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Six Angry Girls

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  837 ratings  ·  266 reviews
A story of mock trial, feminism, and the inherent power found in a pair of knitting needles.

Raina Petree is crushing her senior year, until her boyfriend dumps her, the drama club (basically) dumps her, the college of her dreams slips away, and her arch-nemesis triumphs.

Things aren’t much better for Millie Goodwin. Her father treats her like a servant, and the all-boy Moc
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published August 18th 2020 by Feiwel & Friends
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Lindsey Overall the LGBTQ+ representation is good. There are multiple queer main characters and it is just accepted by everyone without a focus on labels or a…moreOverall the LGBTQ+ representation is good. There are multiple queer main characters and it is just accepted by everyone without a focus on labels or awkward coming out scenes. Homophobia is also not used as a literary device to add drama either. As for asexual representation, there are two main characters who are both ace (one of which is a narrator). One of the main characters is also a trans woman and as a nonbinary person I have complicated feelings about how this is addressed in the book (I would recommend reading my review for more detail).(less)

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Nov 10, 2019 marked it as to-read
these six angry girls and this one angry guy aka me will get along splendidly, that's for sure ...more
Jasmine from How Useful It Is
This book is a fantastic read! I like how Millie stays positive by saying her daily affirmative lines. Knitting group! Love it. I used to go to one and made some great friends but stopped going because I had to move. I really missed it now that I'm reading about knitting group again. Knitting activism is pretty cool in this story! Mock Trial is cool as well and it's my first time learning about it reading this book. My high school never had anything like this. I like Raina's realization about ho ...more
Jul 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
"Let's go be angry. Or motivated. But triumphant, either way."

nadia | notabookshelf
Nov 09, 2019 marked it as to-read
Shelves: ya, library
"smash patriarchy in the process" is the one single phrase that makes me feel so conflicted on the inside that i start to burn and ache to read any version of the narrative that claims to be doing this, i'm READY ...more
Aug 22, 2020 rated it it was ok
This is definitely one of those books that lean more towards the “grrl power” and “smash the patriarchy” trendy side of feminism rather than being something that is meaningful to feminism in the long run. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, there’s a place to talk about the smaller ways men can bring women down, but I do wish this book covered more. This is a very simplistic and silly view of feminism. I don’t want to sound like I’m bashing knitting activism, it’s just I don’t think knitting a g ...more
Jun 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lgbtq
Oh my goodness this is just so good! All the happy, inclusive, girl power feels about taking down toxic masculinity and intolerance, plus it's laugh out loud funny. I definitely recommend giving this one a look.

Raina is excited about her senior year in drama, when her long-time boyfriend suddenly dumps her for someone else and she starts to rethink all her plans. Millie is dedicated to the mock trial team, but then the boys dump her despite her hard work, and at home her father basically treats
Sep 23, 2020 marked it as dnf
Recommends it for: fans of Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu
Shelves: 2020, ya
Winning message and rep, flat everything else, plus impossible to tell POVs apart.
laurel [the suspected bibliophile]
Raina is going to demolish her senior year—until her boyfriend breaks up with her, and the heartbreak causes her to forget to submit her cause for a new school play and the sophomores select Our Town. Fed up, grieving and wanting more, she quits drama and joins a knitting club. Meanwhile, Millie is struggling as well. Her father wants her as a Cinderella-servant and the Mock Trial team voted her out—despite her being the reason for their success! When Millie and Raina realize they have more to g ...more
1.5 stars

I’m so disappointed to come here and report to you all that I have, yet again, wasted valuable hours of my life reading a book about “girl power!!” only to find it incredibly trans-exclusionary. Before I get into this, I just want to note that I do not speak for all trans people, and that this is my personal view on this book.

I just thought a lot of the way this book dealt with feminism was incredibly trans-exclusionary and it made me feel like I, as a transmasc nonbinary person, was
anna grace
wow i am LIVING for this cover + the obviously sapphic feminist description
Samantha (WLABB)
Jul 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
After Raina is dumped out of nowhere and Millie is ousted from the mock trial team, they decide to channel their pain into forming a rival mock trial team. Though the team may have started as a means of payback, it grew into something that helped many of these young people reclaim some of their power.

Among the things I think a multitude of readers will embrace are the many facets of inclusion Kisner wove into this story. Aside from an extremely diverse cast, she also addressed inclusivity via t
3.5/ 5 Stars

I’m going to start this review by saying that this is one of the most beautiful and most aesthetically pleasing books that I have ever seen – not just the front cover but the whole design of the book, and even the chapter headings were both pretty and funny (I loved the case numbers!). So of course, I was already sold by that, but the synopsis was equally as intriguing! It follows two teens, Raina and Millie – Raina has just been dumped by her boyfriend after he cheated on her and, t
Claude's Bookzone
Aug 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
How is it that I have never heard of the Mock Trial Competition! We don't have it in NZ but I am still amazed that I knew nothing about this incredibly cool activity. When I was at school I would have lived and breathed a club like this. I have even mentioned it to a teacher at the school I work at and we are contemplating how we can make this happen. Mock Trial fan-girling aside.

I loved this book. It has a large eclectic cast of women and in my opinion the author struck a perfect balance betwee
Nov 03, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 12-and-13
My main high school extra-curriculars were debate and theatre (I know, I was clearly incredibly cool) so when I hear theatre kids, mock trial, feminism, and queerdom, I'm legally obligated to read it.

I listened to this in audio and the narrator rocks this. A lot of the time with YA, even really good narrators make it hard to buy that they're narrating for teenagers, but Khristine Hvam fully inhabits the perspective characters.

