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Rebel Girls

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  51 ratings  ·  42 reviews
It’s 1992, and there’s a rumor spreading in Baton Rouge…

When it comes to being social, Athena Graves is far more comfortable creating a mixtape playlist than she is talking to cute boys—or anyone, for that matter. Plus her staunchly feminist views and love of punk rock aren’t exactly mainstream at St. Ann’s, her conservative Catholic high school.

Then a malicious rumor star
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Kindle Edition, 384 pages
Expected publication: September 10th 2019 by Inkyard Press
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Betsy
Jul 07, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
More rebellion, please!


Most people wouldn't touch this topic with a ten-foot pole, so I'll give Keenan tons of credit for finding an eleven-foot pole :)


Rebel Girls explains the different viewpoints in the abortion debate in a way that's accessible to teens. It leans a bit pro-choice, but the story's focus is really on understanding others' views. That alone makes it worth a read.


My major problem is with the book's title--"Rebel Girls" doesn't involve all that much rebellion, but I guess "Work W
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Kyra Leseberg (Roots & Reads)
Jul 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
It's 1992 and Athena Graves is figuring out who she is in her Baton Rouge, Louisiana Catholic high school.  She has feminist views, a love for punk rock, and an appreciation for the up-and-coming riot grrrl movement after hearing a Bikini Kill demo while visiting her mom in Washington state over the summer.

Athena is shocked to hear a rumor spreading that her younger pro-life sister Helen had an abortion over the summer.  While the sisters know it didn't happen, Helen is embarassed and stunned wh
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Jackie
Jul 31, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: giveaways
I won this in a Goodreads giveaway. Touches upon opinions of abortion at a Catholic School in the 1990s. Interesting read about how political, religious and a solely women’s issue shape one’s opinions of someone else
Kristi Housman Confessions of a YA Reader
Rebel Girls really appealed to me based off the time that the book takes place in.  The year is 1992 and I was in high school then.  There were some definite reminders that felt accurate of the time period.  Others not so much.  Athena is the girl I wish I was.  While I thought I was feminist and had some feminist views, I wasn't into punk yet, I obsessed too much over boys, and I very much cared what people thought of me.  I wanted to fit in, not stand out.  In some ways, I'm still like that.  ...more
Amber
Disclaimer: I received this book for free from NetGalley and Inkyard Press in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

I LOVED this book. I feel like it did a pretty good job of filling the hole Moxie left behind when I finished that earlier this year. It’s smart, the characters are great, and it doesn’t hesitate to take on a difficult topic.

Before I go and squeal about it some more, I do want to leave some possible trigger warnings f
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Jaye Berry
In fairness because this book isn't out for a couple months, I won't leave a rating because it's a low one. Still love the cover though.

While I appreciate the attempt and idea behind this book, it just isn't it. Everything is so messy and I'm sorry to say even the writing wasn't good. This book is all about a girl whose sister ends up in the middle of a bad rumor that is ruining her life at their Catholic school in 1992 until she decides to fight back.

That's one of my issues though, a lot of thi
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Pamela Stennett
Jun 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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{I was given a copy of this book by the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review and all thoughts are my own.}

Holy crap. This book is SO good, y’all. It’s not out till September but you should definitely read it. It basically covers the Life/Choice conversations happening in the south in 1992 (in a fictional Baton Rouge Catholic high school) and it’s got Riot Grrrls and 90’s punk rock and Bikini Kill and third wave feminism critique and
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Kate
Aug 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
As soon as I heard about this book, I knew there was a good chance that I would love it:

1. It's set in the 1990s in the south (Baton Rouge, Louisana).
2. The Riot Grrrl movement features heavily, especially Bikini Kill and their first tape.
3. It tackles an important topic -- abortion -- in a non-exploitative, non-melodramatic way.
4. It's written by a musicologist! (I've never met the author, so this is an unbiased review.)
5. THAT COVER.

I am happy to report that the book lived up to my expectati
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Kendra
Jul 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a great book. Everyone ages 9 and up should have this put in their hands to read ASAP. When her anti-choice younger sister Helen is rumored to have had an abortion by their Catholic school's mean girls clique, her pro-choice, riot grrrl sister Athena and her friends build a campaign to counter the accusations and to make everyone rethink their positions on shame, privacy, and autonomy. Along the way, Athena, whose collections of zines and punk rock albums is a solid reading and playlist ...more
Jenn
Jun 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, own
I received a digital ARC of this title from Edelweiss for an honest review.

