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Some Girls Bind

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  178 ratings  ·  89 reviews
Jamie knows that she isn't like other girls. She has a secret. She binds her chest every day to feel more like herself. Jamie questions why she is drawn to this practice and why she is afraid of telling her friends, who have their own secrets. Could she really be genderqueer?
ebook, 200 pages
Published February 1st 2019 by West 44 Books
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Luupi "The Reading Queen"
3.5 stars

First of all, I'm not the biggest poetry reader so you may want to take my opinion with a grain of salt.


Some Girls Bind was such a unique story for me, I've never read a book where the main character is genderqueer before so it was a great experience being able to see through Jamie's eyes.

Jamie are adorably sweet and strong nontheless. I loved seeing how they discovered how they felt about their identity and how that was perceived by other people. Their struggle was so saddening but tru
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Kiki Cole
Oct 27, 2018 rated it liked it
Don’t you just love when e-books from Netgalley mess up words, passages, or add repeat the same section over and over for half of the book? 😂 The third one happened with this one and I thought I was going crazy.
Brandy
Mar 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“What if this is a test
And the answer is all of the above?”

I love the format of this! <3 The poetic writing is just amazing. So many beautiful quotes I wanted to include, but I think it’s frowned upon to quote the entire book in your review. *sighs*

Jamie is a high school student who identifies as they. Not they as in plural, but they as in not girl or boy: Gender Queer. The story follows Jamie as they “come out” to others about their identity. This book also talks about how to be su
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Katie.dorny
Nov 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
I am a sucker for a book written like poetry and lgbtqia books.

I highly recommend this book to everyone however you identify.

It’s emotional, it’s honest about what someone who is genderqueer and in high school goes through internally and with their loved ones. It isn’t a massively heavy book, I love that it seems to be targeted at younger audiences like it’s teaching the next generation how normal this is and how you can be an ally to anyone learning their identity.

Sandra "Jeanz"
Oct 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
The cover has a young female body with the chest bound to look flat, but at this stage we do not know if this is a girl who wants to look like a boy, or something/someone else.

After watching a TV mini series called Butterfly about a young boy who identified as a girl. The mini series centered on his family and how they coped with the news as well as how the young boy himself felt, what he went through at school and with the "system" he had to work through to be herself.

I then noticed this title
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Jun 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: rants
I'm disappointed about this book... maybe I've just been spoiled, and I know there aren't a lot of good trans books out there, but this one just didn't 100% work for me.

So, firstly, the title and blurb misgender the main character. I get (in THEORY) why one might not want to spoil things, but this is literally a book about coming out as genderqueer. The blurb mentions that. I assumed originally that 1) this might be a gender-non-conforming (GNC) girl or nonbinary fem who binds, or 2) an AFAB non
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Ariana
Originally posted on: The Quirky Book Nerd

*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review*

This is what is considered “hi-lo” fiction—short books that are designed to encourage young, reluctant readers to read more. This one seems like it is aimed for an early middle school to early high school audience, so basically mid-middle grade and early young adult. I did like this story quite a bit and I thought the diversity shown here was fantastic. I love seeing more
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Manon the Malicious
I was provided an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Told through verses, this book is Jamie's story. Jamie is a teenager, goes to school has friends, and secrets. Jamie's main secret is that they're not a she and they're afraid of people finding out.

This was pretty good. I enjoyed the poems and it's always interesting to hear about points of view from the community. My problem with the books from this publisher stays the same. They're too short and don't convey as much feelings
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Lucie
Jan 31, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lgbtq
3.5 Stars
*I received an eArc via NetGalley in exchange for an honest answer*

This book was fine... The only somewhat interesting thing about this book is the fact that the main character was genderqueer. Other than that I found the main character to be pretty bland for me to be honest, and I don't think it's helpful for a character's most interesting trait to be their gender identity. However, I can see how the main character's story could be affirming for another reader and actually how the char
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Rachel
*thank you to Netgalley and West 44 Books for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*

4 stars.

