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3.56  ·  Rating details ·  304 ratings  ·  220 reviews
Love on the dark side of freedom

When Trixie picks up her best friend Lux for their weekend getaway, they’re looking to forget the despair of being trapped in their dead-end rustbelt town. The girls are packing light: a supply of Diet Coke and an ‘89 Canon to help Lux frame the world in a sunnier light; half a pack of cigarettes that Trixie doesn’t really smoke, and a knife
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Kindle Edition, 272 pages
Published June 1st 2021 by Wednesday Books
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theresa
May 13, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Trouble Girls is a beautifully written thrill ride, taking readers through emotional turmoil, high stakes and grunge aesthetic. Rubin sensitively explores rape culture and victim blaming through two teenage girls unfortunately all too familiar with a system that protects abusers and denies their victims justice. With an intense relationship, vivid imagery and girls fighting back, Trouble Girls will leave you breathless.

I really enjoyed this book! For me, Trouble Girls’ main strength lies in its
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mishi
"Shit like this is why I trust no man. You can’t ever tell who’s a hog or not just by looking at their face. Better to assume they all are."

This was such a thrilling read. It's the kind of book that make you feel you are a part of it.
I loved the plot, it's scary how relevant and appropriate this book is for our time. The real strength of the book lies in it's characters. I love how genuinely authentic they were. I truly felt the character's emotions. Most of the stuff they did, I could actu
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Katie B
3.5 stars

I read this book a few weeks ago, and I've been contemplating since then what I wanted to say in my review. I have mixed feelings about the book, although I lean more positive than negative. You pretty much get what is advertised but I couldn't help but wonder if the author chose a different path perhaps this book could have been an outstanding read instead of just a solid, decent read.

Trixie has been dealt a bad hand when it comes to her home life. She's looking forward to a weekend ge
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E.
"a queer, modern re-imagining of Thelma & Louise"

that's all i need to know
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R
Nov 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Best friends Trixie and Lux were excited to get away for a weekend of fun to Fever Lake. On the way there, they decided to stop at a college bar, a place they knew they wouldn’t get carded. Both girls were still in high school but Lux wanted to dance and have some fun with this college crowd, and she did. There was dancing, flirting, and some kisses. Then suddenly and unexpectedly their fun vacation turned into a nightmare with both girls on the run. But along the way, the girls found the freedo ...more
bella
cw/tw: sexual assault, mentions of past child sexual abuse, attempted sexual assault, ptsd, death, stabbing, blood, threats of violence/sexual violence, abuse, ailing parent, parental death (mentioned)
Natasha
Sep 07, 2020 marked it as to-read
I'm a simple person, I see a book is sapphic and I add it to my tbr ...more
Julia Rubin
May 05, 2021 added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Anger. Frustration. Despair. Anxiety. That specific horrible feeling of being a young, vulnerable girl up against an older man looking you up and down like a potential meal. The way your blood pressure spikes while reading hateful, vicious comments online in a seemingly endless echo chamber of rage and hatred.

These are just some of the feelings that inspired my novel Trouble Girls, but there are lighter feelings that guided me, too: hope, joy, love, awe. That amazing sensation of listening to yo
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charlotte, (½ of readsrainbow)
On my blog.

Rep: lesbian mc, bi li

CWs: domestic abuse, sexual assault, past child sexual abuse

Galley provided by publisher

Trouble Girls is a book that feels mostly aesthetic and not much deeper. I mean, I’m perfectly willing to accept that this might just have been me — plenty of people haven’t had this problem after all. But if we’re talking why I didn’t enjoy this book, that would be the biggest reason (and one I’ll come back to later).