"Rebel girl! Rebel girl! Rebel girl, you are the queen of my world!". Athena attends a Catholic high school in Baton Rouge in the early 90s. This year, her little sister Helen is joining her. Helen is everything that Athena is not: she's outgoing, gorgeous, and popular. But when Athena's best friend's girlfriend spreads a rumor that Helen had an abortion over the summer after getting pregnant by a super racist classmate,
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Mike Chen
Jul 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As a 1990s teen who was into indie rock and Green Party and Rock The Vote, this book encapsulated so much of what I was feeling at the time (I'm old). But it's not just a nostalgia trip with great characters (though seriously, I would have been friends with Athena and we would have listened to Throwing Muses and The Replacements together), it's fun and funny and meaningful and provides accessible insight into what pro-choice and women's rights are about -- and why they're important. But also gre ...more
Nicole
Jun 22, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Copy received from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Review to come soon!
Namrata
Jun 27, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
CAN'T WAIT FOR THIS BOOK!!! SOUNDS VERY EXCITING!!!
Nemo (The Moonlight Library)
When you title a book Rebel Girls, I kind of expected more outwards rebelling and less gently bending of school rules.

A hundred bonus points for immersing me in 1992.

rtc
Bryn Coape-arnold
Jun 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fun romp of a book that threw me right back to high school. All of the drama, all of the angst, all of the highs and lows that come with being a teen. The best part? It's set in 1992, complete with great pop culture references (including a Kids in the Hall reference - yes!) and appropriate clothing choices (Doc Martens anyone?).

Athena Graves attends a conservative Catholic private school in Baton Rouge, Louisiana but her beliefs don't quite align with the school's. When her conservative, pro-
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Kelly
Jun 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"What would Kathleen Hanna do?"

(Full disclosure: I received a free e-ARC for review through Netgalley. Trigger warning for depictions of misogyny, racism, and homophobia.)

I knew what the Riot Grrrl ideals were: Support girls around you. Don’t be jealous of other girls. Avoid competition with them. Being loud and crying in public were valid ways of being a girl. Being a girl didn’t mean being weak or bad. Claiming your sexuality, no matter what that meant to you, was a good thing. And the revolut
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Ashley
Jul 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
**Disclaimer: I received a free advanced reader copy of Rebel Girls by Elizabeth Keenan from Harlequin Teen through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to them for the opportunity!

Rebel Girls by Elizabeth Keenan is a contemporary historical fiction novel set in the early 90s in Louisiana. It comes out on September 10th, 2019. I gave it four stars on GoodReads, but it’s more of a 4.5 star read.

Here’s the summary from GoodReads:

In 1992 Baton Rouge, a single rumor has the power to
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Janet
Jul 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When it is hot as heck outside and there is nothing cool to do but reading as everything else makes you end up a sweaty mess, it is the perfect day for a speed reader.

I received a temporary digital Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

From the publisher, as I do not repeat the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it as they do it better than I do 😸.

In 1992 Baton Rouge, a single rumour has the power to change a girl’s life forever.

Wh
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Jennifer
It's 1992 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and Athena and her sister Helen are being raised by a single dad who loves them, but works long hours to keep them enrolled in an expensive Catholic high school. The girls spend summers with their absent-minded, pro-choice, feminist college professor mother. Athena, a sophomore over-achiever who prefers not to draw attention to herself, and Helen, a freshman with brains and beauty who has dreams of being a model and strong pro-life views, do not really get alo ...more
Susan
Jun 13, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
I received an Advanced Readers Copy at a librarian event.