Also, can we talk about the diversity of our 6 titular angry girls? I
Dec 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: my-favourites, gay
4.5 ⭐️

THE REP THE REP THE REP!!! I loved this book so much, it was such a nice, light contemporary that dealt with so many feminist issues really well. It was a really quick read and I loved all of the characters!!
Eva B.
As an angry girl who loves theatre, social justice, and law, this was a mix of my some of my favorite things, but this didn't do it for me. The final case was handled really well, although I was really annoyed with Grace throughout the lead-up to it (joining Mock Trial means that you need to be willing to take positions you don't agree with, and she treated Millie horribly because of her dislike for the final case. The final case was shitty and awful but you can't just dip out on your team bef ...more
Carlie Schadler
Aug 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
I listened to this adorable audiobook and really enjoyed it! It’s jam packed with feminist and girl power, several LGBTQIA+ main characters, knitters for social justice, mock trial, found family, self discovery, and a whole bunch of sass!! If you want to set fire to the Patriarchy and you love contemporary reads then this book is for you! ❣️
Gerardine  Betancourt
Feb 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
"Being a girl its in how you stand up to all that stuff that's thrown at you and how you kick ass after "
Six angry high school girls get together in this story, in a difficult time of their lives. All of them have on thing and one goal only, break the patriarchy in the process.
4.5 stars

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"Being a girl its in how you stand up to all that stuff that's thrown at you and how you kick ass after "
Six angry high school girls get together in this story, in a difficult time of their lives. A
Paula  Phillips
Sep 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Lately, I have been reading a lot more YA books as I go through different phases with my reading. I wasn't sure what to expect with Six Angry Girls but I found myself loving this book as it talked about Social Justice and Feminism. The book starts with one of the main girls Raina being dumped by her long-time boyfriend and so she writes a letter to an Agony Aunt who tells her to get a hobby like knitting. She then joins an LYC - Local Yarn Club and finds comfort in knitting and these knitters ar ...more
Angry (or motivated) girls were several orders of magnitude more efficient than the calmest of men. They were already team players.

Six Angry Girls is about a group of girls who join forces to form a competitive Mock Trial team at their high school, in direct rivalry with the all-boy team their school already has. The dual POV follows Raina, who was cheated on and dumped unceremoniously by her long-time boyfriend, who is a member of the Mock Trial team and has controlled much of Raina's extra
Kristi Housman Confessions of a YA Reader
Six Angry Girls is definitely a new favorite!

This book had all the things I wanted. Friendships, just a bit of romance, lots of feminism, and humor. I laughed out loud more than once. I totally pictured the older women at knitting and it just made me laugh harder.

Raina has been doing theater and is sure about her future. She's going to a college where she can act and she'll be close to her boyfriend's college. They've been together for years and he was the one who encouraged her to act. Brandon
Lila Reads
Nov 11, 2019 marked it as to-read
Feminism and knitting? Sign me up.
Femiknits rule!
Sep 02, 2020 rated it it was ok
this wasn't for me ...more
Jaye Berry
Aug 31, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020, contemporary
Six Angry Girls is about a girl named Raina who gets dumped by her boyfriend and her future plans are ruined. She seeks an advice column and ends up getting a new hobby and new friends at a local knitting store- one where they use their knitting for activism. Millie gets treated like a servant by her father and then gets dumped by her all male mock trial team. To fight back they decide to make an all girl mock trial team.

This was cute, and actually made me want to learn to knit, deadass. (Well t
Jul 06, 2020 marked it as want-to-read-new
Is this a loose retelling of one-of-the-greatest-movies-of-all-time, 12 Angry Men? We love to see it.
May 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
(Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)

Six Angry Girls is for everyone who needs to find a little hope. Who loves queer girls, the power of standing up to the patriarchy, and friendship. It's a story that left me with such a supreme sense of satisfaction all around. I love Six Angry Girls from every angle. It's a book that celebrates knitting out of resistance, which is awesome enough, but it also celebrates fighting
Mina Rehman
Nov 10, 2019 marked it as to-read
Did someone mention smashing the patriarchy?
Elyse (ElyseReadsandSpeaks)
Sep 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was great! I thought this was a realistic high school smash-the-patriarchy book. And I also think this is the first book I've read that featured mock trial. For some reason, you just don't hear about that activity in books but I remember my high school having a team.

There was a lot of good girl power stuff in here - girl finding herself after getting dumped by stupid boyfriend, girl forming an all-girl mock trial team after getting booted from the other team, female advisor dealing with mis
Jul 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Six Angry Girls is told from the perspectives of two especially fed-up young ladies, Raina and Millie. Raina's boyfriend of five years dumps her (but not before finding a new girlfriend) and Millie, the backbone of the Mock Trial club, has been cut from the team for not being one of the boys, despite her running the show all throughout high school. These two join forces to create their own Mock Trial team-- all girls, all business, and guaranteed to take the boys down. I laughed, I gasped, I che ...more
Sep 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book gave me a vicarious thrill similar to--but much lighter than--that of Moxie. Millie and Raina empower each other and both go on a journey that will see them grow stronger and more self-assured and while the book's ending is satisfying, it is also realistic; a fact that this reader appreciated. ...more
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Adrienne Kisner has master's and doctorate degrees in theology from Boston University and was inspired by her work with high school and college students to write Dear Rachel Maddow. She is also a graduate of Vermont College of Fine Arts with an MFA in writing for children and young adults. Dear Rachel Maddow is her debut. ...more

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“No. Listen to what everyone said. It isn’t the being dumped. Though, apparently you get crapped on more if you aren’t a guy. The guys get better equipment and climbing time and press. I guess that is part of it. But being a girl is also what happens after all that. It’s in how you stand up to all that stuff that’s thrown at you and how you kick ass after.” 1 likes
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