Wow. I dont know what I was really expecting when I took interest in this. It sounded different to anything I had really read and I was right about that. This book was SO good! It was written in verse, a poetic way that made it beautiful. The characters are people who most of us can relate to, with very updated issues. I have never read a story where the main character is genderqueer so I r
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Alexa
I received an ARC through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

When I look in the mirror,
I don’t see a girl and
I don’t see a boy. I just see
my goofy glasses and Beatle-like hair.


Let's get this out of the way first: the formatting of the ARC I read is horrible. There is a part where the same section repeats 4-5 times, and there are words that are either missing, or look more like keysmashes than actual words, and I have to try to figure out what it was supposed to be. I'm going to try my be
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emma
A coming out story in verse about a kid who binds and is genderqueer. If I’m reading a coming out story I guess I’d like more insight to feelings on gender, rather than mostly feelings on coming out... also, the name? Girls? She’s not a girl? Idk. I have questions. But if a kid wants a book about coming out as genderqueer, maybe I’d think of this one.
3.5/5

Edit: Now that I've had time to ruminate, I am less impressed. Here's why:
- The title !!!! What tf is the title !!! At the very least cross ou
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Jodie "Bookish"  Cook
Dec 05, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
Book Review
Title: Some Girls Bind
Author: Rory James
Genre: YA/LGBTQ+
Rating: *
Review: So, all I could get from the synopsis is we are following a girl named Jamie who binds her chest as she feels more comfortable this way until she beings think that she might be genderqueer. As the book is so short my review will reflect this. We are introduced to Jamie and her friends who all have a secret, for example, Levi is gay, and she is possibly genderqueer, but they don’t share their secrets except with e
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Nicole Field
Jan 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry, netgalley
I was a little concerned going into this book because I hadn't heard much from trans and nonbinary reviewers that I know. However, going into this book was a refreshing, wonderful experience.

It's written as a verse novel from the first person PoV of teenaged Jamie. Right from the start, we are introduced their very queer friendly friendship group (I particularly like the line where one of her friends is worried that he's not queer/doesn't have any secrets and the rest of the group reassures him
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Sarah E.
Jan 24, 2019 rated it it was ok
I was gifted an ebook via Netgalley.

I was looking forward to this book a lot because I'm trying to educate myself to be a good ally. I want to support the #OwnVoices movement as much as possible. Although I was having trouble finding any information on the author, the "about the author" section of the book did say that the author was inspired by their journey with gender.

The issue that I had with this as a reader was that the synopsis is basically the story. There wasn't really a story here. The
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Bogi Takács
Contemporary young adult novel in verse; an ownvoices genderqueer book. It’s a hi-lo book (meaning relatively mature themes but relatively simple language) and I love those, people generally talk about hi-lo books for teens who have language / reading disabilities, but I think they are great for adult language learners too. Writers have different approaches to hi-lo; this book read a bit sparse, and I think something can be poetic even with simple language, while here the author seemed to assume ...more
RachelReadsandSings
3.5 stars! Wow, this was a really quick read! I think I finished it in just an hour.

I enjoyed the format of Jamie's story being told in verse, but I think it could have used more substance. I feel like the important events happened too quickly (such as Jamie deciding they're non-binary, coming out to their parents, etc), so it just seemed unbelievable to me. I could have used more passages of Jamie coming to terms with who they are as well as how that changes the relationships with friends and
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Becca (Coffeebooksandjournals)
Thank you to Netgalley for providing me with a review copy.
I gave this a four out of five stars and I really enjoyed it. There someone whose gender queer, gay and, questioning. When the main person Jamie is coming to terms with themself. I noticed some similarities from when I was coming to terms with myself being gay. I absolutely recommend you to pick this up. I highlighted some lines that I liked in things poetry and this book made me cry.

Some lines I liked:
“We’re here, and we’re queer”

“”So
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Heather Pearson
Oct 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, poetry, lgbtq
A poetic look at the emotions/feelings/concerns of a teen who binds their chest. While they realize that they are genderqueer, their family and friends think that they are female, just as they always have.