I know in YA books the story lines are less nuanced than in adult books, but a couple of characters were too flat for me to be believable. Yes, teens can be very cruel, but I have never known anyone as one-sided as Leah. There was a peek at some tough things going on in her life, and I thought the story would show that all is not as they appear and Leah is actually human, too, but it never got there. Also the guidance counselor, Mrs. Evan
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Laura Dallas
Aug 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I grew up as a punk rock feminist teenager in the 1990's, so I was immediately drawn to this book. I loved it! The narrator, Athena, and her friend are exploring the riot grrrl movement of the early 90's as they attend their private Catholic high school that enforces a pro-life policy. Athena's musings on what it means to be a riot grrrl and her perceived failures and triumphs in adhering to the movement are spot on reflections for a girl of her age at this time in history. Even though I was mor ...more
Lil_socks
Jun 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First, off big thanks to you to Ink Yard Pres and Netgalley for giving me an arc to read and let me tell you I read. I binged. I finished this book at 3:27 AM because couldn't stop. There were so many things I liked about this book. Rebel girls are one of those books that have a great message for women everywhere.

something that I always look for in a good book is the story and this is such a good one. Heart-warming and inspiring, get you feeling the feels. The story does a good job of helping y
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Kathy
Jun 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for honest review.

Rebel Girls is an absolutely fierce feminist masterpiece that I wish existed when I was in high school. I want to give a copy of it to every teenaged girl I know.

Its main character Athena Graves is a fledgling Riot Grrl at an extremely conservative Catholic high school in 1992 Baton Rouge. Her pro-life little sister gets accused of having an abortion, which could get her kicked out of school. Their band of friends teams
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Kristin
I enjoyed many aspects of this book but there were definitely some flaws here.

I loved the whole idea of the plot, two sisters go to a strict Catholic school and a rumor is started involving the youngest sister. I liked that it discussed a serious topics of abortion and bullying. I enjoyed the author weaving through some 90s music references and other references to 90s culture. I loved the feminist aspects in the story as well. Athena, the main character, was very true to trying to rise above get
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Kristin
I enjoyed many aspects of this book but there were definitely some flaws here.

I loved the whole idea of the plot, two sisters go to a strict Catholic school and a rumor is started involving the youngest sister. I liked that it discussed a serious topics of abortion and bullying. I enjoyed the author weaving through some 90s music references and other references to 90s culture. I loved the feminist aspects in the story as well. Athena, the main character, was very true to trying to rise above get
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Elysa
Aug 04, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rebel Girls follows two sisters, the riot grrrl pro-choice Athena and the aspiring model pro-life Helen, as they face down rumors spread around their school about Helen. This book covers several issues besides abortion, but the focus remains there in this story set in a Catholic private school. Keenan's book is great because it doesn't attack either side of the debate, and the characters learn to get along and help each other despite their opposing viewpoints. Athena's character confused me at t ...more
Anya
Jul 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
(I received an ARC of this is in a giveaway)
I loved this! As a punk rock girl myself, Rebel Girls was the empowering feminist punk read I’ve been dreaming of! The characters were really the best part of this. I would so recommend this book.

Pros:
Helen, she experienced the most development over the course of the book, and I started the book annoyed with her, and ended it loving her.
Sister Catherine, I loved her characterization. I rarely see religious characters with feminist views, and it was nic
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caitlin
Jun 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review copy courtesy of Edelweiss.

I’m sure this book is meant for actual teenagers but it will probably strike more of a chord with ladies in their thirties missing their riot girl youth. And that’s okay - the recent past setting of the early 90s seems like it was a nostalgic choice of the author but this reader kept fuming that the story could absolutely be set in present time. This is a careful balancing of the tale of a pro-choice Catholic high schooler who discovers her anti-choice younger s
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Mercedes Roth
Aug 14, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf
**I received an early copy of this book from Netgalley and the publisher. All opinions expressed are my own.**

Actual Rating: Did Not Finish
Recommend: Sure
Review:

So I like the plot and idea of this book, and I do think actual teen readers (the desired demographic for this book) would love it. I think the book attempts to tackle a controversial issue while also juggling familial bonds, friendship, sisterly spats, high school, first love, and finding your path.
I like how this book uses the punk Ri
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Keelin Rita
Aug 10, 2019 marked it as did-not-finish  ·  review of another edition
I’m dnf-ing this book because of one reason: passive character. Athena by all accounts should be an interesting main character. Struggling between supporting her friend whose ideals align with her own and defending her sister who sits on the other side of the argument is a recipe for good dramatic tension and character development. Unfortunately Athena is a very passive character. She lets everything happen to her, she never does anything, she never drives the action. I’ve seen other people ment ...more
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