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Girl Squads

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  421 ratings  ·  132 reviews
A modern girl is nothing without her squad of besties. But don't let all the hashtags fool you: the #girlsquad goes back a long, long time. In this hilarious and heartfelt book, geek girl Sam Maggs takes you on a tour of some of history's most famous female BFFs, including:

• Anne Bonny and Mary Read, the infamous lady pirates who sailed the seven seas and plundered with t
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published May 30th 2019 by Quirk Books (first published October 2nd 2018)
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Alice-Elizabeth (marriedtobooks)
Apr 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2019
I was sent an ARC unsolicited from the publishers Quirk Books!

I'm always up for discovering incredible stories from centuries past, most notably about brave and adventurous women who tried to stand up for what they believed in and make change in the world. Throughout the ARC edition, there were many tales that I did enjoy such as the famous 'Edinburgh Seven' a group of seven women who became the first in the UK to study Medicine and also, the tale of two female pirates Anne Bonny and Mary Read.
Ellie (faerieontheshelf)
This rolled up in the mail just as I finished The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy so I dropped right into it to continue my great adventure reading about badass women.

What’s super cool is that some of these stories tied back into The Lady’s Guide as Lee was inspired by some of the women featured here - the Edinburgh Seven, the female pirates, and so on.

A really solidly enjoyable read about badass women, most of whom I didn’t know about before (which is sad ngl). I felt sometimes it was re
Sep 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love reading books about awesome women. Bygone Badass Broads, Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls, I devour them all. Reading these books is fun, educational, and empowering.

Girl Squads is no different. It tells twenty stories about historically amazing female friendships through five distinctive categories: sports, science, war, politics, and the arts. It's also incredibly diverse: from 90-year-old mermaids in Jeju to the first all-female orchestra in Afghanistan with a pit stop at the ladies
Jul 25, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
---- Disclosure: I received this book for free from Goodreads. ----

Nice cover. Bright, eye-catching, & full of activity. Great concept. Lots of potential in an idea like this. Content is full of short, easily-digestible stories, making it a nice book to digest as one's schedule allows. The 1st story about the divers totally drew me in. I was all set for this book to continue to be a winner, & I wanted it to be a success b/c books like this could potentially be gems for younger gals. After the

Nov 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
We all know that over the ages, a lot of focus has been placed on men when it comes to history. I mean, the word itself “history” is a combination of the words “his” and “story.” So, it’s very refreshing to me when I come across books that focus on women as well, or even solely on women. I think that women of all ages (whether they be five or fifty-five) can benefit from reading about strong females! Powerful female historical figures have been suppressed for far too long, and it’s great that we ...more
Oda WT
May 09, 2019 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars
Like the idea
Like the stories
Do not like the writing style, it's too "trying hard to be casual and fun"
I listened to the audiobook. I don't think I would have finished the book if I read the physical copy, as the audiobook could be kept in the background while doing other things. Still, not the biggest fan of the narrator...
Oct 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
There's plenty of books about the forgotten women of history that are being published lately and this book is a part of that movement. It tells the stories of fantastic and heroic pioneer women in many fields: sports, science, arts...The main difference between this book and all other is that this doesn't focus on individual women but in what we would now call "squads", groups of women being awesome, breaking boundaries and helping each other. That was probably my favourite part of it was, in a ...more
Jul 01, 2018 added it
Shelves: arc, dnf
DNF. The language here is too cutesy. Evidently this is written for preteens. Not for me.
Feb 04, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: e-books, netgalley
This was highly entertaining and quite informative. I didn't know about 99% of the "squads", and though I thought this was just another one of the now-popular feminist characters books, I think it offered a wide variety of females in different fields and from different countries.

I just had a problem with the writing style, mainly the remarks the author would throw here and there. I felt that they were intentionally written that way to appeal to teenage girls, and there's nothing with that, it's
This collection of perhaps not as known stories of female friendships throughout history was an interesting read I had been looking forward to picking up. While I had heard of some of the women discussed, many of them were unknown to me, so that made this book feel informative and expansive. It did, however, sometimes feel a little dense and a bit of a slog. Add that into the fact that sometimes I felt that it tried to be too quirky conversational, and you get me getting taken out of the story. ...more
Jul 04, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: did-not-finish
The subject matter is so interesting to me, but unfortunately the writing style and ‘lingo’ was impossible to stomach.
Louise / Daisy May Johnson
I've been looking for something like Girl Squads for a very long time. This smart, chatty and furiously honest book is a treat because, unlike so many of the others out there, Girl Squads acknowledges the truth about women's history. It is complex, fought for, and often overwritten by a cultural system which privileges other voices. I'm trying not to write The White Western Patriarchy here, but I'm sure you've figured that out by now.