Jamie is having a hard time deciding how to tell their parents and friends. They told their best friend Levi about being genderqueer, but wasn't ready to tell about the binding.

I really like this book. I found the poetic presentation stripped the story down to its basics, making the issues clea
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A
May 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kcpl
I was really floored by this. I wish I'd had a book like this as a teenager.

About the fears and uncertainty about realizing you do not fit the mold. In this case, an afab teenager begins to embrace their gender nonconformity (binding, they/them pronouns, genderqueer identity). [Where do you fit? Will anyone accept what you know in your heart to be true? What may you lose by moving outside the gender binary?]

Made me tear up a couple times with the extent of the emotions portrayed, but ultimatel
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Avery (Book Deviant)
this ARC was one of the worst i have ever encountered (typos galore, keyboard smashes, repeated chapters for 20+%) but the story was good. if i could follow it :/ full review to come on my blog.
Lilianne_Starr
Jul 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019, favorite-books
I really liked this book because it felt like a comfortable place to go to while reading.
Carolina
this was a really nice story. as someone who's struggled with their gender a lot, i feel pretty seen.

actual rating: 3.25/5 stars
Isabel
Jun 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
being enby and coming out isn't easy and this book had some good stuff i could rlly relate to
Anniek
Jan 03, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lgbtq, non-binary-mc
I got an eARC through Netgalley in exchange for my honest opinion.

The main reason I'm only rating this book 3 stars is that it felt more like a draft than a finished book. The formatting was off and there were strange repetitions within the text, making it difficult to keep track of the story properly. I might give it another try when the finished copy is released.

I do however love a verse novel, and this was a really quick but really insightful read. I can't judge the genderqueer rep myself, an
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Isaiah
Feb 20, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
To see more reviews check out MI Book Reviews.

I got an ARC of this book.

I got this because I was super excited by genderqueer rep in YA books. The title and the description are pretty misleading. Just assume everything I type is going to be a spoiler after this line. Ok, so Jamie is genderqueer, that is established super early on in the book with very little fanfare. There is a lot of angst about coming out, but the identity itself was super easy. They started using they pronouns pretty early in
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Kayla
Jan 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2019
I received an eARC of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Some Girls Bind tells the story of teenage Jamie, who is binds their chest and is questioning whether or not they are genderqueer. The book follows Jamie as they figure out their identity as well as being comfortable sharing it with others. That being said, there is little plot in this story. The story itself is more character driven rather than plot driven which I found really worked well for both the story itself
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Abi M
Jul 13, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
For the record, I'm genderfluid. Not exactly the same as genderqueer, but close enough since it falls under the same umbrella.

I'm honestly not sure how to feel about this one. It barely felt like a completed story. Poetry isn't normally my thing, but considering Ellen Hopkins used to (keyword: used) be my favorite author as a teen, I was willing to give it a try. Unlike Ellen Hopkins, Rory James does not make up for the lack of words on each page by making the book longer. It already looks like
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Andy Winder
Some Girls Bind features a protagonist who explores self-acceptance and how to come out as non-binary throughout the course of the novel. While some groups make a distinction, the author doesn’t specifically define non-binary vs genderqueer and uses both terms interchangeably. The book does make a distinction between gender non-conforming vs non-binary identity, which I feel is helpful for both trans and cisgender readers.

Although the book’s synopsis uses “she/her” for Jamie, they also discover
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Casey
Jan 25, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lgbt, ya

I received this ARC via Netgalley in return for an honest review

I think I need to lay off poetry for a while because it's not hitting me like I hope it will. It usually gets (at best) three stars from me and that tells me I'm just not the intended reader. This is poetry in general, as I just like lyric poetry more as apposed to free verse.

This book does have a good flowing narrative throughout it which I really liked. I find it keeps the subject matter in focus as apposed to breaking off into
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