The story follows Trixie and Lux as they set off on a w
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birdie
no one's as shocked by this rating as i am, trust me. with this many elements i adore — feminism, dark vibes, morally grey sapphics on the run and more — trouble girls could've easily become an instant fave of mine. at least, that's what i expected, but unfortunately this is not the case.

if you're interested in reading my full review on my blog, be sure to click here!

what i liked:

- the main character, trixie, is really cynical. she's our point of view and i feel like julia lynn rubin perfectly c
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Gabriella
tw/cw: alcohol, anxiety, panic attacks, blood, graphic injuries, death, depersonalization, dementia, drugs, guilt, homelessness, misogyny, teen pregnancy, racism, white supremacy, sexual assault/rape (on-page), suicidal thoughts, teenage pregnancy, threats, tobacco use, violence

I was sucked into this dark, emotional YA thriller. It’s the epitome of secondhand anxiety and there aren’t many light moments to balance out the dread, but since this book deals with the ugly aftermath of sexual assault
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Kristy
A queer Thelma & Louise that doesn't live up to its potential

High school best friends Trixie and Lux are headed for a much-needed weekend getaway. Trixie needs to forget about her depressing waitress job, where all the men are "hogs" and her sick mom, and Lux needs to escape her overbearing dad. But a horrific night of violence changes everything and Trixie and Lux find themselves fugitives, running away from their tiny West Virginia town and everything they've ever known. Before they know it, t
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Carrie (brightbeautifulthings)
Trixie and her best friend, Lux, are off for a weekend of partying and camping, a brief escape from the bitter realities of life in their small town and Trix’s ailing mother. But when a stop at a nightclub turns violent, the girls are suddenly fleeing across the country from police and a media storm. Their lives have been changed forever, so the girls decide to make the most of it, branding themselves the Trouble Girls and leaving a trail of crime in their wake. I received a free e-ARC through N ...more
rose ✨
dnf @ 24%

as a huge thelma and louise fan, i had high expectations for trouble girls, but this contemporary reimagining just fell flat for me. i found the writing so clunky and heavy-handed that despite the incredibly high-stakes storyline and serious themes, i was never able to connect with either trixie or lux—and even their supposed connection felt forced. i do appreciate what the author was trying to do, but all in all this one was a disappointment for me.

i received an arc from netgalley in
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Hsinju
Buddy read with Gabriella! I encourage you to check out her 4-star review instead.

This book is well-written and I did like the social commentary-ness of Trouble Girls, but I don’t know... maybe Thelma & Louise just isn’t meant to be retold in YA in almost its entirety.

Trixie Denton (~17) and Lux Leesburg (~17) go on a weekend getaway but accidentally get entangled with a crime. Now, they are on the run and the road trip stretches into days and weeks.

I… am not sure what I just read.

I appreciate t
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Sapphic Bookshelf
*Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin's Press for the ARC in exchange for my honest review*

I thought Trouble Girls would be something like Promising Young Woman meets Thelma & Louise but unfortunately it didn’t meet my expectations.

Trixie and Lux are two girls from a small town in West Virginia, who desperately need to get away for the weekend to escape their difficult lives. However, in their attempt to have fun things go sideways and they end up committing a crime and running away across the
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Dana Mele
Jul 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Thelma and Louise meets Natural Born Killers--incisive, unflinching, and beautifully written. I read it in one night and it took a full weekend to sink in. This book packs an emotional punch! Set aside time for this one--you won't want to put it down until you know how it ends (it's worth it). ...more
Kelly Lyn
one of my favorite movies of all time is Thelma and Louise. While the stories are similar and this has been modernized to include internet, cell phones and pop music.. it just dragged. Of course the conflict happens at the beginning, but reading about their time on the run was boring as hell. You can only read about them shoplifting and missing their mama and family for a little bit before you get annoyed.

I also feel that the #metoo message was lost. There were protest mentioned but then it was
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Andy
3.5/5

Thank you to Netgalley for providing an eARC in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

Very much a feminist and queer re-imagining of Thelma & Louise. I was super excited for this book, but alas it wasn't exactly what I expected. Ultimately I still enjoyed this one and I hope we get more books like this with queer characters.

