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304 pages, Hardcover
First published October 1, 2019
Those fucking bastards. I want blood. I want it dripping off my skates. I want them to hurt. So make them hurt. Take their fucking manhood and chop it right off. That’s what they care about, right? Their soapy manhoods, shaking in the hallway at me. I will make them look like squirts. I will take their starting positions, their spots on the power play. They want to scare me off this team? Never. I will die first.
“Don’t worry, Manning,” he says, smirking. “I’ll go easy on you.” Perfect. My first target.
“Avery, move back,” Coach says. “I want an empty row between Manning and you boys.” From the back, someone whispers loudly, “Watch out, Avery. Vagina is catching.”
“Just in case the hockey girl needs backup from a swimmer,” he says. “We’re tougher than we look.”
On your way to Houghton?
Yep. In my special front seat of the bus. At least it doesn’t smell like boy up here.
Should I take offense at that?
God, no, you’re the cleanest boy I know. You always smell like pool.
Should I take offense at THAT???
"this is the separate-the-men-from-the-boys part.
lucky for me, i’m all girl."
This book was so much different than the typical YA, sports contemporaries that I read. This wasn’t a feel-good, romance-powered book. Instead, it covered real-life issues and centered around female empowerment. Michigan is a strong female character and there are many instances included in the novel where we see females supporting other females. I felt really connected to Michigan, and found myself rooting for her from the very beginning of the story. While this book isn’t a light-hearted read, it addresses real, societal problems that women are currently battling. Michigan vs. The Boys opens up the important discussion of sexism in our world today and I hope that anyone who has felt the way Michigan did can read this book and feel understood.