
Feb 15, 2020 rated it liked it
Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Zoë Leonarczyk

The Feminist Agenda of Jemima Kincaid by Kate Hattemer is a modern-day feminist manifesto for young men and women alike. Jemima Kincaid, because with a name like that how could you not say the whole thing, is smart, witty, and over the male agenda. Being one part of the Senior Triumvirate, Jemima decides that this is the year she will make a difference to the problematic misogyny and toxic masculinity at her private high school
Cozy Ink
Feb 01, 2020 rated it did not like it
Okay, so at first I thought this was stupid. And then I was like oh, okay! This is pretty vapid but a good enough book. And then it sucked. So badly.
So I really couldn't decipher a message here but -
It's okay to be judgey! As long as you think about it like once and decide it's okay.
If everyone tells you to shut up, you should probably do it! Because outing your brother is equivalent to taking down a misogynistic tradition, totally.
Rigging an election is fine if you're morally right.
Mar 03, 2020 marked it as did-not-finish
I got about 55 pages into this, and it's not bad or anything, I'm just... sort of tired of books about feminism centering on white, straight, able-bodied, upper-to-middle-class MCs. It's fine for a teen just starting out in their feminism learning, but I really want to see books about feminism that don't center young white girls anymore.
Zach Foley
Feb 26, 2020 rated it it was ok
Wouldve been a better book if Jiyoon was the main character. ...more
Mar 11, 2020 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars
Raquel Silva
Mar 05, 2020 rated it it was ok
This was a book that tried to be everything and failed. Its neither feminist, sisterhood, young adult, romance or pro anything. It just felt like it tried to hard to be cool and still doesnt get it: poser. At the end of the book still did not like the main character. ...more
Jan 13, 2020 added it
Shelves: young-adult
Jemima is one-third of the student governing body at her exclusive private school. She tries to take measures to confront some stereotypes and misogyny that surround some of their school traditions, but instead ends up in the middle of a scandal. This is 14 plus for sexual content, but the author is also a high school teacher, so the dialog and relationships are very realistic and authentic.
Madeleine Sullivan
Mar 14, 2020 rated it liked it
Okay. LOTS OF THOUGHTS, but definitely 3.5 stars. Was this book boring?? No! Which is why I give it the extra .5. This book was just such a 2013 era feminist book and Im so. bored. of those type of white feminism centered books. The author in the back even said she used to be a huge white feminist so I think this book was one huge self insert for her to write about what she used to be like.

The book centers Jemima who is rich and white and thinks shes a feminist. Maybe I wouldnt have been so mad
Mar 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
this was actually a big surprise, in a good way! at the beginning of the book, Jemima had a really horrible way of thinking about other girls, but she actually grew and changed and recognized her flawed mindset. the only thing that I thought could have been addressed more was the kind of mildly racist mindset Jemima had. but generally, this book was good and surprising and definitely worth the read.
Jill Heather
Mar 01, 2020 rated it it was ok
Feminist but has somehow never considered even basic things like "slut shaming" and "not like other girls syndrome" even though her best friend complains about her tendencies there? Nah.
Mar 06, 2020 rated it liked it
I didn't like Jemima very much for most of the book, then I realized she didn't like herself very much either. Maybe that is the point, women are hardwired to be in constant critique and we are the first person we see each day and the last each evening. No wonder we are so hard on ourselves.
Mar 20, 2020 rated it liked it
Mar 17, 2020 added it
Jiyoon is a treasure.
The rest... felt like it tried to be nuanced, but didn't quite grow enough to get past its (and its characters') shallowness.
Ann Rees
2 1/2

Yes, the point is that Jemima is lowkey terrible and wrong about a bunch of things. Okay. But in 2020 a lot of this info isnt exactly groundbreaking. There are some good quotes here and there, but the icky love interest and the nagging feeling that this book couldve been a lot better if it starred Jiyoon kept this from being worthwhile.
Feb 20, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020, netgalley
Truthfully my rating would be 3.5 stars.

I like this books for its light fluffy story. It is not too heavy or deep. It does ask some interesting questions about checking our on bias and those that we have been taught by society especially in high school. This quick read does contain some sexual situations and also discusses a spectrum of what sex is. Unlike many private school books Jemima's family is a part of the story especially her older brother who is used as a confidant for her. I think at
The Bookish Faerie
Thank you to @times.reads for sending me this ARC. It will be for sale in bookstores starting 18th February 2020.

