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The Feminist Agenda of Jemima Kincaid

2.96  ·  Rating details ·  382 ratings  ·  93 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 prom
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published February 18th 2020 by Knopf Books for Young Readers
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Sarah  :)
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.
Zach Foley
Feb 26, 2020 rated it it was ok
Would’ve been a better book if Jiyoon was the main character.
Jun 28, 2020 rated it did not like it
I didn't even get to page 30 before I simply couldn't take it anymore. This book was an absolute atrocity.

"I should note that I, too, am white. And straight. And wealthy, or my parents are. But despite these disadvantages, I do my best not to be a horrible person. I was a feminist before it was trendy."

This book came off to me like an incredibly privileged person desperately trying to find something to be oppressed about. She is ranting about how her classmate, Gennifer, is white, blond, we
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. ...more
dale ✿
Feb 01, 2021 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
dnf at 40%. i was excited for this one, it looked interesting. spoiler alert, it was most definitely not.

✿ jemima kincaid is a hardcore "feminist". it's pretty much her only personality trait.
✿ jemima kincaid is a hypocrite. one second she'll be saying how girls shouldn't have dress code and how it's awful and the next she'll be dissing a girl for wearing tight white pants.
✿ jemima kincaid doesn't acknowledge her privilege much and shows distaste when her friend brings up that she's white and pr
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 C
Kristi Housman Confessions of a YA Reader
3 1/2 stars

While I enjoyed this and it's a quick read, there really wasn't too much difference with the other recent YA feminist books.  However, I think we need more and that people will connect with each one differently.  

Jemima annoyed me.  Yes, I said it.  But I also kind of got her.  I know there are things I need to do better.  I know I judge women based on their clothes, etc.  I try so hard to catch myself.  Jemima was worse than me though because she really didn't see that she was doing
Apr 25, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: young-adult
I think this was the first time I ever saw a feminist book that actually set feminism decades back. The main character was extremely annoying and the supporting cast didn't have enough personality either. I wanted to like this book but I couldn't get past the horrible dialogues and the main character's thoughts. This completely and accurately portrays most teenagers now on the feminism bandwagon-- the ones who instead of asking for equal rights want women to be the rulers and think of men as dis ...more
Apr 21, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, ya, feminism
I think. this would have been a great book for me personally to have read at age 13, and also for a lot of current teen girls struggling with internalized misogyny/Not Like Other Girls syndrome. For me as an adult reader it came across a bit didactic in pursuit of that goal.

Still, it's a noble goal, and I also liked it sex positivity and pursuit of intersectionality. It bit off a lot of stuff and some of the family stuff in particular was maybe more than could be properly chewed? But maybe it's
May 09, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Yeah... this book was pretty bad. I’m not going to lie, I’m disappointed that I didn’t read any reviews before starting this, because it would’ve made a big difference (like I wouldn’t have picked it up in the first place).
The main character is unbearable. I get that she’s flawed, and that the point is to discuss privilege and internalised misogyny and whatnot, and to use the MC’s own flaws as a way to make her more relatable to readers, but it just became a game of “how much problematic behavio
Raquel Silva
Mar 05, 2020 rated it it was ok
This was a book that tried to be everything and failed. It’s neither feminist, sisterhood, young adult, romance or pro anything. It just felt like it tried to hard to be cool and still doesn’t get it: poser. At the end of the book still did not like the main character.
Mar 11, 2020 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars
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. ...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.
May 15, 2020 rated it did not like it
I got what the book was trying to do and I think that like it sort of did that maybe but god it was horrible to read. The Mason character sucked like they were so annoying. It was very offensive and physically sicking in parts. Like what the hell she was like offended by her boyfriends actions but he distracted her with sex and he was just so yummy who could blame her for not caring. I just and she was so self centered didn't care about the terrible way she treated the people around her. She was ...more
Mar 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-stars
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.
Sep 24, 2020 rated it did not like it
This was...bad. RTC
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 I’m 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 she’s a feminist. Maybe I wouldn’t have been so
Jun 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thanks to the release of Animal Crossing: New Horizons, it has taken me an embarrassingly long time to get any reading done lately (curse you, Tom Nook!). This review in particular has been a long time coming, as I've had this book in my To-Read list for a while. While it wasn't the type of suspenseful page-turner that usually helps me finish a book fairly quickly, I did really enjoy the story and overall message. I think YA literature that discusses sex, feminism, and intersectionality is very ...more
Oct 26, 2020 rated it liked it
This book would’ve been wonderful for me to read when I was in high school. The best aspects of this book were the commentaries on what it means to truly be feminist, and Jemima’s older brother, Crispín. Jemima was a very flawed protagonist, but I appreciated how her problematic viewpoints were constantly called out and corrected by other characters as she learned.

Sadly, the structure of the book was rather lacking. There wasn’t much compelling the story forward, so it felt like the author wante
Jan 17, 2021 rated it it was ok
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Holly Smith
Nov 24, 2020 rated it liked it
While this book was an entertaining read and it had a good message of being a feminist, but not a choosy feminist, it feel like it spent too much time building up the love interest (which didn’t get a satisfactory, complete ending in my opinion) than in showing Jemima’s character development and addressing all the ways she ascribed to internalized misogyny and lowered her fellow females instead of raising them up. The love interest part of it was almost solely sexual in nature, and didn’t show J ...more
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. ...more
Apr 12, 2021 added it
Shelves: contemporary
I don't think this is feminism ...more
Mar 17, 2020 added it
Shelves: not-for-me
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 isn’t exactly groundbreaking. There are some good quotes here and there, but the icky love interest and the nagging feeling that this book could’ve been a lot better if it starred Jiyoon kept this from being worthwhile.
Feb 20, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley, 2020
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
May 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
A lot of you are talking about how annoying Jemima was, how much better Jiyoon was, and how problematic so many of Jemima's views were. I agree 100%. However, I don't think that necessarily makes this a bad book. I think this book is valuable because it projects some of our own problematic views out of us in such a way that we can recognize them as problematic and then apply them to our own lives. I don't love Jemima, and I don't agree with all of her choices, but I can empathize with someone wh ...more
Jan 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing
truly hilarious to read the reviews for this book-- so-called 'readers' and 'feminists' who manage to entirely miss the point. you all point out the hypocrisy of the main character, yet fail to see the hypocrisy within yourselves. this is a brilliant book about a deeply flawed, possibly unlikeable girl who is slowly coming to terms with her own limitations... and she doesn't completely get there, as one would find perfectly normal for a privileged high school student. I understand the exhaustion ...more
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.

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"Teases are a concept men invented to make people feel like they owe them sex. And you don't owe him anything. Even If he's up and ready to go. Still listening?"
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