Trouble Girls is about Trixie and Lux, two small town girls who are headed on a well deserved vacation. They stop in a college town bar and when Lux is
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Trisha
Feb 25, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm really torn on this one - 2 stars rounded up for the love story.

I liked a lot of things about this story. I liked the reality of life on the run - being dirty, breaking out, being hungry, sleeping weird hours and some of the odd people you are forced to align yourself with. I loved the love story - their shared history, their fierce protectiveness, their handholding and being there for each other.

I also liked how the hog story and the fear after being attacked was handled. It's a rough topi
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Amy Imogene Reads
Nov 20, 2020 marked it as to-read
This sounds epic and awesome and I'm READY

Thank you to Wednesday Books for an ARC of this title in exchange for an honest review.
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lauraღ
All I know is, I'd still be me, and I'd still want to love every part of someone just like Lux.

3.5 stars. I'm trying to figure out if I'd have liked this more or less if I'd ever seen/knew more than the bare basics about the movie Thelma and Louise. Would I have gotten more out of it, to see all the parallels? Or would all the similarities have frustrated me?

I don't know. But I did enjoy this. Mostly? It's the story of two girls who end up on the run after what was supposed to be a weekend g
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jut
Jun 08, 2021 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2021-s-books
i…am not sure what i just read.
mad mags
(Full disclosure: I received a free e-ARC for review through NetGalley. Content warning for violence against women, including rape and sexual assault. Caution: this review contains some vague spoilers.)

"Shit like this is why I trust no man. You can’t ever tell who’s a hog or not just by looking at their face. Better to assume they all are."

It's the end of junior year, and lifelong BFFs Trixie Denton and Lux Leesburg are planning a road trip to Fever Lake for the long weekend. But their plans go
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Mia
Feb 26, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars

Trouble Girls is thought-provoking, road-trip thriller and queer love story about high schoolers turned fugitives is written great. I just wished it had epilogue but overall, it was well-written and I highly recommend it.

ARC kindly provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Paige Hettinger
Jun 05, 2021 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs
this is the promising young woman of books.
Nev
Mar 31, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2021, lgbtqiap
A queer, modern day Thelma & Louise for the YA market. Trouble Girls had me hooked from the very first paragraph. In a couple of sentences Julia Lynn Rubin had set the tone for the entire story. I instantly knew Trixie’s voice and her outlook on the world. The journey that Trixie and Lux go on isn’t a scene for scene recreation of the movie so the plot still kept me on the edge of my seat.

I personally loved how harsh and messy this book was at times. I can see how those things won’t appeal to a
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Laynie Rose
What a stunning, sucker punch of a novel. It was a devastatingly beautiful love letter to angry girls and queer girls everywhere. This book filled a niche for me that I didn't know I was missing: the angry girls, the messy girls, the girls who make actual mistakes with incredibly high stakes in the contemporary world, and this book provided that for me. It was thrilling to read and you latched onto the characters right away and were with them every mile of their journey. I also loved the discuss ...more
dani
Nov 28, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“I don’t know when it started, really. It crept up on me slowly, like a soothing lullaby that lulled me into dreams of always her.”


Parts of this book were really difficult for me to read personally. But that’s because the way this story was written every high and low felt insanely realistic even more so as a survivor. Lux & Trixie took me on a devastating and thrilling journey and I’m really glad I stuck it out till the end.

TW // sexual assault , ptsd in relation to sexual assault
Rainbow Beans
The blurb makes this book look really good and I want to read it but it was described as "the aesthetic of Riverdale" and I really don't want to read a book with the 'aesthetic of Riverdale' because have you seen Riverdale? It's not good. ...more
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Julia Lynn Rubin lives the writer's life in Brooklyn. She earned an MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults at The New School in 2017, and for three years, served as a writing mentor for Girls Write Now, New York City's premiere writing program for high school girls.

Julia has been writing books, poems, and stories since first grade, and loves reading about everything from film analysis to psych
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