The Feminist Agenda of Jemima Kincaid tells the story of Jemima Kincaid's senior year and her agenda of how to fight for women's rights in her super problematic private high school by being a feminist. As she is the Senior Triumvirate, she has the power to invoke change and a voice that people will hear regardless if they want to or not because she has the stage and mike, literally.

Jemima Kincaid is smart, witty, and confident. A longtime feminist, she's part of her class's leadership team, the Triumvirate, she has grown increasingly troubled by some of the school's misogynistic traditions. In a bid to change things while also gaining some recognition, she comes up with an idea for the prom--a Last Chance Dance in which all of her classmates list their romantic interests for a website that then matches them up with whoever listed them as well. At first things go well until ...more
Harry Brandicourt
Mar 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Feminist Agenda of Jemima Kincaid by Kate Hattemer is a fast, fun, and interesting read - especially for an OWD (old white dude).

I am a member of the patriarchy - the group that is the stated target of the main protagonist. This is a combination of absolutely no effort on my part and perhaps not enough work to resist that reality. With the progressive waves of feminism even OWDs are starting to wake up and notice the inherent biases and inequalities that face women in our male-dominated
Colline Vinay Kook-Chun
The Feminist Agenda of Jemima Kincaid is a novel about an emerging young woman who learns to take a look at herself and at the way other people see her. Jemima learns that she needs to take a step back and think about what and who is important to her and who she wants to have in her life.

As suggested in the title, the concept of feminism plays a role in the novel. Jemima comes to understand what true feminism is. It is not about being the antithesis of femininity. Instead, it is about knowing
Andrea Gadberry Johnson
Jemima is fed up with the toxic masculinity that's upheld in the name of "tradition" at her private school. As senior year draws to a close, the election for next year's student government and preparations for the prom are topmost in everyone's mind. The patriarchy rears its head in the prospect of promposals, powderpuff football, and the office of chairman, which has never been held by a girl. Jemima's ready to tear it all down, but things don't quite turn out according to plan.

Jemima makes a
John Clark
Mar 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
We call them stereotypes because they're so prevalent. For Jemima, there are plenty that make her hackles rise, most revolve around the gender inequalities she sees and seethes at where she goes to school. It's a fancy coed private school. It had been all male until absorbing an all girls' school in the late 1970s. When she looks at how girls are treated, she sees little, if anything that has changed since then. Still, she's a girl and feels the same urges other girls have when it comes to ...more
Mar 18, 2020 rated it it was ok
2 out of 5 stars
3 out of 10 stars

I want to start by saying that I thought this book had so much potential. Sadly, it did not quite live up to my expectations. It advertised the main character being very feministic but throughout the whole thing she categorizes everyone by a clique or stereotype and doesnt seem to understand what shes doing wring. The mysterious secret romance is really just her making out with someone who doesnt talk really interact with her separately aside from their make out

I found The Feminist Agenda of Jemima Kincaid to be problematic in many ways. The execution of the plot and characters was kinda poor. Jemima was a character I didn't have too much of an issue with at first, but I could definitely understand why other readers didn't like her as I continued on with the novel. Honestly, the best characters were Crispin and Jiyoon. Although Jemima is supposed to be a feminist and something involving those ideals appears at the end, this story does relatively

Mar 14, 2020 rated it liked it
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Mar 03, 2020 rated it liked it
In the beginning, Jemima annoyed me a little bit. But maybe that's only because I'm sort of like her, and mirrors are really scary, especially when they reflect things you don't really want to see.

I'm surprised this book has such a negative rating; I'm going to dig into the other reviews to find out why, but one way or the other, I liked it more than I thought I would.

I should probably say more than this, but like Jemima says; there's a time to keep your mouth shut.
Karyn Silverman
Feb 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020-reads, arcs, nook
Great dialogue, and a fantastic critique of and exploration of internalized monogamy. Sex positive and no fade to black, either. Funny at times, thought provoking, and while Jemima is often awful, shes very real and its a virtuoso feat of writing to have a first person narrator both be stupid and myopic and also make great strides and yet for the book to never come across as didactic. ...more
Feb 20, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
3.5 stars
Mar 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Dawn Ferencz
Mar 04, 2020 rated it liked it
I liked the idea of this book but I think it fell short in its execution. Some aspects seemed more New Adult than YA and I would have liked to see more focus on Jiyoon and less on Jemima.
Mar 22, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2020, young-adult
This was my young adult read for March and it was meh. I didn't really Jemima or understand the point of the novel. Wasn't really a coming of age or a romance.
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