What I loved about Girl Squads is that it's not afraid of offe
This was fascinating. I'd heard of a few of them - there's a chapter about the women from Hidden Figures, with some details the movie missed - but most were new to me and they spanned all over history, from BCE to modern day. It was also a really diverse collection and an inspiring one, telling facts with occasional funny commentary and lots of mocking of the men who didn't believe in these women. It's voice-y, without being overpoweringly so, and informative, and it makes me think a lot about m ...more
Kirstin (chooselovebooks)
Sep 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
I have had the opportunity to meet and see Sam Maggs speak a few times, and have loved her books in the past! Sam truly is the epitome of a cool, feminist, nerd! She speaks inclusively and her books are validating and empowering and Girl Squads was no exception! This book focused on exactly how much is possible, when women come together to accomplish something! And it really showed how powerful we can be when women support women. Not to mention, the illustrations were totally adorable. I will su ...more
Jessie Drew
Jan 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: january-2019
Overall a must read. However fair warning that the book starts off strong with each chapter as exciting and fascinating as the next....until about 75% of the way through. My goodness gracious I truly struggled with getting through to the end! You can see by the length of time it took me that I kept putting off picking it up. I wound up making it my weekend mission to finish it. Now the path is cleared for all of my new books! (Thank you, Strand books and friends who gave me GC to shop to my hear ...more
Lulu (the library leopard)
That was a pretty cool book about female friendships in history! It's easy to read, engaging, and covers a wide range of time periods and countries. I'd probably recommend it to teens and preteens who want to learn more about overlooked women in history and the amazing things that can happen when women support each other.

Also, Hollywood, when am I getting biopics of these women?!
Cen-sational Reads
Oct 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Great, interesting, strong characters, fantastic variety of girl squads. Highly recommended.
Thank you to both NetGalley and Quitk Books for giving me the opportunity to read ’Girl Squads’ in exchange for my honest unbiased review.
Shannon the Book Dragon
A lovely collection of tales of beautiful friendships of real life women. I adore picking and choosing between sections I don't know much on and being able to learn about some amazing women I didn't know about before! It's a really inspiring read!
Jul 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I’m obsessed with these stories, this writing and this book in general 😍😍😍😍😍😍😍
Jan 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, signed
Great collection. Review to come.
Feb 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I want to learn more about everyone in this book. And I want it to be required reading. She does a great job of making it inclusive.
Jun 07, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2018
This book was so empowering and exciting. It was really cool to learn about different friendships around the world and across time. I’ve been really loving the female friendship trend out there lately so this book was perfect. Definitely recommend!

Thanks NetGalley for the advanced copy!
Jul 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
I loved this! it was so uplifting and empowering and something I think everyone, regardless of gender, should read because it follows the stories of so many women from so many different places all over the world during so many different time periods that literally everyone has the chance to gain some new perspective :-)

4.5/5 🌟
In her follow up to the brilliant Wonder Women Sam Maggs introduces readers to 20 girl squads that redefined art, science, sports, war and politics throughout history.

Written in a colloquial, accessible tone, each chapter of Girl Squads tells a familiar story - one of women fighting to be recognised in their field (whether that’s piracy or tennis) and supporting each other through thick and thin. One thing I loved about Girl Squads was the emphasis on how revolutionary and enduring female friend
Georgia Francis
Jan 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction, reviews
This book is a fun, lighthearted yet very interesting read. With some really beautiful illustrations by Jenn Woodall, Sam Maggs takes the reader to various points throughout history to meet some very inspirational women who banded together to create long lasting change in the world.

Girl Squads is split into five categories: athlete squads, political and activist squads, warrior squads, scientist squads and artist squads. I enjoyed learning about all of the women in this book however, my persona
Oct 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
The nonfiction feminist novel “Girl Squads” by Sam Maggs talks about iconic female friendships throughout history. Maggs focuses on impactful ‘girl squads’ dating back tens, hundreds, and even thousands of years. For example, there is a section on the Haenyeo, female free-divers in Korea from 400 A.D., and another section on the first women medical students in Great Britain, from the 19th century. This book is separated into sections, each about a different duo. It is also organized into chapter ...more
Jan 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Today's Non-fiction post is on Girl Squads: 20 Female Friendships That Changed History by Sam Maggs. it is 272 pages long and is published by Quirk Books. The cover is multi-colored with different groups of women in the different colors. The intended reader is someone who is interested in women's history. There is no foul language, no sex, and discussion of violence in this book. There Be Spoilers Ahead.

From the back of the book- A modern girl is nothing without her squad of besties. But don't l
Samantha Puc
Aug 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
I received an advanced egalley of Girl Squads through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. You can read that review in full on my blog, or read an excerpt below.


Give me a book that explores historical figures in short, illustrated essay format, and I’m so there. There are a number of books that do this really poorly, it’s true, but the ones that get it right get it really, really right. Luckily, Sam Maggs’ new book, Girl Squads: 20 Female Friendships That Changed History, illustrated b
Nov 30, 2018 rated it liked it
I would only recommend this book to become introduced to the amazing groups of women we never learned about in history class. HOWEVER - I'm a bit disappointed in Sam Maggs' biased writing. When writing about two particular women, it is clear in their actions and correspondence to each other that they were lovers. Maggs seems to derail the very idea by writing in the same breath: " her journals... she wrote: 'it was in this rustic place, in this profound solitude, that I realized the value o ...more
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SAM MAGGS is a bestselling writer of books, comics, and video games, including Marvel Action: Captain Marvel, The Unstoppable Wasp: Built on Hope, Tell No Tales, Con Quest!, and Marvel's Spider-Man PS4. A Canadian in Los Angeles, she misses Coffee Crisp and bagged milk. Visit her online at or @SamMaggs! ...more

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