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"What if I played football?" I ask. As soon as it's out of my mouth, I feel stupid. Even suggesting it feels like I've overstepped some kind of invisible line we've all agreed not to discuss. We don't talk about how Mara is different from other girls. We don't talk about how Mara is gay but no one says so. But when I do stuff like this, I worry it gets harder for us all to ...more
Hardcover, 384 pages
Expected publication: August 3rd 2021 by Freeform
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Feb 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Mara, 16, loved to play basketball but after a fighting incident during the game she was thrown off the team. In order to prove herself, her coach told her she needed to join another team sport to demonstrate she can play and not get into any fights. Her coach set it up for Mara to play volleyball. But Mara didn’t fit in with the other girls and their dress code. She wanted to play football with her brother and best friend. Since there wasn’t any girl football team at her high school, she joined ...more
theresa
Dec 16, 2020 marked it as unreleased
Shelves: 21-releases, lgbtq, wlw-mc
butch lesbian taking down the patriarchy one highschool football team at a time!

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Katie Burrows
Jan 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I received a free advanced copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. See the end for teacher-specific feedback.

I was excited by the premise of “Like Other Girls” by Britta Lundin. It’s one of those stories that seems to pop up in local or national news on occasion; girl makes history by joining boys’ football team. Plus, there’s a whole micro-genre of books devoted to this scenario, like “Michigan and the Boys” (hockey) and “A Season of Daring Greatly” (baseball). Havin
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Critter
Dec 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Mara got into a fight after getting a concussion during a basketball game. Now she must play a team sport to show that she won’t fight again in order to get her spot back on the basketball team. She decides to join the football team and shortly after four other girls also join the football team. Mara and the other girls experience a lot of pushback from the boys and their coaches for being on the team. While tensions continue to rise, friendships will be tested, and Mara’s world will be turned u ...more
Laurie
Jan 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This book may be one of my 2021 favorites. Mara, is such an interesting, confident character that the author doesn't need any love triangles to worry about or crazy plot twists to hook the reader. Instead, the author just tells an amazing story about a girl who wants to do her own thing without having to worry about other people's opinions. This book is written for all the girls who have been told they "play like a girl" or can't do something because of their gender. The diversity of the charact ...more
Lucy
Jan 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This is the queer girl jock YA of my dreams. Loved it.
Colleen
Jan 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult
A girl gets kicked off of the high school girls basketball team because of her anger. The coach says she can come back the next year, but only if she learns to control her anger. She has to play another team sport in the fall season without any problems to be allowed. After one pre-season practice for Volleyball, Mara decides that she doesn't belong and instead goes out for the football team. While playing football, not only does Mara learn to manage her anger, but she also learns so many other ...more
Jennifer
Jan 30, 2021 rated it liked it
This starts with an interesting premise that I've never seen in a book - a girl who joins the football team - and the main characters is well written and in depth. But, the rest of the story kinda just scratches the surface, and the ending I think was a disappointment. ...more
Jilli | the long lost targaryen
Ah yes, Oregon... The town of gay disasters (I need to think of shifting there)

This looks like it's going to be an epic cataclysm with politics and sports and the whole mess *pumps fists in the air* WHOOOHOO
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Jess
Jan 16, 2021 rated it really liked it
This book was a refreshing voice for a new era of readers. It was a book I wish would have existed when I was young and practicing with the boys but never playing. The interwoven plot lines and story arcs are eloquently woven and leave the reader satisfied but also hungry for more. A good book leaves a few unturned stones for the reader to imagine how it turns out, and this one does just that.
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Britta Lundin is a TV writer and author. She has written for Riverdale and Betty. A longtime fanfiction reader and writer, she can track her life milestones by what she was shipping at the time. Originally from the Pacific Northwest, she now lives with her wife and their dog and lemon tree in Los Angeles.

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